21 days in Chile, Rio de Janeiro & Patagonia Itinerary

21 days in Chile, Rio de Janeiro & Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Chile, Rio de Janeiro & Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  27​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
2
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
La Serena, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  40​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India


Learn more about your trip

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante Dona Marta, then get great views at Pao de Acucar, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

2
nights
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Playa La Islita and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Lago Lacar, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Martin de los Andes vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to San Martin de los Andes in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Fishing Charters & Tours
Iglesia San Jose ©
Iglesia San Jose

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche travel route planner.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Parroquia San Eduardo ©
Parroquia San Eduardo

1
night
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 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park online day trip planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Los Glaciares National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get outside with Enjoy!, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, and finally don't miss a visit to Avenida Libertador.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read El Calafate online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay and then explore the activities along Lago Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, Ushuaia is slightly colder than El Calafate - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

4
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Escape the urban bustle at Nacional Reserve Laguna Parrillar and Antarctica21. Get a sense of the local culture at Nao Victoria Museo and Museo Regional De Magallanes. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva nacional Magallanes, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Cerveceria Hernando de Magallanes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Punta Arenas online trip builder .

Take a bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

3
nights
La Serena, Chile

La Serena ©
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Valle del Elqui. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Avenida del Mar and Playas Socos. Relax by the water at Humedal de Pachingo and Playa Guanaqueros. When in La Serena, make a side trip to see Playa Guanaqueros in Coquimbo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco de Asis.

Plan my La Serena trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Fly from Punta Arenas to La Serena in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, expect La Serena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coquimbo, Tongoy, Playa Guanaqueros
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Humedal de Pachingo ©
Humedal de Pachingo
Playas Socos
Playas Socos

Similar Plans

25 days in South America BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Argentina & Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Chile BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Argentina BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Peru & Buenos Aires BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Mexico, United States & South America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Buenos Aires BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Patagonia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Mexico & South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in South America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in South America, South Pacific, Asia & Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Mexico & South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans