Posted on January 28, 2011
At the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, stands El Chalten, a wonderful town in the Patagonia Argentina which holds the record for being the curious younger people of the country.
Snow, mountains and diverse wildlife make up the natural environment of El Chalten, perhaps the youngest town in Argentina (founded in 1985). Here, where not permanently reside more than 500 people, every year travelers get attracted contingents of wild nature.
They call it the "capital of trekking" and is a perfect destination for those who want direct contact with nature. You can spot more than a hundred species of birds, among which highlights the Andean condor.
Just the "Mirador of the Condors" is one of the privileged places in the area. Be reached on foot from El Chalten and amen to get a great panoramic view of the village, from there you can see the impressive Fitz Roy, a hill into the sunset takes on a reddish color.
Other crossings recommended as suitable vehicles are the tour of the glaciers Viedma, Upsala and Moreno and expedition around Lake Desert, surrounded by an ancient forest of beech and ñires.
A young people
Founded on October 12, 1985, this young town began as an initiative to populate the region, which until a few decades was in dispute with Chile. El Chalten is named after the clouds that usually surrounds the summit of Fitz Roy (in tehuelche "Chalten" means "smoking mountain").
Located 220 kilometers north of El Calafate, you can arrive to El Chalten in different ways. From Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Bariloche and Puerto Madryn there are regular flights to El Calafate (and then complete the journey by land). Another possibility is to travel Route 40 from Bariloche to El Chalten through Perito Moreno (a total of 1340 kilometers).
Beyond these alternatives, the magical atmosphere of forests, mountain snow and justified, leftover, mileage.