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Travel to Patagonia, the Argentina side - a dream come true!

Traveling to Patagonia, I spend one week in Patagonia, split between El Calafate & El Chalten which are both great destinations.

by luAbout Me:Traveling through South America and enjoying life! I live in London and have worked for various tech start-ups. In my free time, I enjoy reading, meditating, baking and am always up for a good party!! read more

South AmericaArgentina6 days / March 2022

Highs & Lows

Hiking Fitz Roy - it was the hardest but one of the most rewarding treks I have done.

Buses from El Chalten to El Calafate were booked out far in advance

Itinerary Overview

Traveling to Patagonia, this trip was also one of the best plans I was waiting for. Argentina in general, a country I had heard a lot about, the food and especially the landscapes had me very anxious to arrive. From now on a recommendation, it is better to have many days available to be in this place, beauty is on another level and if you are a person who likes landscaping and adventure, you are where you should be.

I arrived in El Calafate at 6 am in the morning and took a taxi to my hostel. I was offered breakfast and early check-in, which allowed me to take a nap before venturing out to explore the town, its museums and plan my visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier, for the next day. Afterward, I took the bus to El Chalten for some once-in-a-lifetime hiking. I spend 4 days in El Chalten but could have easily spend an entire week there to complete all treks in the area. 

  • 2 Nights: El Calafate
    Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • 4 Nights: El Chaltén
    Hiking

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    When traveling to Patagonia, I would have have more time to spend there.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    On the day I was supposed to depart, I went to the bus station and was told that all buses to Brioche were sold for the next days. I had to change my plans and spend significantly more money to get to my destination than anticipated. As El Chalten is a small, but popular town, make sure to book your bus in advance.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Bring cash and groceries! There are no ATMs in El Chalten and groceries are super expensive.

  • Packing tips?

    During my stay in March it was relativly cold in the morning and got warm during the day. For my hikes, I was wearing a t-shirt, fleece and down jacket. This was perfect as I could lose layers as it was getting warmer throughout the day.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Uber and local buses

  • Booking details?

    booking.com

Lodging

  • I stayed at Hostal Schilling. It was a nice hostel; I enjoyed the breakfast and got some great advice on what to do in town as well as help organising my day trip to the glacier.

  • During my time in El Chalten I stayed at Aylen-Aike Hostel. It was a nice hostel with a supermarket, coffee shop and bakery around the corner. Nice people to chat and hang out with and a stocked fridge to enjoy a cold beer after a long day of hiking.