How To Get To Chapelco
If you are signed up for one of our guided trips visiting Chapelco and San Martin, all transportation is included so no need to keep reading. Read on if you are simply researching how to get to San Martin or the ski area on your own.
The fabulous ski resort at Cerro Chapelco sits within the southwest corner of the lovely Neuquén Province. Of course, this puts it squarely within the beautiful Lakes District of Patagonia, Argentina.
The closest town to the resort is San Martín de los Andes, which is located 20 km to the southeast. Additionally, the resort is approximately 1,500 km southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s bustling capital city. There are several cities within 200 km of Chapelco, including Bariloche.
How to Get to San Martin de los Andes
From Buenos Aires, it is best to travel to San Martin de los Andes by plane. Several flights operate daily between the capital and Chapelco Airport, and none of them take more than a few hours.
Getting to Chapelco
The ski resort and the town of San Martin de los Andes are just 15 km apart. The two are connected by well-maintained roads, nearly all of which are paved. However, due to the mellow gradient of both the paved and unpaved road, snow chains generally aren’t required, even for 2WD vehicles wishing to make the journey, but be sure to check before leaving town, especially after a fresh snowfall.
To reach Chapelco from San Martin de los Andes, simply drive along Ruta 234 towards Villa la Angostura, and then take a left hand turn onto RN19. The entire trip typically takes no more than 20 minutes.
By Rental Car: As mentioned, even 2WD vehicles without snow chains can typically reach Chapelco safely, so travelers should feel confident about renting their own car. Car rentals are available both at the airport and in town. The parking lot is quite large and does not charge any fees.
By Shuttle and Bus: In addition to the many inexpensive van shuttles that provide quick and easy transportation between Chapelco and San Martin de los Andes, there is also a cheap bus that departs from the San Martin bus terminal on the weekends.
By Taxi: Of course, it is possible to make the trip to and from Chapelco and town in a taxi. When choosing this option, be prepared to stash your skis or snowboard in the open trunk of the car, and hang on for a wild ride.