22 days in Argentina, Chile & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

22 days in Argentina, Chile & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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22 days in Argentina, Chile & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Uyuni, Bolivia
Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
2
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
3
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  14​h
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and finally look and learn at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama travel planner.

Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in August, plan for much hotter days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Museums
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Museo Interactivo Mirador. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Concha y Toro, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Dedicate the 8th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santiago holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, learn about winemaking at Bodega Catena Zapata, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Ruca Malen, and finally do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Carmelo Patti, then do a tasting at Casa El Enemigo, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Renacer, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mendoza visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza due to the time zone difference. August in Mendoza sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries

Side Trip

Casa El Enemigo
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Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Ruca Malen ©
Bodega Ruca Malen
Bodega Catena Zapata ©
Bodega Catena Zapata

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, shop like a local with Palermo, and steep yourself in history at Recoleta.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Praia de Ipanema and Sugarloaf Mountain. Step out of the city life by going to Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, and stroll around Parque Lage.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then head off the coast to Isla San Martin, and finally make a trip to La Aripuca.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu travel planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Iguazu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Puerto Iguazu, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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