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

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 Free Walking Tour Punta del Este. On the 10th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Free Walking Tour Punta del Este, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Candelaria, and then don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Lussich and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Jose Ignacio.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este trip maker website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Punta del Este is slightly colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive 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
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Boutique El Legado and Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento. Get some historical perspective at Barrio Historico and Convento de San Francisco. Step out of Colonia del Sacramento with an excursion to Calera de las huerfanas in Carmelo--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Mayor, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel, don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros, and go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento day trip planning tool .

Getting from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tigre.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

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Carmelo
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Convento de San Francisco ©
Convento de San Francisco
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.
On the 16th (Fri), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Delta Terra Natural Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tigre online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Colonia del Sacramento to Tigre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Tigre sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and Museo Paleontologico Bariloche. Get outdoors at Catedral Alta Patagonis and Refugio Neumeyer. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, examine the collection at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada, and kick back and relax at Playa Bonita.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Tigre to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tigre in August, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish up 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience and Bodega Carmelo Patti. Popular historic sites such as Antigua Bodega Giol and Santuario de la Virgen de Lourdes are in your itinerary. Explore Mendoza's surroundings by going to El Camino de las 365 Curvas (in Las Heras), Ernesto Catena Vineyards (in Vista Flores) and Carinae Vinedos & Bodega (in Maipu). There's more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Renacer and ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, with highs in Mendoza at 22°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maipu, Ernesto Catena Vineyards, El Camino de las 365 Curvas
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Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer
Bodega Budeguer ©
Bodega Budeguer
Vina Cobos ©
Vina Cobos

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): work some fitness into your day at Parque del Kempes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento Santa Catalina de Siena, then pause for some serene contemplation at Society of Jesus Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Los Gigantes and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba road trip planning app .

Fly from Mendoza to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in August, plan for slightly colder days in Cordoba, with highs around 18°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Parque del Kempes ©
Parque del Kempes
Society of Jesus Church ©
Society of Jesus Church

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