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El Chalten

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Fitz Roy peak

Fitz Roy peak

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El Chalten is a town in the Santa Cruz Province in Patagonia, southern Argentina, about 220 kilometres north of El Calafate. It's a popular town for trekkers and climbers to base themself while exploring the region.



Sights and Activities

Cerro Chaltén/Monte Fitz Roy

The Monte Fitz Roy, also known as the Cerro Chaltén (meaning smoking mountain) lies on the border of Chile and Argentina. It became known as the Monte or Cerro Fitz Roy, named after the captain of the Beagle, Robert Fitz Roy. The mountain was first climbed by a the French duo Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone. Despite the low height of the mountain it is listed as one of the most technical climbs in the world, because of the almost vertical granite faces. There are years that none of the expeditions that attempt to summit, actually makes it.



Getting There

By Bus

Buses from El Calafate leave at least once daily and take about 2.5 hours.




Aylen-Aike HostelTrevisan 125Hostel86
Condor de los Andes Backpackers HostelAv. Rio de las Vueltas and HalvorsenHOSTEL84
Hospederia ThiamaluAv. Lago del Desierto No 99Guesthouse90
Hotel PoincenotAv. San Martin 668Hotel- GuesthouseAv. Lago del desierto 480guesthouse-
Rancho Grande HostelAv. San Martin 724Hostel95
Pioneros del Valle HostelAv. San Martin 451Hostel83
Hostería KoonekEl ChalténGUESTHOUSE77
Posada el BarrancoCalle 2 no45 Santa CruzHOTEL-
Infinito SurRiquelme 208HOTEL-
Destino SurLionel Terray 370HOTEL-
Anitas HouseAv. San Martin 249Apartment-
Hosteria Pudu LodgeLas Loicas 97 El Chalten Parque Nac Los Glaciares, Prov. Santa CruzHOTEL-
Lo De TriviSan Martin 675 El Chalten Santa CruzHOSTEL90
Lo de Tomy ApartmentAv San Martin 480APARTMENT-
La Comarca HostelPerito Moreno 70HOSTEL-
Cabañas Cerro TorreHalvorsen 110APARTMENT-
Hosteria KaulemComandante Arrua 380, 9301 El Chalten Antonio Rojo 236GUESTHOUSE-
Patagonia HostelAv. San Martin 492HOTEL-
Hospedaje Mi RinconCabo Garcia 115GUESTHOUSE-
ESTANCIA LA ESTELARuta N 40 y Pao del Rio La Leo Santa Cruz El CalafateHostel-
Nothofagus B&BHensen, corner RiquelmeGUESTHOUSE-
Hosteria Lago ViedmaRicardo Arbilla 71GUESTHOUSE-



Keep Connected


Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.

You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.

Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.


Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.


Accommodation in El Chalten

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