#8 best hiking town is …

El Calafate, Argentina

All hikers plan, one day, to travel to southern Patagonia. Towers of Paine photos entice.

And anyone who hikes Paine, should also hike Fitz Roy, Argentina.

Hikers have a choice to base themselves out of Puerto Natales, Chile or El Calafate, Argentina. Though you may find yourself stopping in both, El Calafate is by far the better choice.

El Calafate is a small town in Patagonia, Argentina. …

… an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier (one of the most visited in the world) and the Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre.

… In the last census 6,143 permanent residents were counted

More interesting photos tagged El Calafate, Argentina.

More information on Wikitravel – El Calafate.

Our favourite hike hikes:

Paine Circuit (Torres del Paine), Chile
• Around Monte Fitz Roy (Los Glaciares), Argentina

Those two are the most famous, but there are many more “best hikes” in the Patagonian Andes. Ground transportation is the biggest challenge in this part of the world.

Best months are December to March.

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7 thoughts on “#8 best hiking town is …

  1. Actually, ground transportation is very easy. There are multiple buses per day from El Calafate to both Puerto Natales (with connection to Torres del Paine) and El Chalten (for Fitz Roy). El Calafate itself is not a very good hiking town, since the parks are a few hours away. But it’s a nice enough place, and the Perito Moreno glacier is awesome. Still, I’d pick El Chalten or Ushuaia as the Patagonian representative for best hiking town.

  2. Don’t get me wrong, I loved El Calafate as well. Just not for hiking. It’s certainly the most pleasant Patagonian city, except for maybe Ushuaia.

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