Cerro Fitz Roy, El Chalten

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Mountain Hiking Trail
Poking above the horizon like a pair of cat's ears, the peaks of Cerro Fitz Roy offer one of Patagonia's iconic sights. Each year, hundreds of climbers from across the globe flock to the mountain range to test their skill on one of the most technically difficult climbs in the world. Only the most experienced have a realistic chance of reaching the top, but the mountains offer plenty more to keep other visitors entertained. Make the arduous day trek to the mountain to earn the view of your life, or go camping in the surrounding area for a wild experience. Using our world travel planner, El Chalten attractions like Cerro Fitz Roy can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I recommend taking a day and quit with car from El Calafate to El Chaltén, visit the National Park and breathe fresh air.
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  • Excellent nature of the place, unique, the best that I saw on the trip. The village is very quiet.
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  • Love this place... hike of 3 to 5 hours... during the summer is great since you can visit several viewpoints...
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Where to stay in El Chalten

Thanks to the city's small size, almost all of the accommodation options in El Chalten are within easy walking distance of anything of note in town. Most "hotels" are in fact cozy alpine-style lodges catering to international visitors, and tend to be on the pricier side due to their upscale amenities. Alternatively, you can stay in one of the many campsites outside town, though weather here can be harsh. During the high season in January and February, you'll need to book at least a month or two in advance as lodging fills up fast. Keep in mind that El Chalten depends heavily on seasonal tourism for its income, and many hotels and lodges, particularly smaller, family-run affairs, close down during the winter off-season. On the flip side, many of those that remain open offer lower winter rates.
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