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El Calafate: Full-Day Chalten Tour with Hiking

1. El Calafate: Full-Day Chalten Tour with Hiking

Your day begins at 7:30AM in the morning from El Calafate, from where you will take the mythical Route 40 which borders the Argentino Lake. Following that, cross the Santa Cruz River, before continuing to the La Leona River where you will walk through its canyon until you reach the old hotel of Paso La Leona. There you can enjoy a coffee accompanied by homemade cakes, and from there you will continue skirting the Viedma Lake with the Andes in the background. Before reaching the village you will stop at the viewpoint of the Viedma Glacier from where you will be able to appreciate beautiful panoramic views of the glacier, the Cordillera, and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. You will later arrive at the mountain village of El Chaltén after 3 hours of travel, having traveled a total distance of 220 kilometers. After visiting the interpretation center, there is a walk to Chorrillo del Salto, an impressive waterfall due to its height and surrounding landscape. Towards noon there is lunch in the restaurant, after which optional hikes are offered to the Mirador de los Cóndores and an eagle lookout, both accompanied by your guide. At 4:30PM, you will begin your return to El Calafate.

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El Chalten: Laguna Torre Trek

2. El Chalten: Laguna Torre Trek

Start your moderate 6 mile-hike to Laguna Torre at a designated meeting point in downtown. On the way, your guide will tell you about the impressive landscapes you’ll see while passing the Fitz Roy River, cross wide, glacially-formed valleys, and fairy-tale woods. After 3 hours, reach the Mount Torre viewpoint, where you’ll enjoy views of the Adela mountain range. Hit the trail again for a 2-hour walk, where you’ll pass by De Agostini campsite and cross old glacial moraines until Laguna Torre appears right before your eyes. Take your time to admire the breathtaking Cerro Hill crowning the lagoon, and the floating glaciers bobbing in the blue waters. Be prepared, this is a high-probability wildlife-spotting section. Catch a Magellanic woodpecker working diligently in a tree or a humble huemul (the Patagonian deer) strolling along the shore. After a restorative moment to eat lunch (not included) with this peaceful backdrop, start your trek back to El Chaltén.

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El Chalten/Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

3. El Chalten/Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

Laguna de Los Tres is without a doubt one of the most famous hikes in Patagonia – also known as the Fitz Roy Trek, because the path will lead you through a dramatic landscape with views of Mount Fitz Roy above the lake.  Be prepared for panoramic views that will take your breath away. You will be trekking through part of an Andean forest, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see the animals that live there.  After the first ascent in the trail, you will be rewarded with a splendid view of De Las Vueltas river sneaking through the valley. The trail then passes through a flat area of woods and gentle valleys.  The third and final stage of the trail is a route of about 1km with a more intense slope. After this challenging section, you will reach the base of Mount Fitz Roy, where the Laguna de Los Tres rests beautifully 1,200 meters above sea level. Here you will enjoy the amazing landscape with Mount Fitz Roy towering above you. This is a perfect spot to have a break with a snack and take pictures. You will retrace your steps to return back to town.

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Laguna de los Tres Full-Day Trek

4. Laguna de los Tres Full-Day Trek

Start the trek with a transfer to the trailhead at El Pilar, located 17 km to the north of the town. Take in the lovely views of the Río de Las Vueltas valley and the impressive Cordón de Los Cóndores as you drive. Start walking through dense forest until you arrive at the first viewpoint, the Piedras Blancas glacier. End up in a clearing and admire the peaks of Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz, and Guillaumet. Continue for a few more minutes until you arrive at Poincenot campground, located in beautiful lenga forest inhabited by countless varieties of birds. Then climb 400 m in about an hour until you arrive at Laguna de los Tres. Arrive at the highest point on the path, where you will be rewarded by majestic views of Fitz Roy, the glacier de los Tres, and its lagoon. From here, circle Laguna de los Tres and head towards the Laguna Sucia viewpoint and its glacier. After a rest and a bite for lunch, start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén. Pass some varying landscape, crystal clear streams and Laguna Capri, a favorite spot for photographers. Visit the lagoon as you drop down into the valley where El Chaltén is located.

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Hike Cerro Torre: Full-Day Trek from El Chalten

5. Hike Cerro Torre: Full-Day Trek from El Chalten

You can scratch hiking through Patagonia off your bucket list after this exciting trek to through Torre Lagoon and Mount Cerro. Join your expert guides and discover why El Chalten is often called the trekking capital of the world. Explore the beautiful Cerro Torre and follow the river past stunning waterfalls and the spectacular Fitz Roy Rio Canyon. Marvel at the Bifida, the Standhard, and the needles of Egger and watch as the beauty of the region begins to unfold before your eyes, exposing breathtaking views of the glaciers of the Cerro Torre and the Adela's cord. End the trek at the Adela's cord, continue on to the deAgostini base camp, where the elite climbers prepare to climb the tower, or extend your visit to the famous Mirador Maestri which forms a natural balcony along the glaciers and Laguna Torre. At the end of your trek, enjoy a comfortable return to your hotel in El Chalten.

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What people are saying about El Chalten

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Very pleasant ride, but very busy. It is only worthwhile if you have more than 3 days in El Calafate. The (1) Balcón de El Calafate: 3-hour 4x4 vehicle tour, (2) Mini Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier and (3) Rios de Gelo seemed to me the tours I consider unmissable. You can't miss the Laguna Nimez (which is spectacular). Another option is to spend more than a day in El Chaltén because the region is beautiful (I will do that on the next trip).

Really great guide and scenary was stunning. Advisable to pack a full lunch and snacks, wear good hiking boots/shoes and bring insect repellant (and bite cream!) but this was a lovely day hike.

It was a beautiful day, perfect weather for this hike. The view on the Cerro Torre was terrific and my guide was just right. He gave good tips and i enjoyed the whole hike to the full.

prompt arrival of vehicle with appropriate dropoff and pickup, and explanations of the trek prior

Very simple reservation good support competent and very pleasant staff