This small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province is located on the riverside of Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park at the base of Torre and Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for climbing and trekking. It is 220 km north of El Calafate.
El Chaltén emerged as a result of a territorial dispute with neighboring Chile, which was finally settled in 1997. Famous worldwide among lovers of adventure sports, especially hikers. You can take numerous trails, such as those to the base of surrounding peaks and glacial lakes. Because of that, this town won the name of Argentina’s Trekking Capital.
The magnificent presence of Mount Fitz Roy is unquestionable. Almost year round, its summit is covered by a cloud the Tehuelches -primitive dwellers of the area- mistook for smoke. “Chaltén” is a Tehuelche word meaning smoking mountain, as they believe it was a volcano for its peak is most of the time covered by clouds.
You will discover that in addition to mountaineering, the local nature hides real fishing sanctuaries, very sites to go hiking or just be delighted with the almost untouched beauty of this scenery.