22 days in Argentina Itinerary

22 days in Argentina Itinerary

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22 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  18​h
1
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Iguazu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Mendoza
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
El Chalten
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
El Calafate
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Ushuaia
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Port Elizabeth

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and wander the streets of San Telmo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Elizabeth to Buenos Aires is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in December, things will get a bit warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Iguazu National Park

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then go deep underground at Wanda Mines.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

3
nights
Mendoza

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with a short trip to Valle de Uco in Tupungato (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mendoza road trip website .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Mendoza in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valle de Uco
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, hike along Circuito Chico, and then take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Centro Civico, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catedral Alta Patagonis, and then examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip planning app .

You can fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in January, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna Capri, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, stop by Vellon Negro, and then get outside with Enjoy!.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the El Calafate trip maker website .

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Vellon Negro ©
Vellon Negro

3
nights
Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier and trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park travel route planner .

Getting from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. January in Los Glaciares National Park sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and then explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial and then explore the activities along Canal Beagle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in January since evenings lows in Ushuaia dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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