30 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

30 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

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Cordoba, Argentina
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Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina

— 1 night

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba and then contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de Santa Teresa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba route planning tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cordoba is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Salta.

Things to do in Cordoba

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Salta, Argentina

— 2 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, then get engrossed in the history at History Museum of the North, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio and then get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Salta trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Salta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Cordoba in January: highs in Salta hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Salta

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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 3 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Quila Quina and Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Visiting Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Cerro Chapelco will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Lago Lacar, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza San Martin, contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula de Yuco, and contemplate the long history of Castillito Van Dorsser.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes trip planning website.

You can fly from Salta to San Martin de los Andes in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Parroquia San Eduardo. Get outdoors at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche with an excursion to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sendero de los Arrayanes, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, hike along Circuito Chico, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and then see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Estancia 25 de Mayo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in El Calafate are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Ushuaia, Argentina

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna Esmeralda and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Step out of Ushuaia to go to Tierra del Fuego National Park and see Lago Roca, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Martial, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, fly down the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount), and steep yourself in history at Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for little chillier nights in Ushuaia, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Mar del Plata, Argentina

— 2 nights

Happy City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Varese, then see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Arte Juan C.Castagnino, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar del Plata Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museo MAR, and then head outdoors with Bosque del Vivero.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata trip planner.

Fly from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, expect nights in Mar del Plata to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de los Ninos. Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires route builder.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mar del Plata in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento trip builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Del Mar. Visiting Playa Brava and Isla de Lobos will get you outdoors. Step out of Punta del Este to go to Jose Ignacio and see Playa de Jose Ignacio, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pinares, try your luck at Conrad Casino, and make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este visit planner.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in January: highs in Punta del Este hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.