El Pilar Libre Parking Lot | Informal Campsite

Argentina

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Last Visited: about 2 years ago
GPS: -49.23435, -72.93082
Altitude: 444.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No

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Sign now says daytime parking only

A second and much less crowded trailhead to Lago de los Tres starts here at El Pilar and we camped in the free parking area. This area has trees so it's a bit protected from the wind but can still have strong gusts from time to time. We slept great here. You can see Fitz Roy from parking area. Not much privacy during day but very quite at night. Probably best for campers with bathroom and indoor cooking/ living space.

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The gate is open now. There's a no camping sign. If you're there at sunrise you might have a beautiful view of the mountains.

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Still closed, we parked 1km before and had no problem with our van.

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Entrance road closed with wooden gate , probably due to off season

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Llegamos ayer por la tarde y nos hemos quedado a dormir en el parquing. Esta mañana hemos ido al mirador de las piedras blancas 10.360 km ida/vuelta, muy poco desnivel y muy fácil de hacer.
Normalmente la gente toma un transfer (bus) a El Chalten hasta la Hostaria El Pilar y recorre todo el trayecto y baja por la cara sur hacia la ciudad. Mirador Piedras Blancas - camping y El Chalten. Trayecto fácil

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We stayed there 2 nights and nobody told us anything. Very quiet. We were alone ! We went for the trek to the Fitz Roy - Laguna Los Tres from here. It's easier and only 8.5 km instead of 10km. And you can see the glaciar Piedras Blancas.
We had no problem with our motorhome staying in the parking all day.

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Signs now say: daytime parking only

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Beautiful spot, NOT SAFE though...We spend three days here until someone broke into our car while we were hiking and took all the money we had. Don't be naive like me...be smart!!!

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We parked 200m before the actual parking lot in a pull out on the right.that was private, quiet and a little more wind protected with some grass next to the car. We found that was a much better option than in the dirt lot. The Trail to laguna de los tres is much nicer from chaitén than from here. You have more spectacular views in fitzroy on the Way to the sendero, a waterfall and the beautiful valley. On this Trail You can see a nice glacier and this Trail is shorter than the one from town. From here it takes 2:15 hours one way if you are fit (9.3km)

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Nice free spot. We stayed two nights in our pop-top tent. All the other cars cleared out by 9pm or so. Tour buses started dropping people off at 8am, but wasn't a problem. We left like we had plenty of privacy. This seems liked a much better option than paid camp grounds in town and the free parking lot at the other trail head on the north end of town.

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A fairly big parking area quite a bit off the regular road. Surrounded by bushes and low trees. We were lucky to not have any winds in these areas end of December. Beautiful mountain views. No one at night; lots of hiking groups in the morning. This stretch of road was already past the national park boundaries. Inside the park, which you have to drive through to get here, there are lots of "no dogs" signs because of a protected deer kind. There was a dog roaming around this parking lot and no signs. We just kept ours on the leash. After about half an hour hike you're technically back in the park. Slightly confusing boundaries. It's free parking in the lot and nothing was prohibiting camping or overnight stays. Had a great night here. Recommended!

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Camped here on a Saturday night to avoid the noise from the busy campsites. Very quiet and if the skies are clear great views to Fitz Roy. Good location as you can just lock up and go out on the beautiful mirador hike which is an easy two and a half hour return and if you are lucky like we were we saw great clear views of Fitz Roy peak.

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A second and much less crowded trailhead to Lago de los Tres starts here at El Pilar and we camped in the free parking area. This area has trees so it's a bit protected from the wind but can still have strong gusts from time to time. We slept great here. You can see Fitz Roy from parking area. Not much privacy during day but very quite at night. Probably best for campers with bathroom and indoor cooking/ living space.

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