Useful information for your trip to El Chaltén

How to get to El Chaltén

Vista general de El Chaltén en el valle del Río De las Vueltas

By plane

The nearest airport is Aeropuerto Internacional El Calafate (El Calafate International Airport) and from there you continue by bus to El Chaltén (215 Km. / 4 hours). From Buenos Aires there are daily flights to El Calafate (3 hs. direct flights).

Domestic 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 (Gobernador Gregores, Santa Cruz).
GDE (Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego).
COR (Córdoba, Córdoba).
REL (Trelew, Chubut).

By bus

Because of the remote location, the only choice to get to El Chaltén is by bus, directly from El Calafate (distance: 215 Km.) south of Santa Cruz Province or from Perito Moreno (distance: 220 Km.) north of Santa Cruz Province. From and to El Calafate run daily buses from October till May. Transport services from and to Perito Moreno are not regular.

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: average distances are betwen brackets; the symbol means change planes

See busses.

By car

There are two principal ways to access El Chaltén area: the National Route (NR) Nº 3 along the Atlantic coast is the busiest (paved) and the NR N° 40 parallel to the Cordillera de los Andes (mostly unpaved).

From Buenos Aires by NR Nº 3:
By the NR N°3 (passing through Bahía Blanca, Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Comodoro Rivadavia and Caleta Olivia cities, among others) to Cte. Luis Piedra Buena city, in Santa Cruz Province.
Then take the deviation to the Provincial Route (PR) Nº 288 (passing through Tres Lagos town) to the NR Nº 40 and finally the PR Nº 23 to El Chaltén. In total there is 2755 Km.

Another option from Buenos Aires:
Repeat the first section described above and continue the NR Nº3 towards South until joining the PR Nº 5 West direction (if you continue the NR Nº3 you will arrive at Río Gallegos city on the East).
Continue the PR Nº5, then the NR Nº 40 towards North in its connection with the PR N°11 (this route goes to El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier) and finally the PR Nº 23 towards West to El Chaltén. In total there is 3050 Km.

Table of distances

City / Location Province / Region Distance
Tres Lagos Santa Cruz 130 Km.
El Calafate Santa Cruz 215 Km.
Cte. Luis Piedra Buena Santa Cruz 345 Km.
Paso Cancha Carrera Santa Cruz 446 Km.
Río Gallegos Santa Cruz 460 Km.
Puerto Natales XII Región, Chile 550 Km.
Perito Moreno Santa Cruz 582 Km.
Puerto Deseado Santa Cruz 740 Km.
Caleta Olivia Santa Cruz 837 Km.
Comodoro Rivadavia Chubut 915 Km.
Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego 1060 Km.
Puerto Madryn Chubut 1340 Km.
San Carlos de Bariloche Río Negro 1370 Km.
Mar del Plata Buenos Aires 2546 Km.
Ciudad de Buenos Aires - 2755 Km.
Salta Salta 3820 Km.
Iguazú Misiones 4115 Km.

Note: All distances are approx. and correspond to usual routes combinations; there is more than one possible combination so distances may vary.



by Miguel A. Alonso

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