I am in the beginning stages of planning a trip for my wife and I to this area and need some advice. My plan is to fly into Calafate and getting a rental car, then depending on arrival time, either driving straight to Torres del Paine or staying in Calafate for one night then heading to TDP first thing the next morning. for a 3 night stay. My primary goal of visiting TDP is for photographing Los Cuernos (hence the need for the car) but I am dedicating one day for the Torres trail.
After TDP I will be driving to El Chalten (depending on length of drive, may have to stop in Calafate for a night). Once in Chalten, I will be spending a few days trekking in the area. So, some questions:
1. What area would people recommend for basing themselves with good panoramic views of the Cuernos, is the best option near Rio Serrano?
2. I need a hotel room (more secure than a refugio) so does anyone have any recommendations aside from the expensive options (Explora, etc) that offer good vistas of the Cuernos?
3. How long are the drives from Calafate to TDP, and from Calafate to Chalten?
Thanks in advance for any information.