12 days in Santiago, Mendoza & Buenos Aires Itinerary

12 days in Santiago, Mendoza & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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12 days in Santiago, Mendoza & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore hidden gems such as Buin Zoo and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. On the 19th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Teatro Municipal Las Condes, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Buin Zoo
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Food Tours
Buin Zoo ©
Buin Zoo
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Municipal de Mendoza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

Before you visit Mendoza, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Parks Tours Trails
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Acuario Municipal de Mendoza ©
Acuario Municipal de Mendoza
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Temaiken Biopark and Museo de La Plata. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Planetario Ciudad de La Plata and Rosedal De Palermo. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). Saddle up on the 25th (Wed) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner .

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in December, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

La Plata, Basilica de Lujan, Temaiken Biopark, Delta El Tigre
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Temaiken Biopark ©
Temaiken Biopark
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata

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