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3 Days in Patagonia: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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You could spend weeks exploring Patagonia, the rugged wilderness that blankets the southern regions of Argentina and Chile, but with only a few days to spare, there’s still time to take in the highlights. On the Argentine side, the principal towns include Bariloche in the northern lakelands; Puerto Madryn, best known for its arctic wildlife; El Calafate, the ‘national capital of the glaciers’; and Ushuaia, at the southernmost tip of Patagonia, all of which are reachable by regular flights from Buenos Aires. To help you plan your itinerary, here are some ideas for how to spend 3 days in Patagonia, but to really make the most of a short trip, choose one of these towns to focus on and enjoy day trips to the nearby sights. 

Day 1: Puerto Madryn
A popular destination for cruise ships, the coastal resort of Puerto Madryn offers a range of outdoor activities. Go hiking or horse riding along the coast; take a trip to the Punta Tombo Penguin Colony; enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving with sea lions; or sail out to explore the wildlife sanctuary of the UNESCO-listed Valdes Peninsula.

Day 2: El Calafate
The undeniable highlight of El Calafate is the neighboring Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, one of Patagonia’s most iconic sights. One day hiking or boating trips to see the glacier are possible, but with more time you could also include a visit to the remote Upsala Glacier or cross the Chilean border for a hike around the rugged mountains and glacial lakes of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 3: Ushuaia 
As the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia is the last frontier before Antarctica and dubbed the ‘end of the world’ by many arctic cruise liners. Choose from exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Tierra del Fuego National Park; sailing or kayaking among the islands of the famous Beagle Channel; riding the evocatively named End of the World train line; or learning about Patagonia’s diverse wildlife at the Museo del Fin del Mundo.

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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

Be seduced by the fascinating landscape of Argentinia's Perito Moreno glacier on a full day tour from El Calafate. Explore glacier streams, small lagoons, ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.99

Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Journey out of El Calafate for a full day, on a scenic drive to the Chilean border, where after clearing customs, you'll head to the Torres del Paine ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.99

Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Escape from Ushuaia and discover Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost national park. Prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking natural wonders, ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.99

El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Get up close and personal with the largest glaciers in the El Calafate region on a full-day sightseeing cruise. Sail through Lake Argentino and admire the ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.99

Ushuaia Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take advantage of your time in Ushuaia by booking a private tour of Tierra del Fuego, a nearby archipelago whose stunning natural scenery will amaze you. ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.99

Full-Day Tour to Lake Fagnano and Lake Escondido

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Spend a day outside of Ushuaia and uncover the gorgeous valleys, mountains and lakes of Patagonia. On this full-day sightseeing tour of the southern tip of ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

El Calafate City Tour

Enjoy a guided city tour of El Calafate and learn about the history, culture and people of Patagonia. Stroll through the streets of this historic town, study ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.99

El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier

An adventurer's delight! Have you ever wondered what the inside of a glacier looks like? Here's your chance to find out. Hike the inside of El Perito Moreno, ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $183.99

Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Scuba Dive with Sea Lions

Enjoy a unique scuba-diving experience in Argentina on this Puerto Madryn shore excursion. Interact and play with friendly sea lions as you kneel on the sea ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $378.99

Ushuaia City and Museums Half-Day Tour

Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, is located on the coast of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the stunning Le Martial Mountains. Its unique ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.99

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