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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 that parts of the hike can be challenging.

  • Head into the clouds with a hike up Cerro Fitz Roy. You'll enjoy 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.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

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 Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in El Chalten

  • Hostería Kaulem El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 5 rooms from £82

    Active Holiday  -  Set within a beautiful national park there are plenty of activities local to the hotel, including cycling to hiking
    Local exploring  -  The hotel is perfectly located for exploring in Chalten, both in terms of natural wonders and the local town
    Back to Nature  -  Retreat to nature at this hotel, set in verdant gardens against the backdrop of the Patagonian mountains
    Kayaking  -  Do a kayaking excursion on the Las Vueltas river; ask your hosts for local boat hire
    RestaurantGardenViewsNo pets

    This boutique hotel is located in El Chaltén, Argentina. Rooms are cosy and inviting, with wooden floors and homely soft furnishings; book a private apartment for self-catering facilities. Browse the hotel art gallery before a drink at the bar; a great base for exploring the beautiful national park. See More

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  • Lunajuim El Chalten (Patagonia) 24 rooms from £106

    Local exploring  -  Located within easy walking distance of amenities and attractions, this hotel is a great base for local exploring
    Families  -  Book a triple room for a family stay; the hotel is happy to provide cots for younger children
    City Style  -  With simple, bright interiors, this hotel has lots of local Patagonian style
    Great walks  -  Explore the Los Glaciares National Park on a long walk; ask at the hotel for recommended routes
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This charming guesthouse is located in El Chaltén, part of the Argentine Patagonia. Rooms are inviting and homely, with comfortable beds, quality linens and eclectic artwork; book a triple room for a family stay. Sample regional cuisine at the restaurant before drinks at the bar; a welcoming hotel. See More

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  • Hosteria Senderos El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 21 rooms from £133

    Active Holiday  -  Set at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, this hotel is perfectly located for a hiking or cycling holiday
    Families  -  With split-level suites available that can accommodate children, this hotel is good for families
    Back to Nature  -  Located within a breathtaking national park, this hotel makes a great retreat to nature
    Kayaking  -  Explore the famous seven lakes of Patagonia with a kayaking trip; enquire with the hotel for recommended providers
    RestaurantViewsParkingNo pets

    This hotel is nestled at the foot of Fitz Roy Mountain in the Los Glaciares National Park. Rooms feature wooden floors, comfortable beds and crisp linens; book a suite for split-level living, great for families. Dine at the restaurant or have drinks at the wine bar; a charming, quiet nature getaway. See More

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  • Destino Sur El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 36 rooms from £160

    Back to Nature  -  Set in the breathtaking landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia, this hotel makes a fantastic retreat to nature
    Active Holiday  -  With Cerro Fitz Roy close by, there are lots of activities to keep guests entertained for an outdoors holiday
    Families  -  With larger rooms available to accommodate children, this hotel is great for families
    Great walks  -  The hotel lies on a number of marked walking routes; walking is a great way to explore the Patagonia's natural wonders
    SpaRestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    This hotel is set in Chaltén, in the Argentine Patagonia. Rooms have wooden floors, homely, cotton linens and artisanal goodies in the snack bar; book a premium room for extra living space. Book into the hotel spa or use the hot tub before drinks by the fireplace. A charming, back-to-nature retreat. See More

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  • Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel El Chalten (El Chaltén) 44 rooms from £186

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel's restaurant serves both traditional Patagonian and International dishes
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    RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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. See More

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