29 days in Uruguay & Argentina Itinerary

29 days in Uruguay & Argentina Itinerary

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Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to Piriapolis
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Piriapolis, Uruguay
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Piriapolis, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to San Juan

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Piriapolis, Uruguay

— 7 nights
Founded in 1890, Piriapolis ranks among the premier beach resort destinations in the country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Los Nadies and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun. Cristo Obrero Parish and Capilla Susana Soca will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Piriapolis: Minas (Parque Salto del Penitente, Catedral De Minas, &more), Atlantida (Vinedo de los Vientos, El Aguila, &more) and Canelones (Catedral de Canelones, Balneario Argentino, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Punta Colorada, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Piriapolis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pan De Azucar, and make a trip to Castillo de Piria.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Piriapolis tour itinerary planning tool.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Piriapolis is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Uruguay Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in Piriapolis reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Piriapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

— 2 nights
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
On the 3rd (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, then kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Calavera.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo Polonio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Piriapolis to Cabo Polonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Piriapolis to Cabo Polonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Piriapolis.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Piriapolis, Uruguay

— 3 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Playa San Francisco and Cerro Artigas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Piriapolis: Minas (Buddhist Monastery, Parque Rodo, &more). Explore Piriapolis further: make a trip to Templo San Antonio, visit La Estacion de Cria de Fauna, and appreciate the history behind Fuente de Venus.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Piriapolis attractions planner.

You can drive from Cabo Polonio to Piriapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo Polonio to Piriapolis due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Piriapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and La Boca. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planning tool.

You can drive from Piriapolis to Buenos Aires in 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Piriapolis in January since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 2 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Take a break from the city and head to Peninsula Valdes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some cultural insight at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio and Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo, identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro, and get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip maker.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Fitz Roy and Glaciar Huemul will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Torre, take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park takes 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Wanda Mines, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Iguazu National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in January, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.