I am sure you have heard about Patagonia, at least once in your life… Yes, this frozen region where you can find the second highest mountains after Himalaya, but also wide landscapes made of bush, fjords, and impressive glaciers… A legendary setting for passionate explorers. The word “Patagonia” itself has its legend and is supposed to mean “Land of the Bigfeet” – it refers to Magellan’s expedition where the chronicler mentioned giants who had been seized as hostages but got sick and died on the journey to Spain.
Knowing that, would you dare to explore Patagonia?
Well, if you plan to visit Argentina, you should. And El Chaltén is one of the places in Patagonia, you should definitely not miss. El Chaltén is a small mountain village part of Los Glaciares National Park. Known as the trekking capital of Argentina, El Chaltén will give you a great outlook of Patagonian treasures.
What to do
El Chaltén has many hiking trails options but don’t overestimate your physical condition thinking you can do them all. Treks in mountains can be exhausting. So I recommend you to take three days of treks coming back every night at your accommodation to get some sleep and energy.
You don’t need a guide to trek in the mountains because the trails are very well indicated.
Day 1: Los Cóndores and Las Águilas Viewpoints
When you arrive in El Chaltén, you can do this small trek to get familiar with the surroundings. It’s an easy 2-hour hike that will bring you to an incredible panoramic viewpoint of the mountains Fitz Roy, Torre, and Adela. Before reaching the top, you can make stop to other viewpoints