Originally a climbers' mecca, El Chalten is the youngest town in Argentina and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. The town lies within the park's boundaries, making it possible to enjoy adventurous day hikes to some of its best spots (such as Laguna de Los Tres and Glacier Torre) before returning to El Chalten at night to eat, relax and sleep in a comfy bed.
El Chalten is just a 3-hour drive from El Calafate, which has the nearest airport with daily flights to and from Buenos Aires. It's also home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. See our recommendations for hotels in El Calafate.
NOTE: all prices are a guide only and are accurate at time of writing
Aguas Arriba US$ 300-550 person / night
A lakeside lodge deep in the heart of Patagonia, overlooking a hanging glacier, wonderful hosts, just 6 rooms and only accessible only by boat, or a 20km trek. A wonderful base for off the beaten track hiking, fishing or simply relaxing. Our number one recommendation in the El Chalten / FitzRoy area.
Estancia La Quinta US$ 170 room / night
Authentic and luxurious, Estancia la Quinta is a lovely place from which to base yourself for hikes into Los Glaciares National Park. With several warm and bright communal areas with great views of the landscape, this clean and modern estancia is a great place to relax.
Outside you'll see the estancia's horses and cattle and wake up to great views. 3km outside of Chalten, take advantage of free transfers to and from the bus station twice a day. The rooms are spacious, with huge beds and ample room for luggage, as well as a tv and wifi. The accommodation and quality service here, as well as the delicious food and friendly staff, make this a great place to choose for a relaxing stay.
Hosteria Pilar US$ 90-$150 room / night
Hosteria El Pilar is a colonial-style lodge 20km north of El Chalten. Customers appreciate it's great locations as a starting point for hikes to the Electrico Valley, the Piedra del Fraile and to Laguna de Los Tres.
Pilar offers 10 private rooms, each with en suite, mountain views and an authentic Patagonian feel. Food is traditional, with lots of local cuisine, and Chilean wine, of course! PLEASE NOTE: due to its popularity, Pilar gets booked up around 6 to 12 months in advance.
FitzRoy Adventure Camp US$ 135 person / night
The much loved FitzRoy Adventure Camp is based on the shores of Rio de las Vueltas, a huge valley in Los Glaciares National Park. Exclusively owned by one of Swoop's oldest partners, you'll have a very comfortable night's stay here and be well fed. A night here instead of El Chalten enables you to stay in the park rather than returning to town at night.
You'll be surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see, with stunning views and you'll feel a real sense of adventure. You can use their kayaks on the nearby Lago Condor and mountain bike either north to Lago del Desierto, or south towards Laguna Azul.
Destino Sur US$ 200-$250 room / night
The hard work of the staff here at Destino Sur is recognised each year by customers. A very clean and comfortable spot with modern, alpine-styled rooms, Destino Sur has been a big hit with travellers looking for a lovely place to come home to each night.
Hosteria Kaulem US$ 170 room / night
The views of the FitzRoy from your bedroom, combined with the seclusion Kaulem provides due to only offering four rooms and a cabin, are what customers say they like about this place. Although slightly expensive, the spacious common areas, comfortable beds and powerful hot showers mean that you'll be happy to come home after a long day of trekking.
Hotel Lunajuim US$ 165 room / night
The hotel's great views of FitzRoy, although they may be blocked by local construction work at the moment, are a big hit with customers. Moreover, whilst many places are complimented for their staff, rarely do so many customers leave having learnt their names; at Lunajuim, however, this is often the case!
Hosteria Senderos US$ 140-200 room / night
Senderos - Spanish for trails - is just a 10 minute walk from the trail heads that allow you to discover the natural beauty of Los Glaciares National Park. On top of this, its position opposite the main bus station make its location unbeatable. Take into consideration its highly knowledgable and helpful staff, the Senderos is a safe bet for a lovely stay in El Chalten.
Beds for Backpackers
Aires del Fitz US$ 85 cabin / night
For the independently-minded, or the budget-conscious, renting a cabin at the Aires del Fitz is a good option. In the central part of chalten and about a 10 minute drive to the start of the trails you'll have views out over FitzRoy every day. Warm and comfortable, you'll be equipped with a stove, fridge and sink in the kitchen /living room, along with wifi and cable tv. 4 people can share a cabin.
Nothafagus B&B US$ 55-80 room / night
Just a 10 minute walk from the bus station, customers have been made to feel right at home by the accommodating owners of this Swiss-chalet-styled B&B. Already good value for a clean and cheerful stay, you can stretch your money further by choosing one of their rooms that shares a bathroom between two.
Swoop's 6 favourite hotels & lodges in Patagonia
- For Torres del Paine, see...Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas
- For Los Glaciares, see... El Chalten and El Calafate
- For Tierra del Fuego, see... Ushuaia
- For the Lake District, see... Bariloche and Chilean Lakes
- For the cities, see... Buenos Aires; Santiago, and Valparaiso
- For authentic ranches, see... Estancias
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