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Danielle Nicole
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Username: Danielle

Post Number: 2
Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I will be driving through Chile & Argentina down to the Patagonia region for 2 weeks this October and need some car rental advice. I'm planning on staying on what appears to be the major highways and want to save the money and rent a car rather than a truck if a truck isn't necessary. Below are the roads I will be taking:

Santiago to Osorno on Route 5
Osorno to San Carlos de Bariloche on Route 215 & 231
San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten on Route 40 to 23
El Chalten to Glacier Perito Mereno on Route 23, 40, & 11
Glacier Perito Mereno to Parque Nactional Torres Del Paine on Route 11, 40, 5, 7
Parque Nactional Torres Del Paine to Punta Delgada on Route 40, 9, & 255
Punta Delgada to Ushuaia on Route 255, Ferry, 257, 3
Ushuaia to Mendoza on Route 3, 257, 3, 151, 143, 153, 7
Mendoza to Santiago on Route 7

Does anybody know what the conditions of these roads will be like in October, well enough to help me decide. Also, Iím not really sure of the exact roads I will take to get from Ushuaia back to Mendoza, so if any of you have some recommendations I would love to hear them.

Thanks for any advice you can give me!
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larry Rogers
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Username: Larryr30

Post Number: 64
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 5:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Danielle,
Welcome to the forum and I hope that this doesn't come off wrong, but I have noticed that you haven't planned for any breakdowns of the vehicle or yourselfs....renting a car and driving through patagonia is a nice chore; which can be a nightmare if welcomed.

Anyway, I think that the route you have planned is well thought out!

The road conditions are good, especially along route 40...this is the best route to your destination and no other route will get you there faster. I do advise alittle bit of extra water, etc...just in case. This time of year should not be a problem, as far as roads are concerned.

Hope a little part of this helps!

Larry
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WelcomeToMendoza.com
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Username: Welcometomendoza

Post Number: 21
Registered: 7-2007


Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 9:59 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

153 is a rough pothole-filled road, I would reccomend, from San Rafael, 143 to 40 (starts to be paved as route 40 is rock road in south part of province up to Mendoza)
Route 7 to Santiago from Mendoza is still 2 lane - but pretty much just re-paved most of it - it is an international truck route so you will be competing with trucks. A beautiful drive Have fun!
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Danielle Nicole
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Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 4:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks for the tips!
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Richard Graham
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Username: Richg

Post Number: 8
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 9:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Guys and Gals,

I am planning on a trip from Mendoza to Las Grutas, Puerto Madryn, the Lake district and then back to Mendoza for January (preparing myself for it to be packed with tourists!)

Can I rely on the YPF website's info on travel times?
Mendoza - Neuquen 8 hrs (800 kms)
Neuquen - Las Grutas 4.5 hrs (350kms
Las Grutas - Puero Madryn 4.5 hrs (350kms
Puerto Madryn - Esquel 8 hrs (700 kms)

As ever thanks Roberto and all contributing for making this a great resource.

Rich
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Roberto
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1413
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 1:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Richard, I have used the YPF guides again and again and have found them completely reliable. However, I can't assure you the above information is precise as I haven't driven to such destinations myself. At first glance, it appears that the figures have plenty of elbow room... An aside note: I absolutely love them for their comprehensive coverage. In my humble opinion, much better than any fodor et al guides.
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Richard Graham
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Username: Richg

Post Number: 10
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 2:41 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Many thanks Roberto, much appreciated
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Tom
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Username: Tomatalki

Post Number: 12
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 9:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What is YPF Guide?

Thanks, Tom
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WTMendoza.com
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Username: Welcometomendoza

Post Number: 86
Registered: 7-2007


Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 6:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Links:

YPF GUIDE: http://www.guiaypf.com.ar

..and a similiar great site:

RUTA0 : http://www.ruta0.com

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