Its iconic mountain vistas are hard to beat – a row of vertical granite towers rising up against a dramatic landscape of forests, gigantic glaciers and milky coloured lakes. The tiny town of El Chalten, in the heart of Argentina’s Glaciers National Park in the Patagonian Andes, makes a great base to explore the Fitz Roy Massif and its surrounds, whether you are a hiking novice or a pro mountaineer. Trails range from easy day hikes to five-day treks affording incredible views.

Sunrise over a waterfall in Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia
Sunrise Mount Fitz Roy (Cerro Chalten) and waterfall seen on Lago de los Tres hike, UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina, South America

While many tourists head to Argentina’s legendary Perito Moreno Glacier – known for being one of the world’s last advancing glaciers – Lake Viedma, half an hour from El Chalten, offers a less touristy experience in which visitors can hike over an other-worldly peninsular that was formed under the incredible weight of the ice fields. From here they can view Glacier Viedma from close-by as its walls of ice break off dramatically, forming icebergs of an intense blue colour.

Image of Viedma Glacier meeting the lake in Argentina
The Viedma Glacier terminating into Lago Viedma on February 25, 2008, Chalten, Argentina.
Mount Fitz Roy image with feature lake
Mount Fitz Roy (Cerro Chalten) rising from Lago de los Tres (Laguna de los Tres), UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina, South America
Views of the El Chalten National Park
Trekking in El Chalten National Park with views over Laguna Sucia of Mt. Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina, South America
The town of El Chalten in Los Gaciares National Park
The town of El Chalten, Los Glaciares National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Argentina, South America

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