22 days in Chile, Argentina & Montevideo Itinerary

22 days in Chile, Argentina & Montevideo Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 day
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
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Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

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 day by day itinerary now includes San Cristóbal Hill, La Chascona, Costanera Center, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at La Chascona, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santiago visit planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Santiago is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Jose to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Mendoza, Argentina

— 3 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo Fundacional, Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, Parque Provincial Aconcagua, and other attractions you added.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 1 day
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You've added Mercado del Puerto, Plaza Independencia, Palacio Salvo, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), catch a live performance at Theatre Solis, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Mendoza to Montevideo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Mendoza in December, expect nights in Montevideo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping · Nightlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
You've added Palermo, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo Benito Quinquela Martin, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Calle Defensa, hunt for treasures at Mercado de San Telmo, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Kirchner, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and finally stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see a show at Teatro Colón, admire the striking features of Congreso, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, admire the masterpieces at Museo Benito Quinquela Martin, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally shop like a local with Palermo.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 2 nights

End of the World

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.
Glacier Martial has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, hike along Glacier Martial and then shop like a local with Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In December, Ushuaia is much colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

El Calafate, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Perito Moreno Glacier, Perito Moreno National Park and Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

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Getting from Ushuaia to El Calafate by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in El Calafate. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Pingo Salvaje has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner.

Take a shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from El Calafate in December, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours
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Punta Arenas, Chile

— 4 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museo Regional De Magallanes, Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, Museo Naval y Maritimo, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal and make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas route planner.

Take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Punta Arenas, with lows of 6°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.