Patagonia Itinerary (13 Days)

This itinerary covers our visit to Patagonia from both the Argentina as well as Chile sides. Included in this two-week trip were a few days spent in Buenos Aires (the Argentinean Capital) as well as a fruitful layover in Miami's South Beach. This trip took place during the pricey Winter holiday season, but in this instance, we were more constrained by time as opposed to funds so we opted to seize the moment and take advantage of the national days off to help minimize vacation time spending.

Even though both Chile and Argentina were considered developing countries, we were able to self-drive throughout Patagonia. However, in other parts of the trip, we relied more on taxis and public transport. We also had to stomach a lot of flying since Patagonia was much closer to the South Pole than it was to the equator.

On this trip, Julie and I encountered a bit of rental car drama when we arrived in the airport at El Calafate, Argentina. Even though we had made advance bookings through Budget, no representative was at the airport (they didn't have a kiosk either). When the airport emptied out, we had to take a taxi into the Budget office, which was a little bit out of town. But upon seeing that nobody was at the office and no one picked up the phone, we had to walk with our luggages to the main part of El Calafate, where we were fortunate to see a Hertz on the main drag and it was still open! Eventually, we booked our car hire on the spot through them, and our trip was essentially saved (luckily, we hadn't pre-paid for any of the rental with Budget so the unrealized reservation didn't result in additional losses on our part). But based on this experience, we never hired with Budget again and tended to favor Hertz even though they may not be the cheapest.

Day Overnight Activity
1-2 El Calafate, Argentina
Santa Monica Aparts
Travel, Car Rental Pickup
3 El Chalten, Argentina
Hosteria El Paraiso
Perito Moreno Glacier, "Los Notros Cascade", Chorrillo del Salto
4 El Chalten, Argentina
Hosteria El Paraiso
Laguna de los Tres hike, "Fitz Roy Cascades"
5 El Calafate, Argentina
Santa Monica Aparts
Mirador de los Tres, Laguna Capri
6 Torres del Paine, Chile
Hosteria Lago Tyndall
Cascada del Rio Paine, Salto Chico, Lago Pehoe, Explora Lodge
7 Torres del Paine, Chile
Hosteria Lago Tyndall
Torres del Paine hike, Torres del Paine Cascades
8 Torres del Paine, Chile
Hosteria Lago Tyndall
Salto Grande, Lago Grey
9 El Calafate, Argentina
Santa Monica Aparts
El Calafate, Car Rental Return
10 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vain Hotel
Travel
11 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vain Hotel
Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, El Viejo Almacen (Tango Show)
12 Overnight flight La Boca, Plaza de Mayo, Travel
13 Home South Beach, Travel



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