Useful information to visit El Chaltén

Useful information to visit El Chaltén

In this article you will find all the useful information to visit El Chalten, one of the most beautiful destinations in Patagonia.

We invite you to a unique experience in the south of the Argentine Patagonia, contemplating imposing landscapes, thousand-year-old glaciers, great lakes and snowy peaks. To the southwest of the province of Santa Cruz, 90 kilometers from the mythical route 40, after crossing the entire stretch of Lake Viedma along an asphalt road, you arrive at El Chalten. Touring the Patagonian Steppe in its fullness to reach the Cordillera de los Andes, arriving at the destination wonder the view and the soul. National Capital of Trekking with a variety of trails of different degrees of difficulty, from low to high physical demands.

When to go?

The high season is recorded during the austral summer, from December to March, so it is essential to reserve the accommodation that suits your needs with some anticipation. Normally, the opening of stores, restaurants and travel agencies begins in the month of October, with the month of November marking the beginning of the season with the highest frequency of daily buses to and from El Calafate. As of April, most of the establishments and shops close their doors until next season, but it is increasingly possible to find accommodation open all year.

What clothes do I wear?

The weather in this locality is predominantly “Dry” and the great seasonal thermal variations do not prevent to enjoy the different options of walks.

Winds of the West and Southwest predominate. During the summer the frequency and intensity of the winds is greater.

As for clothes, it is advisable to always be casual and as comfortable as possible. Windbreaker with hood and coats such as gloves, scarf, jacket, socks, footwear is especially recommended training shoes or footwear for trekking and do not forget a pair of sun glasses and UV protection factor 40.

Traveling to El Chalten

The nearest international airport is located in the town of El Calafate, 220 km away by asphalt. Once arrived at El Calafate, you can take a bus (with different schedules in the morning and in the afternoon) to El Chalten. 3 hours of travel approximately.

Another option is to arrive with your private vehicle or rent one.


The legal currency is the Argentine Peso, there are coins from $ 0.05 to $ 2 and $ 2 to $ 1000 bills.

There are two ATMs in the Bus Terminal, from which you can obtain cash with your four-digit personal password. Get advice at your bank before leaving home. One factor to consider is that the high demand in high season may cashiers are cashless. Not all hotels, shops, bars or restaurants receive credit cards. In the city of El Calafate there are several ATMs: Link, Visa electron and Banelco.

Practical Tips

  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Wear comfortable and waterproof shoes.
  • Carry a bottle with water and food that provides energy such as chocolate, raisins, dried fruit, etc.
  • Remember to always bring your waste back. You will find trash cans at the beginning of each path.
  • Bring sunglasses and a flashlight.
  • It is not allowed to make a fire in any place under any circumstance.
  • In case of camping bring a  heater and a container to wash the utensils.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Calculate well the time of walk not to return at night, keep in mind that the climate is not the same in the town that in the mountain.
  • Avoid annoying noises.
  • You can not enter with pets.
  • Walk through the enabled paths.

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