15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

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15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
El Calafate
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
2
El Chalten
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
3
Puerto Madryn
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Las Grutas
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
San Martin de los Andes
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Detroit

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.
You've now added Kayaking & Canoeing to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read El Calafate trip itinerary app .

Detroit, USA to El Calafate is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Detroit to El Calafate, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in January, things will get much hotter in El Calafate: highs are around 58°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Climbing Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): hike along Laguna de los Tres and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our El Chalten holiday planning site .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

1
night
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 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento al Trabajador, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, then stop by Aquatours buceo, and finally identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de Gemas, then kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Doradillo.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Grutas.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

1
night
Las Grutas

Las Grutas ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Playa Piedras Coloradas and then step off the mainland to explore ANP Complejo Islote Lobos. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa las Conchillas and then kick back and relax at Punta Perdices.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Grutas vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Madryn to Las Grutas takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Las Grutas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Antonio Este
Highlights from your plan
Playa las Conchillas ©
Playa las Conchillas

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Cascada del Arroyo Grande, contemplate the waterfront views at Playa La Islita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at La Pastera Museo del Che, look for gifts at Librerias y Jugueterias JUMBO Express, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and finally cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes day trip website .

You can drive from Las Grutas to San Martin de los Andes in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
La Pastera Museo del Che ©
La Pastera Museo del Che

3
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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Playa Bahia Serena will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, admire the sheer force of Garganta del Diablo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche, and look for gifts at VanWynsberghe Chocolats.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche vacation planning tool .

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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