13 days in El Calafate, Ushuaia & Buenos Aires Itinerary

13 days in El Calafate, Ushuaia & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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13 days in El Calafate, Ushuaia & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
El Calafate
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ushuaia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
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 some cultural insight at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico and Avenida Libertador. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate vacation planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to El Calafate is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, expect El Calafate to be colder, temps between 8°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Climbing Tours

4
nights
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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Faro Les Eclaireurs, examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and head off the coast to Isla Bridges.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia tour planner .

Getting from El Calafate to Ushuaia by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in September, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Ushuaia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Estancia Tunel ©
Estancia Tunel

2
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Recoleta. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, wander the streets of San Telmo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip tool .

Fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ushuaia in September: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

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