7 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

7 days in Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Argentina visit planner

Make it your trip
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Buenos Aires
— 1 day
Fly
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San Martin de los Andes
— 1 night
Drive
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 2 nights
Fly
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El Calafate
Bus
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El Chalten
— 1 night
Drive to El Calafate Airport, Fly to Newark

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Buenos Aires

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Buenos Aires is 2 hours. When traveling from Newark in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 54°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

San Martin de los Andes

— 1 night
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and then stroll through Playa Quila Quina.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Martin de los Andes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

San Carlos de Bariloche

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche route planner.

Traveling by car from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

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.
On the 6th (Sun), wander the streets of Avenida Libertador.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the El Calafate online day 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. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in May, plan for little chillier days in El Calafate, with highs around 42°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

El Chalten

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, and then stroll through Laguna Torre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten online day trip planner.

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.