15 days in Province of Santa Cruz & Ushuaia Itinerary

15 days in Province of Santa Cruz & Ushuaia Itinerary

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15 days in Province of Santa Cruz & Ushuaia Itinerary

Start: Neuquen
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
El Chalten
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
El Calafate
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Los Glaciares National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Neuquen

3
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.
Lago del Desierto has been added to your itinerary. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Fitz Roy. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read El Chalten trip planner .

Neuquen to El Chalten is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to El Calafate.

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Lago del Desierto
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Upsala Glacier. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, stop by Vellon Negro, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate online travel route planner .

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In February in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

3
nights
Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. In February in Los Glaciares National Park, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
nights
Ushuaia

Ushuaia ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Faro de San Juan de Salvamento and Iglesia de la Merced. Get outdoors at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Canal Beagle. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ushuaia, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Faro de San Juan de Salvamento
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle
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