12 days in Argentina Itinerary

12 days in Argentina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Argentina holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
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El Calafate
— 1 night
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El Chalten
— 2 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
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Mendoza
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires

— 3 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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, stop by Calle Defensa, and shop like a local with Recoleta.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary site.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Buenos Aires. When traveling from Guadalajara in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

El Calafate

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our El Calafate trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

El Chalten

— 2 nights
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, hike along Laguna de los Tres, and cruise along Road to El Chalten.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten itinerary builder website.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Bahia Lopez. Keep things going the next day: hike along Circuito Chico and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Mendoza

— 2 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 1st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, then walk around Parque General San Martin, then get great views at Cerro de la Gloria, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mendoza day trip tool.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 21°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Argentina travel guide

4.4
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.