When planning a trip to El Chalten you will no doubt be licking your lips with the prospect of reaching the trekking capital of Argentina.Glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest will guide your way around this beautiful destination which still remains one of the hidden gems of southern Argentina. The landscapes are dry and dramatic and will take your breath away with every successful trek. So how do you get there exactly?
From Buenos Aires it is a 36-hour coach journey south to the tip of the nation, which is why most travelers opt for a more reasonable 3-hour flight from Buenos Aires down to the gateway city of El Calafate (well-known as the gateway to the great Perrito Moreno Glaciar). It’s an easy, hassle-free journey that connects you to all the top spots in Patagonia.
There are about 16 flights each day from the capital to El Calafate. Once you reach El Calafate most people connect to Torres Del Paine with a private tour – we, at Say Hueque, offer some of the best tours available.
From El Calafate, either with our specialist private tours or not, you will take a comfortable public bus 3 hours to El Chalten. The route is beautiful and takes you on an exciting journey through the desert of Southern Patagonia. You will pass by La Leona River that connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma. Near the river you will see the infamous La Leona Road House, where Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid were once hidden for almost a month after robbing a bank.
Usually on arrival to El Chalten, the bus stops 15 minutes at the Park Ranger office to provide general advice about the park and recommend certain treks. They are very informative and enthusiastic to share their love for the Park. Be prepared for an exciting day in the bosom of nature at its wildest. El Chalten offers a range of options for all kinds of difficulty of trekking.