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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2016

What are all the types of transportation in Santa Cruz, Argentina and cost in $?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2008
Los Glaciares - Minitrekking with a one-year old ?

I am traveling to Patagonia, including to El Calafarte, with my young toddler son (15 month old by then). I am considering doing the Hielo y Aventura's Minitrekking, carrying him in a backpack carrier.

Is this realistic? How easy is it to walk on the ice? Are you stable enough? How warm/cold would it be over the New Year season?

Thanks for your reactions.

Gilles A.
Washington, DC

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2006
4 weeks Patagonia, Paine and Fitz Roy, where else should we go to?  (3 Answers)

Hello everybody,

we would like to travel Patagonia for 4 weeks with backpacks and tent doing 3-4 trekking tours.
So far we only booked the flight to and from Buenos Aires (Arrival 18th of Dec, Departure 15th of Jan).
I mainly used the lonely planet trekking guide Patagonia so far.
On the top of our list we do have "Around Monte Fitz Roy" combined with "Laguna Torre" (5 days) and the
"Paine Circuit" (8 days).
The question is now where else to go and how to combine these trecks?

- We though about either Ushuaia/Port Williams (Sierra Valdiviesco Circuit or Dientes Circuit) or
Bariloche (Nahuel Huapi Traverse). What would you suggest/prefer?

- Which order would be preferable? Which is the most crowded place that we might then want to do first
before/during Christmas?

- Is there an option to to reach the Paine Circuit from EL Calafate without going through Puerto Natales?

We would be gratefull for any comment or recommendation.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2006
Sorry  (1 Answer)

I'm new to the Forum - should have read the other posting first - sorry

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2006
Not to miss things  (3 Answers)

I will be travelling to El Calafate in February for 4 days. Apart from Perito Moreno Glacier, what else should I not miss?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2006
chalten-puerto natales  (1 Answer)


Are there afternoon/evening buses that depart El Calafate for Puerto Natales on Wednesdays?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2004
El Calafate to BA?  (3 Answers)

Is it really difficult? How long would it take? Is there anything to see along the way? thanks! bex

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2004
Ruta 40 north from Calafate to Las Horquetas ? buses ?  (3 Answers)

Hi VT world, now it's me with a very complicated question: how is the bus connection between El Calafate and Las Horquetas along the ruta 40 ? A guy I know wanted to visit PN Torres del Paine, PN Los Glaciares and then make his way north to start circuito (circling) of San Lorenzo mountain. The circling starts at La Estancia Oriental, which is 80 km northwest of Las Horquetas, so he also needs to go there, but this should be possible with "dedo". Nevertheless - we need to know in which bus-route-steps to get at least to Las Horquetas. And: how often per week the bus runs, how long it takes and roughly how much it would cost. I remember, I wanted to do this circuito as a half, entering from the Chile side, and then leave San Lorenzo area through La Estancia Oriental heading for El Chalten, but couldn't find any web information. However, this was in 1999. Probably now there is something on the web available, or one of you would know. Spanish no big problem for me. Thanks already in advance - and safe travels Ingrid

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2004
Safety and Customer Service Problems in Calafate/Chalten?  (1 Answer)

I recently had a weekend from hell renting a car in El Calafate and visiting El Chalten. Aside from the predictable Aerolineas Argentinas flight cancellation, we were robbed blind by the car rental company (Adventure 4x4) as well as a boat tour operator in Chalten (Viedma Discovery). Also, recently heard from another American tourist that she was nearly killed on the bus between Chalten and Calafate when the driver (apparently on drugs) sped around a corner and the bus flew off the road and down a steep embankment. I have also generally found prices in El Calafate to be outrageously high and customer service virtually non-existent on two trips there. Are there other VT members out there who have had similar experiences in this part of Argentina? Thanks! -Rob

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