Road to El Chalten

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Road to El Chalten
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Daan H
Utrecht, The Netherlands180 contributions
Driving to El Chalten by your own
Mar 2020
I rented a car in El Calafate and took a day trip to El Chalten. It takes about 2-2,5 hours but driving there increases the joy every 50kms. And the last 50 kilometers impresses you with a view on the Glaciers and Mt. Fitzroy.
Although several tours take you on a 1-4 days trip to do the drive yourselve is an advantage (not stopping at every waypoint and stopping when you like).
I did two smallers walks from noon-16.00 and than returned. As I couldn't find the gaz station in El Chalten I nearly didn't arrive back to El Calafate, please make sure you fill up as there is indeed no gaz station for the 200+ km.
Written March 6, 2020
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robertb1208
Edinburgh, UK17 contributions
Road to El Chalten
Mar 2020 • Couples
Nice drive, not much traffic and plenty places to stop for great photos. Quite a few lamas on the road too. Very easy drive, take best part 3hrs.
Written March 5, 2020
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jungbb
Songkhla73 contributions
Laguna de los tres trail
Jan 2020 • Friends
Very beautiful place and worth to visit,although the last 1.5km are quite steep and rocky..Slowly and continuously i believe every one can reach there..Good preparation is important..Water,food(eat in small amount but should be available for the whole trail period.Hiking pole..
This is my first time experience with hiking in 61 years old with plantar fasciitis,fortunately that i have an excellent guide named Mr.Luciano who help me a lot for both up and down trail...
There are many trails here from easy to difficult..
Written February 17, 2020
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Colin H
Leicester, UK399 contributions
The road to El Chalten
Jan 2020
First impressions of El Chalten are of a scruffy frontier town. Yet within a few hours, you will have fallen in love with the place.

The bus station is one of the most well organised I have been to, with the tourist information centre located within the same building. All the transport companies have offices there plus a great cafe too, which sells classy souvenirs at a reasonable price.

It also sells detailed maps of the area.

There is lots of accommodation in the town so unless it is a super busy period I would think you could always get a room - but you might not have much choice. Your accommodation can arrange transport to the trailheads; for instance, there is a minibus that leaves for Hostel Pillar each day at 0800 or 0930 hours. It costs 500 ARS$ per person on way. It just rolls through the town collecting people from their accommodation and then heading for Hostel Pillar.

There are lots of outdoor shops offering adventures; mountain biking, rafting, trekking, horse riding. Much like other places, you just book that the day before you want to go.

Lots of bars, restaurants & coffee shops too, offering happy hours, burgers, BBQ and pizza. You’ll never go hungry. They do like cash, however, so check whether they take card before you chow down.

We stayed for four nights and came to love the place!
Written February 17, 2020
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Xiaosong Que
Buenos Aires, Argentina10 contributions
My God!!!
Feb 2020 • Solo
The view is awesome! The beauty is mind blowing. I was in owe throughout the journey. It’s very difficult returning to my urban existence after that.
Written February 16, 2020
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alongtheroad
Northville, MI178 contributions
Like Driving Into a Fairy Tale
Jan 2020
We were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day for our approach to El Chalten. The Los Glaciares National Park ahead of us was so spectacular, we kept asking our driver to stop and let us out to keep taking more photos! We were just spellbound! What a stark contrast to the simple ride through the pampas on the way. We did enjoy a surprise stop at an historic little rest area where Butch Cassidy and his gang hid for about a month after their bank robbery in Santa Cruz. Fun seeing that as I'd just read about that robbery in the book I was reading, "in Patagonia." It was a very windy ride, "Mucho Viento" but it's hard to find a more beautiful approach to a city!
Written February 6, 2020
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,625 contributions
The Closer You Get the Better It Gets
Jan 2020
There is one way in and one way out of El Chalten. Fortunately, it is so intriguing that you don’t need a second route.

Stretching 132 miles/200 km from the El Calafate Airport or roughly 145 miles/225 km from El Calafate it is a hard-surfaced high-speed road safe at 110 km/hr except where turns and bridges require a reduction in speed. Traffic in both directions is common but passing is generally easy as long as you pay attention to no passing zones and blind spots. Expect a 3-4 hour trip, perhaps more if you have nice weather for once-in-a-lifetime photos.

Getting there from El Calafate Airport is easy. The road follows the path of a backward C so you Just take a left turn every time you have the opportunity. The two largest lakes in Argentina, Lake Argentina and Lake Viedma, stretch east to west with Lake Viedma north of Lake Argentina. El Calafate is south of Lake Argentina, so you leave El Calafate, or its airport, headed east to go around the eastern shore of Lake Argentina and head north toward the eastern shore of Lake Viedma. Once you pass Lake Viedma, you head west into El Chalten.

The landscape out of El Calafate is interesting, but not remarkable. Similar to areas of the American southwest. At about the halfway mark you will reach La Leona, a must stop for rest, history, bathroom break and excellent food. Plan on 30 well-spent minutes at La Leona. From La Leona, the landscape gets more remarkable with each kilometer as you get closer and closer to the beautiful peaks of the Andes that make Ell Chalten such a popular place with hikers and climbers.

With a little luck, you will see some wild llamas along the way, staying especially alert to the possibility that they may cross the road in front of your car.

There are several turnouts provided for photography along the road but that won’t prevent you from wanting to stop every few kilometers for another picture. Keep in mind, the picture opportunities continually improve, so the next picture you take will almost certainly be better than the one you are taking, and the very best photo ops come once you have passed the clearly marked entrance to the park. If the weather is good, perhaps the best photo-op is the last one provided by a large turnout overlooking El Chalten just before you make your final descent into the town.

Also be advised that the weather and cloud coverage around the peaks changes literally by the second. If you have a great picture now, it may get worse if you wait, and vice versa. Pay close attention to the El Chalten weather forecast. With luck you will have a few hours with bright blue skies behind the peaks.
Written January 12, 2020
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ImmerWandern
Palos Heights, IL7,204 contributions
Great views of Lago Viedma and eventually El Chalten and Monte Fitz Roy
Oct 2019
We drove from El Calafate along the shore of Lago Argentino, then on iconic Ruta 40 (Argentina's equivalent of the US Route 66) north to Lago Viedma. The wide expansive views were impressive, though most of the interesting sights were at a distance. Nevertheless wildlife were easily spotted fairly close to the road including Patagonian grey foxes, Darwin's Lesser Rhea (called ñandú locally) and, of course, guanaco. The turquoise waters of the glacial lakes was a beautiful and stark contrast to the dry Patagonian steppes or semi-desert terrain,

The road was well maintained. There was not much traffic at the end of October, still considered low-season.

Of course the excitement and anticipation rises as you finally approach El Chalten and the Andean peaks start to fill your view. Be sure to stop at the national park sign shortly before entering the town of El Chalten.
Written January 11, 2020
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NYCTRAVELER329
Gardiner, NY69 contributions
Enjoy every moment!
Dec 2019 • Couples
We drove into town around 5 pm. We stopped for pictures although it was cloudy and windy. The pictures were fabulous! Very memorable and glad we did.
Written January 9, 2020
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Momster10
McLean, VA23 contributions
Stunning scenery
Jan 2020
Sit on the left side gong to El Chalten and the right side coming back. You will get the best views of the mountains.
Written January 4, 2020
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