14 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

14 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 36°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires route maker tool.

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

El Calafate, Argentina

— 1 night
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Enjoy! and then cast your line with Estancia Cristina.

To find out how to plan a trip to El Calafate, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for much colder days in El Calafate, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Grey. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and then Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from El Calafate in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Nature · Parks

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Lazaro, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago online travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco road trip planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

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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.

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.