21 days in Chilean Patagonia & Patagonia Itinerary

21 days in Chilean Patagonia & Patagonia Itinerary

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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 5 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile

— 5 nights
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.
On the 26th (Wed), plan a day focused around Plaza Armas Punta Arenas. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval y Maritimo, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal.

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New York City, USA to Punta Arenas is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Punta Arenas at 59°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

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.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Beagle, grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay, don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and take in the exciting artwork at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

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You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. In January, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

El Calafate, Argentina

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciar Spegazzini). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and visit Avenida Libertador.

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You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, El Calafate is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Laguna de los Tres, take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, and take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

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You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 nights
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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, appreciate the history behind Centro Civico, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Bahia Lopez.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.