How to Travel to El Chalten, Patagonia

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?


The icy, granite mountains of El Chalten

From Buenos Aires it is a 36-hour coach journey south to the tip of the nation. You will travel first to the city of El Calafate (well-known as the gateway to the great Perrito Moreno Glaciar). Argentina is blessed with a very comfortable and efficient bus service and we would highly recommend selecting the Super-Cama option. Literally translated, this means ‘Super bed,’ as it comes with a fully extendable chair that can be adapted to a bed whenever you please. Believe us, the further you glide down towards Patagonia and the colder the weather gets outside, the more you will appreciate the luxury of Argentine bus travel. Observe Argentina’s stunning countryside, clutching a glass of fine wine and float your way to Patagonia. A journey in Super- Cama will cost around AR$ 700 by bus.

The Andesmar bus on route

The Andesmar bus on route

Alternatively, cut some time for a bit more money and take a plane down south. 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.


Some people choose to drive down to Patagonia themselves

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.

Hiking in El Chalten

Hiking in El Chalten

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