52 days in Argentina Itinerary

52 days in Argentina Itinerary

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52 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mar del Plata
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Valeria del Mar
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Merlo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Maipu
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Province of Jujuy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Salta
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
San Martin de los Andes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Villa La Angostura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
11
El Chalten
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
12
El Calafate
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
13
Puerto Madryn
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
14
Ushuaia
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Jose

3
nights
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.
Head to Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendidfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, and shop like a local with Palermo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires day trip planning tool .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Buenos Aires is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Argentine Time (ART) is 3 hours. In December in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Varese and Punta Mogotes. Escape the urban bustle at Bahia de Los Vientos and Arena Beach. Explore Mar del Plata's surroundings by going to Miramar (Balneario 9 de Julio & Balneario Medanos) and Las Grutas (in Necochea). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Torre Tanque, kick back and relax at Playa Escondida, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, and admire the landmark architecture of Torreon del Monje.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mar del Plata trip planning site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mar del Plata, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Valeria del Mar.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar, Las Grutas, Bahia de Los Vientos
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Bahia de Los Vientos ©
Bahia de Los Vientos
Punta Mogotes ©
Punta Mogotes
Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese

2
nights
Valeria del Mar

Valeria del Mar ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa De Pinamar, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valeria del Mar Beach, and then head outdoors with Bosque Aereo Carilo.

To plan Valeria del Mar vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Mar del Plata to Valeria del Mar in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merlo.

Things to do in Valeria del Mar

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa De Pinamar, Bosque Aereo Carilo
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Valeria del Mar Beach ©
Valeria del Mar Beach
Playa De Pinamar ©
Playa De Pinamar

3
nights
Merlo

Merlo ©
Offering a gentle climate in an area otherwise known for its dry conditions, Merlo has become one of Argentina's increasingly popular destinations among active vacationers.
On the 31st (Mon), stop by Trama Diseno Artesanal, admire the sheer force of Salto del Tabaquillo, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Sol, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural de Merlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pasos Malos, Circuito de Merlo, stop by Fermin Arte de Autor, then look for gifts at Sierra Pura, and finally identify plant and animal life at Algarrobo de los Aguero (Algarrobo Abuelo).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Merlo online trip planner .

Drive from Valeria del Mar to Merlo in 12.5 hours. When traveling from Valeria del Mar in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Merlo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Maipu.

Things to do in Merlo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Pura
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Reserva Natural de Merlo ©
Reserva Natural de Merlo
Pasos Malos, Circuito de Merlo ©
Pasos Malos, Circuito de Merlo

2
nights
Maipu

Maipu ©
Hedonists should not miss including a Maipu trip to their itinerary when in Mendoza.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the local landmark of Fuente de los Continentes and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at Sol & Vino, then appreciate the views at Potrerillos Dam, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Villavicencio.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maipu trip planner.

Getting from Merlo to Maipu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Merlo in January, expect nights in Maipu to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 38°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Province of Jujuy.

Things to do in Maipu

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendoza, Bodega Ruca Malen, Reserva Natural Villavicencio
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Potrerillos Dam ©
Potrerillos Dam
Reserva Natural Villavicencio ©
Reserva Natural Villavicencio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Province of Jujuy

Province of Jujuy ©
San Salvador de Jujuy, commonly known as Jujuy and locally often referred to as San Salvador, is the capital city of Jujuy Province in northwest Argentina. Get in touch with nature at Paseo de los Colorados and Serranias del Hornocal. Explore hidden gems such as Quebrada de Humahuaca and Cerro Morado.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Province of Jujuy trip planner .

Getting from Maipu to Province of Jujuy by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Province of Jujuy are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Salta.

Things to do in Province of Jujuy

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Salinas Grandes ©
Salinas Grandes
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados

2
nights
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco and then take in the awesome beauty at Cuesta del Obispo.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salta road trip planning tool .

Getting from Province of Jujuy to Salta by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Salta

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

4
nights
San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Paseo de Compras Del Maiten and Lanas argentinas de norte a sur. Explore hidden gems such as Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Volcan Lanin. On the 10th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Cerro Chapelco. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Catritre, stop by De la Montana, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip planner .

You can fly from Salta to San Martin de los Andes in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Volcán Lanín
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Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum ©
Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum
Volcán Lanín ©
Volcán Lanín

3
nights
Villa La Angostura

Villa La Angostura ©
A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and Mirador Lago Traful. Shop till you drop at Benroth Chocolates and Estacion Patagonia - Anden de Compras. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lago Espejo Grande, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Sumergido, hit the slopes at Cerro Bayo, and admire the sheer force of Cascada del Rio Bonito.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Villa La Angostura route planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Villa La Angostura, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Traful
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Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Lago Espejo Grande ©
Lago Espejo Grande
Lago Correntoso ©
Lago Correntoso

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Refugio Frey. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, and fly down the slopes at Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip app .

Traveling by car from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
El Chalten

El Chalten ©
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.
Get outdoors at Glaciar Huemul and Cerro Fitz Roy. Explore hidden gems such as Salto El Chorrillo and Mirador del Torre. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read El Chalten tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

5
nights
El Calafate

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Intendencia Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Explore hidden gems such as Enjoy! and Av del Libertador. Step out of El Calafate to go to Los Glaciares National Park and see Perito Moreno Glacier, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the El Calafate day trip planner.

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Calafate

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Perito Moreno Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Loberia de Punta Loma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecocentro and Playa El Doradillo. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve, kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, steep yourself in history at The Town of Gaiman, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Indio Tehuelche.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn vacation builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from El Calafate to Puerto Madryn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for much warmer days in Puerto Madryn, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo National Reserve
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Loberia de Punta Loma ©
Loberia de Punta Loma
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro

6
nights
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.
Visiting Lago Roca and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ushuaia Bay and Isla de Los Pajaros. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isla Martillo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Fin del Mundo, make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve.

You can plan Ushuaia trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Madryn in February, expect nights in Ushuaia to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are colder, around 14°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ushuaia

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:
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Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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