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Ushuaia to El Calafate

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Ushuaia to El Calafate

I have from Nov 10th to Nov 15th(6 days), starting from Ushuaia and would like to take a flt on the 16th to Santiago, Chile. Ideally, would like to go to Puenta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, & Chalten. I am struggling with transportation from one place to the next and where should I take the flt to Santiago from, El Calafate? Any help with transportation & itinerary would be appreciated. Thank you

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1. Re: Ushuaia to El Calafate

Hi, I don't know about busses. But you can rent a car in Ushuaia, drive to TdP, (one day driving).

Stay there for two days and than drive further on to El Calafate (stay one day) and El Chalten (stay another day).


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Well, here's one way to see everything on your list:

Fly Ushuaia to El Calafate, visit El Chalten, return to El Calafate for 6-hour bus ride to Puerto Natales (and Torres del Paine National Park?). Take another bus to Punta Arenas, then fly to Santiago. Better yet, cut some of these places off your list, as you're going to be spending most of your time getting from one place to another. And keep in mind that it's close to impossible to rent a car in one city and drop it off in another, and completely impossible to rent in one country and drop it off in another.

Maybe you're concluding a few days in Ushuaia on Nov 10. Or maybe you're on a cruise that arrives there that day. Maybe you're going to Santiago to spend a few days there. Or maybe just to catch a flight home or to somewhere else. Since none of us have any idea about all this, it's just about impossible to make any decent suggestions, other than the one above: don't cram so much traveling into so few days.

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3. Re: Ushuaia to El Calafate

Hello. I can’t tell when you can leave Ushuaia for El Calafate on November 10, but here is a general itinerary that includes El Calafate, El Chalten, day trips to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales, and a flight on November 16 from Punta Arenas to Santiago.

Friday, November 10 Fly on Aerolineas Argentinas from Ushuaia to El Calafate nonstop on either the 09:00 flight or the 12:20 flight; get some Argentine pesos downtown for your time in El Chalten (some places to eat in El Chalten don’t accept cash, and the teller machines sometimes run out of pesos on the weekend in El Chalten) and your Perito Moreno glacier day (get about 600 Argentine pesos per person for the park entry fee); use Las Lengas for the trip from downtown El Calafate to El Chalten (about 3 ½ hours long); sleep in El Chalten


Saturday, November 11 Hike the wonderful Laguna de Los Tres trail if it’s not a rainy, overcast day (so that you can see Cerro Fitzroy); sleep in El Chalten again


Sunday, November 12 Go on another hike in El Chalten (see the hiking link above for more hikes; if you were unable to hike the Laguna de Los Tres hike the day before and it’s not rainy today, maybe try for the Laguna Capri hike); take the last bus back to El Calafate at about 18:00 or use Las Lengas again for a direct transfer from your El Chalten hotel/hostel to your El Calafate hotel/hostel; sleep in El Calafate


Monday, November 13 Either take buses to and from the Perito Moreno glacier boardwalks (the bus trip takes about 1 ½ hours one-way; bring your Argentine pesos for the park entry fee) or use Hielo y Aventura for an ice trek on the glacier; sleep again in El Calafate


Tuesday, November 14 Take the Turismozaahj bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (this trip takes about 5 ½ hours; the link below is for last year, but they just e-mailed me the new bus schedule and they still have a Tuesday 08:00 bus in November for this season); get some Chilean pesos for your TdP park entry fee; sleep in Puerto Natales



Wednesday, November 15 Either go on a Full Day TdP tour through your hotel or hostel or use an agency like Patagonia Adventure for this day trip (it takes about 2 ½ hours for the trip to the Amarga entrance station from Puerto Natales); sleep again in Puerto Natales


Thursday, November 16 Take a morning Bus Sur bus from Puerto Natales right to the Punta Arenas airport (see the link below); maybe get on the 13:10 Sky Airlines flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago (they also have a later flight at 19:45); LATAM also has other, more expensive, flights to Santiago that day


If you want to stay in TdP for one night instead of taking a day trip from Puerto Natales, on Tuesday, November 14 you can rent a car from Newen car rental (both automatic and manual transmission cars available) in Puerto Natales after your bus arrives in Puerto Natales. You would then drive about 2 ½ hours to the Amarga TdP entrance station, pay your entrance fee, and then drive about 10-15 minutes to Refugio Torre Central (or Refugio Torre Norte next door; book both under the Estancia sector section of the online booking link) to spend the night there. Reserve a box lunch for your hiking/driving day the following day.



On November 15, you would then have your own TdP tour day, using your rental car. Roads in TdP are crushed gravel, so your ride will be bumpy. You would drive about 1 ¼ hours to the Salto Grande waterfall/ Mirador Cuernos trail and hike this mostly flat trail that has beautiful views of the Cuernos peaks (see the maps below). It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the waterfall and about 1 ¼ hours to walk all the way to Lago Nordernskjold. After this hike, you could then drive about 1 hour to the Hotel Lago Grey area if you want to hike down the short trail (about 20-30 minutes one-way) to the Lago Grey shoreline (to see the glacier in the distance). If you do this, it would then take you about 1 hour to drive to the southern Serrano TdP entrance station (see Guarderia Rio Serrano on the second map below) and then another 1 ½ hours to drive to Puerto Natales on the southern entrance road that passes by the Milodon Caves (Cueva del Milodon). You would then return your rental car to Newen and spend the night of November 15 in Puerto Natales.



Neither of these plans above includes the Towers hike in TdP. I know that no two mountain ranges are the same, but the views at the end of the Laguna de Los Tres hike in El Chalten are similar to the views at the end of the Towers hike in TdP. If you don’t use a rental car and choose a Towers hike day trip from Puerto Natales instead of the Full day TdP tour, you would miss seeing the gorgeous views of turquoise Lago Pehoe and the lovely Cuernos peaks in the middle of this very big park.

Good luck with your planning.

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