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Río Grande

Getting there & away

The airport (RGA; 420699) is off RN 3, a short cab ride from town. Aerolíneas Argentinas (424467; San Martín 607) flies direct daily to Buenos Aires (AR$568). LADE (422968; Lasserre 445) flies a couple of times weekly to Río Gallegos (AR$174), El Calafate (AR$280) and Buenos Aires.

At the time of writing there was no central bus terminal, but plans for one were in the works. Tecni-Austral (432885, 430610; Moyano 516) goes to Ushuaia (AR$25, four hours, daily) from 6am to 8pm, with a stop in Tolhuin (AR$20, 1½ hours); to Río Gallegos (AR$85, eight hours, daily); and to Punta Arenas (AR$85, eight hours) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Buses Pacheco (425611; 25 de Mayo 712) goes to Punta Arenas (AR$80, eight hours) several times a week.

A better option for Ushuaia (AR$40, four hours) and Tolhuin (AR$20, 1½ hours) is the door-to-door minivan service run by Lider (420003, 424-2000; Moreno 1056)and Transportes Montiel (427225; 25 de Mayo 712) several times daily. Call to reserve a seat; tickets must be paid for in person.

Río Grande