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Getting There & Away

LADE flies to El Calafate, Río Gallegos, Río Grande and Ushuaia.

The main drag, San Martín, leads north to RP 43 and south to RN 40; it’s 128km south to Bajo Caracoles and 135km north to Río Mayo.

The bus terminal sits behind the YPF rotunda at the northern entrance to town. Taxis provide the only transport between here and the town center; other than that it's a flat 15-minute walk. Buses leave a few times daily for Los Antiguos (AR$118, 40 minutes), though departure times aren’t reliable as they’re usually scheduled to connect with incoming buses from RN 40, which are often delayed. In the afternoon, starting at 3:50pm, multiple buses also head for Comodoro Rivadavia (AR$500, six hours) and Río Gallegos (AR$1240, 14 hours) via RN 3.

Several shuttle services also offering excursions serve travelers on RN 40. From November to April, Chaltén Travel goes north to Bariloche (11 hours), departing from Hotel Belgrano in Perito Moreno at 8pm on even-numbered days. Shuttles leave Hotel Belgrano at 8am to head south to El Chaltén (11 hours) on odd-numbered days.

The bus company Taqsa/Marga now runs the entire stretch of RN 40 between El Calafate and Bariloche, several times a week starting at the end of October, stopping at El Chaltén, Bajo Caracoles, Perito Moreno (AR$1260) and Esquel along the way. The route between Perito Moreno and El Calafate costs AR$1300 (12 hours).