From Santiago de Chile to Ushuaia
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 29, 2013 12:52 PM Last Post By: hikkergabriel
May 26, 2013 3:19 PM
From Santiago de Chile to UshuaiaHi there.
I am planning to go south from Santiago de Chile to Ushuaia from the 24 June to 7 July. I would like to pass through the great views of the Andes (Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine, Bariloche, ...). I wish to do it by public transportation (buses) to reach Ushuaia, and then take a plane at Puerto Natales to reach again Santiago.
I will be much appreciate if you help me with some recomendations for the itinerary, the logitics and useful advices to have the best of the route.
While researching, I noted that I can take a bus from Santiago to Puerto Montt (its about 12 hours of ride) and then connecting the Perito Moreno Glacier and continue going South. Is it easy to find transportation to do it (From Puerto Montt to the Southern Patagonia)?
May 26, 2013 4:03 PM
1Two weeks is, I think, insufficient time to cover this distance while actually seeing places along the way.
Take Torres del Paine for instance. You can visit it in one day from Puerto Natales but this is a huge shame since a) the weather is notoriously fickle and you may well go and see pretty much nothing and b) with the 2 hour ride to get there and another 2 hour ride to get back and the very short June/July days (assuming the 1-day visits even run in winter) you'll get at most a couple of hours in arguably South America's most splendid park. Your other choice is to go there for a longer trek (3-4-5 days) but June/July is not the warmest/nicest time of the year there, although it will be very quiet!
If you are dead set on doing this - and I will reiterate that I think that this itinerary, on this timescale, at this time of year, is not the best idea in my book - then I would travel only as far south as Osorno in Chile (don't go all the way to Puerto Montt) and then cross the Andes over the Samoré pass to Bariloche. It is open until 7pm in winter. You should continue south from Bariloche via El Bolsón and Esquel to El Calafate (for the Glacier) and then cross the border into Chile via Río Turbio to Puerto Natales.
Flights only make the stop in Puerto Natales in summer - at least they did last year. To hop on a SKY/LAN flight back up to Santiago you'll to push south to Punta Arenas and fly from there.
Think carefully about this before you head off...
May 26, 2013 4:39 PM
2Two weeks is, I think, insufficient time to cover this distance while actually seeing places along the way
I whole heartedly agree. The time of year here is winter. In summer its fairly cold, winter, its going to be really darn freezing!
You could theoretically do it. But with weather conditions and fickle transport options at this time of year, I would say its probably on the impossible side.
I would suggest either of the following:
1) Fly directly to Puntas Arenas. Bus to Puerto Natales. See TDP. Then bus over to El Calafate/El Chalten. And then fly back to Santioga (probably via BA).
2) Fly to Puerto Montt/Osorno and stick to that region.
2 weeks is very little time in this part of the world. It is also Winter. It is going to be terrible conditions for anything. I would reassess your options and maybe go elsewhere.
May 27, 2013 10:57 AM
3Ushuaia has a lot of winter activities and Torres del Paine is beautiful in winter, but both require a lot more planning in winter and lodging and transport options are limited. I can't help much with getting to Ushuaia once you are in Argentina because I haven't been, but you could get a bus from Santiago to Puerto Montt or even a connection Santiago to Bariloche (connecting in Osorno) with Cruz del Sur. Turbus does it in summer but I am not sure about winter. Once in Bariloche you might get a flight to El Calafate but they may be seasonal, so look at that first. If that is possible, then you can do El Calafate, El Chalten, cross to Puerto Natales, Chile by bus and see Torres del Paine. Lodging will be the problem there but you can contact FantasticoSur and see where you can stay. Most of the usual routes, the W and the full circuit, will probably not be possible because of snow but there would still be plenty to see. You might consider a 2-3 day tour from Puerto Natales so you have some sort of transport and there are small agencies in PN which can arrange it. You would need to bus from PNatales to Punta Arenas as the flights in/out of PNatales are seasonal. Once in PArenas you can fly to Puerto Montt or all the way to Santiago. This whole route can be done in reverse. I haven't included Ushuaia because I don't know what the alternatives are for getting there in winter. Ditto El Calafate.
May 29, 2013 12:52 PM
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