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sapna desai
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Username: Sdesai1

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 12:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello, I was hoping to get some last minute itinerary help. I will be travelling with a friend in argentina, arriving early AM october 14th, and returning 26th to the states. We are very interested in hiking/trekking, and were hoping to get some help with an itinerary. Most likely, we would like to spend 2 days or so in buenos aires, and the rest hiking/trekking. How much is a roundtrip flight to El calafate going to run? What would be the best itinerary if we went to the west/northwest, and is the hiking/trekking here really great, or would we be better off spending extra and just going down south. also, would it be cheaper to do a tour for either patagonia or north/northwest or going on our own? Argentina seems so huge, and with so many options, we feel a little overwhelmed, and would appreciate any and all help. Thanks.
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Post Number: 754
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 5:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'll try to get the pricing for a ticket Bue-Calafate-Bue tomorrow, but a quick suggestion about trekking would be to explore the area of El Chalten, about 4 hours north of Calafate. Between the two destinations you will have plenty of paths both for beginners and advanced. Not sure about trekking in northwest provinces...

We need more information on a 'tour for patagonia'... Patagonia encompasses two countries and in Argentina alone 5 states so it's a very large area with diverse climate and geography. What you see on the coastal area of Chubut is completely different from what you may experience at the foot of the Andes, deep west.

I'd say -just from reading travelers' stories and such- go down south and perhaps include Torres del Paine for this kind of trip.
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Beverly Adams
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Username: Beverly

Post Number: 8
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 5:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Southern Patagonia at that time of the year is a little iffy. The snow is unstable and the winds can be ferocious.

You'd be best to try to talk to someone who lives down there and find out about trekking this time of the year.

The best time for trekking there is December-March when the weather is more stable.

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