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From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

1. From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Discover the National Capital of Trekking on a private or shared guided day trip from El Calafate El Chaltén. Let yourself be amazed by this mountain town as you discover incredible landscapes and walk part of its trails. Start the morning with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the trip to the town of El Chaltén which is 220 km from El Calafate. Cross the Santa Cruz River and make a rest stop for a few minutes at Estancia La Leona where you can buy homemade cakes and a hot drink. Continue to El Chaltén, bordering Lake Viedma with its homonymous glacier. Take in stunning views of Cerro Chaltén (also known as Fitz Roy) and Torre on clear days, as well as the Viedma Glacier with its impressive icebergs. Upon arrival at Chaltén, have 5 hours to explore and enjoy this small mountain town. Enjoy a 700-meter guided walk to the Mirador de Los Cóndores viewpoint and visit the Chorrillo del Salto with a 300-meter walk over flat terrain. To return, meet at a previously arranged meeting point for the drive back to El Calafate, arriving at approximately 8 PM.

From El Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

2. From El Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

We will begin our activity with pick-up from the hotels starting at 06:00 AM. (During the months of June and July, the collection time may be modified) Tour the most magical mountain in Patagonia. Travel to El Chaltén from El Calafate to venture on this trekking to Laguna de los Tres, at the foot of the famous Mount Fitz Roy. It is a challenging walk along the Fitz Roy path, 20 total kilometers. The duration of the trek can vary depending on the pace and physical condition of each person, but generally it is estimated between 8 and 9 hours, including short breaks and stops to admire the landscape, which will amaze you throughout the entire journey. The activity begins with pickup from your hotel. During the journey, you take Route 40, you will surely be able to spot the local fauna and if the weather is good, see the sunrise over the hills. Once at your destination, we give you a talk about the trail, we give you walking sticks and the map, and the trekking begins. During the first section you will cross the forest until you reach Laguna Capri, the first technical stop. You will be surprised by the color of the water and the nature that surrounds this lagoon, in addition, the views of Fitz Roy are unmissable. Returning to the trail, we cross the Río Blanco bridge until we reach Camping Poincenot, a totally wild camp in the middle of the native forest. Crossing Poincenot, we arrive at the beginning of the climb to Laguna de los Tres. Due to the altimetry it presents and the terrain conditions, this last kilometer is the most difficult of the trail. During this climb, the views of the landscape are incredible, being able to appreciate the Mother and Daughter Lagoon from above. When it seems like you are about to arrive, another 300 meter climb awaits you, but once at the top, all the effort was worth it. You are surprised by the immense nature and the color of the water. The feeling is impossible to describe in words. Arrival at Chaltén: 18:00 Arrival at your hotel in El Calafate: 9:00 p.m.

El Calafate Balconies Experience: 3-Hour 4WD Tour

3. El Calafate Balconies Experience: 3-Hour 4WD Tour

Choose from 2 daily departures and get picked up from your hotel in El Calafate. Hop into a 4WD vehicle and set off on a 35 km adventure into the hills behind the village. Drive along a trail which takes you through marvelous landscapes with varied vegetation reaching up to 1050 m above sea level.  Make your first stop at a viewpoint where you can admire impressive panoramas of El Calafate and the central body of Lake Argentino. In the background, observe the unforgettable and imposing Andes Mountains, and at times, views of the glaciers, towards Boca del Diablo. Occasionally it is possible to see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén. With some luck, you might even be able to spot a condor, the master of the Patagonian skies. After this, follow the trail to the Labyrinth of Stones which is only accessible through the Calafate Mountain Park. This Cretaceous formation dates back to 85 million years and was once the bed of a river. Learn about how numerous fossil remains have been found here which enable paleontologists to observe millions of years of history.  Next, stop for a snack at the Huyliche confectionery before beginning the descent down the northern slope of the hill. Arrive at the Stone of the Hats, curious iron concretions that are only found in 4 places in the world. Finally, return to El Calafate with taking in the incredible views of the omnipresent Lake Argentino en route.

El Calafate: Laguna de Los Tres Transfer & Self-Guided Hike

4. El Calafate: Laguna de Los Tres Transfer & Self-Guided Hike

It is a challenging walk along the Fitz Roy path, 20 kilometers in total. The duration of the trek can vary according to the rhythm and physical condition of each person, but generally it is estimated between 8 and 9 hours, including short breaks and stops to admire the landscape, which will amaze you throughout the journey. The activity begins with the pick up from your hotel. During the journey, you take route 40, surely you can spot local fauna and if the weather is good, see the sunrise over the hills. Once at the destination, we give you a talk about the trail, we give you walking sticks and the map, and the trekking begins. During the first section you will cross the forest until you reach Laguna Capri, the first technical stop. You will be surprised by the color of the water and the nature that surrounds this lagoon, in addition, the views of Fitz Roy are unmissable. Returning to the trail, we cross the Río Blanco bridge until we reach Camping Poincenot, a totally wild camp in the middle of the native forest. Crossing Poincenot, we arrive at the beginning of the climb to Laguna de los Tres. Due to the altimetry it presents and the terrain conditions, this last kilometer is the most difficult of the path. During this climb, the views of the landscape are incredible, being able to appreciate Laguna Madre and Hija from the heights. When it seems that you are about to arrive, another 300 meter climb awaits you, but once at the top, all the effort was worth it. You are surprised by the immense nature and the color of the water. The feeling is impossible to describe in words.

El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

5. El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

The most classic, spectacular and unforgettable trekking in southern Patagonia. The visit to Laguna de los Tres is a classic of El Chaltén and one of the most beautiful viewpoints for the panoramic views of Fitz Roy. Although it is one of the longest trails, it is worth it. The activity will start with the pick up from the hotels at 06:00 AM. Then you will take the mythical Route 40 bordering the Lago Argentino and start your trip to the town of El Chaltén, 220 km from El Calafate. The transport will be waiting for you so that you can make the Fitz Roy Trail for 8 hours, covering a total of 20 km to reach 1,200 meters high. You will pass through different sceneries, some more wooded, others more austere and with water mirrors until you reach Laguna de los Tres. During the winter season, the main landscape is snow. We provide you with crampons and poles so you can walk safely. The first 4 kilometers will be to warm up, with an incredible view of the Rio de las Vueltas Valley, crossing forests and streams, until you reach Laguna Capri. Then you will continue along the same trail until km 8, where you will find the Poincenot Camping and the Rio Blanco, here begin the most difficult kilometers. In this instance we recommend to be attentive to the schedule, since to go down to the town from Laguna de los Tres will take approximately 4 hours. The return trail is the same as the outward trail; we suggest you pay attention to the only detour point which is Mirador del Fitz Roy. You should not take this path because in case of search or rescue, the indicated path is through Laguna Capri. At 7:00 p.m. we will meet again in town, where we will start our return trip.

Hike Cerro Torre: Full-Day Trek from El Calafate

6. Hike Cerro Torre: Full-Day Trek from El Calafate

Starting at 6:00 AM, they will pick you up at the hotel you are staying in El Calafate and you will travel to the town of El Chalten, 220 km from El Calafate. During the tour, you will cross the Santa Cruz River, and will stop for a few minutes at Estancia La Leona, next to the river with the same name. There will be a bathing stop and you will be able to enjoy homemade cakes and something hot to drink (not included). Once in El Chaltén, at the beginning of the path to Cerro Torre, the trekking will begin. The trail has constant unevenness, but without much complexity. 18 km round trip full of incomparable landscapes will await you ahead. In the trekking you will be inside part of the Andean forest. If you are lucky, you may be amazed by some of the local fauna. You will be surprised by all the landscapes that you will cross on your way...a dream place like few others. Near the final stretch, the path turns to small stones and can get confusing if you don't pay attention. Stick to the route marked on the map and stay on the trail. Arriving at Lago Torre, you will have enough time to have lunch. Lunch is not included and there is no option to purchase it during the activity, so we suggest that the day before you have already organized what will be food and snacks. The place is a mountain site and there is no possibility of acquiring anything during the tour. After enjoying the impressive views of Cerro Torre, the lake and the glacier that lies at its feet, and being filled with the peace of the place, you will retrace your steps to return to the town of El Chaltén. In the town, they will be waiting for you at a meeting point previously set for the return to El Calafate.

Chalten: Full Day from El Calafate Private Car for Groups

7. Chalten: Full Day from El Calafate Private Car for Groups

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia with our full-day private driver service tour from El Calafate to El Chaltén, hailed as the "World's Capital of Hiking." Our company is your gateway to a one-of-a-kind adventure in the heart of Argentina's stunning wilderness. With our expert local drivers and comfortable, well-maintained vehicles, you can leave the hassle of navigating the winding roads and focus on immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the region. As you journey from El Calafate to El Chaltén, you'll witness the transition from the arid steppe to the lush, snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Along the way, we'll make stops at key points of interest, ensuring you don't miss a single awe-inspiring view. El Chaltén, nestled in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park, is a paradise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. You'll have the flexibility to create your own adventure, explore its numerous trails, and soak in the breathtaking views. Whether you're a novice or an experienced hiker, our private driver service will accommodate your needs. With our full day service you will be able to visit Laguna Capri, Laguna de los Tres or Laguna Torre.

Chalten: short guided hike included

8. Chalten: short guided hike included

We pick you up at hotel in El Calafate to drive 3 hours along the Patagonian steppe enjoying the wonderful view of Argentino and Viedma Lake, included 20 minutes road stop on half way to visit a historical site. Once at the village we stop for typical photo spots and then approch to trailhead. On a very well market, but demanding, path we hike 4 hours included a 30 minutes stop in woods for picnic-lunch. On clear days we can get amazing views of Fitz Roy range. After hike we have a brake in town and then we drive back to El Calafate. Drop off at hotel included.

From El Calafate: La Leona Petrified Forest Day Trip

9. From El Calafate: La Leona Petrified Forest Day Trip

Early in the morning we depart from Calafate. After traveling about 30 km to the east, we will take the Mythical Route 40 bordering, for a large part of our route, the eastern margin of Lake Argentino and the shores of the Santa Cruz River. Then, we will meet the La Leona River, which gives its name to the inn and hotel of the La Estela ranch. There we will make a stop to learn a little more about the history of the La Leona parador and hotel where, whoever wishes, can enjoy a hot infusion with homemade cakes. We will leave for El Chaltén and, after touring the Chorrillo del Salto about 4 km from the town and having lunch in La Tapera, after 45 minutes of moderate walking, we arrive at the Mirador de los Cóndores, a panoramic point from where you can see the main surrounding mountains, the Las Vueltas river valley and the town of El Chaltén. The road passes between the steppe and patches of ñires forest; To complete this panoramic view we will also enjoy the Mirador de las Águilas, the path begins at a fork before reaching the Mirador de los Cóndores. After passing a small lagoon, you reach an observation point where Lake Viedma, Túnel Bay and Pirámide Hill display their attractions. This circuit requires a total of one hour of walking. Upon returning, you will have time to tour the beautiful mountain town and begin your return to El Calafate around 5:30 p.m.

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What people are saying about El Chalten

Overall rating

3.8
(16 reviews)

Straight to the point transfer service vs a guide, exactly what I was looking for. Pick up right on time at 6a, 30 minutes of picking ppl up, and we were at el Chaltén at 9. Guide explained the route, gave us a map (if you wanted) and point out around what time we should be where to make sure we are on time. They also provide trekking poles. I asked for 2 and guide was able to accommodate. Everyone came back at 6, quick bathroom break and off we go to come back. 830/9 back at the hotel. The hike is very simple and most portions has tons of hikers/backpackers.

It was excellent even with the bus breaking down. Maxi, the guide was extremely resourceful improvising transportation resulting with the tour being completed as promised and on time. Her positive attitude, constant smile and resourcefulness made us have a wonderful visit to el Chaltén! Thank you Maxi and Eze the driver that picked us up for keeping us on time and safe during the entire visit!

excellent tour conducted by two professionals, Alexia our guide and Nicolas our driver. despite the long car ride, the trip was packed with information and sharing of real time experiences (viewings of animals along the way). The crew was very enthusiastic, promoting the tour and the overall experience to the highest level.

Thr tour is a nice experience starting from the trip to get to El Chanten... stunning views along the way! The landscape once arrived in El Chanten really deserves to be framed in a postcard :-)

Really great tour with good guide and a nice mix of walking and sitting.