El Chalten & the Fitz Roy
In the extreme north of Los Glaciares National Park, on the foothill of the Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre’s massive granite rocks, you can find El Chalten, Argentina’s “youngest” village, founded in 1985. The Fitz Roy and Torre offer one of the toughest challenges for mountain climbers throughout the world. The first recorded ascent of Mount Fitz Roy was undertaken in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone. The first proven successful ascent of Mount Torre was carried out in 1974, after many partial or controversial attempts since the 1950s. The climbing period is very restricted: from mid-February to mid-March.
Nowadays, El Chaltén offers many trekking trails, for all levels of hiking. Many are not particularly difficult and can be explored alone, and the more challenging ones require a certified mountain guide, to ensure absolute security. Surrounded by the mountains and forests, the visitor will be able to admire the unique animals that inhabit this area such as the very discreet “pudú”, the smallest deer in the world, which lives in dense groves and the “huemul”, an endangered deer that wanders among the woods. Bird watching is also a local highlight, given the abundance of condors, parrots and woodpeckers in one of the world’s southernmost areas.