12 days in Province of Santa Cruz Itinerary

12 days in Province of Santa Cruz Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Province of Santa Cruz trip planner

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Perito Moreno
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gobernador Gregores
— 1 night
Drive
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El Chalten
— 2 nights
Bus
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El Calafate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rio Gallegos
— 3 nights

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Perito Moreno

— 3 nights
Perito Moreno is a town in the northwest of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Aires. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perito Moreno: Los Antiguos (Portal La Ascension, Monte Zeballos, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Cave of the Hands.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Perito Moreno vacation site.

In October, daily temperatures in Perito Moreno can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gobernador Gregores.

Things to do in Perito Moreno

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Gobernador Gregores

— 1 night
Gobernador Gregores is a town in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, formerly known as Cañadón León. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Lago Cardiel.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gobernador Gregores journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Perito Moreno to Gobernador Gregores takes 5.5 hours. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Gobernador Gregores

Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Laguna Capri, trek along Laguna de los Tres, then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, and finally take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten travel route planning tool.

Drive from Gobernador Gregores to El Chalten in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Calafate

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, then get outside with Enjoy!, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip planner.

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio Gallegos.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Gallegos

— 3 nights
Río Gallegos is the capital and largest settlement of the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz in Argentina. Rio Gallegos is known for wildlife, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cabo Virgenes, kick back and relax at Costanera Angel Sureda, make a trip to Plaza San Martin, and examine the collection at Museo Ferroviario Roberto Galian.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rio Gallegos route site.

Drive from El Calafate to Rio Gallegos in 3.5 hours. Traveling from El Calafate in October, expect nights in Rio Gallegos to be slightly colder, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio Gallegos

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Casinos

Province of Santa Cruz travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · National Parks