What is Patagonia? It is endless green pine forest? Could it be countless lakes surrounded by white snow mountains? Patagonia, the end of the world, is the place where you will fell free and in touch with nature wherever you might be. Patagonia is the place where you can amaze yourself with the majesty of nature that has not been completely explored, where the wild can still be sense. Believe it! It’s not a dream, come and discover Patagonia.
Punta Arenas – Torres de Paine Park (358 kms.)
Pick up at Punta Arenas. We went north to Puerto Natales and direct to Parque Torres del Paine, where we stayed 2 nights. We were really thankful to find hot showers in Camping Torres. Amazing place, we took a horseback riding tour, speechless. $15000 in high season is required for entry, and in low season $5000. Camping available for $4000 p/p.
Torres del Paine Park – El Calafate 258 Km.
After Paine tower´s our next stop was Calafate, on the Argentinean side of Patagonia, through paso Rio Don Guillermo. From here we drove to Esperanza and then on route 40 to the north up to Rio Bote and then west. Calafate is Argentinean’s glacier capitol. We parked and sleep in the surroundings.
El Calafate – Perito Moreno (Argentina) (260 kms.)
We buy supplies in Calafate and head up to Perito Moreno. We meet two germans who recommended us to go to El Chalten, Argentina trekking capitol. So we needed to check this information and went to El Chalten.
Perito Moreno – Parque Argentino Los Glaciares
Before reaching El Chalten we stop by at Parque Los Glaciares and decided to stay for one night. Inside the park there are free camping areas, but no camping facilities. It was cold, but being there in a wicked compensate us all suffering. UNESCO heritage.
Los Glaciares – El Chalten
As we came to El Chalten, we were ready to go and look for one of those famous treks we heard so much. Is was cold and windy, there are a few camping for stay, but we decided stay in Bonanza because some guys that we knew in Los Glaciares says that is a really cool camping has water and electricity (Price 30 ARS).
El Chalten - Puerto Natales (421 kms.)
Driving from Chalten to Puerto Natales make us hungry so we eat in the restaurant called Mesita Grande, a large table that you share with the other customers. In our dinner chat we meet lots of costumers traveling to Ushuaia, so we though staying that night in Puerto Natales and on the next day go south to Ushuaia.
Puerto Natales – Ushuaia
We crossed with a ferry to the Argentinean border from Punta Arenas. This cost 32.000 CLP and the schedule of the ferry changes every 15 days so be careful. According to the Argentineans, Ushuaia is the most austral city in the world. The ferry last 3 and a half hour to get you to the other side, to the city of Porvenir. From there we took route 3 to Ushuaia.
If you want to make on less time to cross the border, before reaching Punta Arenas take route 255 to Punta Delgada, and from there route 257. From here take another ferry that takes 20 minutes and cost $21 USD. Check the schedule of the ferry because they might be changes due to weather conditions. We took this ferry to economize money and time. We drove to Onasin, and then detour to east to cross Argentina through San Sebastian custom, then take route 3 to Ushuaia.