How To Get To Las Lenas, Argentina
Las Lenas is located in the Mendoza Providence in Argentina. The closest town to the ski resort is Malargue, which is 77 km to the southeast of Las Lenas. The nearest city is Mendoza, which is 419 km to the northeast. Buenos Aires, the country’s bustling capital city, is over 1,000 km away to the east.
Getting to Las Lenas is not as straightforward as getting to other Argentine ski resorts, but the trip is well worth it. Of course, there is no direct flight from Buenos Aires to the resort, but there are several gateway towns and cities a visitor can choose to travel through.
Via Charter Flight to San Rafael and Malargue
It is also possible to fly from Buenos Aires to San Rafael or Malargue, and then take ground transportation to Las Lenas. From San Rafael, the drive to the resort is about 2 hours, and it’s a mere 45-minutes by car from Malarge to Las Lenas. Flights between Buenos Aires and both San Rafael and Malargue are few and far between, and often only operate by private charter. This is where we come in. Contact us for rates and reservations.
Flights operate regularly between Jorge Newberry Aeroparque, the capital’s domestic airport, and Mendoza. Transferring from Buenos Aires’s international airport to its domestic airport takes about 1 hour, and the flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes about 2 hours. From Mendoza, there are numerous ground transportation options available, including shuttle bus services and private cars for hire. The drive to Las Lenas from Mendoza takes approximately 6 hours.
From Santiago, Chile
You can travel to Las Lenas from Santiago Chile. When flights to Buenos Aires are high, this is a good travel hack. Start by flying into Santiago (airport code SCL). From here you have an air option and by ground.
Flights from Santiago to Mendoza are only 50 minutes on LATAM airlines and if you can do it on the clear day, grab a window seat for one of the best views you will ever see of the Andes Mountains. You might even fly directly over the famous Portillo, Chile ski resort. Once in Mendoza follow the instructions we described above on the Mendoza section.
By ground from Santiago is a different beast. It’s for the adventurous only and can take around 10-12 hours by car. You will want an all wheel drive with good tires and snow chains as you need to cross the high alpine pass at Paso Los Libertadores.
Not up for driving but up for the ride? Several bus companies depart downtown Santiago to Mendoza. From Mendoza, as mentioned above, there are multiple bus options to continue the journey to Las Lenas.
Driving To Las Lenas from Buenos Aires
If you are unable to find a connecting flight, it is possible to rent a car at the airport and drive from Buenos Aires to Las Lenas. The unforgettable trip will take you past tons of stunning scenery, but will take approximately 11-12 hours.
Getting there by bus
If a road trip sounds good but you aren’t in the mood to sit behind the wheel, it is also possible to take a bus from Buenos Aires, Mendoza or San Rafael to Las Lenas. Not only is this the cheapest way to get to the ski resort, but it’s also surprisingly comfortable. Although the journey is on the long side, first class seats on the bus are comparable to a comfortable bed. Just bring some good books, magazines, music and maybe some ear plus and enjoy the ride.