18 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

18 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

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18 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Canada

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): shop like a local with Puerto Madero, then ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Argentine Time is 2 hours. In October, Buenos Aires is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 2nd (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman and then explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, then get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Doradillo.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
On the 4th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, stroll around Bosques de Palermo, then make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, shop like a local with Recoleta, and then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip maker .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu and then stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Iguazu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, you will find days in Puerto Iguazu are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu ©
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu

4
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Valle de Uco (in Tupungato) and Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu). The adventure continues: stroll around Parque General San Martin, learn about winemaking at Bodega Ruca Malen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza trip tool .

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in November since evenings lows in Mendoza dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Valle de Uco, Casa El Enemigo
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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