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Hotels in El Chalten

Originally a climbers' mecca, El Chalten is the youngest town in Argentina and the gateway to Los Glaciares National 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

 

 Luxury and adventure lodges   |     Mid-range bases for exploring    |     Beds for backpackers on a budget


Wilderness Lodges

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mid-Range Bases

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Patagonia Hotels

Swoop's 6 favourite hotels & lodges in Pataognia

For Torres del Paine, see...Torres del PainePuerto 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

For the cities, see...Buenos Aires; Santiago, and Valparaiso

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Patagonia Hotels

Swoop's 6 favourite hotels & lodges in Pataognia

For Torres del Paine, see...Torres del PainePuerto 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

For the cities, see...Buenos Aires; Santiago, and Valparaiso

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When are you
thinking of going?

January

See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.

February

February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.

March

March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!

April

In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

May

Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

June

At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

July

Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

August

This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>

September

In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>

October

Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.

November

November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!

December

Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.