17 days in Chile, Los Glaciares National Park & Buenos Aires Itinerary

17 days in Chile, Los Glaciares National Park & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly to Balmaceda, Taxi to Puerto Rio Tranquilo
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 2 nights
Taxi to Balmaceda, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights

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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: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, stroll around Araucano Park, and ponder the world of politics at La Moneda.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago route maker app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

— 2 nights
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
You've now added 99% Aventura to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Colores del Lago, then explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals, and then explore the activities along Bayo Lake.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Rio Tranquilo trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Santiago to Puerto Rio Tranquilo in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In December in Puerto Rio Tranquilo, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 1 night

City of the Island Hills

On the 28th (Wed), walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, then explore the galleries of E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno, then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de la Preciosa Sangre.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Santiago takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Muelle Historico, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) travel planner.

Getting from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

— 3 nights
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January since evenings lows in Los Glaciares National Park dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature · Parks

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, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Glaciares National Park, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 70°F.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.