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Exploring El Chaltén

El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The mountain village is located in the riverside of Rio de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for climbing. For this and other reasons, this mountain village was named Argentina's “Trekking Capital”. El Chaltén was built in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile. Today the sole reason for its existence is tourism. It is 220 km north of El Calafate.

Weather and Climate: El Chaltén, Argentina

El Chaltén has a mostly dry climate, with very light precipitation distributed on a large number of days throughout the year despite the semi-arid setting; unfortunately bad weather is actually very common in this mountain village. Summers consist of very long daylight hours, very windy weather, and cool temperatures, mostly below 18 °C (64 °F) during the day and below 5 °C (41 °F) during the night. Frost can and will occur in the summer season in El Chaltén. Winters bring snow in moderate quantities, and average temperatures around 3 °C (37 °F) during the day and −4 °C (25 °F) during the night; however, the coldest nights are much colder than this. Spring and fall are variable, but generally cold as well.

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