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El Chalten View of Mount Fitz Roy and the waterfall in the Los Glaciares National Par
Argentina El Chalten town

El Chaltén is one of the most iconic granite monoliths in the world. Protruding from the fantastic Los Glaciares National Park, it is particularly impressive at dawn when it glows in the morning sun. In this national park, you can also admire the legendary peaks of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, whilst a hike along the park’s many trails will take you through floral meadows, woodlands, clear lakes, secluded beaches and glaciers.

10 days

Argentina & Chile Explorer

The best of Patagonia and the Lake District
Buenos Aires (2 days) El Calafate (1) Glaciers National Park (2) Torres del Paine National Park (3) The Lakes District (2) Bariloche (2)
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  • Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires is the mother of all Argentinian cities, with amazing French and Italian architecture, a food scene that covers much more than just steakhouses and nightlife that doesn’t get started until 2am...
  • Mendoza

    Mendoza

    Nestled amongst the foothills of the Andes in Argentina’s Cuyo region, Mendoza’s 300,000+ hectares of vineyards are responsible for up to 80% of the country’s wine production, including the famed Malbec red wine...
  • Iguazu Falls

    Iguazu Falls

    The mighty Iguazu Falls are awe-inspiring...
  • Iberá Wetlands

    Iberá Wetlands

    As the second largest wetland in the world, the ecosystem here is rich in diverse species, including howler monkeys, maned wolves, river otters, both of Argentina’s caiman species and the biggest rodents in the world, capybaras...
  • Valle de Uco

    Valle de Uco

    Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, this valley produces some of Argentina’s best wines, with a superb depth of flavour...
  • Bariloche

    Bariloche

    Hugging the shores of the glacial lake Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by forest-lined Mountains, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Argentina’s San Carlos de Bariloche for an alpine Swiss town...
  • El Calafate

    El Calafate

    The scenic town of El Calafate has many shops and eateries that offer products made from sweet Calafate berries, Patagonia’s famous fruit with many health benefits...
  • Glaciers National Park

    Glaciers National Park

    The UNESCO World Heritage Glaciers National Park is home to more than 300 glaciers covering 217 miles, as well as mountain peaks, 15,000-year-old lakes and plenty of wildlife...
  • Ushuaia

    Ushuaia

    Located on the southernmost tip of South America and the gateway to the Antarctic and South Atlantic, it is easy to see how port town Ushuaia earned its nickname the “End of the World”...

Things to do in El Chaltén

Our recommended experiences and activities

Visit Chaltén and Fitz Roy
El Chaltén

Visit Chaltén and Fitz Roy

Hot on the heels of nearby Torres del Paine, Argentina’s Fitz Roy Range (inside Glaciers National Park) is a contender for the most impressive hiking landscapes. The country around El Chaltén is truly jaw-dropping, with options for self-guided day hikes or multi-day camp-outs.

Where to go in Argentina

Our recommended places

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the mother of all Argentinian cities, with amazing French and Italian architecture, a food scene that covers much more than just steakhouses and nightlife that doesn’t get started until 2am. This is the perfect place to begin or end your Argentinian adventure.

Mendoza

Mendoza

Nestled amongst the foothills of the Andes in Argentina’s Cuyo region, Mendoza’s 300,000+ hectares of vineyards are responsible for up to 80% of the country’s wine production, including the famed Malbec red wine. Known as one of the great wine capitals of the world, the cosmopolitan city is surrounded by hundreds of wineries offering tastings and tours.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

The mighty Iguazu Falls are awe-inspiring. Stretching over 3km and straddling both Argentina and Brazil, this popular national park is home to more than 250 waterfalls that form an awe-inspiring semi-circle of water. With 80% of the waterfalls on the Argentinian side, this is best for hiking trails and seeing wildlife. To truly appreciate the water’s power, take the 1km walkway over the Devil’s Throat, where an 80m drop lies below you.

Iberá Wetlands

Iberá Wetlands

As the second largest wetland in the world, the ecosystem here is rich in diverse species, including howler monkeys, maned wolves, river otters, both of Argentina’s caiman species and the biggest rodents in the world, capybaras. The Iberá Marshlands cover approximately 13,000 sq km and are home to more than 350 bird species.

Valle de Uco

Valle de Uco

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, this valley produces some of Argentina’s best wines, with a superb depth of flavour. Stop to tour each winery and sit beside the vineyards, in the glorious sunshine, with a glass of “vino” in hand.

Bariloche

Bariloche

Hugging the shores of the glacial lake Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by forest-lined Mountains, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Argentina’s San Carlos de Bariloche for an alpine Swiss town. With German, Austrian and Swiss influenced architecture and cuisine — the town is known for its excellent chocolate shops — Bariloche is a wonderful year-round destination, boasting a range of winter and summer outdoor activities.

El Calafate

El Calafate

The scenic town of El Calafate has many shops and eateries that offer products made from sweet Calafate berries, Patagonia’s famous fruit with many health benefits. There are also some fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy the famously tender Patagonian roast lamb washed down with an Austral beer.

Glaciers National Park

Glaciers National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Glaciers National Park is home to more than 300 glaciers covering 217 miles, as well as mountain peaks, 15,000-year-old lakes and plenty of wildlife. Visitors come to marvel at Perito Moreno, the world’s only glacier to still be growing, or to go hiking around El Chalten.

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Located on the southernmost tip of South America and the gateway to the Antarctic and South Atlantic, it is easy to see how port town Ushuaia earned its nickname the “End of the World”. The starting point for many Antarctica cruises and tours to nearby Isla Yécapasela (penguin island), the town is a busy hub for adventure tourism — with hiking, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing and skiing all on offer. Beer-enthusiasts shouldn’t miss getting a pint from Cervecería Beagle, the world's southernmost brewery.

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