9 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

9 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Playa del Carmen
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  13 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
El Calafate
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Los Glaciares National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h
End: Playa del Carmen

2
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, wander the streets of Recoleta, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation maker tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, head outdoors with Enjoy!, and then see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Calafate trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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