9 days in Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

9 days in Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

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Buenos Aires
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El Calafate
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Buenos Aires — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Francisco to Buenos Aires. In December, Buenos Aires is warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to El Calafate.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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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.
Take a break from El Calafate with a short trip to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, kick your exploration up a notch at Enjoy!, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

Make your El Calafate itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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