Patagonia Route Advise

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I am planning to go to Patagotravel forumnia - Usuahia around the 17th of December and then make my way up to Buenos Aires, where I have my flight back home.

I would like to see the areas around El Califate and Bariolche and possibly the Peninsula Valdes but other suggestions are welcome. Any ideas on how my route could go and how long is worth staying in each place?

I would rather travel overland but will fly when necessary.


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Here's how I would do the Patagonia:

From Ushuaia fly or take a bus to El Calafate.
1 day here is enough to see the glacier.
El Chalten is fantastic, if you like trekking I would stay 3 or 4 days.

From either El Chalten or El Calafate take the Ruta 40 trip with Chalten Travel up to Bariloche. It takes 2 days and it's very slow travel along poor roads, but it's a very remote and beautiful area. You also have the option of visiting Cueva de las Manos, a UNESCO site in the middle of nowhere.

If you have time at El Bolson, 2 hours south of Bariloche.
Scenery is equally as good as Bariloche and it's less touristy. Bariloche is worth a few days too, though try stay outside the centre, maybe around Lago Gutierrez.

From Bariloche or El Bolson take overnight bus to Puerto Madryn or Trelew (it passes through all 4 towns). You can see penguins in Punta TOmba near Trelwe and whales in Peninsula Valdes near Madryn. From there either fly or bus to BA.

To save time take overnight buses, they are generally very comfortable In Argentina and good value. We flew the Calafate to Ushuaia leg as you have to change buses in Rio Gallegos and it's a long trip.

Have a nice TRIP 

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I agree with Alejandro.
I did pretty much the exact route he did but going in the opposite direction.

[u]Ushuaia[/u] is quite pretty and so plan for a few days there with Tierra del Fuego, ski hill hike, and maybe boat tour on the agenda.
Then I would catch a bus to [u]Puerto Natales[/u]
if you have the time....go check out the gorgeous [u]Torres del Paine[/u].
I did a 5 day trek there but you can do a 1 day tour if you don't want to trek (or lack the time).

Then you can catch a bus to [u]El Calafate[/u] for the gorgeous Glacier Perito Moreno.
There is not much else to do here so like Ale mentioned, you can do it in one night.

Then catch a bus to [u]El Chalten[/u] which is easily my favorite stop in all of Patagonia.
There are tons of day and night treks here and the scenery is spectacular. It is quite a 'chill' little town tucked into the mountains if you like that sort of thing.

Then catch a bus from there to [u]Bariloche[/u] up the Route 40....
this direct bus only runs twice weekly so work your schedule around that....
it is well worth it.
You can take a bus on another day but it takes you back down to El Calafate and then over to the east side and then up to Bariloche....nicer roads but the Route 40 has spectacular scenery. From El Chalten to Bariloche along the route 40 it takes 34 hours. As bad as that was one of my most favorite bus journeys.
You can stop in [u]El Bolson[/u] before Bariloche....I didn't stop there so I can't offer any advice but I heard it is well worth the stop.
Unfortunately, the Chilean volcano that was erupting while i was there was spewing all of its ash into El Bolson (we even had to wear masks on the bus when driving through the area).

Bariloche is really touristy but is surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Lake District. Stay at the 1004 Hostel here....the view is beautiful and the hostel is really nice.

I rented a car here for 5 days and drove all around the Lake District...mostly on the Chilean side...well worth the car rental and time if you have it. Climbing up mount Otto is nice too (in Bariloche)....beautiful scenery from up there.

Then I would catch a bus East to [u]Puerto Madryn[/u]. I rented a car here too since it was cheaper than doing the 'tour' to the Valdes Peninsula (with 5 of us in the car). We drove all around the Peninsula and saw some awesome wildlife and then I stayed in [u]Puerto Piramides[/u] for 3 days. Most of the whale watching tours are out of this tiny town.
There were a few whales in the area when I was there (pre-season) and I could watch them by climbing up on the cliffs beside the beach. I was with one other person and we were the only two tourists there for the entire 3 days....a rare and awesome experience. Then from there, I would catch a bus to Buenos Aires.

That?s what I did and it was an unforgetable experience.  :y:)

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This is a good route for your tour and its totally safe. Have a happy journey. Best of luck.

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