24 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

24 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

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24 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  28​h
1
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
3
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8​h 45​min
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Mumbai, India

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Esmeralda and Lago Roca. There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, and grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia trip itinerary builder app .

Mumbai, India to Ushuaia is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Ushuaia, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano ©

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 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and then explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our El Calafate online day trip planner .

You can 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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, then get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy and then hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten travel planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Correntoso and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Chocolates Rapanui, see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Tombo and Playa El Doradillo. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Loberia de Punta Loma.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, see the interesting displays at Salta Cabildo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salta road trip app .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Salta by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
Plaza 9 de Julio ©
Plaza 9 de Julio
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)

1
night
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 23rd (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally walk around Parque General San Martin.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salta to Mendoza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Salta, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mendoza, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Food Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

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 off the beaten path and head to Cerro Concepcion and Parque Bicentenario. Step out of Santiago to go to Casablanca and see Kingston Family Vineyards, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Kingston Family Vineyards, Cerro Concepcion
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Food Tours
Cerro Concepcion ©
Cerro Concepcion
Parque Bicentenario ©
Parque Bicentenario

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online route planner .

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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