60 days in Patagonia Itinerary

60 days in Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Patagonia trip planner
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Ushuaia
— 7 nights
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El Calafate
— 7 nights
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El Chalten
— 8 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Puerto Madryn
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Puerto Madryn
— 7 nights
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Puerto Piramides
— 3 nights
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Esquel
— 2 nights
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El Bolson
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche
— 8 nights
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Villa La Angostura
— 5 nights
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San Martin de los Andes
— 7 nights
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Ushuaia — 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tierra del Fuego National Park and Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Beagle, stroll through Ushuaia Bay, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia journey planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ushuaia is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Ushuaia is minus 15 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wellington in December: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
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El Calafate — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciar Spegazzini). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina, identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, get outside with Enjoy!, and examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate day trip planner.

Getting from Ushuaia to El Calafate by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to El Chalten.
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El Chalten — 8 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.
El Chalten is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres, get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, explore and take pictures at Road to El Chalten, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online vacation planner.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.
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Puerto Madryn — 7 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Peninsula Valdes and Loberia de Punta Loma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Madryn: Trelew (Laguna Chiquichano, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax in the rural setting at Chacra el refugio, see the interesting displays at Museo de Gemas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Doradillo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn road trip tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Piramides.
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Puerto Piramides — 3 nights

Puerto Piramides vacations became popular in the 1970s, after legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau surveyed the area and observed the behavior of southern right whales.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirador Loberia. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Punta Pardelas, explore the striking landscape at Caleta Valdes, and head outdoors with Peke Sosa Avistajes.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Piramides trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Piramides in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Esquel.
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Esquel — 2 nights

Although Welsh immigrants arrived in this area in the mid-19th century, Esquel was officially founded in 1906, which makes it a relatively young city by world standards.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Alerces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Trochita-viejo expreso patagonico en Esquel and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Esquel trip tool.

Getting from Puerto Piramides to Esquel by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to El Bolson.
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El Bolson — 3 nights

El Bolson tourism thrives largely thanks to the area's outstanding opportunities for fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, climbing, and cycling across a quiet landscape squeezed between two towering mountain ranges.
Family-friendly places like Glaciar del Hielo Azul and Rio Azul will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Lago Puelo in Lago Puelo (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cerro Currumahuida, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Piltriquitron, relax and rejuvenate at Lumina Espacio Holístico, and stop by Stand Ruta 40 Norte.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read El Bolson trip maker.

Getting from Esquel to El Bolson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche — 8 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.
Attractions like Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi make great kid-friendly stops. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: stroll through Circuito Chico, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche journey builder website.

Drive from El Bolson to San Carlos de Bariloche in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Villa La Angostura.
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Villa La Angostura — 5 nights

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Kids will enjoy Buceo VLA and Museo Historico Regional de Villa La Angostura. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Cabalgatas del Tero. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Correntoso, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Rio Bonito, stop by Benroth Chocolates, and steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Villa La Angostura itinerary planning website.

Drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa La Angostura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Villa La Angostura, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Martin de los Andes.
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San Martin de los Andes — 7 nights

Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Kids will enjoy Route of the Seven Lakes and Cerro Chapelco. Change things up with a short trip to Lanín in Junin de los Andes (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Cerro Colorado, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and head outdoors with Mirador Arrayanes.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Martin de los Andes trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Villa La Angostura to San Martin de los Andes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Patagonia travel guide

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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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