El Chaltén, trekking capital of Argentina

Province of Santa Cruz • Argentina

Chorrillo del Salto

This is a short and easy trek that goes into the woods at the foot of a hillside. At the end of this trail you will discover a beautiful waterfall of 20 meters high. This tour can be done almost entirely by car or bicycle.

Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 1 hour (one- way).
Difficulty: easy.
Elevation: 10 m.

Itinerary: You can reach the head-trail by car, by bike or walking. At the northern end of the village, take the gravel route towards Lago del Desierto (Provincial Route No. 41) The route follows the river course and as it enters in the foothills you will begin to see the first trees (ñires).

After 30-40 minutes walk from the start of this hike, you will pass the entrance to the "Bicisenda" (bike trail) on your right hand side, exclusively for cycling. If you take this path rather than continue walking down the gravel route that also leads to the trail head, you will be avoiding the heavy traffic of vehicles during peak season.

Finally, you access a well marked parking area before the head-trail. If you arrived to this point by car or bike, you must leave them there and you can start your trek down the trail to the waterfall.

The waterfall is on the last leg of the Chorrillo river before it flows into the De las Vueltas river. The total distance of this trek is only 4 Km from El Chalten.

Note: This trek is ideal for those with little time to explore the area, or who arrived in the morning and return in the afternoon bus.

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