21 days in Chilean Patagonia & Patagonia Itinerary

21 days in Chilean Patagonia & Patagonia Itinerary

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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Villa La Angostura
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Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lago Puelo, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 2 nights

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head off the coast to Isla Magdalena, then see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, and then contemplate the long history of Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Punta Arenas is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Punta Arenas. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Muelle Historico, explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) travel planner.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ushuaia Bay and Glaciar Vinciguerra. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glaciar Martial and Lago Roca. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Pajaros, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ushuaia day trip website.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ushuaia, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at La Leona Petrified Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rios de Hielo. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Enjoy!, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, and finally catch some excitement at Estancia 25 de Mayo.

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Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in March, El Calafate is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.
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El Chalten, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres. Explore hidden gems such as Chorillo del Salto and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, get great views at Mirador del Torre, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Piedras Blancas.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Villa La Angostura.
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Villa La Angostura, Argentina — 2 nights

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Belvedere, and then explore the activities along Lago Correntoso. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, explore the activities along Lago Espejo Grande, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Villa La Angostura visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Villa La Angostura takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Villa La Angostura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Martin de los Andes.
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina — 2 nights

Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Lolog, admire the sheer force of Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the activities along Lago Meliquina, then kick back and relax at Playa La Islita, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Lacar.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Martin de los Andes itinerary tool.

You can drive from Villa La Angostura to San Martin de los Andes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lago Puelo.
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Lago Puelo, Argentina — 1 night

Lago Puelo is a town located in the Chubut Province, Argentina, 5km north from the Lago Puelo National Park, and 15km south from El Bolsón. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Lago Puelo.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lago Puelo itinerary planning site.

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Lago Puelo in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Cavernas del Viejo Volcan Parque Cerro Leones. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Lopez Trail and Sendero de los Arrayanes. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de los Duendes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, have fun and explore at Museo Paleontologico Bariloche, and walk around Parque Municipal Llao Llao.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Getting from Lago Puelo to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 2.5 hours. April in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.
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