50 days in Argentina Itinerary

50 days in Argentina Itinerary

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50 days in Argentina Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Mendoza
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
San Martin de los Andes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Carlos de Bariloche
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
El Chalten
— 4 nights
5
El Calafate
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Los Glaciares National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Puerto Madryn
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Mar del Plata
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Villa Gesell
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Buenos Aires
— 5 nights
11
Iguazu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Boston

5
nights
Mendoza

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Visiting Valle de Uco and Los Pingos Horse Riding will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Mendoza to Maipu to see Casa El Enemigo about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque General San Martin.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza travel tool .

Boston, USA to Mendoza is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Mendoza, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in June, plan for slightly colder days in Mendoza, with highs around 61°F, while nights are colder with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maipu, Valle de Uco
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Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Matervini ©
Bodega Matervini
Bodega Ruca Malen ©
Bodega Ruca Malen

4
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.
Attractions like Playa Quila Quina and Rio Chimehuin make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Playa Bonita and Volcán Lanín. Change things up with these side-trips from San Martin de los Andes: Camping Puerto Arrayan (in Villa Traful) and Parroquia Nuestra Sra. de las Nieves de Junin de los Andes (in Junin de los Andes). On the 12th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Cerro Chapelco. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Islita, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose, look for gifts at Paseo de Compras Del Maiten, and cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes online trip builder .

You can fly from Mendoza to San Martin de los Andes in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Junin de los Andes, Camping Puerto Arrayan
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Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Lanín ©
Lanín

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Cerro Otto. Shop till you drop at VanWynsberghe Chocolats and Chocolate Patagonico. On the 13th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. On the 17th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Piedras Blancas. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, hit the slopes at Patagonia Ski School, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche, and examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

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

4
nights
El Chalten

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Laguna Torre and Paso de Viento. Get in touch with nature at Cerro Fitz Roy and Lago del Desierto. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Los Huemules, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, explore the striking landscape at Amanecer en El Chalten, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read El Chalten trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago del Desierto
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Laguna Nimez Reserve and Gooshe Aike will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Enjoy!, examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, take a stroll through Av del Libertador, and stroll through Hoya del Chingue.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate journey maker tool .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
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2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

4
nights
Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa El Doradillo and Costas de Patagonia. Relax by the water at Playa La Cantera and Reserva Natural Isla de los Pajaros. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Puerto Piramides (Caleta Valdes & Punta Pardelas). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Parana, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Ecocentro.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Madryn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Piramides, Punta Tombo
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Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Perla and Balneario Tiburon. Kids will enjoy Bahia de Los Vientos and Punta Mogotes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mar del Plata: La Bruja Licores y Mermeladas (in Santa Clara del Mar) and Las Grutas (in Necochea). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese, stroll through Playa Grande, get to know the fascinating history of Puerto de Mar del Plata, and perfect your strike at El Bowling de Paso.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mar del Plata attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Mar del Plata takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mar del Plata can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Villa Gesell.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Grutas, Balneario Tiburon, Bahia de Los Vientos, La Bruja Licores y Mermeladas
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La Perla ©
La Perla
Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese
Punta Mogotes ©
Punta Mogotes

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Balneario Sur Del Sur and then stroll through Balneario Peter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valeria del Mar Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El mas alla.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Villa Gesell tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Mar del Plata to Villa Gesell takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Villa Gesell

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

El mas alla, Valeria del Mar Beach
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Valeria del Mar Beach ©
Valeria del Mar Beach

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Recoleta Cemetery and Parque 3 de Febrero. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Puerto Madero and Recoleta. Saddle up on the 17th (Wed) and explore with a tour on horseback. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Palermo, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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

Getting from Villa Gesell to Buenos Aires by car takes about 4.5 hours. July in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Iguazu National Park

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip app .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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