12 days in Argentina Itinerary

12 days in Argentina Itinerary

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Buenos Aires
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Mar del Plata
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Bahia Blanca
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San Carlos de Bariloche
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Buenos Aires

— 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, steep yourself in history at Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires online route maker.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Buenos Aires. Traveling from San Juan in December, plan for little chillier nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Mar del Plata

— 2 nights

Happy City

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the striking features of Torreon del Monje, don't miss a visit to Torre Tanque, then take advantage of the amenities at Playa Varese, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mogotes, stop by Puerto de Mar del Plata, then explore the world behind art at Museo MAR, and finally cruise along Laguna de los Padres.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata online trip maker.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for little chillier nights in Mar del Plata, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bahia Blanca.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Bahia Blanca

— 3 nights
Bahía Blanca is a city in the southwest of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, by the Atlantic Ocean, and is the seat of government of Bahía Blanca Partido. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad Nacional del Sur, then steep yourself in history at Ex Usina General San Martin, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Puerto de Ingeniero White. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museo y Archivo Historico, don't miss a visit to Avenida Alem, head outdoors with Paseo de las Esculturas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Merced, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Rivadavia.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahia Blanca trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mar del Plata to Bahia Blanca. While traveling from Mar del Plata, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bahia Blanca, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Bahia Blanca

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

San Carlos de Bariloche

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, then take in the waterfront at Puerto Panuelo, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal Municipal.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bahia Blanca to San Carlos de Bariloche. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bahia Blanca in December, with highs in San Carlos de Bariloche at 24°C and lows at 6°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.