Fitz Roy y Cº TorreWe are a family made up of 6 members: Gerardo and Rossana, the parents, Rocio, Macarena, Emiliano and Pilar, our children. 
In 1988, we were lucky to get to El Chalten, and be among the first settlers of this beautiful place. Soon after settling, we gave our first steps in the tourism activity, organizing horse riding trips and transporting goods for expeditions attempting to climb the towering hills that surround us. Over the years we opened the El Relincho camping site, to which, year after year, we have added improvements for the comfort of our guests. Then we added three cabins equipped with warmth and comfort hoping that your stay at our resort will be pleasant and memorable.


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Composite of two pictures released on March 10, 2008 by the environmental activist group Greenpeace showing the Viedma glacier back in 1930 (top) and just recently. The glacier is situated in the South Patagonian Icefield, which sits along the Andes Mountains in the Chilean-Argentine border in southern South America. According to Greenpeace, the Viedma glacier could completely disappear in few decades due to global warming

Country Argentina
Province Santa Cruz
Departament Lago Argentino
Location 49°19′47″S 72°53′15″W
Altitude 450 m
Area n/a
Foundation October 12, 1985
Population Density 324 inhabitants (2001)
CPA Base + 690,2 % (1991, 2001) %
Postcode 9301
DDN 02962
DDI 0054 2962
Official Language Spanish.
Currency Peso.
Passport valid for at least 6 months.
Visa not required (Permission to stay: 90 days).
Vaccinations not required.
Electricity 220V / 50Hz.
Com. Fom. President Sr. Luís Alberto Guevara

How to arrived 

By air, the nearest airports are in El Calafate and Río Gallegos. During the winter, airlines usually change their flights and times, therefore, we suggest contacting them before planning your trip. 

From there, you can travel by land, several companies offer this transfer. See transport companies. 

By land, El Chalten is accessible through Route 40 from the south, from El Calafate, or from the north, through Esquel, Perito Moreno, Bajo Caracoles ... 

El Calafate 220 km
Piedra Buena 344 km
Perito Moreno 303 km
San Julian 470 km
Rio Turbio 517 km
Torres del Paine 579 km
Gobernador Gregores 297 km
Puerto Natales 530 km
Punta Arenas 770 km
Porvenir 765 km
Rio Gallegos 458 km
Rio Grande 750 km
Ushuaia 1060 km
Aeropuerto El Calafate 242 km
Cuevas del Gualicho 231 km
Río Gallegos 539 km
Lago Roca 285 km
Glaciar Perito Moreno 300 km
Buenos Aires 3200 km
Comodoro Rivadavia 959 km
Córdoba 2836 km
Corrientes 3579 km
Esquel 1108 km
Formosa 3725 km
Gobernador Gregores 335 km
La Plata 3100 km
La Rioja 3289 km
Mendoza 2981 km
Neuquén 2127 km
Paraná 3056 km
Porvenir 561 km
Posadas 3729 km
Puerto Madryn 1388 km
Puerto Natales 362 km
Punta Arenas 605 km
Rawson 1413 km
Resistencia 3559 km
Río Gallegos 306 km
Río Grande 645 km
Salta 3686 km
San Julian 406 km
Santa Cruz 306 km
S.F.V.Catamarca 3268 km
San Juan 3052 km
San Luis 2728 km
S.M.Tucumán 3382 km
S.S.Jujuy 3714 km
Santa Fe 3026 km
Santa Rosa 2226 km
Sgo. del Estero 3250 km
Trelew 1326 km
Ushuaia 889 km
Viedma 1893 km

   Available locally 
   - Internet (cyber). 
   - ATM. 
   - Post Office . 

   NOT available locally 
   - Banks. 
   - Exchange Bureaus. 
   - Mobile telephony. 
   - Car rental (Rent-a-car). 

Primitive Inhabitants 

The Tehuelche (Indians who lived in southern Patagonia) meaning of the word Chaltén is "blue mountain" or "smoking mountain". This was what the original inhabitants of this land called Mount Fitz Roy since it is not difficult to confuse it with a volcano as viewed from a distance.


With the exception of birds, there is little information about the different groups of vertebrates in the park. Most of the publications consulted refer to the fauna of the region not including accurate data on the presence of species in the park. The information in this section comes from reports of Rangers and the journeys made by the Patagonia Regional Delegation in connection with the preparation of the Management Plan, coupled with limited data taken from specific literature.

The recorded information on birds in the park is mostly recent, after 1980 - and quite complete. 
So far, about 100 species have been recorded in the park. It would, however, be necessary to complete the existing information on height environments, barely surveyed 

Cóndor (Vultur gryphus)In this diversity, some species are considered of special conservation value, such as the choique or rhea (pterocnemia pennata), the condor (Andean Condor), the torrent duck (Torrent Duck), the white carancho (Polyborus albogularis) and the southern yal (Melanodera melanodera). 
Also of great importance because of their density, are the populations of condor and the crest eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) mainly in the north of the park. 
Species of very low presence in southern areas have been recorded in some wetlands in the National Park, this is the case of the yellow winged thrush (Agelaius thilius), the silver peak widow (Hymenops percpicillata) and the seven colors of the lagoon (Tachuris rubrigastra. These species have been observed in the Tunel Bay area of the Viedma Lake north of the National Park and in the Puerto Bandera ponds in the park boundary. 
Also noteworthy is the presence and nesting on the shores of lakes and lagoons in the National Park of the southern overo oystercatcher (Haematopus leucipodus). 
Some species of southern distribution and few records in the country such as the great snipe (gallinago stricklandii) and fundamentally, the redfish girl (rallus antarcticus) require a special search due to their low population density. The established presence in the national park environment would be of great importance for the conservation of both species. 

zorroThere is no general survey of mammals in the area, thus, the state of knowledge is limited to a list derived from reports of park rangers and older studies covering especially the medium sized and bigger mammals, and some circumstantial data on some species. 

During journeys made in November 1990, traps for small mammals were set in: 
a) Grassland with berberis and neneo, in the vicinity of the Viedma Sectional (Fitz Roy). 
b) A sparse ñire forest adjacent to the de las Vueltas River. 
c) A lenga forest, on the east hillside, overlooking the de las Vueltas River. 

In all three sites, only xanthorhinus akodon was captured. Also, in fox excrement, oryzomys longicaudatus jaws were found. Thus, this is the first data of these species for the park. Residents of the area have mentioned that the red fox appeared in the area after the arrival of the European hare (c. 1926), which would have caused a relative decline of the gray fox; they also speak of the consequent decline of the grassland cat and the wild cat. 
The Chilean area of Torres del Paine, adjacent to the National Park, and environmentally similar, is in contrast, one of the best-studied areas of the Chilean Patagonia. A significant number of modern studies have been done there, especially on the guanacos and the community of carnivores (University of Iowa group and Chilean colleagues), focusing on ecological and behavioral aspects. These studies are useful in that they can provide guidance on densities, ecological features and potential management guidelines in The Glaciers National Park. 

MatuastoThere are two big herpetological (branch of zoology referring to reptiles) regions in Patagonia: North and South or Santa Cruz, which begins in the watershed between the basins of the Chubut and Deseado rivers(451 º south latitude). 

The Santa Cruz Region is greatly impoverished: Of the 60 Patagonian species described to date, there are 56 in the North and 13 in the South, of which 9 are common to both. This means that there are only 4 species native to this region. 
In addition, the lizards make up a much higher ratio of the herpetofauna in the north. 

During several trips, the presence of pleuroderna bufonina was registered in Tunel Bay and a tributary of the de las Vueltas River. Cei (1982) cited in Chilean territory at the latitude of the park, the presence of bufo variegatus, batrachyla leptopus and alsodes coppingeri. They also found b. variegatus in the area of Desert Lake. 
Note: You will need to make an additional effort to determine the presence of these species in the National Park. 

There are no works that refer to the species of reptiles in The Glaciers National Park. The report of the Park Ranger Landívar (1981-1982) records the presence of lizards in grasslands distant from the coast in the area of Punta Avellaneda. In Long Island Park Ranger Landívar (1981) observed a lizard which was about 15 to 20 cm., possibly diplolaemus bibroni, or another species not mentioned for the region. The literature on reptiles agrees to include the National Park area in the distribution of liolaemus magellanicus-lineomaculatus group. 
Cei (1980) quotes liolaemus archeoforus sarmientoi for the northern boundary of the park and bibrioni diplolaemus as outsiders. 

The species recorded so far are: - Puyen Galaxias maculatus in Argentino Lake(Oliver & Cordioviola, 1974). - Perch Percichthys, presumably vinciguerrae in Argentino Lake(Oliver & Cordiviola, 1974) and Viedma Lake(reported by Park Ranger Cerdá). 

Two species of introduced salmonids have been cited: - The rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mikiss). - The lake trout (Christivomer namaycush). 

Both in the Argentino and Viedma lakes. 

caballos salvajesThe European hare (lepus europaeus)is of abundant and widespread distribution. Also common are originally domestic species: horses and cows, the latter quite abundant in some areas, which have become wild. 

A special chapter should be devoted to horses. The estimated population is about 15 thousand animals in the area of the huemul populated Mascarello Valley; this problem and management alternatives should be evaluated. 

An example of this problem poses the following dilemma: 
A control action to eliminate horses could suddenly cause an increase of puma predation on huemuls. 

Huemul hembra con cria (Hippocamelus bisulcus)The park is a site with remnant and apparently isolated populations of huemul (southern Andean deer). 
In January 1992 as part of a grant from the National Parks Administration, the agronomist Alejandro Serret in collaboration with Vida Silvestre Argentina Foundation conducted a survey of the situation of the huemul in the northern sector of the park. The result confirmed the existence of a significant population in the Mascarello River Valley and the western area of the Viedma Lake between the Viedma Lagoon and Seno Moyano (Viedma Channel). 

In 1996 and 1997 the FVSA and The Glaciers National Park Administration continued to conduct surveys in the area and could confirm the importance of this population through the sighting of 10 and 11 animals separately. After three seasons of study, the presence of a minimum of 16 animals was estimated in the area and a density of 0.8 huemuls / km² (Serret and Borghiani, 1997)was determined. 
In addition, there are records of different observers in Torre Lagoon, Torre River, Toro Lagoon, de las Vueltas River, Electrico River, Blanco River, Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, Condor River, Colorado Hill, Huemules Hill, Tannhäuser Lake, Guanaco River, Capri Lagoon, La Rosada Stream and Ameghino Bay. The latter is the southernmost location of huemuls in Argentina. 

There could also be orange chinchillas (lagidium wolffsohni), very rare and of restricted distribution. 
It is worth noting the importance of the Fitz Roy and de las Vueltas Rivers for the torrent duck, where there are a considerable number of individuals or family groups permanently. 



Approximately, 260,000 ha. Of the park are covered by ice, and therefore devoid of vegetation, in addition to some 95,000 ha of lakes. The total forest area of the park is about 79,000 ha., predominantly made up of lenga and burgundy.
The flora of The Glaciers National Park belongs to the Magellan District, the southernmost district. Among the most important shrubs are notro, with beautiful red flowers, calafate, with yellow flowers and purple fruit, and the elder of the devil in the wetter areas of the forest. 

EstepaThe Steppe in the National Park has a high adaptation to extreme dry conditions and a good defense against the cold and wind. Grasses are low, compact plants with folded leaves, stiff and covered with thick cutin, which decreases evaporation. Circular and halfmoon bushes, such as the neneo, are common. 

Below the high Andean vegetation, to the level of the lakes, forests are dominated by nothofagus. 
The upper limit of the forest is on average between 1,000 to 1,100 m high.
Ñire y Lenga
There are tree species within the park: 

The lenga (Nothofagus pumilio) 
The ñire (Nothofagus antárctica) 
The coihue o burgundy (Nothofagus betuloides) 

Of these, the lenga is the most widely distributed and occupies the largest share of the woods. They are found usually covered in usnea (lichen), commonly called "old man's beard," because of its shape in the form of long ribbons hanging from the trees. 

The mountains that fall into the arms of the Argentino Lake are covered by dense and continuous forests. 

In the western areas, as in the slopes of the Mayo Breast and Spegazzini we find the Magellanic forest. In these sectors, from the lake level to a height of 500 m, forests are dominated by the burgundy (Nothofagus betuloides), which in the most favorable conditions can reach from 20 to 30 meters high and one meter in diameter. Accompanying the burgundy are the common canelo, 8 to 12 m high and the elder of the devil. There are also several shrub species. 

The herbaceous layer is open and offers uncinia brevicaulis, lapathyfolia valeriana, viola maculata and several species of grasses. 

There is only one kind of vine: luzuriaga marginata, which is common on the edge of streams or at the foot of trunks. Magellanic philesia, a climbing plant with bright red flowers, has a very restricted distribution. 

Above 1,000 to 1,100 m in height and up to 1500-1600 m (lower limit of permanent snow) are the high semi-deserts. 

Semidesierto de AlturaThis kind of vegetation has very little coverage and mostly consists of xerophytic grasses and dicots cushions, among which are common pads such as bolax and azorella. 

In moist areas, where many small meadows with dense vegetation are formed, there are frequently azorella lycopodioides, epilobium australe, epilobium nivale, alopecurus antarcticus, among other species, often accompanied by empetrum rubrum and reichei marsippospermun cf. 

In some places, just above the level of stunted beech, there is a belt of shrubs more or less dense and dominated by empetrum rubrum pernettya sp. 

Unlike the Northern Patagonian high Andean vegetation, many mulinum species are absent, and instead, there are many sub-Antarctic elements. 

Southern Summer Weather: dry, windy and very variable. 
Average minimum temperature: -2 º C (winter). 
Average maximum temperature: 16 º C (summer). 

The weather is unpredictable in Chalten, having rapid climatic changes. In summer, temperatures range between 15 and 3 degrees. The fast winds from the mountains can sometimes reach gusts of over 130 kilometers per hour. 
However, during the walks and thanks mostly to the fact that the paths are sheltered by the mountains, the wind is not strong and you are also sheltered from the rains. Due to the height, the sun is very strong, so it is highly recommended to take sunscreen and a hat for sun protection. 

ClimaSouthern Summer Weather: dry, windy and very variable.
Average minimum temperature: -2 º C (winter). 
Average maximum temperature: 16 º C (summer). 

The weather is unpredictable in Chalten, having rapid climatic changes. In summer, temperatures range between 15 and 3 degrees. The fast winds from the mountains can sometimes reach gusts of over 130 kilometers per hour. 
However, during the walks and thanks mostly to the fact that the paths are sheltered by the mountains, the wind is not strong and you are also sheltered from the rains. Due to the height, the sun is very strong, so it is highly recommended to take sunscreen and a hat for sun protection. 

CabañasEl Relincho offers the convenience and comfort of its cabins. In the 2006 season we made our first cabin available and in 2007 we opened two more. We trust that your stay will be enjoyable because we have thought of a few details that provide warmth and comfort. 
The cabins are conveniently located over a large site close to the camping facilities which include playground, grills, multipurpose room and breakfast area. 

They are fully equipped to accommodate up to 5 adults with an additional bed option for a child and have 2 rooms, kitchen and bathroom.

      •   Rooms: They feature spacious and comfortable mattresses, allowing the host to transform 2 single beds into a double as needed, bed linen, towels and bath towels. 
      •   Kitchen: cooker with 4 burners and oven, table and chairs, refrigerator and tableware. The cabins equipped for 6 people have a comfortable sofa bed. 
      •   Bathroom: large with bathtub, sink, bidet and toilet. 

Cleaning service: The same will be done every day and does not include dishwashing.
Breakfast service: it is optional, for an extra fee (consult rate). 

Rate: Ask for.

CampingLocated in a vast estate, you will enjoy nature in the heart of El Chalten. 
There are some native trees a few meters off the de las Vueltas River, where you can put up your tent, and stockades where you will find fireplaces and / or chulengos, and space for trailers and tents. 


We have a room filled with tables and chairs, grills, chulengos, hearths and electricity outlets. 
      •   Hearths. 
      •   Reception and multipurpose room. 
      •   Semi-covered shelter. 
      •   Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Restrooms. 
      •   Showers with hot water from 7 am to 1 am.  
      •   Washing machine  from 7 am  to 11 pm
      •   Semi-covered sinks for washing dishes and clothes. 
      •   Store luggage for an extra fee (check rate). 

Rates: Ask for. 

Our town is located within one of the most beautiful places in Patagonia, it tends to have cold weather even in the summer and it is characterized as a place of strong winds and rain, so we recommend that, when preparing your camping equipment,you remember camping tents as well as sleeping bags and personal equipment should be appropriate.