20 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

20 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

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20 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + Bus:  20 h
1
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
2
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
3
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h
6
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  17 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores, then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Iguazu day trip planning site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Puerto Iguazu is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Brasilia Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Puerto Iguazu hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park attractions planner .

You can fly from Puerto Iguazu to Los Glaciares National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in October, expect nights in Los Glaciares National Park to be a bit cooler, around 8°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature

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
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Muelle Historico, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, and then browse the exhibits of Le Mouton Vert, Patagonia Merino Sheep Wool. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Milodon, take in the exciting artwork at La Tehuelche, then examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner .

Take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in October: highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Calafate trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in El Calafate are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mirador del Torre and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Mirador del Torre ©
Mirador del Torre

3
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.
Let the collections at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio and Museo Pueblo de Luis capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Playa El Doradillo and Punta Tombo. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Trelew, Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Telmo and La Boca. Take a break from Buenos Aires with a short trip to Museo de La Plata in La Plata, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, make a trip to Avenida 9 De Julio, hike along Reserva Ecologica, and browse the exhibits of Karina Chavin Espacio De Arte.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Museo de La Plata
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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