20 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

20 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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20 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Tierra del Fuego National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
El Chalten
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Villa La Angostura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
San Martin de los Andes
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Iguazu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica de Lujan and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo de La Plata and Villa Ocampo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan (in Lujan), Catedral de la Plata (in La Plata) and Estancia Santa Susana (in Los Cardales). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Bicentenario, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Juan in March, with highs in Buenos Aires at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lujan, La Plata, San Isidro, Estancia Santa Susana
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Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Villa Ocampo ©
Villa Ocampo

2
nights
Puerto Madryn

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Pueblo de Luis and then look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa El Doradillo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then examine the collection at Museo del desembarco Punta Cuevas.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Pueblo de Luis, Punta Tombo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Museo Pueblo de Luis ©
Museo Pueblo de Luis

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park and then make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia journey planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park

1
night
Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Roca.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tierra del Fuego National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Tierra del Fuego National Park

Nature Parks
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

3
nights
El Chalten

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna Torre and El Mirador De Los Condores. Step out of the city life by going to Fitz Roy and Chorillo del Salto. And it doesn't end there: hike along Laguna de los Tres, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, and stop by Marcopolo Bookstore.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the El Chalten road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tierra del Fuego National Park to El Chalten. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Sendero de los Arrayanes. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Villa La Angostura

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the activities along Rio Correntoso.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Villa La Angostura tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Villa La Angostura, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

2
nights
San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
On the 26th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Quila Quina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Chimehuin and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chapelco.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes holiday builder site .

You can drive from Villa La Angostura to San Martin de los Andes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Rio Chimehuin
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Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco

2
nights
Iguazu National Park

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park vacation builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Martin de los Andes to Iguazu National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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