22 days in Argentina Itinerary

22 days in Argentina Itinerary

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22 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Salta
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
San Martin de los Andes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Villa La Angostura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​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
Fly:  2​h
7
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Puerto Madryn
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Mar del Plata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Tandil
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
San Rafael
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Mendoza
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Rome

1
night
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre), don't miss a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salta day trip planning tool .

Rome, Italy to Salta is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Rome to Salta. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get much hotter in Salta: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)
Plaza 9 de Julio ©
Plaza 9 de Julio

2
nights
San Martin de los Andes

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Cerro Chapelco, then admire the natural beauty at Plaza Sarmiento, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum, then make a trip to Centro Civico, and then kick back and relax at Playa Quila Quina.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Salta to San Martin de los Andes takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum ©
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias

2
nights
Villa La Angostura

Villa La Angostura ©
A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and then explore the activities along Rio Correntoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Correntoso, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Historico Regional de Villa La Angostura, then explore the activities along Lago Espejo Grande, and finally get great views at Mirador Belvedere y Cascada INACAYAL.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Villa La Angostura itinerary planner .

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Lago Espejo Grande ©
Lago Espejo Grande

2
nights
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 1st (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then walk around Parque Nahuelito, then identify plant and animal life at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, and finally look for gifts at Belen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche attractions planner .

Drive from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Mirador del Torre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Huemul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, then stroll through Laguna Torre, and finally get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read El Chalten online trip itinerary maker .

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 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

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 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Tribus Del Sur, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Rios de Hielo and then get outside with Enjoy!.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate planning site .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

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 7th (Tue): make a trip to Locomovil, explore the activities along Lago Roca, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ushuaia Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla Martillo, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from El Calafate in January since evenings lows in Ushuaia dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Isla Martillo ©
Isla Martillo
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 9th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, then stroll through Playa El Doradillo, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Quijote.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mar del Plata Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Stella Maris, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta de Lourdes, stroll around Parque Gral San Martin Mar del Plata, then don't miss a visit to Torre Tanque, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata itinerary planning app .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Mar del Plata by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Mar del Plata sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tandil.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mar del Plata Cathedral ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral
Torre Tanque ©
Torre Tanque
Parque Gral San Martin Mar del Plata ©

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night
Tandil

Tandil ©
Nestled in the foothills of the nearby mountain range, the town of Tandil offers a solid combination of big-city energy and small-town tranquility.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monte Calvario, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cerro El Centinela, pause for some photo ops at Cristo de las Sierras, walk around Parque Independencia, then don't miss a visit to Lago y Dique del Fuerte, and finally make a trip to Palacio Municipal de Tandil.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tandil road trip website .

Traveling by car from Mar del Plata to Tandil takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Tandil, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Rafael.

Things to do in Tandil

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Independencia ©
Parque Independencia
Palacio Municipal de Tandil ©
Palacio Municipal de Tandil
Cristo de las Sierras ©
Cristo de las Sierras

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day
San Rafael

San Rafael ©
With its idyllic tree-lined streets, San Rafael provides a tranquil setting for relaxation in the heart of Argentina.
On the 13th (Mon), do a tasting at Winery La Abeja, then admire the engineering at Embalse los reyunos, and then admire the engineering at Embalse Valle Grande.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Rafael tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tandil to San Rafael takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tandil in January; daily highs in San Rafael reach 38°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Rafael

Parks Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Embalse los reyunos ©
Embalse los reyunos
Embalse Valle Grande ©
Embalse Valle Grande

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nights
Mendoza

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Pulenta Estate Winery, and then do a tasting at Bodega La Azul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, do a tasting at Casa El Enemigo, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and finally admire the engineering at Potrerillos Dam.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip planner.

You can drive from San Rafael to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Rafael in January since evenings lows in Mendoza dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Adventure

Side Trip

Casa El Enemigo
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
River Rafting & Tubing
Potrerillos Dam ©
Potrerillos Dam

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