15 days in Argentina Itinerary

15 days in Argentina Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  19 h
1
Puerto Iguazu
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  4 h
2
Salta
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Mendoza
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
El Calafate
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Isla San Martin, Iguazu Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu, stop by Emporio Gourmet, and identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu travel route planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Puerto Iguazu is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Iguazu: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Salta.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

1
night
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at Vincul Arte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, examine the collection at Salta Cabildo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, then learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salta tour itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Salta when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Salta

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Salta Cabildo ©
Salta Cabildo
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco

2
nights
Mendoza

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then walk around Parque General San Martin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza trip itinerary app.

Fly from Salta to Mendoza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Salta in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks
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Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin

2
nights
El Calafate

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, then head outdoors with Enjoy!, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate day trip tool.

Getting from Mendoza to El Calafate by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mendoza in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Ushuaia

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Beagle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip builder site.

Getting from El Calafate to Ushuaia by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in December, expect Ushuaia to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Tours
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Off-Road Tours
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

3
nights
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, try to win big at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planning site.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Buenos Aires is warmer than Ushuaia - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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