El Calafate to Torres de Paine

Old Dec 12th, 2008, 02:44 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 38
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
El Calafate to Torres de Paine

Has anyone taken a bus from El Calafate to Torres de Paine? How many hours? Is it advisable if just for a day trip?

We are 4 nights in El Calafate in January and plan to visit Perito Moreno and Upsala.

Any other suggestions?
hkmessick is offline  
Old Dec 13th, 2008, 12:09 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,348
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are no buses from El calafate direct to TdP except for tours. Buses go to Puerto Natales. Chalten Travel does a day tour but I believe you can go one day and back the next. I don't think it is worth it for just the day.
Huentetu is offline  
Old Dec 13th, 2008, 01:48 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 46
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Chalten will take you one-way in either direction on their tour bus. From El Calafate it leaves early am; the other direction gets back late at night.

Yuo also can hire private drivers for $300 - $400 one way.
browdl is offline  
Old Dec 15th, 2008, 07:59 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 95
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You can get a bus ticket at the station in El Calafate to Puerto Natales. Try to buy it the day before , the bus is comfortable and cheap. Then a separate bus to TDP. It is about 5 hours to puerto natales from El calafate. TDP is a trip in itself requiring several days, not a one day trip. I don't know what you are going to do for four days in El Calafate. The two glaciers you mentioned are very good but that's about it. Maybe you can go to El Chalten if your time is tight. TDP is incredible but don't think you can rush there and back, it is vast.
Hoyas is offline  
Old Oct 29th, 2009, 12:22 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 44
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I do not speak spanish.
Will it be difficult to hire a private driver?
There are three of us and I think it would be a good alternative to go from El Calafate to TDP and not have to back track from Natales. Would you find the driver through your hotel?
kmjmmm is offline  
Old Oct 30th, 2009, 11:08 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,348
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It might be a good alternative but it would be expensive. The last time I saw a post about it, it was US$280 for a car and driver. Yes, your hotel could find someone for you. Always Glaciers and Chalten Travel tours would take you straight to TdP and back a different day if you wanted.
Huentetu is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2009, 06:13 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 44
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
it is very expensive to hire a driver.
Both All Glacier and El Chalten tours offer one day trips (a lot of driving) leaving at 5:30 am - at least 8 hours in the bus plus getting through customs. Not much time to see or hike in the park.
you can also rent a car if you had longer to stay.
both tour companies offer one way trips. $75 to 110 going and $45 to come back on a different day
kmjmmm is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
CaliforniaLady
South America
0
Aug 27th, 2019 06:55 AM
krmanger
South America
7
Feb 16th, 2013 11:00 AM
KatPen
South America
9
Mar 21st, 2011 02:47 PM
pamk4
South America
2
Nov 10th, 2009 12:40 PM
SnR
South America
6
Jul 15th, 2009 02:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:33 PM.