37 days in Argentina, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) & Punta Arenas Itinerary

37 days in Argentina, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) & Punta Arenas Itinerary

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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 5 nights
Bus
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Deseado, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive
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— 4 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 4 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Martin de los Andes: Cajon Negro (in Villa La Angostura), Villa Traful (Cerros Negro & Monje Trail & Mirador Lago Traful) and Junin de los Andes (Rio Chimehuin & Lanín). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Route of the Seven Lakes, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quila Quina, get outside with Lago Lacar, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip maker tool.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Berlina Patagonia Brewery in Colonia Suiza (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Isla Victoria, and make a trip to Centro Civico.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip maker website.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Calafate, Argentina

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting El Calafate side-trips: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciar Spegazzini). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate online route builder.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in March, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 5 nights
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.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery, don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, and see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from El Calafate in March, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 5 nights
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.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Armas Punta Arenas, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, and get some fabulous bargains at Kenavic.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas online journey maker.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Punta Arenas, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Deseado.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Puerto Deseado, Argentina

— 1 night
Puerto Deseado, originally called Port Desire, is a city of about 15,000 inhabitants and a fishing port in Patagonia in Santa Cruz Province of Argentina, on the estuary of the Deseado River.It was named Port Desire by the privateer Thomas Cavendish in 1586 after the name of his ship, and later became known by the Spanish translation of the name. On the 10th (Fri), head outdoors with Puerto Penacho Excursiones and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from DARWIN EXPEDICIONES, then examine the collection at Museo Mario Brozosky, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Pinguinos.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Deseado attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Punta Arenas to Puerto Deseado takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Puerto Deseado

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 4 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Caleta Valdes (in Puerto Piramides), Trelew (Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio & Museo Pueblo de Luis) and Valle de Los Altares (in Los Altares). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, and look for all kinds of wild species at Loberia de Punta Loma.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Deseado to Puerto Madryn by car takes about 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Bolson.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

El Bolson, Argentina

— 4 nights
El Bolson tourism thrives largely thanks to the area's outstanding opportunities for fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, climbing, and cycling across a quiet landscape squeezed between two towering mountain ranges.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Bolson: Lago de Puelo (in Lago Puelo) and Puerto Patriada (in El Hoyo). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Lago Puelo. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Laberinto Patagonia, explore the activities along Rio Azul, learn about winemaking at Patagonian Wines, and get outside with Cajon del Azul.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our El Bolson trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Madryn to El Bolson in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in El Bolson

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.