Before I answer you
Before I answer your question, please read this advise as I did cycle through Patagonia and I can tell you this:
The roads are not that easy, sometimes given the roads surface it was challenging doing 50 km in a day;
When the roads were alright, then the weather was very very difficult. The wind blows strongly in the Argentinian side ...
The best options you have is looking for sail boats requiring a crew.
You should be careful with that. Make sure the captain is experienced enough. Cape horn is not known by being easy. But you're aware of that probably.
They will, most likely, be looking for someone with experience as well.
Things can go in many ways. It's not easy to get a good crew ...
Travel is certainly possible. Punta Arenas has 120,000 inhabitants and Ushuaia on the Argentinian side has 60000 inhabitants (with ski resorts apparently opening in June). Advisable depends of course on what you want to do.
Wikipedia has useful information on climate:
Puerto Montt, at 41°28'S, has 6.0–12.7°C in May:
Much further south, Punta Arenas (53°10'...
Check out the map option on booking.com. To start with, zoom in to Bariloche, you'll see that there are more options in the nearby towns, such as El Bolson, Lago Puelo and Esquel. Now zoom in even further, the towns will disappear from the map while you're scrolling downwards, but if the map is zoomed enough, you'll see individual hotels/hostels every once ...
I did this in January 2014 and I'll try to address your questions:
1) Renting a car in El Calafate is no problem. After some googeling and reading reviews in the Internet, I decided to opt for Nunatak Rent a Car and never regretted the decision. They reliably picked us up from the Airport, even though our flight was a couple of hours late and in generally ...
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 - ...
Yes, in Chile most venues will only accept Chilean pesos.
It's different across the border in Argentina though, there you will fare much better with US dollars.
Update: In December 2015, the new Argentinian government removed the exchange restrictions which fed the demand for black market dollars, so they are now probably in much less demand.
There's a book called "Patagonia: The Andes, a Guide For Climbers" by John Biggar.
Its main focus is climbing, but also covers ski-mountaineering:
This new edition has expanded coverage of the whole range, with many
new photos and route diagrams plus extended coverage of the
ski-mountaineering opportunities in the Andes.The book contains
details of ...
Long distance buses in Argentina are indeed pretty good, in particular those branded "coche-cama", "ejecutivo", etc. Way better than the average European bus, and crazy better than the typical Greyhound in North America.
That said, the trip from Buenos Aires to the north of Patagonia will be around 24 hours, and twice that to the south. To boot, prices are ...
TAQSA offer connections by luxury coach:
These are departure times:
El Calafate Bariloche 15:30:00 MARGA SA
El Calafate Bariloche R40 17:15:00 MARGA SA
El Chalten Bariloche R40 20:05:00 MARGA SA
They claim punctuality in departure and arrival (it seems that 'on time' arrival may be being guaranteed by not showing ...
You may have to change buses once or twice. After all, these are in two different countries. The website you cite has connections between Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales as well as Puerto Natales and El Calafate in Argentina. Buses between El Calafate and El Chalten in the Los Glaciares park are frequent.
However, you can get more direct transportation ...
In El Calafate, you will find lots and lots of small travel agencies that offer tours to Torres del Paine. They're quite flexible at organizing whatever you want to do at a reasonable price. Of course in your case, you'll want to book in advance. So just search for "travel agency el calafate" and write some emails.
I would try to arrange to "board" with a Welsh-speaking family while in Patagonia. The arrangement could be made beforehand, or possibly while you're there and find one.
You're going to have to eat/sleep SOMEWHERE. Just do your best to make sure that the "somewhere" is with a Welsh-speaking family.
Yes there are. There are several bus lines that I could find online though I could only find 1 that provides cross border routes:
If you look at their schedule you will find that they have a bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate and a connecting bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales though I can't find the trip duration so it is possible ...