Nice to see the town appear behind the mountains after a long day of trekking, this is the trail to Laguna Torre.
El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is located in the riverside of Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park (section Reserva Nacional Zona Viedma) at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Chaltén mountains, both popular for climbing. For this reason this village is well-visited by trekkers and climbers.
The nowadays National Trekking Capital was founded in 1985. The village is located 220km 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. Other visited tracks and sights are Torre Glacier, Laguna Capri, Piedras Blancas Glacier, Chorrillo del Salto and Laguna de los Tres.
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