Glaciar Huemul, El Chalten

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Trek along the scenic route to Glaciar Huemul to see a small but impressive glacier, and by far the most accessible one in the region. The area is ideal for photography, with great variation in the color and form of the landscape. The glacier is accessible by one of the most attractive trails in the region, leading through the ever-changing scenery of rugged Patagonia. Dress warmly, bring snacks and drinks, and wear shoes suitable for uneven and slippery terrain. A visit to Glaciar Huemul represents just the start of the adventure when you use our El Chalten trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • July 11, 2017
    An excellent option for those who do a short trail, with a very beautiful landscape. The trail to the Lake and Huelmul Glacier is well marked, is approximately two kilometers and can be done in less than 1 hour. His home is located almost at the end of the road that runs from El Chaltem to the Laguna del Desierto (aprox. 36 km)
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  • May 25, 2017
    Learn more this glacier was fantastic. In good company, good day and good physical preparation is offset by the amazing visual.
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  • May 24, 2017
    We went with our two children of 2 and 4 years, we take them in backpacks for hiking, the hike is mild with some stretches more steep at the end, but getting there tuuuuudo pays off, the glacier is beautiful and the Lake is a gift!
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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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