Description

Place of passage and meeting place. A classic in the area. Located in the Valle del Río Eléctrico, it has unique views and location. It is an ideal place to spend the night and regain strength before venturing towards the Marconi glacier or the Pollone glacier. It has a camping place and there is also the possibility of staying overnight inside the shelter.

In the area, we also have the Puesto Cagliero Mountain Refuge located in Estancia Los Huemules.

Services

Baths.

Meals.

Drinks.

Dorms.

Camping.

There is no hot water.

There is no shared kitchen.

Paths

Lago Eléctrico.

Laguna Pollone.

Glaciar Marconi.

Piedra Negra.

Paso Del Cuadrado.

Access

It can only be accessed on foot along a low-difficulty path that lasts approximately two hours.

The path begins from the bridge of the Electric River, 16 km from the town by the RP N°41.

You can get there with your own vehicle or regular transport that comes from El Chaltén.

Keep in mind

No prior reservation is needed for the campsite.

You must bring your sleeping bag.

There is no hot water and no shared kitchen.

As it is a remote area, all treks requires registration and recommendations provided by the National Park Administration. Contact Los Glaciares National Park Visitor Centre

What our guests say

Location

Valley of the Río Eléctrico - El Chaltén area - Santa Cruz province - Argentine Patagonia

In the area, we also have the Puesto Cagliero Mountain Refuge located in Estancia Los Huemules.

Distance from El Chaltén: 14,6 miles (10,6 miles by Provincial Route 41 + 4 miles walking in the path).

Distance from Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (El Calafate): 138.6 miles (2.5 hours by car or bus).

How to get to the area

To El Chaltén: From the International Airport "Comandante Armando Tola" or from El Calafate city, there are daily buses all year round; It is also possible to hire a private transfer service, or even rent a car at the same airport.

From El Chaltén to Río Eléctrico bridge: 10,6 miles trough Río De las Vueltas Valley, hiring a taxi. From there, walk along the trail following the signs to Electric Lake for about two hours. See this trek.

Useful information

Argentina, the country

Official language: Spanish.
National currency: Argentine Peso.
Passport: minimum validity of 6 months.
Visas for tourism: authorized period of stay of is up to 90 days.
Vaccination for foreigners: Yellow Fever Vaccine is mandatory only in case of visiting forested areas of the north and northeast of Argentina, the borders with Brazil and Paraguay at altitudes below 2300 masl, including Iguazu Falls.
It is advisable to take out travel insurance to cover medical expenses abroad, including medical transfer.
Electric network: 220V / 50Hz.

El Chaltén

National Direct Dialing Code: 02962.
International Direct Dialing Code: 0054 2962.
How to get there: land route from El Calafate to 215 Km.
Nearest airport: El Calafate at 200 Km.
Climate in the austral summer: dry, windy and very variable.
Minimum average temperature: 33ºF (-1ºC) on winter.
Maximum average temperature: 59ºF (+15ºC) on summer.

Available services in El Chaltén

ATM: Red Link, Banco Santa Cruz.
Postal Mail: Correo Argentino.
Mobile telephony network: 2G, Movistar only.
Fuel: gasoline and diesel.

Services NOT available

Bank.
Money Exchange agencies.