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

Queen of La Plata

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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. 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.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · 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 lots more to do: head outdoors with Estancia Cristina, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, and take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read El Calafate day trip planning site.

Getting from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Museums

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