44 days in Patagonia Itinerary

44 days in Patagonia Itinerary

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Neuquen
— 3 nights
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Caviahue
— 1 night
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Villa Pehuenia
— 1 night
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San Martin de los Andes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Villa La Angostura
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 6 nights
Drive
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El Bolson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Esquel
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Piramides
— 1 night
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Puerto Madryn
— 4 nights
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Ushuaia
— 5 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten
— 5 nights
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— 4 nights
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Neuquen

— 3 nights
Located on the confluence of two rivers, Neuquen represents the largest urban center in Argentine Patagonia, known for its tree-lined streets and neat public squares.
Take a break from the city and head to Bubalcó and Limay River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paseo de la Costa de Neuquen and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Change things up with these side-trips from Neuquen: Teatro El Zaguan (in Plottier) and General Roca (Valle de la Luna Rojo & Bomfrut). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza De Las Banderas, sample the tasty concoctions at Sisters Familia Cerveceria, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Maria Auxiliadora del Paimun, and head outdoors with Lago Huechulafquen.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Neuquen day trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Neuquen is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Neuquen hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Caviahue.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caviahue

— 1 night
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Hualcupen, admire the sheer force of Cascadas del Rio Agrio, trek along Laguna Escondida, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Escondida, and finally explore the activities along Lago Caviahue.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Caviahue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Neuquen to Caviahue takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Villa Pehuenia.

Things to do in Caviahue

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Villa Pehuenia

— 1 night
The charming village of Villa Pehuenia sits in the hilly Patagonian forest of the Nequen province.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the activities along Lago Alumine, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Batea Mahuida, and finally take a memorable drive along Circuito Pehuenia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Villa Pehuenia road trip planning website.

You can drive from Caviahue to Villa Pehuenia in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Villa Pehuenia

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

San Martin de los Andes

— 4 nights
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 Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Lago Meliquina. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Escorial. Change things up with a short trip to Lanín in Junin de los Andes (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Islita, cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula de Yuco, and admire the sheer force of Cascada Vulignanco.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes road trip planning website.

Getting from Villa Pehuenia to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura

— 3 nights

Garden of Patagonia

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from the city and head to Lago Espejo Chico and Lago Espejo Grande. When in Villa La Angostura, make a side trip to see Mirador Lago Traful in Villa Traful, approximately Villa Traful away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lago Correntoso, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Belvedere, admire the sheer force of Cascada del Rio Bonito, and steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Villa La Angostura online trip planner.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Refugio Frey. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Nahuel Huapi Lake, head outdoors with Cerro Lopez, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de los Duendes, and take in the awesome beauty at Ventisquero Negro.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to El Bolson.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

El Bolson

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Catarata, then get outside with Lago de Puelo, and then explore the activities along Parque Nacional Lago Puelo. On your second day here, head outdoors with Cajon del Azul, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Azul, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar del Hielo Azul, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Laberinto Patagonia.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our El Bolson trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Bolson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Esquel.

Things to do in El Bolson

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Esquel

— 1 night
Although Welsh immigrants arrived in this area in the mid-19th century, Esquel was officially founded in 1906, which makes it a relatively young city by world standards.
On the 18th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Culturas Originarias Patagonicas, make a trip to La Trochita-viejo expreso patagonico en Esquel, then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Alerces, and finally fly down the slopes at La Hoya Centro de Ski.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Esquel journey planning app.

Drive from El Bolson to Esquel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Piramides.

Things to do in Esquel

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Puerto Piramides

— 1 night
Puerto Piramides vacations became popular in the 1970s, after legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau surveyed the area and observed the behavior of southern right whales.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): head outdoors with Peke Sosa Avistajes, take in the dramatic natural features at Caleta Valdes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Pardelas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Punta Piramide, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Isla De Los Pajaros, and then head outdoors with Yellow Submarine.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Piramides holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Esquel to Puerto Piramides takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Puerto Piramides

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Madryn

— 4 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peninsula Valdes and Estancia San Lorenzo. Step out of the city life by going to Loberia de Punta Loma and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Madryn: Valle de Los Altares (in Los Altares) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Cantera, look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro, and appreciate the history behind Monumento al Trabajador.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Piramides to Puerto Madryn takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ushuaia

— 5 nights

End of the World

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 outdoors at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Glaciar Martial. Explore hidden gems such as Ushuaia Bay and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Ushuaia to go to Tierra del Fuego National Park and see Lago Roca, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Isla Martillo, appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas, kick back and relax at Playa Larga, and take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia day trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. January in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

El Chalten

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna Torre and Road to El Chalten. Get in touch with nature at Fitz Roy and Chorillo del Salto. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Huemul, take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and explore the activities along Laguna Capri.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to El Chalten takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

El Calafate

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Leona Petrified Forest and Enjoy!. Take a break from the city and head to Perito Moreno Glacier and Patagonia Profunda. Step out of El Calafate to go to Los Glaciares National Park and see Glaciar Spegazzini, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: catch some excitement at Estancia 25 de Mayo, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Rios de Hielo, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in El Calafate are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.