19 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

19 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

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19 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) Itinerary

Start: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
1
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, then kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, and then get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Punta del Este travel planner.

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina to Punta del Este is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, car, and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Iguazu in September, plan for colder days in Punta del Este, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirador Punta Ballena, Playa Mansa
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Puerto de Punta del Este ©
Puerto de Punta del Este

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Montevideo vacation planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Tours
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, wander the streets of Recoleta, then don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, and then take a stroll through San Telmo.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Montevideo to Buenos Aires by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 9th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Muelle Historico, Head underground at Cueva del Milodon, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) holiday site .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in September, with highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Torres del Paine National Park ©
Torres del Paine National Park
Cueva del Milodon ©
Cueva del Milodon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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nights
El Calafate, Argentina

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.
Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate day trip app .

Take a shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

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.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten visit app .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis and then take in the dramatic scenery at Garganta del Diablo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, then trek along Circuito Chico, and then look for gifts at VanWynsberghe Chocolats.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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night
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

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.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at El Bosque de los Huskies, then admire the sheer force of Cascada del Arroyo Grande, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Quila Quina, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Catritre.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Martin de los Andes road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Playa Catritre ©
Playa Catritre

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