12 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Mendoza Itinerary

12 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Mendoza Itinerary

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12 days in Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Mendoza Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  13​h
1
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
El Calafate
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Los Glaciares National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Mendoza
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Guadalajara

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip app .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guadalajara to Buenos Aires is 3 hours. Traveling from Guadalajara in December, you will find days in Buenos Aires are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, get outside with Enjoy!, and then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Calafate sightseeing tool .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park trip website .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. December in Los Glaciares National Park sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

2
nights
Mendoza

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, then do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque Provincial Aconcagua, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Ministerio de Cultura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque General San Martin, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Mendoza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, plan for much hotter days in Mendoza, with highs around 37°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santuario Virgen de Lourdes
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Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

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