We spent 5 days in a lovely cabana at Aires del Fitz in the charming, relaxing and laid-back town of El Chalten in December 2012.
We are a family of 4, with two boys aged 9 and 7, on a gap year together and really enjoyed the company of Gonzalo and Veronica, our very friendly, hospitable hosts, with this stay being one of the real highlights of our 5 months so far.
The cabanas are very well appointed, with clean, spacious rooms, very comfortable beds and quality wood finishings. With the combination of the fresh air, we slept wonderfully! We had kitchen facilities to prepare meals, and a comfortable family dining table to eat at. There was a good sized TV with DVD, and a broad selection of DVDs (including for children) to choose from should you wish. The cabanas are cleaned every day and we had a great view of Cerro Fitzroy, the jewel of the El Chalten horizon, right from our bed!
Aires del Fitz is well-placed in a very peaceful part of El Chalten. There is a little supermarket literally just around the corner, and you are just a few minutes walk from the main street, and a really good panaderia for breakfast. There is a little takeaway shop just 100 yards away, and a lavenderia, who thankfully agreed to branch into a new line in shirt-repairing while we were there, even closer.
From a trekking perspective it is very conveniently situated right by the start of the Laguna Torre trek, a really enjoyable 11km self-guided trek.
The family are very interesting and personable and we enjoyed some Malbec together several times during our stay. Our boys enjoyed the company of their young son and also their friendly German Shepherd dog, Rex.
Gonzalo, who speaks perfect English, is well-connected and a very knowledgeable guide for local treks and activities. He really helped us get the very most from our stay in El Chalten. He took us to a lovely trek to a hanging glacier we wouldn’t otherwise have found out about, where this lovely gaucho prepared the tastiest choripan we'd ever eaten, and he even drove us to El Pilar to start our Lagos de los Tres trek. He also took us to catch our bus early in the morning when we left.
El Chalten is already an amazing place with trekking of the very highest quality. We have no hesitation in recommending Aires del Fitz as a base for families, couples and singles alike to make their time there even better and this will definitely be our first port of call on our return.
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