How to Get to Esquel and La Hoya Ski Area
The ski resort La Hoya is located in the dazzling Chubut Province of Patagonia in Argentina. It is more than 1,000 km south of Buenos Aires, and about a four hour drive from San Carlos de Bariloche and the lovely Lakes District of Patagonia.
The closest town to La Hoya is Esquel. The town and ski resort are a mere 14 km apart.
Getting to Esquel
The vast majority of travelers choose to fly from Buenos Aires, Argnetina’s busy capital, to Esquel. There are numerous flights each day between the two destinations. However, flights to Esquel originate from Jorge Newbey Airport, the domestic airport in Buenos Aires. For this reason, international travelers will have to transfer between the international and domestic airports when connecting in the capital.
Esquel’s small airport is located 18 km to the east of town. It is quite quaint, and has the look and feel of an old ski lodge. At the airport, it is possible to hire a taxi or remise (unmetered car), or rent a private car from a reputable company. Keep in mind that an international drivers license will be required to rent.
Getting from Esquel to La Hoya
By car the drive up to La Hoya from town typically takes no longer than 20 minutes. The road connecting the town and ski resort is unpaved, but it is relatively easy to drive on and contains few of the crazy switch-backs found on many South American ski resort roads. Snow chains are recommended.
Parking at the resort is unattended and can get a bit crazy at times. It is not uncommon to return from a morning on the slopes only to discover your car has been blocked in.
Private vehicle service: There is no shortage of van shuttles willing to ferry skiers and snowboarders between La Hoya and downtown. In addition, it’s always possible to hire a taxi or remise to make the short journey. Contact us for rates and reservations.
An Alternate Route
Some travelers opt to fly from Buenos Aires to the airport in Bariloche. Then, they rent a car and drive south approximately 4 hours to Esquel. Additionally, there are several public buses which connect Bariloche and Esquel but expect this journey to take up to 6 hours. If you drive, be sure to stop off in the town of El Bolson, home to some nice handcrafted local beers which make for a good gift to take home.