59 days in Patagonia Itinerary

59 days in Patagonia Itinerary

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59 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  8​h
1
Ushuaia
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
El Calafate
— 7 nights
Bus:  3​h
3
El Chalten
— 7 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
El Hoyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Martin de los Andes
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Neuquen
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Las Grutas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sierra Grande
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Puerto Piramides
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Puerto Madryn
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Santiago

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park to see Lago Roca about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and explore the activities along Bahia Lapataia.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip builder website .

Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Ushuaia due to the time zone difference. In December in Ushuaia, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

7
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.
Explore El Calafate's surroundings by going to Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Seco & Glaciar Spegazzini). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

7
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Laguna de los Tres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fitz Roy, get great views at Mirador del Torre, and identify plant and animal life at Lago del Desierto.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the El Chalten travel route builder tool .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

8
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.
Bring the kids along to Parque Nahuelito and Piedras Blancas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Carlos de Bariloche: Dina Huapi (in Dina Huapi) and Rio Correntoso (in Villa La Angostura). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, make a trip to Centro Civico, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and find something for the whole family at Cerro Viejo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to El Hoyo.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rio Correntoso, Dina Huapi
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Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito
Walking tours
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

2
nights
El Hoyo

El Hoyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Puerto Patriada, stop by La Frambueseria, then delve into the lush surroundings at Laberinto Patagonia, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at La Catarata. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Parque Nacional Lago Puelo and then get outside with Lago de Puelo.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the El Hoyo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Hoyo takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in El Hoyo

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lago Puelo, Parque Nacional Lago Puelo
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Laberinto Patagonia ©
Laberinto Patagonia
Parque Nacional Lago Puelo ©
Parque Nacional Lago Puelo
Lago de Puelo ©
Lago de Puelo

8
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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Quila Quina and Playa Bonita. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Traful (Mirador Lago Traful & Camping Puerto Arrayan), Junin de los Andes (Lanín & Rio Chimehuin) and Villa La Angostura (Cajon Negro, Cascada Nivinco, & more). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Cerro Chapelco, make a trip to Centro Civico, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Islita, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from El Hoyo to San Martin de los Andes takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Neuquen.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Villa La Angostura, Villa Traful, Junin de los Andes
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Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco
Zipline

6
nights
Neuquen

Neuquen ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bubalcó and Lago Barreales Paleontological Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Neuquen side-trips: Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann (in Villa El Chocon), Plottier (Teatro El Zaguan & Parque Acuatico Patagonia Splash) and Caviahue Ski Resort (in Caviahue). There's still lots to do: admire the engineering at Represa El Chocon, stroll around Parque Rosauer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Maria Auxiliadora del Paimun, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Neuquen trip itinerary app .

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Neuquen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in Neuquen can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Las Grutas.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Plottier, General Roca, Parque Rosauer, Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann, Balneario Municipal Isla 58
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Bubalcó ©
Bubalcó
Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann ©
Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann
Lago Barreales Paleontological Centre ©

1
night
Las Grutas

Las Grutas ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla Stella Maris and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas del Gualicho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Punta Perdices, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa las Conchillas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Piedras Coloradas.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Las Grutas trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Neuquen to Las Grutas takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sierra Grande.

Things to do in Las Grutas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Antonio Este
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Playa las Conchillas ©
Playa las Conchillas
Capilla Stella Maris ©
Capilla Stella Maris
Salinas del Gualicho ©
Salinas del Gualicho

1
night
Sierra Grande

Sierra Grande ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Playa Los Suecos and then kick back and relax at Playas Doradas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sierra Grande online trip planner .

You can drive from Las Grutas to Sierra Grande in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Piramides.

Things to do in Sierra Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playas Doradas ©
Playas Doradas

2
nights
Puerto Piramides

Puerto Piramides ©
Puerto Piramides vacations became popular in the 1970s, after legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau surveyed the area and observed the behavior of southern right whales.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get outside with Pinino Buceo Operadora, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caleta Valdes, then get outside with Peke Sosa Avistajes, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Piramide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Reserva Natural Isla de los Pajaros, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Pardelas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Piramides itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sierra Grande to Puerto Piramides takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Puerto Piramides

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Piramide
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Punta Pardelas ©
Punta Pardelas
Reserva Natural Isla de los Pajaros ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Family-friendly places like Playa El Doradillo and Costas de Patagonia will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Compania Mercantil de Chubut (in Dolavon), Playa Union (in Puerto Rawson) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo, enjoy the sand and surf at Tangol Puerto Madryn, explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, and stroll through Playa Parana.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Madryn, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Puerto Piramides to Puerto Madryn takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, Playa Union, Compania Mercantil de Chubut, Punta Tombo
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Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

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