El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz, Argentina. It is located in the riverside of Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for climbing. For this reason this village was named Argentina's Trekking Capital or Capital Nacional del Trekking. The village was built in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile. Today the sole reason for its existence is tourism. It is 220 km north of El Calafate. "Chaltén" is a tehuelche word meaning smoking mountain, as they believe it was a volcano for its peak is most of the time covered by clouds. The village provides national park information for visitors, as well as commercial camping and a very limited number of beds, catering mostly for backpackers. On the treks outside of the village free campsites are provided. The town is nearly deserted during off-season.