Jawdropping mountainscapes punctuated with traditional estancias, Argentina’s iconic peak Mount Fitzroy offers some of the finest hiking in all Patagonia!
Surrounded by the granite peaks of Argentina’s iconic Mount Fitzroy massif which rises vertically out of the desolate Patagonian steppe, El Chalten is a small frontier town, 2 hour’s drive from Calafate perched at the very foot of the mountains. The town was originally built in 1985 to bolster Argentina’s claim to the disputed border but has grown significantly since then as a burgeoning tourist hub. Put quite simply, el Chalten offers some of the finest hikes in Patagonia if not South America. From the village, trails lead off into the massif in all directions taking hikers to the spectacular “Laguna de Los Tres” and “Cerro Torre” viewpoints, both glacial lakes sitting at the foot of towering granite peaks. Allow a night’s camping and walkers are rewarded with jaw-dropping views over the vast southern icefield. Facilities are still simple though rustic lodges and isolated estancias overlooking distant glaciers offer an authentic taste of the rich gaucho culture.
El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy – Luxury Collection
Explora El Chalten$$$$$
The Explora group has long been known for its modern eye-catching architecture and here at El Chalten, the lodge offers a modern, contemporary take on the original estancias of old that melds seamlessly into the surrounding landscape with huge floor to ceiling windows that drink in the breathtaking views of the Electrico Valley. For foodies, delicious regional cuisine is synonymous with the Explora experience which draws on fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce. El Chalten and Mount Fitzro...
El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy Hotels
Aguas Arriba Lodge$$$$$
Part of a 700 hectare estancia, Aguas Arriba is pure Patagonia, a traditional log-cabin escape, hand-built with local stone and timber with huge windows to frame the gorgeous landscapes. Inside, warm wooden interiors are dressed with soft furnishings and regional textiles while in the living room, a huge, stone open-fire place takes pride of place – the heart of the lodge where guests gather each evening to enjoy a sun-downer and share stories. In short, Aguas Arriba is rustic, very remote ...
Hosteria El Pilar$$$
The Hosteria el Pilar offers no great luxury though the lodge is warm, homely and prides itself on its attentive service and friendly atmosphere. The views, however, are breathtaking and combined with easy access to some of the national park’s most spectacular trails, makes el Pilar truly stand out in El Chalten. Its remote location further adds to the charm and would suit those travelling with a hire-car or looking for a unique mountain escape.
Chalten Camp offers a unique experience amidst the pristine beauty and tranquility of Mount Fitzroy where sustainabililty meets comfort and adventure! The domes are warm, snug and homely with panoramic windows to drink in the landscapes and communal domes where you can share stores with other guests. The camp is ideal for active travellers where you can hike, bike, paddle, fish and explore the surrounding trailheads and also for those on self-drive adventures. And at the end day, what better ...
Los Cerros is an excellent hotel in the centre of the village and ideally equipped for walkers looking for a comfortable end to a day’s hike. The restaurant comes well recommended and offers wonderful views looking down the valley.
Hosteria el Puma$$$
The Hosteria el Puma retains the simple, frontier feel of El Chalten and offers no great luxury. However, the lodge is homely and prides itself on its service and friendly atmosphere, an excellent base for exploring the breathtaking trails of Mount Fitzroy. Additional tours and excursions such as to the Viedma Glacier and the “Lago del Desierto” lake can be organised through reception.
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