Things to do in El Chalten

Situated in the Patagonian region of southern Argentina, El Chalten is a small town, better known as the gateway to Cerro Torres and Mt. Fitz Roy, two steep and impressive peaks in the Patagonian Andes. The city is visited by a large number of hiking tourists who peak during the summer season.

A large number of itineraries start from El Chalten that traverses well-sampled trails within the National Park and private areas. Tourists can start on expeditions or hike uphill for a few days and depend on your physical condition and available time, and the unpredictable Patagonia weather.

There are regular excursions and activities available here, including navigation to Viedma Glacier, which is the largest in Los Glaciares, and has the option of climbing or traveling there. Another cruise route is Lago Del Desierto from the South Type to the North Council. From here it can take different journeys. However, another popular tour is a visit to La Leona Petrified Forest.

One good thing about these trips is that there is no need for previous experience to undertake these mountaineering activities. One can also visit many observation points that offer a panoramic view while saving some time and effort. Below are some popular trips you can take to El Chalten. It is not necessary to get the service of a guide to get started on the trails, but if you wish, you can get their services and ease your mind as you discover the most popular secrets of the place.

Some popular trips:

Views of Los Cóndores and Las Águilas.

Piedra del Fraile.

Lagoon Capri.

Lagoon Torre.

Laguna De los Tres.

A good number of lands and lake tours are available to discover the natural beauties and historic sites.

Some popular tours include:

Lago and Glaciar Viedma (boat tour + optional glacier ice ride).

Bosque Petrificado La Leona (ground tour returning to El Calafate).

Lago Del Desierto (El Chaltén car or minibus + optional boat tours).

One can hire the service of a guide who can provide you with the information, tools, safety and experience needed to visit the sites. Of course, many trails are also available that do not require a high level of technical difficulty, and if you are in good physical shape and endurance, you can go for many programs offered by travel agencies or tourism service providers.

Some activities directed at:

El Chaltén – Laguna Toro – Paso Del Viento.

Travesía en el Hielo Patagónico Sur.

Humeul District: Paso Del Viento – Paso Huemul – El Chaltén.

El Chalten also many sports or favorite activities that offer a new kind of experience with some unique looks.

Popular activities:



Mountain bike.

Horse trips.