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El Chalten

The town of El Chalten nestled below FitzRoy in Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina.

El Chalten, the self proclaimed trekking capital of Argentina, is a small rustic town at the base of FitzRoy, in Los Glaciares National Park, about a 4 hour ride from El Calafate, the closest airport.  The town itself revolves around hiking  just as a ski town is all about skiing.  If you walk to the end of almost any street you find yourself on a hiking trail.  The shops, the restaurants-the food is surprisingly very good by the way, and hotels all seem geared to trekkers.  With a very young summer populations it seems like party time every night- although everything closes early.  A few miles out of town there is a scenic overlook, which we visited several times especially when it was raining in the mountains, where you have an unobstructed view of El Chalten nestled below FitzRoy.  I made this image on one of our unscheduled late afternoon trips.


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