El Calafate Transportation

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    aeroport taxes

    by xaver Updated Jul 12, 2013

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    Even if you pay airport taxes with your ticket, you have to pay more taxes here and in Ushuaia, I think it is a Patagonian airport tax. It is 38 pesos in Calafate, not so much but you have to pay cash, no credit card.

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    taxi from airport

    by xaver Written Jul 12, 2013

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    From the airport to the city centre you have two options: bus and taxi.
    I chosed taxi as there was no bus waiting outside when I was there, the rate is 140 pesos going from the airport to the city and 100 pesos on the way back. Different prices because at the airport taxis need to pay the parking.

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    El Calafate airport

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 24, 2009

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    There is a small airport in El Calafate, 23 km east of the town. Given how far El Calafate is from the rest of Argentina, it's not surprising they've built an airport here, as otherwise only people with the time to do the long road trip would make their way down here. The easiest way to get to the airport is via a shuttle bus. Any hotel in El Calafate can arrange this - just give them of your flight and they'll arrange a pick up with the shuttle company beforehand.

    There are flights to Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Ushuaia with Aerolineas Argentinas, Argentina's main carrier. I think LAN Chile also have a flight to Punta Arenas.

    We had travelled down to El Calafate overland, but for the next section of our trip we had to fly as we had a deadline in Ushuaia with a ship heading to Antarctica. The flight over Tierra del Fuego offered occasional spectacular views - at least when the clouds cleared. Flights in Argentina are expensive relative to the general cost of living here and this one was no different, costing 493 pesos each.

    The plane to Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego from the air Tierra del Fuego from the air

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    El Chalten to El Calafate

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    The journey from El Chalten to El Calafate was a fast, efficient service along a good road - a nice change from the slow 30 hour trip down Ruta 40 which we'd been on the week before. We travelled with a company called Cal-Tur and the trip took about 3.5 hours including a quick break at a shop/restaurant along the way.

    The scenery at the start of the journey was spectacular, especially the peaks of Fitz Roy and Torre, and the views of the huge Viedma glacier as it flowed into Lago Viedma. As we approached El Calafate, the impressive and large Lago Argentino came into view.

    Lago Argentina Cute! Seen at the shop during a quick pit stop Viedma glacier Lago Argentina

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    Book your trip early

    by dtimoske Written Jan 7, 2008

    I was very lucky to find a cheap flight ($80) from Ushuaia to El Calafate. I was fortunate and many others who plan late are forced to take the monotonous bus ride. There is nothing interesting about traveling through the heart of Patagonia, so plan ahead and fly.

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    Getting to see what you came here for

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 5, 2007

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    Patagonia - the word conjures up images of travel to the ends of the earth, and for many, many travellers is a dream destination. The big attraction in El Calafate's corner of the vast province is, undoubtedly, the glaciers, with Perito Merino at the top of the list.

    Whether your plans for the glaciers include rugged and strenuous activities or you're content to make your visit a more passive form of sight-seeing, there are any number of agencies who will be more than happy to take your bookings. You can do as we did and arrange most of your visit beforehand - try to leave yourself a little time to fit in some more ad hoc activities though as you will find there is more on offer than you perhaps anticipated.

    We had booked both our glacier excursions along with our hotel through Ripio Turismo. They in turn used local agents Tiempo Libre, who were excellent. They were punctual and efficient, and their courier was very pleasant, making suggestions and providing information for alternative activities but not the least bit pushy. I have no doubt the vast majority of other agents are just as satisfactory but always appreciate a personal recommendation myself so am happy to hand this one on.

    Perito Moreno ... again!!
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    Agent or D-I-Y ?

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 5, 2007

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    Surfing the net for travel bargains and booking online is quite the normal thing to do these days, usually it works just fine and there are some excellent deals to be found; however, there are no such deals available for domestic fares in Argentina, and given the level of disorganization and misinformation you are likely to encounter on your travels around the country, you may well decide to book through a travel agent - the chances are you'll need their services before you leave . We did - and were very glad of their contact and help given the confusion that could have arisen over Aerolineas Argentinas' seemingly permanent state of chaos.

    I'd picked up on BwanaBrown's recommendation of Ripio Turismo on his Mendoza page. A quick email to Glenn came back with a sound endorsement, so I contacted them. Not only were they prompt in answering and extremely helpful, our travel agent here at home could not match their prices and advised us to go with them, which we did, using said local agent as a middleman, giving us the insurance of all our payments being made through our regular agent.

    He's happy - he's made a valuable contact in Argentina that he'll use again.

    We were happy - generally the arrangements they made for us were excellent, and the small niggles of the hotel in El Calafate were a result of our own decision.

    What was that website you used called?
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    Thank you, Mr President

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 4, 2007

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    The locals in El Calafate will tell you they owe their beautiful new airport to the country's president choosing to acquire a holiday home in the town. They may be cynical about it but they're not complaining. Before the airport opened in 2001, the nearest airport was at Rio Gallegos, 4 hours drive away. The building of the airport has been a huge boost to tourism. Flights arrive and leave daily now for Buenos Aires, Trelew, Bariloche, Puerto Natales, Ushuaia and other cities in Argentina and Chile and they are very heavily booked all through the tourist season.

    Aerolineas Argentinas is notoriously unreliable in its timekeeping so be prepared to get to know the airport well but, given the distances and the state of the roads, flying is probably the best option. If you are travelling independently, be aware that flights will be full of pre-booked tour groups, large and small, so make your bookings well in advance.

    Their policy of a two-tier fare system means non-Argentinians pay a premium on fares and - to add insult to injury - you'll pay more if you haven't flown into Argentina with AA as well. You really need to do your homework on these fares - or make sure your travel agent does, the difference is hundreds of dollars. I don't know what fares we actually paid as our ticket was all-inclusive BA - El Calafate - Bariloche - Iguazu - BA that, given the prices for the individual sectors, seemed very reasonable. .

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    Arriving into town from airport

    by oceania26 Written Jan 1, 2007

    The airport is very, very small and a good 20mins from town in a desert like area. Coming from the airport, your options are taking the shuttle bus to the bus station ($R 15), taxi ($R 40), or renting a car.

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    From El Cafa to Ushuaia

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    A one hour flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia. JC took the pictures while i had a conversation with a local lady coming from BsAs.
    Here name, Rachel having a boy friend working for Honda Argentina, Power products department - what a coincidance

    EL to Ushuaia, 700 km by plane

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    EL CALAFATE TO EL CHALTEN

    by balihai69 Updated Feb 20, 2006

    EL CHALTEN TRAVEL: 2 TRIPS A DAY 6 A.M. AND 6 P.M. BOTH WAYS. FOUR HOURS LONG. MAGNIFICIENT VIEWS IN THE LAST HOUR GOING TO EL CHALTEN. DONT MISS THE STOP IN "LA LEONA"

    BEGINS IN THE BUS STATION OF CALAFATE AND ENDS IN THE HOSTEL RANCHO GRANDE IN CHALTEN

    JUST IN CASE, BOOK IN ADVANCE IN SUMMER

    THERE ARE SOME OFFERS IF YOU INCLUDE THE ACOMMODATION OR THE TRIP TO PERITO MORENO FROM CALAFATE

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    Everything for us (tourists)

    by Maggies Written Dec 4, 2005

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    We booked a place in the Calafate Hostel few days before coming here but we had no idea how to get there from the airport. Well, once we got to the tiny arrival hall we noticed a guy from our hostel inviting people to stay there. We asked him how to get there and he just told us to wait for him by the green Land Rover parked right outside. This is called a good service :)
    They also took us to the airport but this time we had to pay 12 pesos.

    Calafate Hostel Transportation
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    Aerolineas Argentinas

    by Maggies Updated Oct 24, 2005

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    I flew to El Calafate from Trelew. The trip took about 2 hrs and if I was to take a coach it would take me the whole day. There are 1500 kilometers and there is no direct bus line. There is a bus from Puerto Madryn to Rio Gallegos and then one from Rio Gallegos to El Calafate.
    The distances in Argentina are really big so if you don't have too much time it's much better to fly. The flights are not very expensive, Trelew - El Calafate was about 120 USD plus the tax (6 pesos in Trelew) that you usually pay at the airport. If you take that flight get yourself a seat on the right side of the airplane, the views of Andes are just amazing.
    On my trip around Argentina (I had very little time there) only once the coach seemed quite a good option. It was a night trip so I didn't waiste any time and saved on both flight and the acommodation. I took one from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn.

    View over Andes and majestic Fitz Roy
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    Booked in advance

    by anabelsousa Written Mar 12, 2005

    If you are in Buenos Aires, planning to go Calafate... I suggest reserve your air ticket two weeks in advance. El Calafate is with Bariloche, one of the most visited places in Argentina.

    Companies... Aerolineas Argentinas, American Falcon (only high season: Dec/Jan/Feb, I think.)

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    Rent a car

    by kyoub Written Jan 4, 2005

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    We rented a car from Waggen. They have a booth at the airport . They will be there to meet you when the plane arrives. Our plane was 4 hours late and they were still there.
    A very friendly and helpful agent.
    Call and reserve ahead of your arrival, there seems to be a shortage of cars.

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