After our long drive to El Chaltén we finally arrived in the small town. The village is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina’s Santa Cruz province. The alternative name of El Chaltén is Capital National del Trekking. With that in mind, take time to stay there.
We have been blessed with sunshine and no clouds at all. I was able to take this iconic shot:
Even that the official session start is the 1st October, a couple of accommodations and restaurants were already open. But the construction work was in full swing. Beside the fact that it was only 10 to 15 degrees, the weather could not have been any better for seeing the peeks including the Fitz Roy.
With skipping breakfast in order to be early in El Chaltén we need to have lunch first before going on our first hike. With having only 4 hours day light left we decided to start with a small hike to the Punto Panoramico. The peak gives a nice overview on El Chaltén with the mountain range in the background.
As this hike is the shortest and easiest in El Chaltén it can be a bit crowded. It is worth to extend the hike from the highest point to the backside. Hiking in this direction was nice, as we had the path for us alone. Most guest only hike the path to the view point and back.
All hikes in this area can be started directly from El Chaltén. The town has accommodations (hotel, hostels, camping side), restaurants, tourist info, ATM and gas station. Not sure if it was because of the off-season or if it is normally that way, but we were only able to pay with cash in the restaurants and at the gas station.