55 days in Patagonia Itinerary

55 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Patagonia holiday planner

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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 7 nights
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El Bolson
— 3 nights
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Esquel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Madryn
— 6 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten
— 6 nights
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El Calafate
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ushuaia
— 8 nights
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Neuquen
— 2 nights
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Villa Pehuenia
— 2 nights
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San Martin de los Andes
— 5 nights
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Villa La Angostura
— 5 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Sendero de los Arrayanes. Visiting Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Cascada de los Duendes will get you outdoors. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Berlina Patagonia Brewery in Colonia Suiza, approximately Colonia Suiza away. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ventisquero Negro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, and head outdoors with Canopy.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip maker app.

Oslo, Norway to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Oslo to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in January, things will get much warmer in San Carlos de Bariloche: highs are around 28°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to El Bolson.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

El Bolson

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Lago Puelo and La Catarata. Explore hidden gems such as Lago de Puelo and Cajon del Azul. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Rio Azul, admire the sheer force of Cascada Escondida, hike along Bosque de las Sombras, and look for gifts at La Frambueseria.

Discover how to plan a El Bolson trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Bolson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Esquel.

Things to do in El Bolson

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Esquel

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Los Alerces and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Natural Nant & Fall and Museo Regional Molino Andes. Go for a jaunt from Esquel to Trevelin to see Museo Molino Nant Fach about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to La Trochita-viejo expreso patagonico en Esquel.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Esquel trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from El Bolson to Esquel in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Esquel

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Madryn

— 6 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 Valle de Los Altares. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio and Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico. Explore Puerto Madryn's surroundings by going to Museo Pueblo de Luis (in Trelew) and Puerto Piramides (Punta Pardelas & Caleta Valdes). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Parana, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Madryn trip planner.

You can fly from Esquel to Puerto Madryn in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

El Chalten

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres. Step out of the city life by going to Fitz Roy and Road to El Chalten. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Desierto, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Huemul, and examine the collection at Encuentros con la Historia. Estancia Turistica.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

El Calafate

— 6 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.
El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Perito Moreno Glacier and La Leona Petrified Forest. Step out of El Calafate with an excursion to Glaciar Spegazzini in Los Glaciares National Park--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: experience the excitement of Estancia 25 de Mayo, hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and take a tour by water with Estancia Cristina.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ushuaia

— 8 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.
Visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia Bay will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Acatushun Museum and Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park to see Lago Roca about 40 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Guanaco, make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ushuaia itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from El Calafate in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ushuaia, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Neuquen.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Neuquen

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): catch a live performance at Teatro El Zaguan, then explore the activities along Limay River, and then take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de la Costa de Neuquen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cerveceria Klover, head outdoors with Lago Huechulafquen, then make a trip to Plaza De Las Banderas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Neuquen road trip planning site.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Neuquen in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Ushuaia in February, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Neuquen: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Villa Pehuenia.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Villa Pehuenia

— 2 nights
The charming village of Villa Pehuenia sits in the hilly Patagonian forest of the Nequen province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get outside with Circuito Pehuenia, identify plant and animal life at Cinco Lagunas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Batea Mahuida. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get great views at Miradores de Villa Pehuenia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Alumine.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Villa Pehuenia day trip site.

You can drive from Neuquen to Villa Pehuenia in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Villa Pehuenia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

San Martin de los Andes

— 5 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Get in touch with nature at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Lago Lolog. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Peninsula de Yuco. Step out of San Martin de los Andes to go to Junin de los Andes and see Lanín, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Islita, look for all kinds of wild species at Escorial, and head outdoors with Lago Lacar.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes itinerary planner.

Getting from Villa Pehuenia to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lago Espejo Grande and Lago Correntoso. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Bosque Sumergido. Get out of town with these interesting Villa La Angostura side-trips: Villa Traful (Cerros Negro & Monje Trail & Mirador Lago Traful). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Espejo Chico, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Rio Bonito, steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Belvedere.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Villa La Angostura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

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.