Viedma Glacier, El Chalten

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Hike on Viedma Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Flowing into the western end of Lake Viedma, the glacier ends in a cliff rising 40 m (131 ft) over the lake and creating an impressive natural sight. The coloration of the glacier, which appears to be striped black and white, is the result of debris collecting in the ice as it moves across the land. Book a guided walk on the glacier with one of the operators providing specialized gear for glacier hiking, or view it on a boat tour. For Viedma Glacier and beyond, use our El Chalten trip planner to get the most from your El Chalten vacation.
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  • Is a nice boat trip to the Viedma Glacier if you're not that enjoy walking. The boat takes you to the gigantic Glacier on the way you remember a few gigantic pieces of ice against all in all a fun trip of 2.5 hours
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  • Great 1 hour boat trip to the glacier, you can disembark and take a guided trek close to the glacier. Trekking on the glacier is no longer allowed.  more »
  • Despite having enjoyed an amazing sunny day at Perito Moreno I have to say that I found Viedma glacier as impressive and more special than the big brother. Viedma Glacier is far less visited so you ca...  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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