18 days in Argentina Itinerary

18 days in Argentina Itinerary

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18 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h
1
Cordoba
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
El Chalten
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
4
El Calafate
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Puerto Madryn
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Buenos Aires
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Catedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally contemplate the long history of El Paseo Buen Pastor.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba travel planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cordoba is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos

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.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in January, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas, cruise along Road to El Chalten, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Chorrillo, get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Torre.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Road to El Chalten ©
Road to El Chalten
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Mirador del Torre ©
Mirador del Torre

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Intendencia Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Av del Libertador, see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, then identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserve, and finally stop by Vellon Negro.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas, grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay, and then explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla Bridges, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Roca, and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia road trip planning site .

Fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for little chillier nights in Ushuaia, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loberia de Punta Loma.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn vacation site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia
Loberia de Punta Loma ©
Loberia de Punta Loma

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Telmo and La Boca. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de la Plata in La Plata (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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