12 days in Argentina Itinerary

12 days in Argentina Itinerary

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12 days in Argentina Itinerary

Washington DC
Fly:  19​h 45​min
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
El Calafate
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Ushuaia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Mar del Plata
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Washington DC

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche, then take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla San Eduardo. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Chocolates Rapanui and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Calafate.

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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez
Capilla San Eduardo ©
Capilla San Eduardo

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Av del Libertador, then examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip maker tool .

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

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Av del Libertador ©
Av del Libertador

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the activities along Lago Roca, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, and then don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in January, Ushuaia is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mar del Plata.

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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina ©
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

2
days
Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Punta Mogotes and then stroll through Playa Varese. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mar del Plata Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at MAR Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta de Lourdes, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mar del Plata holiday planner.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, you will find days in Mar del Plata are much warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit warmer (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese
Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral

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days
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the masterpieces at Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA), and finally stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, then take a stroll through San Telmo, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Mayo.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip tool .

Fly from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mar del Plata in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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