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How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

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How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

Not having a feel for travel times/hassles in this area would somebody be kind enough to pick any problems with this itinerary..

2/10/11 fly into P Arenas at 3pm

3/10/11 P. Natales

4/10 TDP [W trek ]

5/10 TDP

6/10 TDP

7/10 TDP

8/10 TDP

9/10,10/10 and 11/10 El Calafate....is this enough time for here ?

12/10 Puntas Arenas....is it easy to get from El Calafate to PA?

13/10 fly PA leaving 1500 to Santiago

Any tips most welcome :]

Brisbane
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1. Re: How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

Is anybody out there ?

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2. Re: How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

Basically it sounds alright, but you haven't given much detail about how you are moving from place to place. From the park to Punta Arenas you will have to change bus in Puerto Natales. Buses from El Calafate to Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas (Cootra, Zaahj) are fewer but a lot of people get their reserved lodging in El Calafate to buy the tickets for them in advance. There are also private tour companies (Always Glaciers, Chalten Travel) which go directly from the park to El Calafate, although they are much more expensive, you save a lot of time.. Although October is early in the season, you should still book the refugios you plan to use now. I am posting a few links which you may not have seen and which might be helpful.

http://www.bus-sur.cl/opensite/

http://www.bus-sur.cl/opensite/

http://www.busespacheco.com/rutas.htm

www.fslodges.com/en/w-circuit-program.html

todocalafate.com/english/…Buses

There is some interesting information on this thread from last year which you may find useful.

www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa…

Brisbane
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3. Re: How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

Absolute invaluable info there thanks DM.

The reason why i didnt go into much finer detail is that i wanted to get the main body of the trip sorted first so i could get the flights booked [i'll be coming from Arica] and from there i would sort out the smaller details. Buses etc

I plan to use buses for all between these places [PN - PA - TDP -EC ]

The smaller details now are.....where does one leave ones main backpack when hiking the W for 5 days. [i would only take a small daypack ]

That info you supplied surpassed all expectations and i really appreciated it.

THX AGAIN ! :}

Santiago, Chile
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4. Re: How does this itinerary sound for TDP etc.?

Glad it helps. I seem to have repeated a website though. This is missing: http://www.busesfernandez.com

If you are stopping in Puerto Natales for a night before the park, most lodging will store your large pack for you. Also in PN, Erratic Rock has a 3 pm free orientation session about current conditions in the park which many find useful and a good place to meet others doing the W.

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