22 days in Patagonia Itinerary

22 days in Patagonia Itinerary

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22 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Madison
Bus + Fly:  27​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Martin de los Andes
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  10​h
3
El Chalten
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Ushuaia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Puerto Madryn
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  29​h
End: Madison

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Capilla San Eduardo. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, take in the dramatic scenery at Garganta del Diablo, look for gifts at VanWynsberghe Chocolats, and revel in the low prices at Chocolate Patagonico.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche tour website .

Madison, USA to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Madison in December; daily highs in San Carlos de Bariloche reach 70°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Rio Chimehuin and Playa Bonita. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum. Get out of town with these interesting San Martin de los Andes side-trips: Junin de los Andes (Paseo Costanera Junin de los Andes & Volcan Lanin). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Cascada Vulignanco.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip planning site .

Take a bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Junin de los Andes
Highlights from your plan
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias
Lanín ©
Lanín
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum ©
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glaciar Huemul and Laguna Torre. Step out of the city life by going to Salto El Chorrillo and Laguna Capri. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Torre, and cruise along Road to El Chalten.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Martin de los Andes to El Chalten takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Isla Bridges. Step off the beaten path and head to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo, examine the collection at Museo del Fin del Mundo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. December in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

5
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Costas de Patagonia and Playa Parana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Puerto Piramides (Caleta Valdes & Punta Pardelas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Loberia de Punta Loma, get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman, get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, and deepen your understanding at Ecocentro.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Puerto Madryn trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Piramides
Highlights from your plan
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Loberia de Punta Loma ©
Loberia de Punta Loma

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