El Chaltén/The City
El Chalten city, things to do and see in EL Chalten
Located at 220 Km from El Calafate, at the foot of the Andes and well inside the Viedma section of the National Park The Glaciers, we find this rough but colourful town. It limits in the South with the Fitz Roy river and in the East with river De Las Vueltas. The imposing shape of Mount Fitz Roy dominates its landscape. Chaltén is the name given by the Tehuelches (ancient inhabitants of the region) to the Mount that Francisco Pascasio Moreno (a.k.a. Perito Moreno, “perito” meaning “expert”, which he was in geography) would name Fitz Roy. It means “wet mountain” in Aonikenk (Tehuelche) and both the natives and the first explorers thought it was an active volcano. El Chaltén still keeps the external appearance of the times of the first explorers, with its appealing and colourful bungalows and rubble streets where “gauchos” from the neighbouring farms, locals and tourists from all over the world meet in a friendly, informal atmosphere.Being the administrative center where the tours to the National Park are organized, El Chaltén offers a great variety of lodging facilities fitting all budgets, a free camping area, paid camping areas and all the required services (telephone, Internet, supermarkets, photo shops and drugstores, where you can rent or buy all the trekking and camping equipment you can imagine.