44 days in Argentina & Peru Itinerary

44 days in Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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44 days in Argentina & Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  28 h
1
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h
4
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9 h
5
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Quilmes, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 30 min
9
Humahuaca, Argentina
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
10
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  41 h
End: Sydney, Australia


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3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Estancia Harberton and Acatushun Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Martial and Playa Larga. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately 36 minutes away. There's more to do: hike along Glaciar Martial and head off the coast to Isla Bridges.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia road trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Ushuaia is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ushuaia is minus 13 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Ushuaia at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glaciar Martial, Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Glaciar Martial ©
Glaciar Martial
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 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 15°C in El Calafate. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Torre and Chorillo del Salto. Escape the urban bustle at Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten travel route planner .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and Museo del desembarco Punta Cuevas. Escape the urban bustle at Costas de Patagonia and Valle de Los Altares. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Primera Casa de Gaiman (in Gaiman) and Compania Mercantil de Chubut (in Dolavon). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, appreciate the history behind Monumento al Trabajador, and take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn route planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle de Los Altares, Compania Mercantil de Chubut, Museo Primera Casa de Gaiman
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Valle de Los Altares ©
Valle de Los Altares
Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat ©
Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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 Cascada de los Duendes and Parroquia San Eduardo. Get in touch with nature at Playa Bonita and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Canopy, and examine the collection at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to San Carlos de Bariloche by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cascada de los Duendes ©
Cascada de los Duendes

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lago Lacar and Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascada Nivinco and Peninsula de Yuco. Change things up with a short trip to Via Christi in Junin de los Andes (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Mirador Arrayanes, fly down the slopes at El Bosque de los Huskies, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and admire the sheer force of Cascada del Arroyo Grande.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes trip planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Quilmes.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Via Christi
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Mirador Arrayanes ©
Mirador Arrayanes
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Quilmes, Argentina

Quilmes ©
Quilmes is a city in the, on the coast of the Rio de la Plata on the south east of the Greater Buenos Aires. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lujan and Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes. Visiting Reserva Natural Punta Lara and Laguna de San Vicente will get you outdoors. Explore Quilmes' surroundings by going to Estadio Nuevo Francisco Urbano (in Moron) and Palacio Piria (in Ensenada). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santuario Nuevo Schoensttat, let little ones run wild at Quilmes Atletico Club, contemplate the long history of Casa de Santa Coloma, and play a few rounds at Ranelagh Golf Club.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quilmes vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Martin de los Andes to Quilmes. January in Quilmes sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Quilmes

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Berazategui, Ensenada, Florencio Varela, Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lujan, Estadio Nuevo Francisco Urbano
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Casa de Santa Coloma ©
Casa de Santa Coloma
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lujan ©
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lujan
Reserva Natural Punta Lara ©
Reserva Natural Punta Lara

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rancho Juan Manuel de Rosas and Estancia Santa Susana. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia Nuestra Senora Del Carmen and Villa Ocampo. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to Tigre and see Delta Terra Natural Reserve, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Iglesia de San Salvador, have fun and explore at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Santo Domingo, and experience the excitement of Enter The Exit.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires route website .

Buenos Aires is very close to Quilmes. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for Humahuaca on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rancho Juan Manuel de Rosas, Iglesia Nuestra Senora Del Carmen, Villa Ocampo, Estancia Santa Susana, Delta Terra Natural Reserve
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Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires ©
Rancho Juan Manuel de Rosas ©
Rancho Juan Manuel de Rosas
Iglesia Nuestra Senora Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora Del Carmen

6
nights
Humahuaca, Argentina

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.
Serranía de Hornocal has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia San Francisco de Paula and Torre de Santa Barbara. Get outdoors at Monumento Natural Laguna de los Pozuelos and Inca Cueva. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Municipal and admire the striking features of Cabildo de Humahuaca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Humahuaca road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Buenos Aires to Humahuaca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Monumento Natural Laguna de los Pozuelos, Iglesia San Francisco de Paula
Highlights from your plan
Serranía de Hornocal ©
Serranía de Hornocal
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula ©
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula
Inca Cueva ©
Inca Cueva

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 9th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Piquillacta, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and then steep yourself in history at Tipon. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Humahuaca to Cusco in 25 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Piquillacta
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake
Tipon ©
Tipon

4
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Explore hidden gems such as Winay Wayna and Cascadas Allcamayo. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, catch some excitement at Samay Spa, and make a trip to Serpost.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Mirador de Llactapata
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

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