Road to El Chalten, El Chalten

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Take a relaxing and enjoyable ride through some of the area's most impressive landscapes on Road to El Chalten, a scenic route that stretches for 222 km (138 miles) and links El Chalten with El Calafate. On a bus trip or with a rented car, catch sights of the wildlife and geological features of the area, with herds of guanacos, sheep farms, grazing cattle, and Lago Viedma and Chalten Massif all visible from the road as you approach the town. Stop off in the wilderness to explore the area's many attractive vistas, and at the roadside estancias for light refreshments and locally sourced foods. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Road to El Chalten and many more El Chalten attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's El Chalten trip maker app .
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  • After 5 days in El Calafate, we rented a car to stay over 3 days in El Chaltén. The highway is beautiful. Well well signalled, deserted with many pictures. At the end, the majestic Fitz Roy.
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  • By Patagonia standards, its a good road, no potholes, incredibly scenic, simply breathtaking as you approach the national park and Fitz Roy  more »
  • Most scenic bus ride into a town I’ve ever had. We were lucky with the weather and were able to see all the peaks! The sun was setting and it was just so cool to see the mountains from so far away. I ...  more »

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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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