SUNSET & SUNRISE
To this day, El Chaltén is still a frontier town with many quirks ranging from its mind-blowing trails, bohemian values, and its connection to the packs of wild dogs that roam the streets.
El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Argentina’s Patagonia. This lovely place ranked second in “Best cities in the world to know” by world-renowned Lonely Planet’s 2014 publication. What makes this colourful village most impressive are its views and unique vibe. The travel season runs from December to March. We recommend pre-booking for guaranteed service.
WHY WE LOVE
Aregentina's El Chaltén is located on the riverside of Rio de las Vueltas. The name translates to “river of turns” which lies within Los Glaciares National Park.
The National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, contains a subpolar forest with an incredible array of biodiversity. The park also offers magnificent windy trails suitable for trekkers of every level. El Chaltén is Argentina’s Trekking Capital. Apart from its many fantastic land expeditions, Chaltén also offers an array of water activities as well. Bathe in basins, lakes, ponds or raft down fast-paced rivers. Navigate between slopes then later unwind by enjoying the tranquillity around. Whether your interests include photography by a river or a high adrenaline adventure across an Icecap, this unique village has it all.
Chaltén will offer you more than you imagine. Bask in the vastness of the Patagonia. Admire forest. Climb to the tops of granite needles and stare in awe, as you take in some of the most spectacular scenery Southern American and the World have to offer. We invite you to discover one of the most authentic enclaves of Patagonia, from the north end of the imposing Los Glaciares Natural Park, to the foot of the mountains of the Cerro Chaltén, surrounded by the white-water rivers of Las Vueltas and Fitz Roy.
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DID YOU KNOW?
- “Chaltén” is tehuelche, native language, for “smoking mountain”. El Chaltén received its name because of its mountain’s high altitude. The altitude caused many to believe the mountain was in fact a volcano since it appeared to always be covered by clouds, or in other words ‘smoke’.
- El Chaltén was founded in 1985, in order to beat Chile to land claim.
- Lambs are found in abundance on the rocky plains of Patagonia and are still bred by farmers and gauchos on the local estancias.
- There are six national parks located in Patagonia, each with their own unique charms: Torres del Paine (Chile), Los Glaciares (Argentina), Laguna San Rafael (Chile), Nahuel Huapi (Argentina), Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) and Alberto de Agostini (Chile).