20 days in Patagonia & Punta Arenas Itinerary

20 days in Patagonia & Punta Arenas Itinerary

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20 days in Patagonia & Punta Arenas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  29​h
1
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 45​min
3
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Lago Lolog. Step out of the city life by going to Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Lago Lacar. Step out of San Martin de los Andes to go to Junin de los Andes and see Volcán Lanín, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes online journey planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Martin de los Andes is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Argentine Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lanín
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Lanín ©
Lanín
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum ©
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Sendero de los Arrayanes. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Cascada de los Duendes. And it doesn't end there: hike along Refugio Frey, examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and stop by Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche travel itinerary planner .

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes

1
night
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 29th (Sun): engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and then contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chorillo del Salto and Laguna Capri. Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Torre and Mirador del Torre. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Cerro Fitz Roy. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten and get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, catch some excitement at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ushuaia trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nao Victoria Museo and Parque Del Estrecho De Magallanes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio Sara Braun and Cementerio Municipal. Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Wed) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Salesian Museum, get great views at Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero.

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You can take a bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes ©
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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