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Polaroid of the week: The imposing Fitz Roy mountain in Patagonia, Argentina

Polaroid of the week: The imposing Fitz Roy mountain in Patagonia, Argentina

Last Updated on March 3, 2021

polaroid of the week argentina el chalten fitz roy mountainWe spent the last few days in the tiny village of El Chalten in Argentina’s Patagonia region. Celebrating its 28th birthday this year, this ‘young’ village known as Argentina’s hiking capital, has only about 500 residents, but during the summer months (December to March), the population triples. We’re all here for one reason only: to hike or climb the mountains surrounding the village. It is a hiker’s paradise, with trails starting just 50m outside of town, you’re up on a mountain within minutes. Trails range from one to ten-hour hikes and many people camp to awake to sunrises like this one.

The two most famous peaks are Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre, which tower over the rest of the Cordillera del Paine mountain range and can be seen from almost all of the adorable cafes and restaurants in the village. They form the perfect backdrop for this truly beautiful place, and the hiking trails that lead straight towards them allow hikers to see remarkable glaciers, glacier lakes, and a jaw dropping mountain scenery.

Fitz Roy is less than half the size of the Himalayan giants, but the sheer granite faces present arduous technical climbing and while Mt Everest sees over 150 people reach its summit every year, Fitz Roy has only one successful climber ascend to the top every year!

So far, El Chalten is our favorite place in Patagonia, and the 27-hour bus ride from Bariloche was definitely worth the pain – read more about our time in El Chalten here!


Saturday 2nd of March 2013

Wouldn't mind waking up to that every morning! Great shot ladies. It looks like you're having a fantastic time. :) Keep the pics coming. :)


Monday 4th of March 2013

Thanks so much, Ligeia! We are having an amazing time down here in Patagonia - I hope people don't get bored by all the mountain and glacier pictures ;-)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Friday 1st of March 2013

Oh it's SO beautiful!


Monday 4th of March 2013

Thanks, Andi - El Chalten is simply breathtaking.. I highly recommend going there! The scenery is just GORGEOUS!!