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Road to El Chalten

Address: El Chalten, Argentina
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Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in El Chalten
Type: Scenic drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Scenic drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Longmont
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We were so fortunate to be on this road on two lovely days going to and from El Chalten from El Calafate. We saw a flock of Rhea (large flightless birds) and a group of guanacos (llama like animals). They are all brown and blend into the scenery so watch for movement. When you get closer to El Chalten you... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Take the bus, sit on the top - right at the front if you can manage - and keep your camera ready! Its spectacular - the view is unbeatable. Patagonia is lovely but this part of Patagonia you can do no wrong - just point your camera and shoot and its exhibition worthy!

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Such a nice ride from Calafate to El Chalten. We took the bus and were amazed by the Lago Argentino and the mountains ahead.

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New Delhi, India
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I didnt find the road much interesting except last 15 minutes before reaching El chalten , one can see superb scenery ..The road from El calafate to el chalten , one come across steppe and dry vegetation but last 15 minutes before reaching El chalten , the views are superb of glacier and el chalten itself with clear peaks if... More 

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Texas
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169 reviews 169 reviews
62 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We rented from Hertz which is the only company that offers complete insurance. The road was fine but the week we rented was very high wind. The rental agent warned us about opening the doors in high winds on the road and to stick to the right side of the road. The drivers in Argentina do not pay any attention... More 

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new jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Since we were three people it made sense to rent a car vs. taking the bus. You see all the Patagonian landscapes - Caribbean blue lakes, rivers, arid plains, Ireland green hills, Arizona steppe mountains, glaciers and snow capped mountains. We also saw guanacos, rhea, wild horses and cows. We stopped at the lone restaurant about mid-way for a quick... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When I first boarded the 3-hour bus journey from El Calafate to El Chalten I honestly thought nothing of the trip. I had no expectations and hoped it would pass quickly so I could hit the trails at the other end. For the first hour of the trip my thinking didn't change as the journey up to that point was... More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were very lucky to arrive from El Calafate on a beautiful day. We had the road for ourselves from La Leona and even had fun lying on the road to take photos. The sun was shining on Fitz Roy and all the mountains around, just the most spectacular arrival in El Chaltén! Very lucky. Some people never see Fitz... More 

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Sunnyvale, CA
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157 reviews 157 reviews
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I read once that Ruta 40 is the loneliest road on the planet. The road to El Chalten is mostly on Ruta 40 and yes, it is one of the loneliest places we have been. The views towards the mountain are spectacular, the road nicely paved and easy to drive. However, between El Calafate and El Chaltén there are no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There are many possibilities from Hosteria El Pilar: you may choose to walk to Laguna De Los Tres during your first day, as long as it's not too windy or rainy 'cause the last part is very steep. Remember to take you walking sticks and good quality shoes. Doing this, you'll see the Piedras Blancas Glaciar and Poincenot. Or, you... More 

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