Preparations to visit Argentina (Hiking in Patagonia and Tierra de fuego)

Almost 10 years have passed since our last visit to Argentina and we are back wanting more, especially more trekking. That is why we have made a series preparations to visit Argentina with the idea of ​​re-visiting Ushuaia, Calafate + Perito Moreno and Buenos Aires, having as main novelty the circuit of the Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre in El Chaltén and some 1 day trekking through the Ushuaia area. All in a month of April where he Fall It can bring more rains from the bill and temperatures start to drop.

Preparations to visit Argentina and the trekking of Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre

Preparations to visit Argentina

We have prepared this article to briefly comment on the questions we have asked ourselves when visiting Argentina in general and to undertake some hiking route. Things as important as the weather that we are going to find, the requirement of the routes, where to stay and especially that we must put in the luggage. With this we are sure that when we have to visit Argentina Let's not have any problem.

Note that our trip is focused on the following points and we will not visit other locations in Argentina.

  1. Calafate and Perito Moreno
  2. Chaltén and trekkings in the surroundings
  3. Ushuaia Tours and trekking in the surroundings
  4. Buenos Aires

When should we go?

These are the places that we are going to visit during our instance with its best possible dates.

  • Buenos Aires: The rainiest months are June and July, just at the beginning of winter and where the average temperatures are around 8/15 degrees. In addition the summer months is when more light getting to have almost 14.5h being in winter about 10 hours.
  • Calafate and El Chaltén: As in Buenos Aires, the coldest months are June and July, but here, being located much further south, the minimum levels fall below 0 degrees and the maximum levels do not exceed 5 degrees. The high season is from November to the end of March + Holy Week, where temperatures are around 6/18 degrees. In April, things start to change, with a minimum of 3 degrees and a maximum of 11/13 degrees. September and October are the least rainy and from April to June the rainiest, although at the moment of truth the differences are not very high compared to the other months. The summer months is when More light getting to have almost 16h being in winter about 8 hours.
  • Ushuaia: the rainiest months are March and June and the coldest months June and July with an average of -1/4 degrees. In addition the summer months is when more light getting to have almost 17h being in winter about 7.5 hours. The high season is from November to the end of March. Since April there is less tourism since many tours cannot be done due to the snow or the departure of the penguins to warmer areas.

When to go to El Chaltén

The area is famous for the winds and the possibility of raining at any time, very similar to the Torres del Paine in Chile. The high season runs from November to the end of March (the so-called “southern summer”, being the rest of the months considered cold. However, during Holy Week there is high season although temperatures do not usually accompany, especially if we have camping in mind zone.

For example, the average temperature in high season is around 7 degrees low and 17/18 high. In April it is around 3/13 degrees considering that the Chaltén is 430 meters high. In the camps, which are almost 800 meters high, temperatures are lower, around 3/4 degrees less.

I advise to look at the notices of the national park days before doing the route.

How do we get to Argentina from Spain?

By plane through Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa or Iberia mainly. To get to El Calafate or Ushuaia we must take a plane from Buenos Aires. There is flight Calafate - Ushuaia with Aerolineas Argentinas.

Bus Calafate - Chaltén

There are several companies that operate between El Calafate and El Chaltén. Relatively comfortable buses that connect both locations in less than 3 hours, having as a general rule between 2 and 3 buses per day according to season. The purchase of these tickets can be done online. Chalten Travel It is one of the companies that operate it for some 800$ pesos.

Currency exchange in Argentina

The official currency is the Argentine Peso, a currency that is not living the best moments. 1 Euro is almost 50 pesos. As always it is not recommended to change at the airports and the ideal is to go to the exchange houses. You have to talk to our bank beforehand to inform us of the commissions. Go directly to a Bank It is not recommended since they usually only change currency to their own customers.

Travel recommendations for currency / currency exchange

There are certain hotels or tourist establishments where they admit dollars or euros. Eye to change.

More information: Travel recommendations for currency / currency exchange

Airport Transfers

Ezeiza International Airport to Jorge Newbery Airport

There are buses between the two airports due to its distance 40 kilometers away. You arrive in 1h by taxi or by bus, but for costs the ideal is to take the second method of transport. Tickets can be purchased at the same airport or online, such as with Leon Store at an approximate cost of 450$ pesos (almost € 10).

From Calafate airport to downtown

The airport is more than 20 kilometers away from Calafate, with bus and taxi service to the city center. Buses cost around $ 450 and taxis from double this amount. Depending on the number of travelers, you can compensate for one option or another.

Plugs used in Argentina

The voltage used is 220v at 50Hz. The plugs are of type C or I, especially the latter since type C is in disuse.

Argentina plugs

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Tips to go to Perito Moreno

The Perito Moreno can be reached by tour, bus (400/500$ pesos) i / v or rental car. It is not close as it is 75 kilometers away and just over 1h. Admission costs around 700$ pesos. In the Río Miter - Moreno Glacier corridor, the ticket can be purchased by credit card. In the port of Punta Bandera the payment is only in cash and in Argentine pesos.

Preparations to visit Argentina and the trekking of Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre

Once in the Perito Moreno, the food costs are very high and it is convenient to bring food from Calafate.

What excursions can we do?

Tours in Calafate

The star excursion to the Perito Moreno glacier is as follows:

Excursion to the Perito Moreno glacier

Tours in Ushuaia

If you feel like surfing the canal in search of penguins and sea lions, do not miss this excursion.

Boat tour. Isla de los Lobos and Beagle Channel

Tours in Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires there are excursions for all tastes. We leave you an extensive list so you can choose:

Excursions in Buenos Aires

What route in El Chaltén are we going to do?

Our idea is a bit different than normal. Most mountaineers take Chaltén as their base and usually do the routes in one day. We instead, we will use all camps available (Poincenot, Diagostini and Capri), to make the route and be able to enjoy the wonderful sunsets and sunrises that this area offers.

Preparations to visit Argentina and the trekking of Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre

We will make the route with the following sections. All values ​​are approximate since in certain parts roads are taken outside normal routes.

Fitz Roy Circuit / Cerro TorreDurationDistanceSlope
Day 1 - Chaltén - Diagostini Camp<5h11Km approx+/- 550m
Day 2 - Diagostini Camp - Maestri Viewpoint - Agostini - Poincenot - Lagoon of the 3 - Poincenot<6h11Km approx+ 400m
Day 3 - Camp Poincenot - Lagoon of the 3-hill Madsen - Poincenot - Capri<8h15Km approx+ 1000m
Day 4 - Capri Camp - El Chalten<2h5Km approx+ 200m

To this we must add the route of the Fold Hill It starts from El Chaltén and is a long one-day route.

Fitz Roy Circuit / Cerro Torre4+/- 40Km+ 2000m
Fold Hill1130Km+ 5000m

Can I shorten the route?

Yes, since the Torre lagoon and the Laguna de los Tres can be done in one day from El Chaltén, it can be returned without problems in case of emergency or unstable weather.

How much does the trekking cost?

The million dollar question and which we will answer when we return. To keep in mind that the entrance to the park is free and the camps are too.

Where to sleep near Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre?

Visiting the Chaltén area can be as comfortable as your budget allows since there are quite comfortable shelters, offering lunch and dinner but with a high cost. The campsite is free, except for the Chaltén campsite.

Preparations to visit Argentina and the trekking of Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre

There are three camps during the route and all three have minimum services such as bathrooms and little else. They are not guarded and the cells are distributed as each group arrives.

  • Diagostini: located near the Torre lagoon and the Miratri Maestri.
  • Puincenot: located near the lagoon of the 3 and the lagoon of white stones.
  • Capri: the closest to El Chaltén and located halfway between Poincenot and el chaltén.

What should we carry?

This question is essential to visit the Chaltén area and will depend on how comfortable you want to make the route. If you do not want to sleep in the camps, it would be enough with a 30l backpack where you will take your clothes and the food of the day. In the case of making the circuit and sleeping in the camps, camping utensils would be necessary.

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To be more specific we detail what we are going to take to carry out the Fitz Roy / Cerro Torre circuit, always sleeping in a tent:

  • 3-seater tent
  • Canvas to place under the store.
  • Feather sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable mountain mat.
  • Bivouac cover
  • Frontal.
  • Camping Gas and accessories.
  • Utility knife.
  • Flint.
  • Unbuen thermos and a canteen.
  • Water treatment tablets or some bleach (1 drop = 1 liter of water).
  • First aid kit.
  • Gore-tex jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Fleece.
  • Pants with windproof membrane and others with Gore Tex.
  • Thermal t-shirts and t-shirts.
  • Gloves
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Good mountain boots
  • Flip flops or spare shoes for the end of the day
  • Map and GPS with cartography of the area.
  • Piles to spare
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Several pairs of socks.
  • An umbrella… . Yes Yes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Food for several days calculating that we will do some night in shelter eating directly there.

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