23 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

23 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

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23 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Rada Tilly, Argentina
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Esquel, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h
4
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Los Antiguos, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Las Grutas, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Claromeco, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Sierra De la Ventana, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Rada Tilly, Argentina

Rada Tilly ©
Rada Tilly is a town in Escalante Department, Chubut Province (Patagonia), Argentina. On the 21st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Punta Marques.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rada Tilly road trip planning site .

Buenos Aires to Rada Tilly is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, things will get little chillier in Rada Tilly: highs are around 29°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Esquel.

Things to do in Rada Tilly

Parks Wildlife
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Reserva Natural Punta Marques ©
Reserva Natural Punta Marques

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Esquel, Argentina

Esquel ©
Although Welsh immigrants arrived in this area in the mid-19th century, Esquel was officially founded in 1906, which makes it a relatively young city by world standards.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Alerces.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Esquel travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rada Tilly to Esquel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

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Parque Nacional Los Alerces ©
Parque Nacional Los Alerces

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Otto, don't miss a visit to Galeria del Sol, and look for gifts at VanWynsberghe Chocolats.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Esquel to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. December in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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nights
El Calafate, Argentina

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier, Glaciar Seco, & more). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's lots more to do: get outside with Enjoy!, hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read El Calafate trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, El Calafate is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cerro Fitz Roy. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our El Chalten attractions site .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Antiguos.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

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Los Antiguos, Argentina

Los Antiguos ©
Los Antiguos is a town in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, located on the south shore of Lago Buenos Aires. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Chacra Don Neno, then explore the activities along Lago Buenos Aires, and then hike along La ascension.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Antiguos driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from El Chalten to Los Antiguos in 9.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Los Antiguos

Parks Nature Trails
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Lago Buenos Aires ©
Lago Buenos Aires
Chacra Don Neno ©
Chacra Don Neno

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Family-friendly places like Punta Tombo National Reserve and Playa El Doradillo will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro, don't miss a visit to Monumento al Indio Tehuelche, look for gifts at Aquatours buceo, and take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn tour planner.

You can drive from Los Antiguos to Puerto Madryn in 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Grutas.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

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Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

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Las Grutas, Argentina

Las Grutas
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at ANP Complejo Islote Lobos and then kick back and relax at Playa Piedras Coloradas.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Grutas trip planning tool .

You can drive from Puerto Madryn to Las Grutas in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Claromeco.

Things to do in Las Grutas

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Claromeco, Argentina

Claromeco ©
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Reserva Forestal Ingeniero Paolucci and then kick back and relax at Claromeco - Playas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Claromeco road trip planning website .

You can drive from Las Grutas to Claromeco in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sierra De la Ventana.

Things to do in Claromeco

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Claromeco - Playas ©
Claromeco - Playas

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Sierra De la Ventana, Argentina

Sierra De la Ventana ©
A scenic town located in a mountain range of the same name, Sierra De la Ventana offers excellent access to some of the region's best natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Complejo Turistico Parque Norte, then make a trip to Punto Panoramico Del Mirador Del Cerro Ventana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sierra De la Ventana journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Claromeco to Sierra De la Ventana takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sierra De la Ventana

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Complejo Turistico Parque Norte
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Attractions like Recoleta Cemetery and El Ateneo Grand Splendid make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sierra De la Ventana to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Sierra De la Ventana in January, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

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