Getting Here and Around in El Chaltén

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Getting Here and Around

The four-hour car or bus trip to El Chaltén from El Calafate makes staying at least one night here a good idea.The only gas, food, and restroom facilities en route are at La Leona, a historically significant ranch 110 km (68 mi) from El Calafate where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once hid from the long arm of the law.

Before you cross the bridge into town over Río Fitzroy, stop at the Parque Nacional Office. It's extremely well organized and staffed by bilingual rangers who can help you plan your mountain treks and point you to accommodation and restaurants in town. It's an essential stop; orientation talks are given in coordination with arriving buses, which automatically stop here before continuing on to the bus depot.

There's only one ATM in town, and it's in high demand; because of servicing schedules, on the weekend El Chaltén runs into the same cash availability problems that El Calafate does, though on a smaller scale. During the week, stockpile the cash you'll need for the weekend, or bring it with you if you're arriving between mid-day Friday and mid-day Monday.

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