EL CALAFATE DAY 3: DISCOVERING EL CHALTEN

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.
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9 comentarios:

  1. Nuestro lugar en el mundo! con mi marido amamos El Chaltén y tenemos el sueño de hacerles conocer a nuestras hijas ese lugar paradisíaco :) Oh! el Chorrillo del Salto, qué recuerdos!
    Nunca había visto la flor del Calafate, siempre vi la planta con el fruto (que por supuesto comí para asegurarme la vuelta jeje) es preciosa!
    Espero que lo disfrutes mucho!

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    1. Es un lugar muy peculiar. El día que fui corría un viento heladísimo!! Pero me gustó mucho conocer este lugar tan chiquito pero tan bonito!

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  2. so beautiful!!! oh my gosh. i want to go there right now

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    1. :) It was so windy and cold but sooo beautiful!

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  3. Amazing shots!!! I would love to visit there and shoot. Your shoes capture it perfectly x

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    1. Thank you Saibh! It´s sucha peculiar and unique place!

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  4. woah, all those mountains look so different from each other! You'd think they were countries apart. So neat how one is always covered by clouds - such a pretty picture! Love your photos, I look forward to them each week :)

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  5. I am so excited to see this town. I should be arriving there in roughly 2 weeks after we see Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia. Where there any trials in particular that you enjoyed?

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