MH Itinerary: From Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Route: Buenos Aires - Bariloche - El Calafate - Ushuaia
Bariloche: Ruca Hueney Hostel, dorms starting at $40 pesos, privates from $120 pesos.
El Calafate: I Keu Ken Hostel, dorms starting at $35 pesos, privates from $180 pesos.
Ushuaia: Patagonia Pais Ushuaia, dorms starting at $42 pesos.
Bus from Buenos Aires to Bariloche: 17 hours, $80 USD for a “cama” (reclining bed) seat.
Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche: 1.5 hours, prices range from $200-250 USD one-way coach class.
Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate: 3 hours, prices are ~$200 USD for one-way coach class.
Bus from Bariloche to El Calafate: 2 days, depending on weather and road conditions. Check here for prices and availability.
Bus from El Calafate (Puerto Natales) to Ushuaia: 16 hours, prices vary widely, check Bus Sur for information.
Flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia 1.5 hours, prices start at $130 USD for one-way coach class.
Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires: 4.5 hours, prices start at $170 USD for one-way coach class.
Many travelers look to the south to complete their hiking experience and trekking expectations. Patagonia is a wonderful place to test your endurance and to view some of the last explored territory on the planet. One of the best options for Patagonia is to travel from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate and all the way south to Ushuaia.
One recommended excursion to take in El Calafate is to travel up to El Chalten to visit more spectacular glaciers and a very small Argentine town. Buses run from El Calafate to El Chalten every day except on Sundays for about $15USD. Also recommended is traveling into Chile for a hike in the Torres del Paine national forest. You can take a day trip (including one night before returning to El Calafate) or spend about 5 days hiking around Chile’s spectacular Patagonia.
Within Ushuaia there is no public transportation. However, there are many great things to see such as the museums and the End of the World Train.