17 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

17 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus
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Iquique, Chile
— 1 night
Fly to Salta, Bus to Cafayate
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Cafayate, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus to Cerrillos, Fly to Trelew
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and then identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris. On your second day here, get curious at Museo del Meteorito and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Make your San Pedro de Atacama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are cooler (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Iquique, Chile

— 1 night
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Playa Brava, learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Iquique journey app.

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cafayate.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Cafayate, Argentina

— 1 night

Tuscany of Argentina

Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Garganta del Diablo Salta, explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro, then explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Sapo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas del Rio Colorado, then explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes), and then do a tasting at Finca Quara Valle de Cafayate.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cafayate trip builder website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Iquique to Cafayate in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Iquique to Cafayate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 2 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Escape the urban bustle at Peninsula Valdes and Playa El Doradillo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Loberia de Punta Loma. When in Puerto Madryn, make a side trip to see Punta Tombo in Dos Pozos, approximately Dos Pozos away. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn online route builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cafayate to Puerto Madryn in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 2 nights

End of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Glaciar Martial, make a trip to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Roca, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia itinerary app.

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

El Chalten, Argentina

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, then stroll through Mirador del Torre, then take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, and finally take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to El Chalten takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Sendero de los Arrayanes and Playa Bonita will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Bosque Neon. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, admire the sheer force of Cascada de los Duendes, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Berlina Tap Room.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.