Video of Me Hitchhiking in Patagonia (Argentina to Chile)

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Last week, I flew from Buenos Aires to Rio Gallegos, Argentina with no intention of going to Rio Gallegos, Argentina. Instead, my plan was to walk out of the airport, stick my thumb out, and try to get a ride to Puerto Natales, Chile, where I met my friend to hike Torres del Paine National Park.

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Why hitchhike last week?

  • It was a goal of mine to try hitchhiking once in my life.
  • Rio Gallegos airport is 3:22 driving from Puerto Natales, Chile. The nearest airport in Chile, Punta Arenas is 2:45 driving, only 37 minutes closer.screen-shot-2016-12-31-at-9-40-36-pmHowever, to fly to Punta Arenas one way from Buenos Aires, the ticket was $750 with a connection in Santiago. No award space was available. To fly to Rio Gallegos was 12,500 Delta miles + $3.50 on a direct Aerolineas Argentinas flight.
  • From some online research, it looked like many people successfully hitchhike in Patagonia. The consensus is that it is an easy, safe place to hitchhike.

So I stayed up all night and took an Uber to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) at 3:45 AM last Friday to catch my flight south.
screen-shot-2016-12-31-at-9-43-14-pm Here’s what happened next:


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19 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome video and the highlight of my day so far. I think you should do more of these during your travels!

  2. That was fun to watch! I’d love to hitchhike as well. Do you think it would be safe for a woman by herself or only with someone else?

  3. Did you contribute money for gas? Is there a going rate? I bet you remember this journey more than some of the first class flights! Stay safe.

    • No, the going rate in this area is zero. In some area I think it is common to pitch in for gas. I’m not sure if hitchwiki.org–which I found to have some good info–has that info.

  4. Nice job! That “Here’s what happened next” sounded ominous, but I’m glad it worked out. And it sounds like it makes sense to go the hitchhiking route when there’s no bus service. You’ve made me slightly more likely to try it in the future!

  5. Well done! It’s hard to make something like this watchable, entertaining and informative. A nice compliment to the other content you provide.

  6. That’s dope! I hitchhiked from El Calafate to Puerto Natalie’s after I missed my bus that was supposed to take me that route onto Torres del Paine; my path was a pretty common route for travelers to take so I definitely had a much easier go than you but I too would not mind hitchhiking again down there.

    New Zealand’s another great place for hitchhiking too.

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