11 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

11 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  13​h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  21​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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day
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.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and finally take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires driving holiday planning site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Istanbul in January, things will get much hotter in Buenos Aires: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Isla Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, walk around Parque Nahuelito, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche journey app .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Kayaking & Canoeing
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano and Cerro Castor (Castor Mount). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial, and make a trip to Faro Les Eclaireurs.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ushuaia online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January: highs in Ushuaia hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Ushuaia to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ushuaia in February, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are much warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing

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