21 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

21 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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21 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fly:  29​h
1
Iquique, Chile
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Tome, Chile
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Tongoy, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 30​min
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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1
night
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
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 2nd (Sun): wander the streets of Baquedano Street and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chanavayita, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquique vacation app .

Edinburgh, UK to Iquique is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Iquique due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tome.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

1
night
Tome, Chile

Tome ©
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario El Morro, see the interesting displays at Museo Huascar, and then kick back and relax at Coliumo. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Dichato and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coliumo.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tome day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Iquique to Tome with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tongoy.

Things to do in Tome

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Dichato, Museo Huascar
Highlights from your plan
Museo Huascar ©
Museo Huascar

2
nights
Tongoy, Chile

Tongoy
Tongoy is a Chilean coastal town in the commune of Coquimbo in Elqui Province, Coquimbo Region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Playa Guanaqueros and then look and learn at Cielo Sur Observatory. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Socos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Humedal de Pachingo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongoy trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tome to Tongoy. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tongoy when traveling from Tome in February, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Tongoy

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cielo Sur Observatory, Playa Guanaqueros
Highlights from your plan
Playas Socos
Playas Socos
Humedal de Pachingo ©
Humedal de Pachingo
Cielo Sur Observatory ©
Cielo Sur Observatory

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Explore hidden gems such as Pulenta Estate Winery and Bodega Ruca Malen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendoza: Maipu (Carinae Vinedos & Bodega, Casa El Enemigo, & more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bodega La Azul.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tongoy to Mendoza. Traveling from Tongoy to Mendoza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tongoy in February, expect Mendoza to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries

Side Trip

Maipu
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Pulenta Estate Winery ©
Pulenta Estate Winery

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.
On the 11th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Road to El Chalten and then make a trip to Viedma Glacier.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Chalten day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to El Chalten in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Viedma Glacier ©
Viedma Glacier
El Mirador De Los Condores ©
El Mirador De Los Condores

1
night
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Roca.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Helicopter Tours

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 15th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Doradillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner .

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

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