48 days in Argentina Itinerary

48 days in Argentina Itinerary

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48 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h
1
Buenos Aires
— 14 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Salta
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mendoza
— 3 nights
4
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Martin de los Andes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Carlos de Bariloche
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
El Calafate
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ushuaia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Mar del Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Villa Gesell
— 3 nights
Travel:  120​h
End: Melbourne

14
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Tigre (Sendero de Caminatas Arroyo Rama Negra & Museo de arte Tigre). Saddle up on the 29th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, wander the streets of San Telmo, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Argentine Time (ART) is minus 13 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in November since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tigre
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

4
nights
Salta

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, delve into the distant past at Graneros Incaicos, steep yourself in history at San Bernardo Convent, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta tour planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Salta by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Salta when traveling from Buenos Aires in December, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta

3
nights
Mendoza

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Dedicate the 12th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 14th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: walk around Parque General San Martin, get great views at Cerro de la Gloria, learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and explore the striking landscape at Canon del Atuel.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mendoza online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Salta to Mendoza in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salta in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canon del Atuel
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche

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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catedral Alta Patagonis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Tronador, see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, and stop by Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

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

3
nights
San Martin de los Andes

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 19th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Cascada del Arroyo Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose, then kick back and relax at Playa Quila Quina, and finally take a memorable drive along Route of the Seven Lakes. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Cerro Chapelco.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes trip itinerary app .

Drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina

few
hours
San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to El Calafate.
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Centro Civico ©
Centro Civico
Havanna Museo del Chocolate ©
Havanna Museo del Chocolate

3
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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, stop by El Galpon de Don Emilio, and see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip tool .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December, plan for a bit cooler days in El Calafate, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

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 ©

4
nights
Ushuaia

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 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, make a trip to Faro Les Eclaireurs, catch some excitement at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planner .

Fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from El Calafate in December, with highs in Ushuaia at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Trails
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

2
nights
Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Fuente de Aguas Danzantes. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Torreon del Monje, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese, then make a trip to Torre Tanque, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mar del Plata attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Ushuaia in December: highs in Mar del Plata hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Villa Gesell.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese
Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo ©
Puerto de Mar del Plata
Puerto de Mar del Plata

3
nights
Villa Gesell

Villa Gesell ©
A pleasant coastal town with an interesting history, Villa Gesell was established by Carlos Idaho Gesell, son of German economist Silvio Gesell.
Take a break from Villa Gesell with a short trip to Playa De Pinamar in Pinamar, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Reserva Natural, see the interesting displays at La Casa de Carlos Gesell, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archivo Historico Municipal, and make a trip to El Totem.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Villa Gesell road trip app .

Drive from Mar del Plata to Villa Gesell in 2 hours. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Villa Gesell

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa De Pinamar, Valeria del Mar Beach, Paseo Aldea Hippie, Reserva Natural
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Valeria del Mar Beach ©
Valeria del Mar Beach
Reserva Natural ©
Reserva Natural
Playa De Pinamar ©
Playa De Pinamar

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