Glaciar Piedras Blancas, El Chalten

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A peaceful hike through the forest takes you to Glaciar Piedras Blancas, a stunning glacier and lake. Part of the Glacier National Park, the heavily wooded area makes a perfect setting for a long but scenic trek along the rushing Rio Blanco. When you reach the lookout point, you can admire the icy cascade descending from a Mount Fitzroy cliff. Keep your eyes peeled--you might even see chunks of ice detaching from the glacier and falling into the lake below. Work out when and for how long to visit Glaciar Piedras Blancas and other El Chalten attractions using our handy El Chalten vacation builder tool .
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  • This hanging glacier can be seen from the path between El Pilar Hostel and Poincenot Camp. It is on the other side of the valley, with Rio Blanco between the path and the glacier. I had not seen a han...  more »
  • The glacier is at various times of the route that leaves the pillar, going to camp and you can then upload to the lagoon of the three and return to el chaltén. It is a beautiful glacier that flows into a lake.
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  • Is a good choice this path, to then reach the trail fitz roy, and if you can do the three lagoon
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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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