16 days in Chile, Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

16 days in Chile, Buenos Aires & Patagonia Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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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, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip builder site.

Toronto, Canada to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get much warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Mon), see Estancia Cristina and then get outside with Enjoy!. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Vellon Negro, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Calafate visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
El Chalten is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, and trek along Laguna de los Tres.

Plan trip to El Chalten with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to Muelle Historico, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento de la Mano. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, and finally look for gifts at Krea Noe.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 1 night
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho, then examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip planner.

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January since evenings lows in Punta Arenas dip to 7°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 3 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Hanga Roa is known for nightlife, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rano Raraku, make a trip to Ahu Hanga Te'e, kick back and relax at Playa Pea, and stroll through Anakena.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Easter Island Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, you will find days in Hanga Roa are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Grand Santiago Tower and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santiago road trip planning website.

Fly from Hanga Roa to Santiago in 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Santiago due to the time zone difference. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Patagonia travel guide

4.3
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

4.3
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.

Easter Island travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.