Has anyone taken a tour (3-4 days) of Torres del Paine starting from El Calafate? I am coming from Bariloche and can only get direct flights to El Calafate and would like to find a tour operator that would take me to Torres Del Paine for about 4 days 3 nights and then come back to El Calafate. I suppose I could just take a bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales and then start from there but that isn't as efficient.
Please let me know.
A tour will most probably be quite expensive; I know that there is an agency on Calafate's main street (towards the end where you walk out of the village) that offers tours down ruta 40, they can possibly provide more information. Regular bus (if there is any, I wouldn't know) is bound to be cheaper, and only marginally less time-efficient.
sounds like you´re a few days behind us. We´re already in Puerto Natales and are going to spend the next five days doing the W route.
If you do a tour from El Calafate you still have to do the bus trip across the border and the border crossing so to be honest I´d really recommend getting across over into Chile and getting the trip or doing the yourself from here.
It´s far more "efficient" doing it this way and a hack of a lot cheaper.
The bus from el calafete is at 8am and 8pm (I´m sure) and cost $35 pesos other than on a monday. There´s two companies... Cootra (costs $50)and Zaaj ($35)... dead easy... go to the bus station early and get a ticket and jump on the 8:30 am bus.
Get into El Calfate... one night... do the Glacier (day trip is more than enough) and then get on the evening bus over.... book the bus the day you arrive. Arrive in Puarto Natales at 1pm. Get s hostel for the night (Arratic rock is very nice) and have chats on the route and hire gear and do trips etc.
Next day head out and three or 4 days later get the bus back for your flight out.....
Couldn´t be easier
It´s great over here in Chile anyway... Puerto Natales is lovely and contrary to everything you hear... not that much more expensive that Argentina !
Sorry for the crap typing in the reply... hopefully you can get the jist of what I was trying to say