19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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3
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.
Attractions like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip builder app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Buenos Aires is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park itinerary planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, appreciate the history behind Centro Civico, fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip builder .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
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 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Fitz Roy. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Laguna Capri, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip planner.

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the next day, trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park online trip maker .

Take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. In December in Los Glaciares National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at La Chascona, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, La Sebastiana
Highlights from your plan
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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