Full day tour in which you visit the city of El Chalten departing from El Calafate. It includes stops and quiet hikes to viewpoints, lunch in restaurant and free time to explore the typical mountain village, always accompanied by a guide. It is ideal for those who want to visit Chalten in a relaxed way and without physical demands while marveling at spectacular views of the mountains that surround Chalten such as the iconic Mount Fitz Roy or Cerro Torre.
The tour begins when we pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate at 7:00 a.m. to, then, head towards the mythical Route 40 in the direction of Chaltén. This route borders Lake Argentino, crosses the Santa Cruz and La Leona rivers, and reaches, after 1 hour 15 minutes, the old hotel route called Parador La Leona (almost a museum of the Route 40), where you can have coffee with homemade cakes.
Later, you continue bordering Lake Viedma, with the Andes Mountains in the background and, before reaching Chaltén, you will make a stop at the viewpoint of the Viedma Glacier. From here you can see a beautiful view of the Viedma Glacier, the Andes Mountains and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. These towering mountains are a must-see for any visitor to Patagonia, and the tour provides ample opportunities for photography and exploring its trails. After 3 hours and 220 km journey, you will arrive at the picturesque town of El Chaltén.
The first activity will be taking a 1-hour hike to Mirador de los Condores. From this viewpoint you can see magnificent views of Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the city of El Chalten. Upon descending, you will go to a restaurant in the center of Chalten where you will enjoy a home-cooked lunch. After lunch, the excursion continues visiting Chorrillo del Salto, which is a famous waterfall located a few minutes from downtown while taking a relaxed walk through the forest.
Finally, you return to El Chalten, where you will have free time to explore on your own for 30 minutes the city center to, then, start the journey back to El Calafate, arriving at 8:00 p.m.
It is a perfect excursion for those nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of Patagonia without too much physical effort.