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About El Chalten

Close to the Chilean border, El Chalten sits amidst Los Glaciares National Park. This peaceful mountainous village is particularly popular amongst climbers, hikers, and all who appreciate a good view! The village’s name literally translates as ‘Smoking Mountain’ and although the area is very rustic, we’ve selected the best places to stay in El Chalten for exploring in comfort!

In this glacial region it’s no surprise that the weather’s not warm! For the best weather with more sunlight and less rain, aim to visit between October and March.

What not to miss:

  • Hike to the stunning Laguna Torre from the village. You’ll pass through practically every terrain imaginable so it’s a perfect introduction to the landscape.

  • Glaciar Huemul is hidden in woodland about an hour’s drive from the village and is not to be missed. If the forest itself doesn’t take your breath away, the turquoise lake certainly will! Note, parts of the hike can be challenging.

  • Head into the clouds with a hike up Cerro Fitz Roy. Great views from the magnificent peak and fantastic scenery along the way.

And for the best places to stay in El Chalten, we recommend

For a remote luxury lodge

  • Sitting about 37km north of El Chalten, and next to a stunning glacial lake, Aguas Arriba Lodge is the height of secluded luxury. Beautiful alpine architecture and warming food make this the pick of the bunch.

For a chic stay in the village

  • Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel is a comfortable and quiet spot in the village with traditional decoration and a great spa in which to soothe those tired legs! Large windows throughout the hotel give some great views of the surrounding mountains.

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport is El Calafate airport (some 215km to the south), which is served by all major Argentinian airports.

  • Best time to visit - It is undoubtedly best to visit El Chalten during its summer months (December to March) when not only is the weather warmer, but the days are longer. However don't expect hot days - they peak at around 16 degrees Celcius and the nights will be chilly.

  • For car hire enquiries, we recommend you check out our online partner, Holiday Autos.

Still not sure what to book?

Best Hotels in El Chalten

  • Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel 44 rooms from $238

    El Chalten (El Chaltén)

    A charming boutique hotel framed by snow-capped mountains. Brightly decorated rooms are traditional in style. Glass doors lead onto private terraces to sit and enjoy the view. Based in Argentina's hiking country, spend days in the great outdoor, then relax in the spa. An adventurer's haven.

    Views  -  Don Los Cerros Boutique hotel boasts stunning views of the surrounding valley and Fitzroy Mountain.
    Active Holiday  -  From boat cruises to hiking there's plenty to do in the nearby surrounds.
    Full of character
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Aguas Arriba Lodge 6 rooms from $1000

    El Chalten (Lago del Desierto - Valle del Rio de las Vueltas)

    A luxurious lodge in a spectacular secluded setting. Contemporary design throughout reflects the surrounding nature with plenty of pine and large glass walls allowing for different views from every room. The homely food is utterly delicious. The ideal spot to get back to nature.

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in the Provincial Lago del Desierto reserve with woods, glaciers, lakes and mountains on your doorstep.
    Active Holiday  -  Make the most of the numerous outdoor activities in the surrounding area.
    Great walks  -  Head off into the wilderness and explore this rugged landscape.
    Fishing  -  Find perfect conditions for fly-fishing.
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