24 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

24 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

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24 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
1
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Ushuaia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Los Glaciares National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
5
El Calafate
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Chalten
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
7
Villa La Angostura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
San Martin de los Andes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
End: San Carlos de Bariloche

2
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.
On the 6th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through San Telmo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

3
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Madryn: Trelew (Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio & Museo Pueblo de Luis). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and don't miss a visit to Monumento al Indio Tehuelche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Puerto Madryn vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Trelew, Punta Tombo
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©

3
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.
Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Beagle, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, experience the excitement of Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier Martial.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

3
nights
Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park online journey planner .

You can fly from Ushuaia to Los Glaciares National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Glaciares National Park, with lows of 15°C. You'll set off for El Calafate on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
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.
Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, and see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip planner.

Take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2 hours. December in El Calafate sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
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.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Fitz Roy. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, and explore and take pictures at Road to El Chalten.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our El Chalten route planning tool .

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

2
nights
Villa La Angostura

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 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Rio Correntoso, browse the different shops at Estacion Patagonia - Anden de Compras, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Lago Traful. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes.

Plan my day in Villa La Angostura using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from El Chalten to Villa La Angostura takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Mirador Lago Traful
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Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Mirador Lago Traful ©
Mirador Lago Traful
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by Paseo de Compras Del Maiten, kick back and relax at Playa Quila Quina, and then explore and take pictures at Route of the Seven Lakes.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Villa La Angostura to San Martin de los Andes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina

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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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, appreciate the history behind Centro Civico, and trek along Cerro Tronador.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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