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. Make Road to El Chalten part of your personalized El Chalten itinerary using our El Chalten vacation generator.
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  • For those who seek a drive with beautiful scenery; they found! It takes approximately 2:30 from Calafate, the visitor is rewarded with the omnipresence of Mount Fitz Roy, guanacos ready for more beautiful pictures, a highway and all the charm of El Chaten town which is the main base for backpackers and climbers.
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  • This tour is a little tiring but very interesting to do to enjoy the beautiful view of the region. The city of El Chalten that tb is very cool with old film American face hehehe.
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  • The trip from El Calafate from El Chaltén, is very nice, with a beautiful view of Fitz Roy, all paved, but be careful in times of low temperatures, as in parts it forms ice, especially when the route is in the shade of a rock formation. Even though the town is small, struck me so much that I hardly heard Spanish on the street, many backpackers from around the world, something is the capital of trekking, the places is that since there are incredible and most can be reached on foot from the village, or with a minimum of physical state can reach Lakes , mountains, glaciers and with any vehicle is the path to the Laguna del Desierto, glacier Huemul and so many other places...
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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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