26 days in Patagonia, Puerto Rio Tranquilo & Punta Arenas Itinerary

26 days in Patagonia, Puerto Rio Tranquilo & Punta Arenas Itinerary

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26 days in Patagonia, Puerto Rio Tranquilo & Punta Arenas Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Puerto Piramides, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
3
Villa Pehuenia, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
10
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
11
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
bus:  7​h 45​min
12
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 2nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Valdes, then kick back and relax at Playa La Cantera, and then get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Puerto Madryn is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Puerto Madryn is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Piramides.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera

1
night
Puerto Piramides, Argentina

Puerto Piramides vacations became popular in the 1970s, after legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau surveyed the area and observed the behavior of southern right whales.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Punta Piramide, then make a trip to Puerto Piramides, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caleta Valdes, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Piramides planning tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Piramides takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Villa Pehuenia.

Things to do in Puerto Piramides

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Piramide
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Caleta Valdes ©
Caleta Valdes
Punta Piramide ©
Punta Piramide

1
day
Villa Pehuenia, Argentina

Villa Pehuenia ©
The charming village of Villa Pehuenia sits in the hilly Patagonian forest of the Nequen province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Alumine, then take a memorable drive along Circuito Pehuenia, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Batea Mahuida, and finally get great views at Miradores de Villa Pehuenia.

Plan my day in Villa Pehuenia using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Puerto Piramides to Villa Pehuenia in 13 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Villa Pehuenia

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Lago Alumine
Highlights from your plan
Lago Alumine ©
Lago Alumine
Volcan Batea Mahuida ©
Volcan Batea Mahuida
Miradores de Villa Pehuenia ©
Miradores de Villa Pehuenia

3
nights
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Escorial and Volcán Lanín. We've included these beaches for you: Playa La Islita and Rio Chimehuin. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum, look for gifts at Lanas argentinas de norte a sur, look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Martin de los Andes online vacation planner .

You can drive from Villa Pehuenia to San Martin de los Andes in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Junin de los Andes
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Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum ©
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum
Escorial ©
Escorial
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias

2
nights
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

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 9th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. On your second day here, make a trip to Mirador Lago Traful, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Espejo Grande, and then explore the activities along Lago Correntoso.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Villa La Angostura travel planning tool .

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mirador Lago Traful
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Lago Espejo Grande ©
Lago Espejo Grande
Lago Correntoso ©
Lago Correntoso

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Bonita. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Chocolates Rapanui, and take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche online itinerary planner .

Getting from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in July, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini, take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco, and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park trip website .

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Los Glaciares National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Rios de Hielo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the El Calafate tour planning site .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate by bus takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in El Calafate are 1°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna Torre and Glaciar Huemul. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Fitz Roy and Road to El Chalten. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and see the interesting displays at Encuentros con la Historia. Estancia Turistica.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip planner.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

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day
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals, then explore the activities along Bayo Lake, then head outdoors with Glaciar Exploradores, and finally look for gifts at Colores del Lago.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Rio Tranquilo holiday planner .

Traveling by car from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo is minus 1 hour. In July in Puerto Rio Tranquilo, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marble Cathedrals ©
Marble Cathedrals
Colores del Lago ©
Colores del Lago

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, and finally steep yourself in history at Parque Del Estrecho De Magallanes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, then see the interesting displays at Salesian Museum, then make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and finally identify plant and animal life at Isla Magdalena.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Punta Arenas trip simple and quick.

Getting from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Punta Arenas by combination of taxi and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Punta Arenas, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes ©
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

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nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ushuaia Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glaciar Martial and Lago Roca. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ushuaia trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glaciar Martial, Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

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