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1. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

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Please critique my routing:

Myself - I can add more days as I have more days off. Trying to accomadate several people on this trip for the Patagonia portion.

4 days BA - With a trip to Iguazu (going to brazil first and then coming back)
3 nights - Ushuasia
3 nights - Calafate
3 nights - Chalten
3 nights - Torres Del Paine

Then fly out of BA or ....

Thinking of starting around the 9 or 10th of November (I can go earlier); going until November 27ish (end of US Thanksgiving holiday).

Advice? Tips? Doable? Best way back from TDP to BA/US?

THanks and appreciate.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4929 posts) 5y

I'd say 2 nights El Calafate, 4 nights El Chaltén. The town of El Calafate is certainly nice, but beside a daytrip to Perito Moreno, there really isn't that much worth doing there - while the hiking in El Chaltén is absolutely excellent, and you can really use an extra day in case the weather is bad.

3. Posted by Tinktinkie (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y


You will be able to do this route in the limited time to your disposal. Argentina is a big country and you will be doing a lot of flying. I am not sure how much you will be enjoying of the cities but you can do it. There are no flights between El Chalten and El Calafate. You will have to take the bus. The distance if I can remember correctly is +- 200 km. El Chalten is beautiful and there are a lot of hiking opportunities.

Have a great trip.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4929 posts) 5y

Oh, hmm, Tinktinkie's post makes me realize that it's going to be nearly impossible to get from El Chaltén to Torres del Paine in a day. (Even from El Calafate it'd be hard; there's regular busses to Puerto Natales, but connecting (halfway there) to transport to Torres del Paine will require advance planning - and the same for the way back.)
So maybe you'd have to split up El Calafate in two visits, and then I guess you'd need three nights after all... Or what you could do is to have your flight into El Calafate connect with your bus to El Chaltén (that's certainly possible; I remember our bus having a scheduled stop at the airport), do that first, and only visit El Calafate itself (whether for 2 or 3 days) when coming back from El Chaltén.

5. Posted by tripeliza (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

4 days BA - With a trip to Iguazu (going to brazil first and then coming back) 4 days ba and 2 nights Iguazú must be ok
3 nights - Ushuasia---2 nights
3 nights - Calafate----- only 2 nights, then take a bus and go to el chaltén!!! the trekking capital of argentina, you can not miss it! lets say chaltén 4 nights is really tireing
3 nights - Chalten
3 nights - Torres Del Paine 5 days

hope it helps!

please, remember that torres del paine offers you to trek for several days and a lodge to stay or just go on a excursion for the day on a bus, if you stay think about 4 or 5 days



Spanish Teacher in Buenos Aires

6. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Im thinking we would want to do more days in TdP. I heard there is a lot to do in Ushuaia?

7. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Also, from BA to Iguazu...should i take 2-3 days to do this? less time in BA then?

since i have 3 wks, but my friends only have about 2 wk; is the patagonia portion of our trip going to be too crazy and not enjoyable? should we cut anything out?

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4929 posts) 5y

Really not that much to do in Ushuaia, actually. A daytrip to the National Park and a daytrip to a penguin colony (there's a whole string of tour companies offering these at the harbour; I forgot their name, but recommend the one company which takes you on a bus to Estancia Haberton, and then on a little zodiac to Isla Martillo, as you'll get to actually walk through the penguin colony with them) - that's about it. If you had more time, I'd recommend lingering there, as it's a very nice little town, but with such a limited amount of time it's rather a waste.

I'd maybe say that your friends will have one of Ushuaia, El Chalten or the Torres to miss out on; El Calafate is a hub which you can go to all three from (as well as the flight to BA), so you can reorder your itinerary every which way around it.

9. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

We have removed Ushuaia from the trip.

Ba 2-4 nights
Calafate 2 nights (glacier)
Chalten 3 nights
TDP 4 nights

Iguazu only for a day? Is it worth me going up for 2 nights to see the Brazil side or is that not enough time?
Thanks for all advice!!!

10. Posted by fedelelok (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Why Iguazu? You should think about the istances and the money you'll pend on that trip, I strongly recomend take a "patagonian trip" including Ushuaia. Advice: be careful about the flights, Buenos Aires airport is the problem. If you ecide to came by bus, be careful. Any further info, 'll glad to help. Greetings !!!