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Road to El Chalten

Address: El Chalten, Argentina
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Ranked #6 of 12 Activities in El Chalten
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Tampa, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I went at peak season Dec 2014, and I had an excellent time. Some key things to know that was hard for me to determine: 1) You don't need a car. The town is tiny and walkable from end to end. 2) Bring lots of cash - can be USD or Euro. Don't count on credit card in this town.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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168 reviews 168 reviews
63 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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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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40 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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