El Chalten

El Chalten #1

Photo Spot Summary

Country: Argentina

Category: Travel

City: El Chaltén

GPS Latitude: -49.331493

GPS Longitude: -72.886322


The best way to get to El Chalten is by bus (or minibus) from El Calafate, Argentina.

Photo Spot Details

El Chalten is famous for it’s renowned mountains, Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. From photographers angle, I always recommend taking with you all the water-proof gear, e.g. raincoats and protection for your camera. Up in the mountains, in the base of Fitz Roy it is super-windy there and you can hardly stand, so I don’t think you can hold your tripod, which would be there an additional weight.

I’d recommend going there for 2-3 days and spend a night in El Chalten village (it’s costly though), so as you can start hiking early in the morning and catch glamorous morning light.

El Chalten #2
X-E1 + XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS @ 55mm, ISO 800, 10/7500, f/13.0

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Stan Dvorak

This is a mountain photographers paradise! I spent 3 weeks in El Chalten during the month of February in 2012 and 2014. February is the best month for the most stable weather and while there we had diverse weather. There is plenty to do in El Chalten when the days are could and rainy. Most areas are accessible via day hikes and we waited out the weather for the best hikes to Laguna Torre, Loma del Pliegue Tombado and Laguna de Los Tres. During the 3 weeks that we were there we were able to do these hikes twice. Got some really nice photos! On less favorable days one can hike to the famed Estancia Fitz Roy which was settled in 1901 by Andreas Madson to help protect the borders with Chile. There are numerous “miradors” in El Chalten where there a splendid views of the famed Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Waterfalls and small streams abound in the region; there is abundance of things to do. We recommend that if planning to visit El Chalten, rent a cabin for the length of your stay; it’s far cheaper than staying in a hotel. But plan a year in advance as Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is very popular with trekkers and climbers.

Vijay Pratap Singh

Hi Stan can I have your email id please I want to plan a week travel and took landscape photos I want to know more details if possible.