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El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

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 Hotels

$$$ Hosteria el Puma El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Sitting on the edge of El Chalten at the foot of the Paine Massif, Hosteria el Puma is a cosy mountain lodge, ideally located close to a number of the key trailheads. Rustic in design with bare red...

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$$$$$ Aguas Arriba Lodge El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

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The ultimate wilderness retreat! Tucked amidst ancient beech forests overlooking the turquoise Lago del Desierto Lake and Vespignani hanging glacier, Aguas Arriba is a remote and rustic mountain...

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$$$$ Los Cerros El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Perched on a small hill with spectacular views over Mount Fitzroy, los Cerros is an impressive hotel at the heart of El Chalten and the most comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding...

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$$$ Hosteria el Pilar El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Nestled amidst native beech trees at the foot of the magnificent Mount Fitzroy, Hosteria El Pilar is a small charming lodge, 17km away from the town of el Chalten. Constructed in 1994 by Marcelo...

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$$$$$ Explora El Chalten El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Directors favourites, Remote Location

Striking architecture framed by towering granite peaks, Explora El Chalten overlooks the Eléctrico River deep within the wilds of Patagonia surrounded by forests of ancient lenga and ñirre trees. Its...

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$$$$$ Estancia Helsingfors El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Hacienda, Directors favourites, Remote Location

Perched on the banks of Lake Viedma at the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park, Helsingfors is an historic estancia, some 1½ hours’ drive from Calafate. Established in 1912 by the pioneer Alfred...

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