Location

Located in the extreme north of Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén can be accessed by plane, bus or car.

By plane

The closest airport is El Calafate International Airport, and from there continue by bus to El Chaltén (215 km / 4 hours). Daily flights depart from Buenos Aires to El Calafate (3 hours on direct flights).

Cabotage flights from:

► AEP (Aeroparque, Buenos Aires)
► EZE (Ezeiza, Buenos Aires).
► BRC (Bariloche, Río Negro).
► USH (Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego).
► RGL (Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz).
► PMD (Puerto Madryn, Chubut).
► CRD (Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut).
► GGS (Governor Gregores, Santa Cruz).
► GDE (Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego).
► COR (Córdoba, Córdoba).
► REL (Trelew, Chubut).

By bus

Due to its remote location, the only possibility of arriving by bus directly is from the town of El Calafate (215 km journey) to the south of the province of Santa Cruz or from the town of Perito Moreno (220 km journey). north of the province of Santa Cruz. Daily buses run to and from El Calafate from October to May, transportation to and from Perito Moreno is not regular.

Some combinations by bus from other locations:

► Buenos Aires - Río Gallegos - El Calafate - El Chaltén (3150 Km)
► S. C. de Bariloche - Perito Moreno - El Chaltén (1340 Km)
► Río Gallegos - El Calafate - El Chaltén (520 Km)
► Ushuaia - Puerto Natales - El Calafate - El Chaltén (1305 Km)
► Puerto Natales - El Calafate - El Chaltén (580 Km)
► Punta Arenas - El Calafate - El Chaltén (820 Km)

Note: approximate distances of the total route in brackets; the symbol - means transfer.

By car

There are two main routes to access the El Chaltén area: National Route (RN) No. 3 bordering the Atlantic coast is the busiest (paved throughout its route) and RN No. 40 parallel to the Andes Mountains. (mostly gravel).

From Buenos Aires by the RN Nº 3:
By RN No. 3 (passing through the towns of Bahía Blanca, Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Comodoro Rivadavia and Caleta Olivia, among others) to the town of Cte. Luis Piedra Buena in the province of Santa Cruz. Then take the detour along Provincial Route (RP) No. 288 (passing through the town of Tres Lagos) to RN No. 40 and finally RP No. 23 to El Chaltén. In total 2755 km are covered.

Another option from Buenos Aires:
The first section described in the previous route is repeated and continues along the RN Nº3 in the south direction until it joins the RP Nº5, which heads west (continuing along the RN Nº3, you reach Río Gallegos to the east). It continues along RP No. 5, then along RN No. 40, which veers north in its encounter with RP No. 11 (which goes to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier) and finally merges with RP No. 23 which heads west to El Chaltén. In total, some 3050 km are covered.

 

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