20 days in Argentina & Madrid Itinerary

20 days in Argentina & Madrid Itinerary

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 day
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly to Neuquen, Taxi to Plottier, Bus to Zapala


San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and then stop by Evo Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Zapala to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mendoza.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Mendoza, Argentina — 4 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mendoza: Tupungato (La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip & Valle de Uco). On the 8th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience and walk around Parque General San Martin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planning site.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in May, with highs in Mendoza at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Iguazu National Park.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 3 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Iguazu National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Iguazu National Park is somewhat warmer than Mendoza - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Madrid.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Madrid, Spain — 7 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Museo del Greco, &more) and Segovia (Alcazar of Segovia & Acueduct of Segovia). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Madrid travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Madrid by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Iguazu National Park in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Buenos Aires.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Buenos Aires takes 16 hours. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Madrid to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in May, you will find days in Buenos Aires are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Argentina travel guide

Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.