5 things to do in El Chalten

El Chalten is the ideal place to combine with El Calafate because in addition to everything the Perito Moreno Glacier has to offer, such as boat navigations and other glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, there are incredible treks to the Fitz Roy massif, one of the most famous mountains in Argentine Patagonia. But also, there are other interesting activities you can do during your visit. Here’s a list of five:

What to do in El Chaltén?

1 – Trekking activities in El Chalten

The hiking is amazing here. El Chalten is known as the trekking capital of Argentina, and for good reason. There are numerous hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy day hikes to more challenging multi-day treks. Some of the most popular hikes include the Laguna de los Tres trail, which leads to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the Fitz Roy mountain range, and the Cerro Torre trail, which takes you to the base of one of the most challenging peaks in the world.

View of Laguna de los Tres in El Chalten

2 – Rafting in Rio de las Vueltas

Rafting on the Rio de las Vueltas typically begins near the town of El Chalten, and takes rafters through a scenic canyon that is surrounded by rugged mountains and glaciers. The rapids on the river are created by the river’s fast flow and the many boulders that are scattered throughout the riverbed, making for an exciting and challenging ride.

Most rafting trips on the Rio de las Vueltas last around 2-3 hours, and include plenty of stops to take in the scenery and rest between rapids. Along the way, rafters can also spot wildlife such as Andean condors, guanacos, and foxes.

While the Rio de las Vueltas can be a thrilling experience, it’s important to note that safety is always the top priority. Rafting companies in the area typically provide all necessary safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets, and experienced guides who are trained in safety protocols and first aid.

Overall, rafting on the Rio de las Vueltas is a great way to experience the beauty of Patagonia while also getting an adrenaline rush. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, there are plenty of options available for a memorable rafting adventure.

Rafting in El Chalten

3 – Visit Lago del Desierto and Huemul Glacier

One of the places you can visit from El Chalten is lago del desierto, located only 37 km (aprox 23 miles)

Lago del Desierto, which translates to “Lake of the Desert,” is a glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The lake is fed by the melting glaciers in the area, including the Huemul Glacier, and is known for its stunning turquoise waters. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake to explore the surrounding forests and mountains, or hike along one of the many trails that lead to scenic viewpoints.

The Huemul Glacier, which is located near Lago del Desierto, is one of the largest glaciers in the area. The glacier is named after the huemul, an endangered species of deer that is native to the region. Visitors can take a guided tour of the glacier to explore its icy landscape and learn about the geological processes that created it. It’s important to note that due to the fragile nature of the glacier and the risk of ice collapse, visitors are not allowed to hike on the glacier without a guide.

Both Lago del Desierto and the Huemul Glacier offer visitors a unique glimpse into the natural beauty of Patagonia. The area is known for its rugged landscapes, glaciers, and abundant wildlife, and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, fish, or simply take in the stunning scenery. Whether you’re looking to explore the lake by boat, hike to a scenic viewpoint, or visit the glacier with a guide, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful part of Argentina.

Lago del Desierto, Patagonia Argentina

4 – Fishing in El Chaltén

El Chalten is a great destination for fly fishing, with numerous rivers and lakes in the area teeming with trout. There are several fishing guides and outfitters in town that offer guided trips and equipment rentals. You can find rainbotw trout, brown trout, brook trout, perch, and salmon.
It’s important to note that fishing regulations in the area can vary, so it’s important to check with local authorities before heading out to fish. Additionally, many areas in El Chalten are designated as protected natural areas, so it’s important to respect the environment and practice catch-and-release fishing whenever possible


5 – Birdwatching in El Chalten

El Chalten is home to a diverse range of bird species, including the Andean condor, the Magellanic woodpecker, and the black-chested buzzard eagle. There are several birdwatching tours available in the area that allow you to spot these incredible birds in their natural habitat.


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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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