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Road to El Chalten

Address: El Chalten, Argentina
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in El Chalten
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Sunnyvale, CA
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153 reviews 153 reviews
41 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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Montreal, Canada
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33 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The sunset on this road was one of the best I've ever seen. It's easy to understand why this road is so iconic because the scenery, the colours, the lighting are just breathtaking. I wish I have done it with my own car so that I could stop and take pictures but we had to take a bus. Definitely worth... More

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Amsterdam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Many of our friends have asked about transportation in Patagonia and I want to stress how easy and comfortable it is to travel by bus. We traveled this way several times, and were always pleasantly surprised about their comfort and punctuality. The drivers are courteous and helpful, and they will get you from El Calafate to El Chalten with no... More

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New Jersey
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Long before we reached El Chalten, I spotted a nice looking mountain range and thought it would be cool if our bus were to go by there. Little did I know that we were heading right for that range as that was our destination. As we got closer, views of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy were taking shape and the... More

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Munich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Could not stop taking photos of the amazing landscapes!! You will see Fitz roy already from the bus/car!

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Singapore, Singapore
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had our hotel owner drive us to and from El Calafate and I must say that its one of the more scenic drives that I have done and what makes it better is the quality of the road - completely paved between these two towns and not winding at all. We came across a lot of guanacos, horses and... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I liked the wild isolated county! Take your time enjoy the freedom, small stop point on river, great empanadas,try them!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

went to chalten on Dec 4 by the 7.30 am bus and were back the next day by the 6pm bus. takes 3 1/2 hours on a scenic route. good photo ops. the caltur bus was quite comfy--just $25 one way

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

To reach El Chalten from El Calafate it will take you around 2 to 3 hours, it's well paved. There is no gas station or restaurants along the road, so be sure to be prepared for the trip before leave El Calafate. It's very easy to arrive there, the road is just straight.

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