12 days in Argentina Itinerary

12 days in Argentina Itinerary

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12 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 1 day
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
El Chalten
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
3
El Calafate
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Iguazu National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  20​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Circuito Chico and then take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in December: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Cerro Fitz Roy. On your second day here, look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre, and then trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Marcopolo Bookstore ©
Marcopolo Bookstore

1
night
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 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate tour planner .

Take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, and then hike along Hito XXIV.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from El Calafate in December; daily highs in Ushuaia reach 52°F and lows reach 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

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

1
night
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 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner .

Fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, expect Buenos Aires to be much hotter, temps between 83°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
El Ateneo Grand Splendid ©
El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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 31st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park online trip maker .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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