32 days in Argentina Itinerary

32 days in Argentina Itinerary

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32 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Salta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Purmamarca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Humahuaca
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Mendoza
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
San Martin de los Andes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Villa La Angostura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
8
El Chalten
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
El Calafate
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
10
Los Glaciares National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Ushuaia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
12
Puerto Madryn
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Mar del Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Tandil
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
15
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
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Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, and then explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Salta is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Salta is 3 hours. Traveling from San Jose in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Salta, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)

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Purmamarca

Purmamarca ©
With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at The Hill of Seven Colors, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, then go for a walk through Cuesta de Lipan, and finally hike along Paseo de los Colorados.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Purmamarca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salta to Purmamarca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Humahuaca.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados
Cuesta de Lipan ©
Cuesta de Lipan
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima

1
night
Humahuaca

Humahuaca ©
The largest settlement in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Humahuaca allows for thorough exploration of the colorful valley that links the high Andean lands and the temperate plains of southeastern South America.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Serranía de Hornocal, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quebrada de Humahuaca, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Humahuaca trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Purmamarca to Humahuaca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Serranía de Hornocal ©
Serranía de Hornocal
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca

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Mendoza

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore by horseback at Los Pingos Horse Riding, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, walk around Parque General San Martin, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and then take in the awesome beauty at Parque Provincial Aconcagua.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Mendoza day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Humahuaca to Mendoza in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In December in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Provincial Aconcagua ©
Parque Provincial Aconcagua
Food Tours

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Cerro Chapelco, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quila Quina, and then identify plant and animal life at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Escorial and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Martin de los Andes, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Martin de los Andes takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Escorial ©
Escorial
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias

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Villa La Angostura

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Espejo Grande, and then contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, get great views at Mirador Belvedere y Cascada INACAYAL, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Correntoso, and finally explore the activities along Lago Correntoso.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Villa La Angostura trip itinerary maker site .

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 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lago Espejo Grande ©
Lago Espejo Grande

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Sendero de los Arrayanes and Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Frey, and hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche route planner .

Drive from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 out of the city life by going to Fitz Roy and Road to El Chalten. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna Torre and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, stroll through Mirador del Torre, and explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Huemul.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

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nights
El Calafate

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Rios de Hielo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Vellon Negro. There's still lots to do: get outside with Enjoy!, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco, and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Los Glaciares National Park are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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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 off the beaten path and head to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. Get outdoors at Isla Martillo and Glaciar Martial. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Museo del Fin del Mundo, don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Pajaros.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, with highs in Ushuaia at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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nights
Puerto Madryn

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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Estancia San Lorenzo. Explore Puerto Madryn's surroundings by going to Caleta Valdes (in Puerto Piramides) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Loberia de Punta Loma and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Doradillo.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn tour planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, Caleta Valdes, Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes

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Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
On the 7th (Tue), walk around Parque Gral San Martin Mar del Plata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Stella Maris, then don't miss a visit to Torre Tanque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta de Lourdes, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar del Plata Cathedral, then kick back and relax at La Perla, then get outside with Bosque del Vivero, and finally kick back and relax at Balneario Medanos.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata sightseeing app .

Fly from Puerto Madryn to Mar del Plata in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tandil.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Miramar
Highlights from your plan
Mar del Plata Cathedral ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral
Gruta de Lourdes ©
Gruta de Lourdes
Bosque del Vivero ©
Bosque del Vivero

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Tandil

Tandil ©
Nestled in the foothills of the nearby mountain range, the town of Tandil offers a solid combination of big-city energy and small-town tranquility.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Lago y Dique del Fuerte, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cerro El Centinela, then stroll around Parque Independencia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monte Calvario, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Fuerte Independencia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tandil itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Mar del Plata to Tandil in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Tandil

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro El Centinela ©
Cerro El Centinela
Monte Calvario ©
Monte Calvario
Lago y Dique del Fuerte ©
Lago y Dique del Fuerte

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Buenos Aires

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Plata, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Lujan, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta.

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Traveling by car from Tandil to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Tandil in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 24°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Basilica de Lujan, Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Basilica de Lujan ©
Basilica de Lujan
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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