— Getting here

Options to reach Trevelin

We will assume Buenos Aires as the starting point to reach Trevelin. For information of any other location please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The distance between Buenos Aires and Trevelin is about 1,900 km, depending on the chosen route.

BY PLANE

There are two options: via BARILOCHE or via ESQUEL.

Airplane

Option 1. Destination: ESQUEL

By plane from Buenos Aires. The airlines that travel to Esquel are:

  • Aerolineas Argentinas: Must be booked in advance in high season, since some flights are full several months before.
  • LADE: please check flight schedule.

Approximated flight time (nonstop): 2 hours.
From the airport you can take buses or taxis to reach Esquel and Trevelin.  Approximated travel time: ½ hour.

Option 2. Destination: BARILOCHE

In this case, there are several daily flights:

  • LAN
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas
  • LADE

Approximated flight time: 1 ½ to 2 hours.

From Bariloche you can take a taxi to the bus terminal. Some services to Esquel are bed executive , or semi-double. Another option is to hire a private taxi directly to Trevelin.

Travel time by bus: 5 hours

From Esquel you can take public bus or taxi to Trevelin (½ hour).

BY BUS

There are several companies that travel to Esquel: 

Esquel Bus Terminal: (02945) 451-584

Estimated travel time: 24 to 26 hours

There are several services: Super Double, Double Executive and semi-bed. For more information on prices, we suggest that you consult directly with the companies.

From Esquel you can take public bus or taxi to Trevelin (½ hour).

BY CAR

There are several options:

There are two options: through the mountain (via La Pampa / via Bahía Blanca) or by the coast (via Trelew).

Trough the mountains

Option 1

Take Route 5 to Santa Rosa de La Pampa. From Santa Rosa follow the National Road 35 to the junction with National Road 152, turn in General Acha and continue until the junction with National Road 143 at Chacharramendi, from there continue on Road 20 to the province in conjunction with National Road 151 (Catriel). Along Road 151 to reach Neuquen, take the National Road 237 to Bariloche. Once in Bariloche take National Road 258 to El Bolson. After Epuyén take the National Road 40 to Esquel, and then along National Road 259 to Trevelin. This road is all paved.

Another possibility is to follow the National Road 258, after Epuyén. It’s gravel, but the road runs between lakes and is very picturesque. Crosses Cholila, Lago Rivadavia, Lago Verde (both in Los Alerces National Park), and finally gets to Trevelin.

The approximate distance of this option is 1,800 km, the shortest of all.

Option 2

Take National Road 3 to Bahia Blanca (should go to Azul by Route 3 and then along Route 76 to the junction with Provincial Route 51, which leads to Bahia Blanca and saves approximately 100 km). From Bahia Blanca, take the Route 22 to Neuquén and then National Route 237 up to Bariloche. Once in Bariloche take National Road 258 to El Bolson. After Epuyén take the National Road 40 to Esquel, and then along National Road 259 to reach Trevelin. This road is paved.

Another possibility is to follow the National Road 258, after Epuyén. It’s gravel, but the road runs between lakes and is very picturesque. Crosses Cholila, Lago Rivadavia, Lago Verde (both in Los Alerces National Park), and finally gets to Trevelin.

Approximated distance: between 1850 to 1900 km.

By the coast  

Option 3

Take the National Road 3 (taking the Provincial Route 51 as the first option) to Trelew. There take National Road 25 combined with the provincial route 62 to Tecka, it will take you to the national route 40 until you get to Esquel, and since then over National Route 259 to reach Trevelin. This road is paved.

Both National Route 25 and the Provincial Route 62 pass through the area of the lower valleys of the rivers Negro and Chubut, and then across Chubut central highlands.

The approximate distance of this option: 1.950 kilometers. The cost is lower by the coast, because fuel becomes cheaper in Sierra Grande. In summer, the best choice!

Estimated travel time: 21 to 24 hours (depending on stops)
Remember that fuel is cheaper in Patagonia. Prices start to reduce at Sierra Grande traveling along the coast, and in El Bolson, over the mountains (Bariloche).

Recommendations for the winter

Try to organize the trip with stops, and find out the status of routes and weather a few hours before traveling. Consult this page: http://www.vialidad.gov.ar/, or contact us by email.

Should be considered the following:

- If you come from Bariloche, on arrival in Piedra del Aguila, should ask the state of the roads. If you plan to stop in Piedra del Aguila (504 km from Esquel), make reservations in advance because there are few accommodations and high demand. The best thing to do is to stop in Neuquén (about 720 km from Esquel), and from there try to travel during the day, preferably after 10 am (because of the ice).

- If it starts to snow when on the way, do not worry, as the newly fallen snow is not very dangerous, it becomes more difficult with increased traffic or after a frost. It is very important, also for pedestrians, always avoid stepping on the compact ice track.

- Travel with a full tank of fuel and recharge whenever possible, especially in sparsely populated areas, since the use of heating increase its consumption.

- Bring your cell phone or radio equipment for the unexpected.

- Obey all traffic signs, the words “Hielo sobre la calzada” refers to the existence of ice on the pavement.

- Be prepared if a failure occurs on the route, or damage to your vehicle, so always take extra clothes, food with high calories such as chocolates, sweets or biscuits and a bottle of mineral water, flashlight, matches, heater gas, and first aid kit.

 - Finally, remember that the signs of the speed limit is set for normal traffic conditions, and snow or ice shall not exceed 40 kilometers per hour.

- Accelerate slowly on snow or ice, and slowly reduce or prevent the brake on it, as it makes the wheels slip.

- Always use seat belt. 

- Always be supportive in adverse circumstances.

Here are all these recommendations, but do not be alarmed. We have traveled a lot and only snowed twice while we were en route.

Many believe that the route by the coast is the best option in winter, as it doesn’t snow so often in the section between Rawson and Esquel, but in fact there is snow and also frost. The route is good but has a big disadvantage when it snows a lot: there are not enough machines to clean it up quickly as in Bariloche – Esquel. Before travel you can check if this path is closed or not.

To check the status of routes: http://www.vialidad.gov.ar/

Estimated travel time: 21 to 24 hours. In winter estimate additional 4 hours.

Remember that fuel is cheaper in Patagonia. Prices start to reduce at Serra Grande traveling along the coast, and in El Bolson, if you come trough the mountains.

How to reach the complex

By the National Road 259 from Esquel to Trevelin, you will pass through the main square (where there is helpful Tourist Information). From there, take the main road – Avenida San Martin – and after six blocks turn left in Juan Manuel de Rosas. Set in a hill, it’s very close to downtown and the perfect place to admire the landscape.

Address is Juan Manuel de Rosas 552 – Trevelin.

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