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El Chalten

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Mountains · Historic Walking Areas · Bodies of Water
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia. Built only in 1985 as leverage in a border dispute with Chile, El Chalten has since transformed into a tourist hub thanks to its proximity to both the Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountain ranges. Thousands of foreign visitors flock to the small town each year, and things to do in El Chalten universally involve expeditions into the dramatic surroudings, with plenty of tour operators offering options of varying length and difficulty. Back in town, the infrastructure revolves around keeping visiting trekkers happy, fed, and well equipped for adventure. Use our world travel planner: El Chalten and all its delights await.
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