Dont be put off by the one or two bad reviews. El Chaltan is an amazing place -- a remote valley with a tiny frontier town. There is no cell service in the whole town, no chain stores, no chain restaurants. The difference between El Chaltan and Calafate are staggering and I will take El Chaltan every time. La Quinta is a real estancia still owned and operated by one of the oldest families in the area. The hotel itself is built into the frames of the old sheep sheering sheds. Its lovely and remote and you book it knowing you are two km from town. You could walk it, but you can usually get a transfer or a ride from your hosts on the way in and pay for a taxi on the way back (they will give you the number and any store/restaurant in town will call for you). The payback is watching the cows and horses graze as you eat breakfast and the enjoying the countryside instead of the dusty cluttered town. yes,the place was created as a hotel in the 80s and its well done, clean but the style is a bit dated. But you can live with red rugs when you have the mountains at your feet and breakfast includes preserves made at the estancia with local strawberries. They really care about visitors and go the extra mile -- A gluten intolerant visitor was surprised by special bread from one member of the staff while we were there. We also we thrilled to participate in a mate ceremony after touring the estancia. This is a lovely real working estancia and everyone is welcoming and friendly. They will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and i highly recommend it! In town try La Ceverceria and La Tapera -- the best food in town. For hiking, skip the box lunch and hit a bakery in town before heading to the trails -- Que Rica (2nd best) or the place next to Seyenra on Lago del Desierto (amazzzzzzing). It is very worthwhile to book four days five nights and plan laguna de los tres for the best weather day. Taxi to the north side of the park for a one-way hike back to Chaltan via LDLT is a great way to do this hike -- you will have the trails to yourself until the half way point and the terrain is more varied in the north part of the park. Dont skip the Viedma glacier even if you are doing Big Ice in Calafate -- its better here though bigger there. have a great visit!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- La Quinta El Chalten
- El Chalten La Quinta