Day trip

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams
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Enjoy a day trip to the Argentinian National Capital of Trekking, El Chaltén, a young village in Patagonia, at the foot of the incredible Fitz Roy mountain. Hike along trails past blue lakes and the Andes Mountains, in a natural scenery like never seen.

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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian
Pickup included
Be picked up from your hotel in El Calafate. Please note that pickup is not possible from hostels or AirBnB accommodation.
Private group available


  • Hike along nature trails starting from El Calafate, the National Capital of Trekking
  • Marvel at the natural beauty from the famous Route 40
  • Surprise yourself with the breathtaking views at Cerro Fitz Roy
Full description

Discover the National Capital of Trekking on a private or shared guided day trip from El Calafate El Chaltén. Let yourself be amazed by this mountain town as you discover incredible landscapes and walk part of its trails. Start the morning with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the trip to the town of El Chaltén which is 220 km from El Calafate. Cross the Santa Cruz River and make a rest stop for a few minutes at Estancia La Leona where you can buy homemade cakes and a hot drink.

Continue to El Chaltén, bordering Lake Viedma with its homonymous glacier. Take in stunning views of Cerro Chaltén (also known as Fitz Roy) and Torre on clear days, as well as the Viedma Glacier with its impressive icebergs. Upon arrival at Chaltén, have 5 hours to explore and enjoy this small mountain town. Enjoy a 700-meter guided walk to the Mirador de Los Cóndores viewpoint and visit the Chorrillo del Salto with a 300-meter walk over flat terrain. From September to April (subject to weather conditions and the presence of ice and snow), have the option to cover part of the trail to Fitz Roy Laguna de Los Tres and reach Laguna Capri, where you can have lunch on its beach. Return on a self-guided road that has no detours (8 km round trip). To return, meet at a previously arranged meeting point for the drive back to El Calafate, arriving at approximately 8 PM.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally located hotels in El Calafate
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • Packed lunch with a bottle of water 500ml (from October to April)
  • Lunch at a restaurant with a main course (from May to September)
  • Drinks with restaurant lunch (from May to September)
  • Pickup in residential or other types of lodgings
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
  •  Hiking trails are not accompanied by the tour guide. Your guide will help you to choose the best self-guided trail from El Chatén and give you maps with distances and times.
  • Pickup/drop-off is not possible at lodgings that do not have a reception area. In these cases, the activity provider will offer you a nearby meeting point
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 128 reviews

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We were staying in El Calafate for a few days and wanted to see areas north. This was the perfect one-day trip to meet this goal. Our guide was informative, we learned a lot about the Argentina steppe, the hike was lovely (and not too demanding), and we enjoyed the stop at the historic hotel where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hung out for a month. Overall, a good one day trip.

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December 27, 2022

the journey is long, we went by combie, for that journey around there a more comfortable bus would have been better. The guide is very good! It is essential to wear a windbreaker and sunscreen as a coat. It is very changeable and there is a lot of wind. The delicious food of the place where we went. The climb to the viewpoint is very beautiful. Somewhat required but possible. we had a great time!!!

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December 2, 2022

This tour is mainly a bus transfer. During the drive to El Chalten, our guide Ariel provided us with very entertaining information about the area. There is a short break on the way and you can visit the toilets and have a bite to eat in the small café. There is a short photo stop just before El Chalten. Then the group split up, one group walked two small trails and then stopped in for lunch, the other group was able to hike part of the Fitz Roy Trail. This trail leads steadily uphill for 4km and is quite a challenge for untrained hikers. But it's definitely worth the effort. There are plenty of places along the way where the included packed lunch can be eaten. A little more time could be available for the hike. Otherwise absolutely recommendable for hiking fans, who should possibly stay there for one or the other day.

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November 20, 2022

Product ID: 233572