Only 220km separate El Calafate from this tourist village, a paradise for lovers of hiking and mountain climbers who challenge Mount Fitz Roy or Mount Torre.
Just like every day, transportation services leave early towards El Chaltén and at the El Calafate bus terminal there were already several backpackers and foreign tourists.
Thanks to the international airport, the Fitz Roy Mount, the Torre Mount and the Perito Moreno Glacier are at hand-reach and highly valued as the most precious destinations in Patagonia.
We had to go along about 220km in order to reach El Chaltén. We set off along Provincial Route 11 and then we took National Route 40. At kilometer 90, the bus stops at the Luz Divina stop, where we got off to drink some coffee and taste the home-baked pie made by Raúl. At noon, there are good homemade meals or a creole barbecue for travelers. There is also lodge for those who arrive exhausted.
We continued our trip, now along Provincial Route 23. The sky was slowly getting clearer and promised a fine day to get to know the youngest town in Argentina.
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Duration: from the city of El Calafate, it takes approximately 3 and a half hours.
Recommendations: Organize your trip so as to stay in El Chaltén for at least two days. There are many places to visit and many excursions to be made, but the weather is usually unstable and may play against you.
Contact: Terminal de Ómnibus
Julio A. Roca 1004 (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 2902-491090
Contact: Chaltén Travel Turismo
Terminal de Ómnibus (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 2902-491833
Contact: Los Glaciares
Terminal de Ómnibus - L. 1 (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 2902-491158
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