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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.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in El Chalten

  • Hostería Kaulem 5 rooms from £81

    El Chalten (Santa Cruz)

    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.

    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
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  • Hosteria Senderos 21 rooms from £131

    El Chalten (Santa Cruz)

    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.

    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
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  • Destino Sur 36 rooms from £157

    El Chalten (Santa Cruz)

    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 jacuzzi before drinks by the fireplace. A charming, back-to-nature retreat.

    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
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  • Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel 44 rooms from £183

    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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