We love this hostel! It gets our thumbs up for consistently high customer ratings and excellent quality scores.
When do you want to stay in El Chalten?
Enter dates to check availability
- Search for availability & prices
- 12 Aug 2020, 3 nights
- 2 Guests
- Change Search
Best Price Guarantee
If you find a booking cheaper on any other website, we'll refund you the difference.
Hostels you'll love
12 Million reviews from our community of travelers.
Your booking is guaranteed and we don't charge any booking fees.
Located in the city center of Chalten and without a doubt, Rancho Grande is one of the best options for cheap accommodations in Chalten.... More...
Hostel Kaiken is a nice property that has free internet access and free parking.... More...
Tranqueras de El Chalten has everything you need to enjoy your stay... More...
It has single, double and triple rooms with private bathroom. Rates include maid service and internet... More...
This backpackers property is located in the heart of El Chalten with a panoramic view of the Andes mountains. The property offers guests comfortable rooms, cooking facilities, laundry, library, living... More...
Mistico Hostel 23 is new and warm a hostel... More...
The Argentinian mountain town of El Chaltén is small but mighty. Since 1985 the town has been hosting those who feel the call of Patagonia's peaks – whether for a once-in-a-lifetime trek or a half-day hike to a viewpoint. You might be fooled by the well-developed infrastructure but don't forget this is an isolated pioneer town. Internet coverage is sparse, while between May and September when the sporting season ends, there's very little going on.
At hostels in El Chaltén you can drink in the high-ceilinged bar of a ranch or surrounded by cowboy heritage on a 100-year-old farm in the backcountry. There's also an El Chaltén hostel at the foot of the cliffs with its own café. Whichever you choose, you'll have the option of dorms or private rooms, some with en-suite bathrooms. Free breakfast is a bonus in many El Chaltén hostels, while others have a restaurant or communal kitchen.
Tiny El Chaltén is barely a kilometre long, so you'll soon know the whole place. Plaza Principal is at one end and here you'll find the first of a long string of bars and restaurants that run the length of Avenida San Martin. A short stroll south of Plaza Principal is the visitors' centre for Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Make a point of stopping by the centre for maps and information before heading into the mountains.
The activities around El Chaltén are all about the Patagonian mountains. Many hiking routes are accessible with reasonable fitness but for experienced hikers there are challenging multi-day trips. Conveniently, most trails start right outside town. You can hike to the base of Fitz Roy Mountain at Laguna de los Tres in a day (although many people do it over two). You could also do the easy hike to the cascading pools of Chorrillo del Salto. For post-walk refreshments, El Chaltén has microbreweries and local craft ales as well as good regional wines.
To get here, you can fly to Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (in El Calafate) from Buenos Aires or Ushuaia. From here regular buses leave for El Chaltén (a 3-hour journey), stopping at the Terminal de Ómnibus south of town. Book tickets in advance during peak season. Everywhere in El Chaltén is reachable by foot but if you're aiming for a trail further afield you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to Lago del Desierto.