43 days in Argentina Itinerary

43 days in Argentina Itinerary

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43 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Tandil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Puerto Madryn
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Ushuaia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
El Calafate
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Chalten
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cordoba
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Mendoza
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Salta
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fragata ARA Sarmiento and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de la Plata in La Plata (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chicago to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much hotter in Buenos Aires: highs are around 83°F and lows about 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tandil.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

2
nights
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 27th (Fri), make a trip to Lago y Dique del Fuerte, don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal de Tandil, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cerro El Centinela, and finally make a trip to Cristo de las Sierras. On your second day here, stroll around Parque Independencia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monte Calvario, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Fuerte Independencia.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tandil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buenos Aires to Tandil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Tandil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Tandil

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro El Centinela ©
Cerro El Centinela
Museo Historico Fuerte Independencia ©
Monte Calvario ©
Monte Calvario

4
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Peninsula Valdes and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Puerto Piramides (Caleta Valdes & Puerto Piramides) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo and kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tandil to Puerto Madryn in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Piramides, Punta Tombo, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isla Martillo and Ushuaia Bay. Get some cultural insight at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Faro de San Juan de Salvamento. Take a break from Ushuaia with a short trip to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Museo Yamana, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Lago Roca, Faro de San Juan de Salvamento
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Museo Yamana ©
Museo Yamana

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and stop by Vellon Negro.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in El Calafate. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

4
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 off the beaten path and head to Laguna Torre and Road to El Chalten. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Fitz Roy. The adventure continues: trek along Laguna de los Tres, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and explore the activities along Laguna Capri.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the El Chalten visit planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto
Road to El Chalten ©
Road to El Chalten

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Parque Nahuelito. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Parroquia San Eduardo. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche to go to Villa La Angostura and see Rio Correntoso, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, and take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez
Parroquia San Eduardo ©
Parroquia San Eduardo

3
nights
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica and Eden Hotel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Palacio Ferreyra and Paseo de las Artes. Get out of town with these interesting Cordoba side-trips: Alta Gracia (Museo Estancia Jesuitica y casa del Virrey Liniers & Museo Del Che Guevara). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Capilla Domestica Compania de Jesus, contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Cordoba La Iglesia De Jesucristo De Los Santos De Los Ultimos Dias, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip builder .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cordoba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in Cordoba are little chillier (60°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Alta Gracia, Eden Hotel
Highlights from your plan
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Museo Palacio Ferreyra ©
Museo Palacio Ferreyra
Capilla Domestica Compania de Jesus ©

5
nights
Mendoza

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get some cultural insight at Casa El Enemigo and Bodega Tierras Altas. Explore hidden gems such as Pulenta Estate Winery and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Maipu (Carinae Vinedos & Bodega & Familia Zuccardi). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti and walk around Parque General San Martin.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mendoza trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Cordoba to Mendoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in January, you will find days in Mendoza are much hotter (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Maipu
Highlights from your plan
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

3
nights
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, then get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, then examine the collection at Salta Cabildo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, and then explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salta route maker website .

You can fly from Mendoza to Salta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Salta is slightly colder than Mendoza - with highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
Salta Cabildo ©
Salta Cabildo

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