Getting there & away
From March to December services are less frequent or nonexistent. After paving work is done, the travel time to El Calafate will be much shorter.
There are several daily buses to El Calafate (US$16; 4½ hours). Chalten Travel (www.chaltentravel.com) goes to Los Antiguos from mid-November to mid-April, but only on odd-numbered days (US$54, 13 hours). It also provides transport to Lago del Desierto (US$12 round-trip, one hour), where it’s possible to hike and take a boat into Chile.