13 days in Argentina Itinerary

13 days in Argentina Itinerary

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13 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Martin de los Andes
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Salta
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Catedral de la Plata in La Plata, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chicago to Buenos Aires. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Buenos Aires at 83°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and then explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nahuelito and Parroquia San Eduardo. Get outdoors at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Sendero de los Arrayanes. On the 30th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Piedras Blancas. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes

2
nights
San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Arroyo Grande, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Cascada Vulignanco and then stroll through Cerro Chapelco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Martin de los Andes journey maker .

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Salta.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco

2
nights
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Salta trip planner.

You can fly from San Martin de los Andes to Salta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Salta sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco

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