Sandwiched in between Washington DC and Milan, Italy, Argentina’s El Chalten has been named 2nd on the popular travel guide Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2015’ list. Highlighted for its upcoming 30th birthday celebration, El Chalten’s transformation into the trekking capital of Argentina has attracted international recognition and earned it this prestigious accolade.
With a population of less than 2,000 people and the closest airport located three hours away, the village feel that El Chalten evokes is among the reasons it was selected for the list of top travel destinations for 2015.
It is in this sense that true adventure lovers are attracted to this destination. Remote, serene and surrounded by gorgeous natural sights, the towering Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre peaks that overlook the tiny mountain town provide a unique wilderness vibe and offer visitors easy access to explore their trails in depth.
However, it’s not only mountains that bring visitors to El Chalten. The neighboring Los Glaciares National Park offers its guests endless opportunities for exploration among its numerous glaciers, lakes, forests and waterfalls. And combined with the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which is the second-largest ice formation outside the world’s polar regions, a ‘nature lover’s paradise’ is really an understatement for El Chalten.
With just 30 years of experience, El Chalten has already acquired a reputation across Argentina as the go-to destination for trekking and mountain climbing. Now, it seems, the rest of the world will have the opportunity to experience the astonishing beauty of El Chalten and see it for what it is: something truly out of a dream.
Written by Will Collier