23 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Chile Itinerary

23 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Chile Itinerary

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23 days in Argentina, Uruguay & Chile Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
End: Santiago, Chile

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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: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

few
hours
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 22nd (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Iglesia Matriz ©
Iglesia Matriz

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally take a stroll through Pocitos.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

1
night
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

Punta del Diablo
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punta del Diablo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Colonia del Sacramento on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
On the 24th (Tue), wander the streets of Plaza Mayor and then explore the activities along Rio de la Plata.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento vacation planner .

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Colonia del Sacramento in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Uruguay Time (UYT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then go deep underground at Wanda Mines.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park day trip site .

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Iguazu National Park by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in September, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 81°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires
On the 28th (Sat), wander the streets of La Boca, then snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, and then see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in September; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 64°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Boca
La Boca
Puente de la Mujer ©
Puente de la Mujer
Fragata ARA Sarmiento ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento

3
nights
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.
Ushuaia is known for nature, museums, winter sports, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia Lapataia, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia holiday planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in September, with highs in Ushuaia at 45°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Calafate online trip maker .

Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

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.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, museums, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, don't miss a visit to Paroquia Maria Auxiliadora, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) driving holiday website .

Traveling by shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from El Calafate in October: highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Spas

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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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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