Sometimes, you need a break from the mountains. Okay, maybe not but I’m also a huge fan of visiting waterfalls. As you can tell from the many blogs on my website. There is a waterfall in El Chalten that I think is worth visiting, and that’s Chorrillo del Salto.
It’s not a difficult hike and is a great “day off” activity if you’re looking for one. The water is refreshing and the waterfall is stunning. I suggest visiting if you have enough time!
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Why You Should Visit Chorillo del Salto in El Chalten
We planned our hikes during our time in El Chalten by having some “active recovery day” hikes, and this was one of them. As such, this was our 2nd hike after we did Laguna Torre.
If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to eat your packed lunch, then this is the spot!
Where is Chorrillo del Salto Located?
It’s accessible by vehicle and has a parking lot if you decide to rent a car for your time in Patagonia.
You can easily find Chorrillo del Salto on Google Maps.
Things to Know
Being that this is a very easy hike and even easier if you drive, there isn’t too much to know before going. But there are a few things I think you might want to know before heading out.
Things to Bring
Patagonia is known for its huge mood swings of weather, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. It’s what makes this area unique. But it’s a good idea to come prepared.
During the peak season between the months of December to February, there will be warm weather, cold weather, and rainy weather. Here are some things I suggest bringing.
One of the best things about visiting El Chalten is that there aren’t any entrance fees when going on hikes in Los Glaciares National Park.
You can enjoy this hike without having to worry about how it’ll affect your budget!
Is There a Parking Lot?
Yes! There’s a parking right by the entrance to the waterfall if you want to drive there. There seemed to be plenty of spots open, but I’d suggest getting there early, just in case.
Is Chorrillo del Salto Worth it?
Absolutely! I think this waterfall is worth visiting if you have time. We didn’t stay very long because it was crowded, but it was a nice break from the long hikes we’d been doing in El Chalten.
If you’re looking for a short hike with a view, I’d suggest hiking to the Mirador de los Condores.
Chorrillo del Salto Hiking Details
- Distance: This is a 4.1-mile out-and-back hike.
- Duration: On average, it will take people 1 – 2 hours to complete this hike. This depends on how long you stay at the waterfall.
- Difficulty: I’d rank this hike as easy because of the minimal elevation gain.
- Incline: The elevation for this hike is around 465 feet or 139 meters.
- Hiking Guide: A guide is not needed for this hike and is easily accessible by the public
My only regret is that we started this hike earlier because it does get crowded. This is due to how easily accessible it is. The trail is easy to follow and we really enjoyed the views throughout!
The Trail to Chorrillo del Salto
When starting this hike from the Fitz Roy trailhead, there’s some slight elevation gain as you follow the road below. This was the main elevation gain that you’ll experience during this hike.
It wasn’t difficult at all and there’s some views into the river basin with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains in the background.
After around a mile you’ll be on the road for a bit and then follow the signs into a wooded area. We saw many trail runners here and it seemed like a good place to do so!
This part was exciting and it made me feel like we were on a true hike. The trail then cuts across the road again until you’re on a straight shot to the entrance.
Peak Season = Hard to Find a Spot to Sit
I wasn’t shocked when we arrived that there was a decent crowd gazing upon this beautiful waterfall. It was difficult for us to find an uninterrupted view of it but after some time waiting we got a front row seat on some rocks.
It was hard for us to sit close to the waterfall and not have our feet in the water. Luckily, the boots I wear are extremely waterproof and I had no issues.
I wouldn’t say this was the most exciting hike or waterfall I’ve seen. That might be because I’ve seen a lot during my travels but overall, I still really enjoyed the experience! It worked out perfectly for us to get some non-strenuous hiking in as we recovered from Laguna Torre and aimed for Fitz Roy. If you’re wondering if you should visit this waterfall, then I say yes!