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El Chaltén Day Trip

Explore the National Trekking Capital.

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  • Lake and mount Fitz Roy
  • Travelers trekking inEl Chaltén
  • El Chaltén landscape
  • Mount Fitz Roy
  • Chalten landscape
  • Horse in El Chaltén near a river
  • Waterfall in El Chaltén
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El Calafate
1 day
English and Spanish
Starts: From El Calafate at 7:30 a.m.
Ends: At the same point of departure at 8:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!

In El Chaltén Day Trip you will have the opportunity to discover the town of El Chaltén, located in the mountains of Argentina and known as the National Capital of Trekking. In this tour you will have two trekking options and you will explore the Mirador los Cóndores, the Chorrillo del Salto or the Laguna Capri.

Be amazed by the incredible landscapes and hike part of these trails. Do you want to know more? 😍 Below we tell you all about it 👇:

Tour details


  • Private transportation round trip
  • Professional guide

Not included

  • Food (available as extra)
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast at La Leona

Important information

If you are not staying at any of the main hotels in El Calafate, please let us know your accommodation, so we can arrange a pick-up point.

The excursion to Laguna Capri will only be available from September to April if the weather conditions are good.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 24 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Chaltén Day Trip

Duration: 12,5 hours

7:30 a.m

Pick up in El Calafate

The guide will pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate at 7:30 a.m. and start the trip to El Chaltén. On the way, the driver will make a stop at Estancia La Leona where you can have breakfast and go to the bathroom. We recommend you try one of their delicious homemade cakes.

During the trip you will have incredible views of mountainous landscapes such as Cerro Chaltén, known as Fitz Roy, Torre and also the Viedma Glacier.

El Chalten road with Fitz Roy in the background

Visit to El Chaltén

Once you arrive at your destination, you will have 5 hours to tour the village and the mountain. If you have chosen the option with lunch, the guide will take you to a local restaurant or deliver your lunch (this option will be available from the end of April to September). If your reservation does not include lunch, take the opportunity to enjoy some of the delicacies that the town of El Chaltén has to offer.

Here we offer you two different trekking options to do from El Chaltén.

El Chalten Village

Option 1: Mirador de los Cóndores and Chorrillo del Salto.

The first option is available every day of the year and is ideal for those who do not want to force the hike too much. The guide will accompany you during the excursion to tell you all about the place.

You will walk 700 meters up the mountain to reach the Mirador de los Cóndores from where you will be able to enjoy the views and the birds that surround it. Then you will walk a little further to reach the spectacular Chorrillo del Salto before returning to the village.

Travelers in Mirador de los Condores

Option 2: Trekking the Fitz Roy trail.

Snow permitting, this second option is available from September to April. This excursion is self-guided and is ideal for a unique experience in the mountains.

You will hike part of the Fitz Roy trail in the direction of Laguna Capri. Once you arrive, you can stop for lunch and enjoy the beaches. You will walk about 8 kilometers round trip through a path without detours.

Capri Lake and mount Fitz Roy

Return to El Calafate

Once the tour is over, you will meet up with the rest of the group to begin the return trip to El Calafate. El Chaltén Full Day will have come to an end, but you will still be able to enjoy the Argentine landscape on the way back. You will arrive at approximately 08:00 P.M. at your hotel.

El Calafate road

What to bring to El Chaltén Day Trip

  • Warm clothes
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots
  • Food and drink
  • Cash
  • National ID card, passport or identity card

Where does the tour El Chaltén Day Trip start

The city of El Calafate is located 3,000 km from Buenos Aires, and 325 km from the city of Río Gallegos, capital of the province of Santa Cruz. The airport has direct daily connections with Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Bariloche, Trelew, Cordoba and Rosario. Several airlines operate this route, being Aerolineas Argentinas the most frequent one. From Howlanders we also recommend you to check LADE airline. 

If you want to arrive by land you can do it by bus. The trip between Buenos Aires and El Calafate takes about 36 hours. From Río Gallegos, the trip takes 4 hours. If you come from Puerto Natales we recommend you to take a bus that arrives to El Calafate in about five hours or hire a private service with us. Finally, if you are traveling from Ushuaia, please check the waiting times due to the crossing of the Strait of Magellan or stopover in Rio Gallegos.

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