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Key Info

Glacier National Park

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This jagged, granite-walled mountain towers 11,000 feet over El Chaltén in Southern Patagonia. Mount Fitz Roy, which typically stands obscured in a haze of clouds, was originally named "Chaltén," meaning "smoking mountain" in the ancient Tehuelche tribe's dialect. Today, its title commemorates Sir. Robert FitzRoy, the sailor who guided Charles Darwin into South America aboard the HMS Beagle.

Visitors find the mountain striking as it's the highest mountain peak in Glacier National Park. But they also warn of the exhausting hike and harsh weather that can hinder even the most adept hikers. One TripAdvisor user explains, "Bringing your trekking shoes is a good idea, and be aware that the weather is tricky."

From El Chaltén, visitors can traverse Mount Fitz Roy's challenging series of trails on foot. Park entrance is free, while a trip to the visitor's center (open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) will help you get oriented. Travelers suggest booking a hiking excursion with Fitz Roy Expediciones, a reliable trekking service that equips travelers with experienced mountain guides. For further details, check out Fitz Roy Expediciones official website or call +54 (2293-436424).

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Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains with Chilean Patagonia to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, the Lake District contains breathtaking vistas from nearly every angle. San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, serves as the region's major hub. Towering over the immense Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding national park, Bariloche provides a tranquil setting for lounging outdoors, savoring local cuisine, and admiring the picturesque scenery. But Bariloche boasts more than natural beauty. Venture into Bustillo, the heart of the city, and you'll discover European architecture infused with local hardwood accents, which create a lofty urban setting. During July and August, you'll find idyllic skiing conditions, and, in January, you'll relish prime hiking and river rafting weather. We suggest visiting during November or March, when you can soak up the fresh air, marvel at postcard-perfect views of the Andes, and relax at a tucked away mountain retreat without heavy crowds.

From Bariloche, it's easy to travel to Cerro Catedral's luxurious ski retreat. It's also worth checking out Villa La Angostura (a lakeside village 50 miles north of Bariloche) and San Martín de los Andes (a scenic town 112 miles north of Bariloche). Both feature local craft markets and panoramic views.

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