18 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

18 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

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18 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Shuttle:  17 h 30 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h
3
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Calle Defensa and La Boca. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Argentine Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Buenos Aires at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 5th (Tue), wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, and finally explore the activities along Rio de la Plata.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento day trip tool .

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Doradillo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro and then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Colonia del Sacramento to Puerto Madryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

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 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, then get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and finally stroll through Laguna Torre.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten road trip site .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

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.
On the 9th (Sat), take a stroll through Avenida Libertador, then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and finally look for gifts at Vellon Negro.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read El Calafate trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Museums Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Glaciares National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Canal Beagle. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, head off the coast to Isla Bridges, explore the striking landscape of Senda Costera, and look for all kinds of wild species at Solar del Bosque.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia road trip planning app .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ushuaia, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Senda Costera
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Ushuaia to Iguazu National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In November, Iguazu National Park is much hotter than Ushuaia - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, then get engrossed in the history at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta holiday planner .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Salta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in November, Salta is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Salta

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salta Cabildo ©
Salta Cabildo
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cerro San Bernardo ©
Cerro San Bernardo

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