18 days in Argentina, Punta del Este & Colonia del Sacramento Itinerary

18 days in Argentina, Punta del Este & Colonia del Sacramento Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
3
Tigre, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes The Fingers of Punta del Este as well as We Walk Free Tour Punta del Este. On the 10th (Sat), get the lay of the land with We Walk Free Tour Punta del Este, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria, and then don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Lussich and then kick back and relax at Playa de Jose Ignacio.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Punta del Este tour builder site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in August; daily highs in Punta del Este reach 19°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Minas, Playa de Jose Ignacio, Pan De Azucar
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Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich
Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar

3
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Get some historical perspective at Barrio Historico and Calera de las huerfanas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Boutique El Legado and Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaza Mayor, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle del Puerto de Yates, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, and visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tigre.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

Carmelo
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Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Tigre, Argentina

Teeming with weekend visitors and day-trippers from the national capital, Tigre and its lush nature offer a range of opportunities for exploring the great outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Delta Terra Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tigre trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Colonia del Sacramento to Tigre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Tigre are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Tigre

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Refugio Neumeyer and Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. Escape the urban bustle at Catedral Alta Patagonis and Playa Bonita. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, examine the collection at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada, have fun and explore at Museo Paleontologico Bariloche, and stop by Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

You can fly from Tigre to San Carlos de Bariloche in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tigre in August, things will get slightly colder in San Carlos de Bariloche: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

4
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Santuario de la Virgen de Lourdes and Antigua Bodega Giol will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at El Camino de las 365 Curvas and Los Pingos Horse Riding. Change things up with these side-trips from Mendoza: Bodega CarinaE (in Maipu) and Ernesto Catena Vineyards (in Vista Flores). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Casarena Bodega y Vinedos.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mendoza online itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, things will get a bit warmer in Mendoza: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maipu, El Camino de las 365 Curvas, Ernesto Catena Vineyards
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Vina Cobos ©
Vina Cobos
Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience ©
Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience
Bodega Carmelo Patti ©
Bodega Carmelo Patti

2
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Parque del Kempes, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento Santa Catalina de Siena, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Society of Jesus Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Los Gigantes and then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba road trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Mendoza, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Parque del Kempes ©
Parque del Kempes
Society of Jesus Church ©
Society of Jesus Church
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga ©

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