I´m heading down to Patagonia in a couple of weeks (probably crazy at this time of year!) and was wondering if anyone there could keep me posted on conditions there and on transport situation in the area.....I´ve heard that a few horror stories regarding the weather there recently so thought I´d check up on it!
Not sure what horror stories you have heard, but conditions don´t get too serious and buses are running without problems. Maybe some will run a reduced service becuase it´s low tourist season.
Weatherwise, here in Ushuaia you can expect quite a mixed bag of sun, snow, rain and wind. Temperatures range from -5c during the night to about +10 during the day. further north I would expect it to be a bit warmer. Where are you going exactly in Patagonia? You could check weather report web sites for an idea of the climate too.
hope this helps,
I think you should only take special care to check on the weather conditions if you're planning on crossing to Chile by land, or otherwise travelling near the Andes. Heavy snowfall often causes the passes over the Andes to be closed down, and you don't want to be trapped there.
I´m currently in Barriloche and trying to find a way down south to el chalten but seems that route 40 is closed during low season? Im getting different replies from different people (bus agencies, travel agencies...) looks like it´ll take over two days to get there
Its about 1500km from Bariloche to El chalten so yeah it´s a fews days travelling. The best way to get there would be Bariloche to Comodoro Rivadavia (about 12 hours), then onto Rio Gallegos (about 8 hours) and then onto El chalten (about 5 hours). You can probably do some legs overnight and therfore arrive in 2 days.
does this help?
Weather reports..5/6 days advance are on the Internet...free of charge with a connection..for the 4 corners of the World. If I want the current weather in Patagonia I don't wait for a reply on a forum, especially from someone not resident there, I go to http://www.patagonia-argentina.com/i/content/tiempo.htm and voila!
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/ARTF0105 Right now 41F in Ushuaia Feels like 34F Drizzle.
All very simple once you know how...save time..learn to surf and research..have patience. Happy Travels-