15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Patagonia holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 3 nights
Drive
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Esquel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Piramides
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Madryn
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten
— 1 night
Bus
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El Calafate
— 1 night
Fly
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Ushuaia
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Catedral Alta Patagonis and Refugio Neumeyer. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sendero de los Arrayanes and Cerro Catedral. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, browse the different shops at Galeria del Sol, stroll through Circuito Chico, and take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Carlos de Bariloche is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in San Carlos de Bariloche reach 7°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Esquel.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Esquel

— 2 nights
Although Welsh immigrants arrived in this area in the mid-19th century, Esquel was officially founded in 1906, which makes it a relatively young city by world standards.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Alerces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Esquel vacation planner.

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Esquel in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Piramides.

Things to do in Esquel

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Puerto Piramides

— 1 night
Puerto Piramides vacations became popular in the 1970s, after legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau surveyed the area and observed the behavior of southern right whales.
On the 23rd (Fri), get outside with Peke Sosa Avistajes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caleta Valdes, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally kick back and relax at Punta Pardelas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Piramides journey planner.

Drive from Esquel to Puerto Piramides in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Puerto Piramides

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Puerto Madryn

— 2 nights
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 24th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, then look for all kinds of wild species at Loberia de Punta Loma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cantera, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Piramides to Puerto Madryn in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

El Chalten

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

El Calafate

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick your exploration up a notch at Cerro Frias.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read El Calafate online travel route planner.

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in El Calafate are 1°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Ushuaia

— 3 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 out of the city life by going to Glaciar Martial and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lago Roca and Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at CASA BEBAN, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia vacation tool.

Fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.