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El Chalten Day Tours

Kayak Rio las Vueltas

Approach the local operator office in downtown El Chaltén (the town is really small), and take a transfer to Laguna Condor (10 miles out of town) where this kayak adventure experience begins.

Meet your specialized tour guide at the mountain refuge and after a technical briefing and allocation of the equipment, you will start your 13-mile moderate descent back to El Chaltén town through the glacially-formed, windy river.

Before heading out to the river, brush up on your skills by practicing a bit of paddling in the Cóndor Lagoon where your guide will finish adjusting your movements.

Enjoy the adrenaline rush of kayaking down this amazing river for 3 hours, taking a moment to admire the native lenga forest and the incredible Fitz Roy mountain peaks.

Once you reach El Chaltén again, a transfer will be waiting to take you to the local operator office, where you’ll be able to change clothes and have a hot coffee or tea.


Duration: Half day
Difficulty: Moderate
Physical requirements: No experience necessary. Must be able to swim. Should be fit and comfortable participating in outdoor activities. 
Ratio: 1 Guide : 2-6 passengers 
Minimum Age: 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by a parent.
Services Included: Transfer in/out, guide, kyak and related equipment, snacks
Services Not Included: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, insurance


Note: This activity is only offered between November and April. 


Mountain Bike from Lago del Desierto


Start your tour by driving on this 37 km unpaved route between El Chaltén and Lago del Desierto. Once in Lago del Desierto, put off the bike ride for a little bit, if you want, choosing to explore the area, trek Huemul Glacier or travel by boat on the lake. The bike ride back to El Chaltén has some uphill moments, but will generally be flat or downhill. For the most part, the road is in the valley basin of Rio de las Vuelta and there will be many parts where the trail runs parallel to the river.


Duration: Full day, 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Physical requirements: Fit. Minimal MTB experience recommended
Services Included: Bike and related equipment, transfer to Lago del Desierto.
Services Not Included: Meals, guide.


Note: Excursion only possible October through April.

El Chalten: Desert Lake Boat Trip & Discovering Glacier Trek

Start your trip with a pick-up at your hotel, and pass through woodlands and back roads bordering the blue waters of Rio Las Vueltas during the 23 miles to Lago del Desierto. 


Upon arrival to Punta Sur, embark on a 1-hour sail through Lago del Desierto to reach Punta Norte. On the way spot the amazing Huemul and Creston glaciers, and snap your best shot. 


After sailing, disembark to hike one of the trails in the Vespignani Glacier Reserve. You can choose between a 45-minute uneven hike to the foot of the Vespignani glacier, promising incredible views of the northern face of Mount Fitz Roy, an intermediate option that takes 15 minutes, which ends in a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the glacier, or a soft trek in an entirely flat trail where you can wander the forest and the coastline. Regardless of  your choice, your tour guide will be there to assist.


End the day by enjoying an energizing snack from within a dome in the woods before embarking again for the bus back to El Chaltén.


Duration: Full day (8 hours)

Services Included: Transfer in/out, boat ride, trek, snackServices

Not Included: Meals

Note: Excursion only available between October through April.