El Chaltén is everything a trekker would hope for; enough services within the town and plenty of treks just outside. Here, the travelers themselves have an outdoorsy vibe and the morning commute is a march of walking sticks, backpacks and climbing gear dangling behind. Like most of Patagonia, the sole reason people come here is simple: to be outdoors – and it’s easy in a place like El Chaltén.
The park itself is a splendid place, frequented by well informed and friendly rangers, with well maintained trails and sheltered camping spots in all the right places. All this logistical simplicity plus a fantastic view requires only a minimal amount of effort. There’s glaciers and waterfalls, stone towers and peaks, there’s streams and forests, lakes and open meadows – creating a perfect windswept landscape – a very very windswept landscape.
If you cant tell by now I have formed a very high opinion of this place. It’s no secret and it will certainly continue to grow, I can only hope it will remain such a trekkers paradise.