12 days in Patagonia Itinerary

12 days in Patagonia Itinerary

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12 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Los Glaciares National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
2
El Calafate
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
3
El Chalten
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Madryn
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

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 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip maker tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Glaciares National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in February: highs in Los Glaciares National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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.
On the 24th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, head outdoors with Enjoy!, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip planner.

You can take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2 hours. February in El Calafate sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

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 ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna Capri and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, then take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten road trip planner .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

2
nights
Ushuaia

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda and then see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Museums
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

3
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and then explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn road trip planning website .

Getting from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro

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