Solo traveller looking to sort out some logistics in travelling from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park next week. Looking to hike the circuit; carrying wheeled suitcase with hiking pack and gear inside so any suggestions on where to store luggage whilst hiking also appreciated (leave at refugio? hosteria? hotel? airport?)
With that in mind what is the best way to get from FTE (El Calafate Airport) to TDP NP? Bus? Private Transfer? Car hire?
I have previously hired a car to travel from FTE upto El Chalten for some hiking but thought it would be a waste to leave the car idle whilst doing the much longer TDP circuit. Unless there is any one-way hire possible. Most expensive option I think but certainly allows the freedom of travel. What about paperwork for border crossing?
Private transfer seems to be a possibility that avoids having an idle car, but is the cost prohibitive for a solo traveller? I cannot for mind find much in this space over the internet so if anyone has gone down this path (especially if recent experience) thoughts would be appreciated. Costs, reliability, etc., Ideally pick up from FTE airport, drive into town to pick up some supplies, gas cylinder, etc., then head straight to TDP. And possible return journey back to FTE airport (or El Calafate) from TDP. Bit of english preferred (but I'm sure I can otherwise manage with sign language!)
Bus is obviously the cheapest option but which provider? Again there is a bit to decipher over the internet but am looking for direct service (nothing via Puerto Natales) that is reasonably efficient (in terms of travel time). I'm getting the feeling that most regular services depart early morning - is there anything other than that? Otherwise flying in from BA to FTE would necessitate an o/night stay - not ideal given 2 week timeframe in Argentina (Also want to spend 2days in Iguazu).