12 days in Uruguay, Chile & Buenos Aires Itinerary

12 days in Uruguay, Chile & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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12 days in Uruguay, Chile & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  13​h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico


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3
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.
Puerto Madero and Calle Defensa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Recoleta and La Boca. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Buenos Aires is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Buenos Aires is 3 hours. In October in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 26th (Sat), stroll through Playa Santa Ana, wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento trip planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Ana
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Playa Santa Ana ©
Playa Santa Ana

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 27th (Sun), wander the streets of Pocitos, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and then make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo vacation planner .

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods
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Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Region IX Ltd, then stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Concha y Toro, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago online itinerary planner .

Fly from Montevideo to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Time (UYT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Region IX Ltd, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocas de Santo Domingo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna Verde. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Zapallar, enjoy the sand and surf at La Rambla, and then wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Valparaiso road trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zapallar, Laguna Verde, Rocas de Santo Domingo, Reñaca
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
La Rambla ©
La Rambla

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