Take a step back in time! We invite you to visit the home of the pioneer Andreas Madsen, a Dane who arrived more than 100 years ago, and built the first house in El Chaltén. Learn about their daily way of life and understand the adventures and challenges faced by Madsen’s family.
Appreciate one of the best views of Mt Fitz Roy – Andreas didn’t choose this location for nothing!
We start walking towards the Río (River) de las Vueltas and cross over the bridge. We then enjoy a gentle 30 minutes’ walk alongside the river towards Madsen’s family home while we learn about why Andreas Madsen left Denmark for Patagonia.
When entering the home of these pioneers we’ll be able to admire the original architecture of the house, that is still intact a century on; and one of the few places you can see it in our area!
We can also admire furniture and old tools used by the family. On the walls there are black and white photographs of family life that give an idea of what it was like to live in deep Patagonia at the beginning of the 1900s.
We can then enter and sit at Andreas’ dining room table and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with something sweet.
At the end of the excursion we’ll walk back to town, along the same path that we arrived, and reflect on how much El Chaltén has changed over the years.