El Chalten or Torres del Paine? – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 2nd, 2017

EL CHALTEN OR TORRES DEL PAINE

Patagonia is synonymous with adventure, mountaineering and wallpaper-like landscapes. If you love trekking, this should be high up on your bucket list of places to visit.

We love our trekking adventures, having spent ample time discovering the Himalayas during our Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, trekking to the Rinjani volcano crater, the 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and trekking to Ella Rock in Sri Lanka.

Patagonia has two trekking highlights to add to our list: Torres del Paine in Chile and El Chaltén in Argentina. Both offer stunning vistas, images to decorate your Instagram gallery and satisfying trekking adventures you’ll never forget. If however your time is limited, we compare the two to give you an idea of which is best to choose.

Trekking in Torres del Paine: Chile

Torres del Paine is one of the highlights of anyone’s Patagonia itinerary. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was voted one of the 8 Wonders of the World by VirtualTourist.com in 2013 beating off 300 entries from 50 countries.

The trails
The most popular trail is the famous W Circuit, so named because the trail on the map is in the shape of a W. This is normally done in 5-7 days. The climax is reaching the base of the famous Paine towers.

If you don’t like camping, you can instead stay in a nearby hotel and still visit the highlights of the W Circuit as part of day trips. Popular day trip treks include Glacier Gray, the French Valley (Valle del Frances), Mirador Los Cuernos, Mirador Condor, trails around the picturesque Pehoe Lake and the big one, the Base Torres trek.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Breakaway Backpacker – Camping in El Chalten, Argentina

Author: , April 3rd, 2015

Jaime Davila

I met them by chance. 2 girls were sitting next to me on the hostel computer and I could hear them planning something, but wasn’t sure what. So I asked them and come to find out we had similar plans and they too were going to El Chalten after Bariloche. I let them know I had my ticket and they should get theirs soon too because it may sell out. They let me know they wanted to go camping while they were down there one night to wake up and see the sunrise on Mt. Fitz Roy, but were having trouble finding things online.

I let them know to go get the ticket enjoy their time in Bariloche and I will figure everything out for El Chalten. I had already done the view of Cerro Campanario and Circuito Chico and had plans to do nothing the next day because my knee was hurting. I spent majority of the next day trying to find out how to camp there and got it all down.

El Chalten is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The village was built in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile. Today the sole reason for its existence is tourism. It is located within the Los Glaciares National Park at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for trekking. For this reason this village was named Argentina’s Trekking Capital.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Argentina Gay Travel Resources