12 days in Chilean Patagonia, El Calafate & Province of Tierra del Fuego Itinerary

12 days in Chilean Patagonia, El Calafate & Province of Tierra del Fuego Itinerary

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Fly to Rio Gallegos, Bus to Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery, Bus to Rosario

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Punta Arenas, Chile

— 2 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 28th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Casa La Porfia, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, then steep yourself in history at Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, and finally take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho. On your second day here, make a trip to Reloj, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla Magdalena.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas online itinerary planner.

Rosario, Argentina to Punta Arenas is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rosario to Punta Arenas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Rosario in November, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Punta Arenas: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) journey maker site.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Punta Arenas in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

El Calafate, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Enjoy! and Estancia 25 de Mayo. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and explore the striking landscape at Onelli Glacier.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our El Calafate trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 4 nights

End of the World

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ushuaia Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. For shopping fun, head to Foto Center or El Montanes. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately Tierra del Fuego National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Larga, learn more about the world around you at Acatushun Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Martial, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Martillo.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Ushuaia itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from El Calafate in December: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Province of Tierra del Fuego travel guide

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Bodies of Water · National Parks · Art Galleries
End of the World
The remote archipelago encompassed by Province of Tierra del Fuego, explored by the likes of Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin, fascinates travelers to this day. Located at the tip of the continent, the region's islands are part of Argentina and Chile and are crossed by the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel. While hard to reach, the isolated, windy archipelago offers dramatic natural scenery, rich history, and thrilling activities. On a tour of Province of Tierra del Fuego, you can explore untamed nature, enjoy snow sports (including dog sledding), cruise the rough waters of the channel, and encounter penguins, sea lions, and whales.