Getting There & Away

Patagonia is synonymous with unmaintained ripio (gravel) roads, missing transport links and interminable bus rides. Flight options have recently expanded, with more low-cost regional flights and new flights linking El Calafate with Punta Arenas, Chile. Flying can be expensive, but it's an efficient way to see the area's highlights. Before skimping on your transport budget, bear in mind that the region comprises a third of the world’s eighth-largest country.

If you’re busing it along the eastern seaboard, note that schedules are based on the demands of Buenos Aires, with arrivals and departures frequently occurring in the dead of night. Low-season transport options are greatly reduced. In high season demand is high – buy tickets as far in advance as possible.