18 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Patagonia Itinerary

18 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Patagonia Itinerary

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18 days in Buenos Aires, Uruguay & Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States


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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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires online route planner .

Seattle, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Seattle to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, then don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then take a stroll through Barrio Historico, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento online trip maker .

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

2
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.
On the 16th (Tue), wander the streets of Pocitos, take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tango - La Cumparsita, then admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo road trip planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Montevideo sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Punta del Este.

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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

2
nights
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 18th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, admire the masterpieces at Museo Taller de Casapueblo, admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Ballena. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mansa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casapueblo.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Punta del Este, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial and then explore the activities along Canal Beagle.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Ushuaia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Punta del Este in July, with highs in Ushuaia at 40°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

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

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night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ushuaia to El Calafate by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in July, you will find days in El Calafate are a bit cooler (35°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

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 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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.
On the 25th (Thu), make a trip to Centro Civico, hit the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, then trek along Circuito Chico, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche online trip maker .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Los Glaciares National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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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