Day trip

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams
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Enjoy a day trip to the Argentinian National Capital of Trekking, El Chaltén, a young village in Patagonia, at the foot of the incredible Fitz Roy mountain. Hike along trails past blue lakes and the Andes Mountains, in a natural scenery like never seen.

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Duration 10 - 15 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian
Pickup included
Be picked up from your hotel in El Calafate. Please note that pickup is not possible from hostels or AirBnB accommodation.
Private group available


  • 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
Full description
Immerse yourself in Argentina’s dramatic landscapes and take in panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and lakes. See the nature that played a major role in Darwin’s and Fitz Roy’s research and discover Argentina’s youngest village, El Chaltén, founded in 1985. Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Take the legendary Route 40, which runs alongside Lake Argentino with its blueish-white glaciers.   Cross the Santa Cruz River and hear about Charles Darwin’s and Robert Fitz Roy’s expeditions. Continue to La Leona River, and stop at La Leona Roadhouse, where you can learn the history of Route 40 over a coffee and homemade cake. Walk along the edge of Lake Viedma and see the breathtaking peaks of the Andes mountain range, including Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. After your 3-hour journey, arrive at El Chatén, located in the Southern Andes in a valley where the rivers De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy meet. Admire the young village’s surroundings within the Los Glaciares National Park. Then, decide to either to hike along self-guided trails or remain in the town and enjoy some free time. If you choose to hike a trail, the tour guide will provide you with a map, a lunchbox and advise you on the different trail options to best suit your fitness level. Throughout the year, you can enjoy two short trails to Chorrillo del Salto and Mirador de los Cóndores. From October to April, you can also choose a trail that will take you to Capri Lagoon. If you prefer to stay in El Chaltén, you can enjoy a relaxing period of free time and explore the town. At 5 PM, start your journey back to El Calafate, arriving around 7:30-8 PM. Enjoy a convenient drop-off at your hotel after a full day of discovering Argentina’s nature.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally located hotels in El Calafate
  • Packed lunch with a bottle of water 500ml (from October to April)
  • Lunch at a restaurant with main course (from May to September)
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • Maps with distances and times
  • Drinks with restaurant lunch (from May to September)
  • Pickup in residential or other types of lodgings
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
  •  Hiking trails are not accompanied by the tour guide. Your guide will help you to choose the best self-guided trail from El Chatén and give you maps with distances and times.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 108 reviews

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The day is well timed but long. It allows you a choice of a short hike or a 8Km round trip with moderate to challenging track. The bus picks you up at your hotel or dwelling at about 9-9:30 am thence you travel the 220 Km to El Chaltén (with one stop) then arrive just after The only downside is the lunch box provided - suggest yo get something more appealing and take it with you.

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March 3, 2020

Beautiful scenery throughout the bus journey. It is worth going to Laguna Capri and trying to see Fitz Roy (it is quite common for him to be hidden among the clouds) the initial climb is a little tiring but for those who are used to it it takes 1h to reach the Laguna. The path is beautiful through a forest and beautiful viewpoints between the mountains. Upon arriving at Laguna, it is worth sitting and contemplating the landscape and listening to the birds. We got a full lunch with sandwich, apple and alfajor. In deciding for those who like it, there is a very cool brewery. The guide does not accompany the path to the Laguna but it is super easy and signposted. Watch out for gusts of wind.

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February 19, 2020

There were two problems when I tried to apply from the WEB. 1. No matter how many times I entered the address of the hotel where I stayed, I got an error, and I couldn't copy and paste. (The address will be contacted later because of an error. Select and proceed to the next.) 2. Even if the credit card information was entered on the payment screen, an error occurred and could not be processed (both two types of credit card error) I did not pay even after doing the above, so if I gave up I was wondering when my voucher was sent by email late at night the day before and when I applied, I was prompted for the address of my stay by email and emailed me Even in the morning on the day of the reply, I received an e-mail for an address reminder, so I called the local tour company from the front desk of the hotel, picked up the hotel safely, and joined the tour. We were blessed with the weather and were able to spend a lot of fun. I thought it would be easy to understand if I wrote it on a

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February 17, 2020

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