So I'm heading across to Argentina - start of a big trip around America del Sur. I fly into BA on the 20th November. I've got about a month or so in the area before heading up into Brazil. I'm looking for advice on the following Itinerary (Kind of want to get it sorted - in case of a flight needing to be booked). I'm basically focusing on Southern Argentina - I figure I can hit the north of the country on my way back (as I have a return flight back home from BA).
My first thought was something like this:
Buenos Aires - About a week or so.
Santiago/Valpariso - more keen on Valparaiso but I am sure Santiago has its charms as well.
Pucon (kind of keen to hike the Volcano there)
El Calafate and El Chalten
Puerto Natales for a day or two before doing the "W" Circuit in Torres del Paine N.P.
Head up to Rio Gallegos and get another bus to Puerto Madryn/Trelew and either go to Punta Tombo or Peninsula Valdes.
Back into BA for New Years with a few friends there.
Obviously have no real time restraints and have tried to keep it to a minimum - the distances however are huge. There seems to be one slight glitch in this - Bariloche to El Calafate/Chalten seems to be hard to do by normal bus. The only real information I have is that a company called Chalten Travel runs a 2 day tour that is rather expensive. And there seems to be no other bus company that does it. I don't exactly want to do a tour - And I'd rather not fly - most flights are fairly expensive or go back to BA and down. Perhaps going over into Chile and heading down that way to Los Antinguos? Is that even possible? The other option is a bus to Puerto Madryn and then down to El Calafate via Rio Gallegos. Which would mean I'd be back tracking to get to BA.
So another option would be to follow that same Itinerary above but instead of doing a 'loop' would be from Bariloche to go:
Rio Gallegos and onward to Calafate.
Puerto Natales and TDP
Ushuaia - and a flight back to BA.
Obviously I don't have a 'strict timeline' but would want to be back in BA by late December.