15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

15 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Patagonia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Ushuaia
— 3 nights
Fly
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El Calafate
— 4 nights
Bus
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El Chalten
— 2 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia

— 3 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.
Step out of Ushuaia with an excursion to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo in Tierra del Fuego National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, step off the mainland to explore Isla Bridges, view the masterpieces at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia road trip website.

Seattle, USA to Ushuaia is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Seattle to Ushuaia. In December, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

El Calafate

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting El Calafate side-trips: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciar Spegazzini). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Estancia Cristina, browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, and see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip maker site.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in El Calafate. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

El Chalten

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre and then hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read El Chalten road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

San Carlos de Bariloche

— 3 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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, trek along Circuito Chico, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Otto, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
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.