If you are looking for a nature getaway, then keep driving past the little hiking town of El Chalten along a dirt road on the river. 15k later you will reach El Pilar Hosteria, a cottage complete with a white picket fence nestled among the mountains.
El Pilar is a great place to start your El Chalten hiking from – but make sure you plan a few days there to really enjoy the atmosphere and view. They have bikes to utilize for getting into town or exploring the areas, and many other outdoor activities. You can do a number of hikes from the Hosteria and back allowing you to have a bit of pampering and a comfortable bed at night. In retrospect – that’s probably how I would have organized my trip instead of doing the camping. You can easily hike to the Fitz Roy lookout from El Pilar and back in a day.
The hosteria is like an oasis of comfort with a number of sitting areas filled with light and great views. Fireplaces are throughout the cottage and each corner looks cozy and inviting. There's also a porch where you can sit and enjoy views of Fitz Roy and listen to the river trickle past.
It provides you a more atmospheric and secluded alternative from the lovely but touristic town of El Chalten. Plus you get to meet Cristina and Guillermo who manage the hosteria and cook up amazing feasts serving them with big smiles. They were two of the nicest people I met in all of Argentina.
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