56 days in Argentina Itinerary

56 days in Argentina Itinerary

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56 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  27​h
1
Iguazu National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Cordoba
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
San Martin de los Andes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
El Chalten
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Calafate
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
8
Puerto Madryn
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Las Grutas
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Monte Hermoso
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Mar del Plata
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Buenos Aires
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Iguazu National Park

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip builder tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Zurich to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in February, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

6
nights
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica and Museo Palacio Ferreyra. Relax by the water at San Roque Lake and Carlos Paz Waterfront. Venture out of the city with trips to Tio Joe Beach (in Villa Carlos Paz), Alta Gracia (Museo Estancia Jesuitica y casa del Virrey Liniers, Museo Del Che Guevara, & more) and Playa de los Hippies (in Cuesta Blanca). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at El Paseo Buen Pastor, don't miss a visit to Eden Hotel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cordoba trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Iguazu National Park to Cordoba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Cordoba

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Villa Carlos Paz, Alta Gracia, Playa de los Hippies, Centro Turistico Caroya, Eden Hotel
Highlights from your plan
San Roque Lake ©
San Roque Lake
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor

4
nights
San Martin de los Andes

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Via Christi and Iglesia San Jose. Castillito Van Dorsser and La Pastera Museo del Che will appeal to museum buffs. Explore San Martin de los Andes' surroundings by going to Junin de los Andes (Volcán Lanín & Rio Chimehuin) and Camping Puerto Arrayan (in Villa Traful). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina, explore the activities along Playa La Islita, admire the sheer force of Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum, and kick back and relax at Playa Catritre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes road trip site .

You can fly from Cordoba to San Martin de los Andes in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Junin de los Andes, Camping Puerto Arrayan
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Lanín ©
Lanín

6
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Circuito Chico. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Bahia Serena, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Tronador, stop by VanWynsberghe Chocolats, and hit the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Torre and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Fitz Roy. Make the 24th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Lago del Desierto. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Capri, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Chorrillo, and trek along Paso de Viento.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the El Chalten driving holiday planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago del Desierto
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

6
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.
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Upsala Glacier. Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get outside with Enjoy!, explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read El Calafate trip planning site .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in El Calafate sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Doradillo and Playa Parana. Get some cultural insight at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio and Museo de Gemas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Museo Pueblo de Luis (in Trelew) and Puerto Piramides (Pinino Buceo Operadora & Punta Pardelas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn vacation tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Madryn in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Grutas.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Piramides, Trelew, Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro

1
night
Las Grutas

Las Grutas ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Piedras Coloradas and then head off the coast to ANP Complejo Islote Lobos. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa las Conchillas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Perdices.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Grutas trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Puerto Madryn to Las Grutas in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Monte Hermoso.

Things to do in Las Grutas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Antonio Este
Highlights from your plan
Playa las Conchillas ©
Playa las Conchillas

1
night
Monte Hermoso

Monte Hermoso ©
Monte Hermoso is a town located on the Atlantic coast of Argentina, some 100km east of the city of Bahía Blanca, in the south of the Province of Buenos Aires. On the 13th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Municipal, stroll through Balneario Sauce Grande, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Pehuen Co - Monte Hermoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Monte Hermoso.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Monte Hermoso trip planner .

Drive from Las Grutas to Monte Hermoso in 6.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Monte Hermoso

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Monte Hermoso ©
Monte Hermoso
Museo Historico Municipal ©
Museo Historico Municipal

6
nights
Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Perla and Valeria del Mar Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Balneario Tiburon and Punta Mogotes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mar del Plata: Balneario Peter (in Villa Gesell), Playas de Mar de Cobo (in Mar de Cobo) and Balneario Medanos (in Miramar). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Stella Maris, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata online vacation builder .

Explore your travel options from Monte Hermoso to Mar del Plata with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Monte Hermoso in March: highs in Mar del Plata hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Miramar, Playas de Mar de Cobo, Valeria del Mar Beach, Balneario Peter
Highlights from your plan
La Perla ©
La Perla
Valeria del Mar Beach ©
Valeria del Mar Beach
Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo ©

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at San Telmo and Catedral Metropolitana. Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo de los Ninos will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Catedral de la Plata (in La Plata), Museo del Juguete (in San Isidro) and Museo de arte Tigre (in Tigre). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and shop like a local with Palermo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Mar del Plata in March, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Museo de arte Tigre, Catedral de la Plata, Museo del Juguete
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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