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1. Posted by sudipta (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
Need some help with my itinerary.
Going to Argentina in July/Aug for approximately three weeks. Want to focus mainly on Patagonia. Due to some obvious and professional limitations we can only do it in July – August. So, as you can see, I am in a desperate situation.
The question is, if I fly to Ushuaia from BA and want to travel my way up to BA in two weeks,
Visiting the following places,
• El Calafate
• Los Glaciers National Park.
• El Chalten
• Upsala glaciers,
• Peninsula Valdes (The San Jose and Nuevo Gulfs)
• Bariloche and The Lake Region - Back to BA.
What is the best way to touch all these places from Ushuaia and get back to BA in about 15 days?

2. How should I work my way up to BA? What will be an efficient itinerary that will cover the most and can be done in two weeks.
Another unrelated question is, if I had three to four extra days in hand, should I try to see Iguazu or go to Mendoza rather?
Appreciate your time.

2. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Rent a car and take route 40 "Austral" up to Mendoza...

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yep, agree with Macachae. You have more or less outlined the route yourself I think. Travelling up Ruta 40 may not be possbile at that time of year though. Just try to find out from somewhere in El Calafate. At the start of April last year it was closed for the winter months, which made travel by bus a little more prolonged as you had to travel a different route.

If you have a short amount of time, then I'd suggest Mendoza over Iguazu, purely for logistical reasons. Mendoza is easily reachable from Bariloche by bus and from there you can get an overnight bus back to BA. :)

Enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In terms of route/time I agree with Samsara - mendoza's the better option... but I did feel compelled to tell you that if you can manage to get to Iguassu - GO! GO! GO!

I have never in my life seen falls that took my breath away this much (not even Vic Falls).

5. Posted by sudipta (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for your advice.

If I got it straight then I believe that the only option is to rent a car. But as traveling up Route 40 may not be possible at that time of the year and in other forums people are saying that it might be risky to be driving your own car during winter time in that area mainly because of the fact that should something happens it would be harder to get some help, I think that it might not be prudent to do so.

In one other forum someone advised me the following:

Fly BA > Ushuaia (2 to 3 nights)
Fly Ushuaia > Calafate (3 nights)
Bus Calafate > Chalten (1 or 2 nights) back to Calafate.
Fly Calafate to Bariloche (4 nights)
Fly to Trelew (Peninsula Valdes > 3 nights)
Fly to BA

But that would be very expensive, so I was wondering if there is any cheaper way to do this! Can we make any of these trips by bus in winter?



6. Posted by sudipta (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!