TOP 5 Tours in El Chaltel

From El Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

Highlights

  • Admire views of Mount Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres
  • Experience a self-guided trek with a personal map
  • Discover walking through Andean forests
  • Tackle one of the most famous hikes in Patagonia
  • Enjoy the region’s unique fauna and flora

Description

The activity will commence with hotel pick-up at 06:00 AM, with the collection time potentially adjusted during the months of June and July. This tour takes you to El Chaltén from El Calafate for an unforgettable trek to Laguna de los Tres, located at the base of the renowned Mount Fitz Roy.

The trek along the Fitz Roy path spans a challenging 20 kilometers. The duration of the hike may vary depending on individual pace and physical condition, but typically takes between 8 to 9 hours, including short breaks to admire the breathtaking landscape that will captivate you throughout the journey.

The activity kicks off with convenient hotel pick-up. As you travel along Route 40, keep an eye out for local wildlife and enjoy the possibility of witnessing a stunning sunrise over the hills, weather permitting.

Once you arrive at your destination, you will receive a briefing about the trail, as well as walking sticks and a map, before commencing the trek.

During the initial section, you’ll cross the forest until reaching Laguna Capri, the first technical stop. The color of the water and the surrounding nature at this lagoon will undoubtedly leave you astonished, not to mention the unmissable views of Fitz Roy.

Continuing along the trail, you’ll cross the Río Blanco bridge until reaching Camping Poincenot, an untouched campsite nestled amidst the native forest.

Upon crossing Poincenot, you’ll commence the ascent to Laguna de los Tres. This final kilometer is the most challenging section due to its elevation and terrain conditions. However, the incredible vistas along the way, including a panoramic view of the Mother and Daughter Lagoon from above, make it truly worthwhile.

Just when you think you’re about to reach your destination, prepare for another 300-meter climb. But once you reach the top, the overwhelming beauty of nature and the mesmerizing color of the water will leave you speechless. It’s an indescribable feeling.

You’ll arrive in Chaltén at 18:00, and your return to your hotel in El Calafate is expected at 9:00 p.m.

Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Self-guided hike from El Chalten to Laguna de Los Tres
  • Lunch box (if option selected)

Price

From $79 per person

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El Calafate Balconies Experience: 3-Hour 4WD Tour

Highlights

  • Admire panoramic views over the town of El Calafate and Lake Argentino
  • Enjoy an adrenaline-filled 4×4 adventure through the Andes
  • Try to spot condors soaring above you and other wildlife
  • Witness impressive rock formations and beautiful natural scenery

Description

Experience the best of El Calafate with two daily departure options and convenient hotel pick-up. Embark on a thrilling 35 km journey through the picturesque hills beyond the village in a 4WD vehicle. Traverse an enchanting trail adorned with diverse vegetation, reaching impressive heights of up to 1050 m above sea level.

Your first stop takes you to a viewpoint offering breathtaking panoramas of El Calafate and the central body of Lake Argentino. Experience the awe-inspiring presence of the majestic Andes Mountains as they provide a stunning backdrop, with occasional glimpses of glaciers towards Boca del Diablo. On clear days, you might even catch sight of the iconic Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén. Keep an eye out for the magnificent condor, ruling the Patagonian skies.

Continue your adventure along the trail to the Labyrinth of Stones, an exclusive site accessible only through the Calafate Mountain Park. Immerse yourself in the wonders of this Cretaceous formation, dating back 85 million years to when it served as a riverbed. Discover the abundance of fossil remains that have been unearthed here, allowing paleontologists to study millions of years of history.

Afterward, take a break at the Huyliche confectionery for a well-deserved snack before commencing your descent down the northern slope of the hill. Marvel at the peculiar iron concretions known as the Stone of the Hats, a rare phenomenon found in only four places on Earth. Finally, soak in the incredible views of the ever-present Lake Argentino on your way back to El Calafate.

Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting landscapes and geological wonders that await you on this unforgettable adventure.

Included

  • Round trip transfer to/from your hotel
  • Snack and coffee/tea/water

Price

From $52 per person

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El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

Highlights

  • Hike the stunning mountains of Patagonia’s Glaciers National Park
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Fitz Roy and its massive granite structure
  • Soak up the legendary views from Lagunas de los Tres
  • Trek one of the prettiest routes of the Patagonian Andes
  • Breathe in the fresh glacial air and marvel at the epic views

Description

Experience the most classic, breathtaking, and unforgettable trekking adventure in southern Patagonia.

Embark on a visit to Laguna de los Tres, a must-see attraction in El Chaltén that offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of Fitz Roy. Despite being one of the longest trails, the journey is absolutely worth it.

The excursion begins with a convenient hotel pick-up at 6:00 AM. From there, you’ll travel along the legendary Route 40, skirting the stunning Lago Argentino, and make your way towards El Chaltén, a scenic town located 220 km away from El Calafate.

Upon arrival, your transportation will be waiting to take you on an unforgettable 8-hour trek along the Fitz Roy Trail, covering a total distance of 20 km and reaching an elevation of 1,200 meters.

As you traverse various landscapes, ranging from lush forests to more austere surroundings adorned with shimmering water mirrors, you’ll ultimately arrive at Laguna de los Tres.

During the winter season, this breathtaking landscape is covered in a blanket of snow. For your safety, we’ll provide you with crampons and poles to ensure a secure trekking experience.

The first 4 kilometers serve as a warm-up, offering incredible views of the Rio de las Vueltas Valley as you journey through forests and across streams, leading you to Laguna Capri.

Continuing along the same trail, you’ll eventually reach km 8, where you’ll find the Poincenot Camping site and the Rio Blanco. This is where the more challenging kilometers begin. It is crucial to be mindful of the time, as the descent from Laguna de los Tres to the town will take approximately 4 hours.

For the return journey, you’ll retrace the same path you took earlier. However, it’s important to note that there is one detour point to be aware of, which is the Mirador del Fitz Roy. Please refrain from taking this path, as it may hinder search and rescue efforts if necessary. The recommended route is through Laguna Capri.

At 7:00 PM, we will reconvene in town to commence our return trip, leaving behind cherished memories of this unforgettable experience.

Included

  • Pickup and drop-off at hotels in El Calafate
  • Trekking poles and crampons

Price

From $125 per person

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lagoon of the three

Highlights

  • I discovered Laguna de los Tres in the day from El Calafate
  • One of the most sought after hikes in Patagonia
  • Ideal activity for adventurous travelers

Description

The Fitz Roy path offers a challenging 20-kilometer walk. The duration of the trek varies depending on each person’s pace and physical condition, but typically takes between 8 to 9 hours, factoring in short breaks and stops to admire the breathtaking landscape along the way.

The adventure begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel. As you journey along route 40, keep an eye out for local wildlife and, if weather permits, the mesmerizing sunrise peeping over the hills.

Upon reaching the destination, you will receive a briefing about the trail, along with walking sticks and a map to assist you on your trek.

The initial stretch takes you through a beautiful forest until you reach Laguna Capri, the first important stop. The captivating color of the water and the surrounding nature will leave you in awe, with stunning views of Fitz Roy that cannot be missed.

Once back on the trail, you will cross the Río Blanco bridge before arriving at Camping Poincenot, a secluded camp nestled in the midst of the native forest.

Continuing past Poincenot, you reach the start of the ascent to Laguna de los Tres. This final kilometer of the path is the most challenging, owing to its elevation and terrain. However, the incredible views of the landscape make it all worthwhile, allowing you to appreciate Laguna Madre and Hija from above.

Just when you think you are about to reach the end, you will encounter another 300-meter climb. But once you conquer it, the stunning grandeur of nature and the vibrant hues of the water will leave you speechless. Words simply cannot capture the feeling you experience at that moment.

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in El Calafate

Price

From $118.89 per person

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From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Highlights

  • Hike along nature trails starting from El Calafate, the National Capital of Trekking
  • Marvel at the natural beauty from the famous Route 40
  • Surprise yourself with the breathtaking views at Cerro Fitz Roy

Description

Experience the Trekking Hub of the Nation on a guided day trip from El Calafate to El Chaltén. Prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking landscapes and embark on invigorating hikes through this mountain town.

Kickstart your day with convenient hotel pickup in El Calafate. As you make your way to El Chaltén, which lies 220 km away, take in the scenic beauty and cross the Santa Cruz River. During a brief stop at Estancia La Leona, indulge in delectable homemade cakes and a hot beverage.

Venture on, tracing the border of Lake Viedma adorned with its eponymous glacier. Marvel at the magnificent sights of Cerro Chaltén (also known as Fitz Roy) and Torre on clear days, along with the awe-inspiring Viedma Glacier with its majestic icebergs.

Upon arrival in Chaltén, you’ll have five blissful hours to explore and savor the charms of this quaint mountain town. Embark on a guided 700-meter walk to the Mirador de Los Cóndores viewpoint, and take a leisurely 300-meter stroll on flat terrain to admire the enchanting Chorrillo del Salto waterfall.

For the return journey, gather at a predetermined meeting point, and relax as you’re transported back to El Calafate, anticipating an arrival around 8 PM.

Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally located hotels in El Calafate
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • Packed lunch with a bottle of water 500ml (from October to April if option is selected)
  • Lunch at a restaurant with a main course (from May to September if option is selected)

Price

From $46 per person

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