31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  28​h
1
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Quila Quina and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Escorial and Mirador Arrayanes. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Lago Lacar, stop by De la Montana, contemplate the waterfront views at Playa La Islita, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Arroyo Grande.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes visit planner .

San Francisco, USA to San Martin de los Andes is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to San Martin de los Andes, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

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Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Escorial ©
Escorial
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), stop by Mamuschka and then stroll through Bosque Sumergido.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Villa La Angostura visit planner.

You can 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 70°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

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Bosque Sumergido
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Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Bosque Sumergido ©
Bosque Sumergido
Mamuschka ©
Mamuschka

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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 19th (Sat), look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

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Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Step off the beaten path and head to Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and El Mirador De Los Condores. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Cerro Fitz Roy. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Desierto.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read El Chalten online tour itinerary builder .

You can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna de los Tres, Lago del Desierto
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

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.
On the 26th (Sat), get outside with Enjoy!, then stop by Vellon Negro, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in El Calafate are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Vellon Negro ©
Vellon Negro

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, head outdoors with Patagonia Line, and then take in the exciting artwork at La Tehuelche. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online sightseeing planner .

You can take a shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Calafate in December, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is slightly colder at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
La Tehuelche ©
La Tehuelche

4
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lago Roca will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ushuaia Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ushuaia, with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

4
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peninsula Valdes and Playa La Cantera. Visiting Punta Tombo and Ecocentro will get you outdoors. Explore Puerto Madryn's surroundings by going to Museo Casa del Poeta (in Gaiman) and Caleta Valdes (in Puerto Piramides). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Estancia San Lorenzo, Pinguins Land, get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Trabajador, and take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn tour itinerary maker website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Punta Tombo, Caleta Valdes, Museo Casa del Poeta
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Estancia San Lorenzo ©
Estancia San Lorenzo

3
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 7th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Iguazu National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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