Explora El Chalten
Simplicity, excellence, and the importance of a deep exploration experience are the concepts embodied in Explora El Chaltén. The hotel is located in LOS HUEMULES NATURAL RESERVE, 11 miles away from El Chaltén. This private effort started under the mission to preserve and protect the region’s environmental, historical, and cultural heritage. It spans over 5,800 hectares and one of the main concerns is to protect its magical and unique surroundings. For this reason, the forests and wildlife has developed in perfect harmony with the reserve’s growth.
The village of El Chaltén is located at the foothills of Mount Fitz Roy, within the Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentinean Patagonia. The village has been used as a base by explorers of the mountains and landscapes that have turned this area into a favorite destination among nature lovers and hikers. Los Huemules Natural Reserve has about 16 kilometers of marked trails and a view to the area’s most famous attraction: Mount Fitz Roy. In addition, it contains the Gorra Blanca and Marconi glaciers, with the latter providing an access route to the Southern Patagonian Ice field, the world’s third largest freshwater reserve after Antarctica and Greenland.
The wildlife that lives here includes condors and huemules, torrent ducks, Magellanic woodpecker, the Andean fox, and even the puma (cougar). Surrounded by lengas and native forests, travelers can follow the trails and see amazing natural lagoons, a typical landscape of this pristine place.
The hotel has 20 rooms, of which three are suites. The rooms offer views to the Eléctrico Valley, the Marconi Glacier, and the area’s mountain range, perfectly anticipating the landscapes and explorations that the Argentinean Patagonia has to offer.
Each room and suite offers 1 King Size bed or 2 twin beds,
Extra bed for children*, Crib*, Bathrobes, Slippers, Safe, Hair dryer, Heating, Wake Up Call, Non-smoking rooms*Subject to availability at time of booking.
The hotel provides a full spa service for travelers to refuel their energy after a day of exploration. They have hydromassages, sauna, and a massage room especially designed to enjoy the views of our unique locations.
Their bar offers different local spirits and is the place to share your daily experiences with other travelers, and to plan the next day’s explorations with the guides.
The Argentinean Patagonia is the inspiration for the restaurant's menu, offering different lunch and dinner options that fully renew on a daily basis.
The explorations at El Chaltén are as varied as the surroundings . The area’s geography has towering mountains and different landscapes open to be discovered through treks, overland trips, ice hikes, and even rock climbing, depending on the preferences and skills of each traveler.
The Los Glaciares National Park, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, will be one of the places to be explored. Other attractions to be discovered are the Southern Patagonia Mountain Range, Mount Fitz-Roy, the towering heights of the area, and the surroundings of the Los Huemules Natural Reserve, in addition to the Patagonia forest and its rich wildlife.
The explorations can cover a full day or half a day, in groups of no more than eight travelers accompanied by a bilingual guide trained in their own Guide School. We recommend a minimum of four nights to be able to deeply discover the Argentinean Patagonia, although we assure you that once you begin exploring you will feel that you need more time. Six nights are also a good option to really immerse oneself in the forests, mountains, and glaciers of the Argentinean Patagonia.
Pick-Up Spot and Timetable
El Calafate Airport and Hotels: Free pick-up shuttle between 08:00 and 20:00 hrs. from the El Calafate Airport and the city’s hotels to explora El Chaltén.
Drop-Off Spots and Timetable
El Calafate Airport and Hotels: Free drop-off shuttle between 08:00 and 20:00 hrs. to the El Calafate Airport and the city’s hotels from explora El Chaltén.
Check-In: Check-in takes place as of noon.
Check-out: Travelers must check-out before noon. In case you want to take a half-day exploration, you must check-out before departing and we will take care of your luggage.
*Please arrange the transfer schedule from the hotel to the airport based on the availability on the check-out date.
Prices per person in US$, double occupancy:
October 2022 and April 2023
Nov. 1 - Dec. 22, 2022 and Jan. 2 - March 31, 2023
Dec. 23, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
• Transfer from and to airport on a preset schedule.
• Accommodations and guided explorations.
• All meals, plus snacks and open bar.
• Trekking poles.
• Tickets to nature reserves and national park.
• Access to hot tubs and leisure areas.
• This information replaces and cancels any other previous communication and is subject to changes without prior notice.
Only a 20% down-payment is required to confirm bookings. The remaining balance must be paid 30 days before check-in.
Payment policies for Holidays
When booking for periods defined as holidays, a 30% payment is required to confirm reservation, with the balance being paid 60 days before your check-in.
You can make changes to your booking without penalties up to 14 days before check-in, after which 100% of the reservation will be charged.
Booking changes for Holidays The periods defined as holidays to which these conditions.
• You may change your booking free of fines up to sixty (60) days before check-in.
The following fines apply:
• >60 or more days before check-in: No fines
• >59-30 days before check-in: 30% fine
• >29-0 days before check-in: 100% fine
You may cancel your booking up to 30 days before your check-in, free of fines. If you cancel your booking after that period, the following conditions apply:
• Cancellation 29-20 days before your checkin: 30% fine
• Cancellation 19-10 days before your checkin: 50% fine
• Cancellation 9-0 days before your check-in: 100% fine
For returns and refunds, a transaction fee will be charged depending on the payment method: 3% of the amount refunded for credit card payments and USD 25 for bank transfers.
Booking cancellation for Holidays
The periods defined as holidays to which these conditions. You may cancel your booking free of fines up to ninety (90) days before check-in.
The following fines apply:
• > 90 or more days before check-in: No fines
• > 89-60 days before check-in: 30% fine
• > 59-30 days before check-in: 50% fine
• > 29-0 days before check-in: 100% fine