I'm planning a 11 day trip to Patagonia and just wondering if the following plan sounds reasonable:
4.5 days El Chalten backpacking
1 day Perito Mereno
5 days TDP, only 1 day backpacking to the towers, rest just driving the park
I have a few questions and would appreciate any suggestions and answers. Please keep in mind I'll be there late March to early April if that affects bus schedules.
1. Are there any bus or tours that goes to Pereto Mereno from El Calafate near 4pm and stay until sunset and get back to town? Any bus or tour schedules?
2. Any late morning or afternoon buses from El Calafate to Puerto Natales and vice versa? I see most of them are mornings around 8am only, and afternoon ones are only on specific days of the week?
3. I'm hoping to see autumn colors and I know I might be a bit early. I will be there last week March to first week April. From what I seen, it looks like El Chalten has better colors, and peaks a bit earlier than TDP? From my research, looks like color changing starts around last week of March and peaks around the 7th of April in El Chalten? Is the timing pretty consistent between years?
4. Weather-wise, I know Patagonia is extremely unpredictable, but hoe reliable are weather forecast and which site is the most accurate? And since the 2 parks are far enough, I suppose one may rain while the other stays sunny? I may change the order of my visit depending on weather.
4. For camping in TDP, is the best one at Lago Pehoe for accessibility to the best views? Do you have to book in advance for the time I'll be there? And do I have to book car rentals more than a few days in advance in late March early April?
5. Is the road from Puerto Natales to TDP equally scenic as ones inside the park? And I don't think there is car rental inside the park?
Thanks in advance