23 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

23 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Santiago
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San Jose de Maipo, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive
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Cafayate, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 day
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sat), hit the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, and then take in the waterfront at Puerto Panuelo.

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Cardiff, UK to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Argentina Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in June, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be colder, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

El Calafate, Argentina

— 1 night
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.
Perito Moreno Glacier has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, learn more about the world around you at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, then take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier, then join in the after-dark buzz at Patagonia Profunda, and finally examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 1°C. You will leave for Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 16th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at The Condors Nests.

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Traveling by shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from El Calafate in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose de Maipo.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

San Jose de Maipo, Chile

— 2 nights
Long an oasis for residents of Santiago in need of some fresh air, San Jose de Maipo draws visitors from all four corners of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Panul Community Park, do a tasting at Concha y Toro, then learn about winemaking at Alyan Family Wines, and finally contemplate the long history of Ex-Tren Militar del Cajon de Maipo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de la Gran Mineria de Cobre, steep yourself in history at Sewell, and then explore the striking landscape at San Francisco Glacier.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose de Maipo travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to San Jose de Maipo in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in June: high temperatures in San Jose de Maipo hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Jose de Maipo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Cordoba, Argentina

— 1 night

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Parque del Kempes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Society of Jesus Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba route app.

You can fly from San Jose de Maipo to Cordoba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from San Jose de Maipo, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Salta, Argentina

— 1 night

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculada Madre del Divino Corazon Eucaristico de Jesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, identify plant and animal life at Alemania, then explore the striking landscape at Ojo de Mar, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salta trip planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Salta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in June, expect nights in Salta to be slightly colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Cafayate.

Things to do in Salta

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cafayate, Argentina

— 1 day

Tuscany of Argentina

Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Los Castillos, then do a tasting at Bodega Domingo Molina, then explore the striking landscape at Las Ventanas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cafayate trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Salta to Cafayate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Piedras.

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Traveling by car from Cafayate to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cafayate to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Horseback Riding Tours. Popular historic sites such as Moray and Tambomachay are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tipon, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco day trip website.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get great views at Intipuncu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, look for gifts at Artesanias, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then relax and rejuvenate at Samay Spa, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 1st (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento La Merced, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro, and finally explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.