9 days in El Chalten, El Calafate & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

9 days in El Chalten, El Calafate & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

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9 days in El Chalten, El Calafate & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

Start: El Chalten, Argentina
1
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h
3
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h
End: El Calafate, Argentina

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nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Take a break from the city and head to Fitz Roy and Laguna Torre. There's still lots to do: trek along Laguna de los Tres, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Torre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to El Chalten. You'll set off for El Calafate on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in El Chalten

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Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our El Calafate trip planner .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in El Calafate sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), trot along with a tour on horseback, and then sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from El Calafate in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with lows of 11°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Horseback Riding Tours

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