All flights I see on kayak.com take me through Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina to get to El Calafate, Argentina. But they take more than a day. Is there a quicker way?

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    Are you going on a specific, problematic day? I can't find any flights taking more than one day. The fastest connection I found with my first search is 15:00 with change in Lima and Buenos Aires. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 15 '14 at 1:26

I tried a flight for next month on there, and the times range from 13h 40 to 46h 20(!) - quite a difference.

Once the page is loaded for your dates, on the left choose more filters, and then play with the stopover and leg times - reduce them and you'll start to see the shorter flights.

South American airlines often work on a hub-spoke model, like the US - so for example, many inter-city flights in Argentina go via Buenos Aires. Similar with Lima in Peru. And indeed, the 13h 40 flight flies to Lima, then Buenos Aires, then down to El Calafate.

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