24 days in Patagonia & Chile Itinerary

24 days in Patagonia & Chile Itinerary

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24 days in Patagonia & Chile 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
— 3 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:  9 h 15 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  33 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isla Martillo and Helicopter Tours. Go for a jaunt from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park to see Lago Roca about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and examine the collection at Museo del Fin del Mundo.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ushuaia day trip planning tool .

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. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect Ushuaia to be colder, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Isla Martillo ©
Isla Martillo
Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina ©
Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina

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): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and then take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ushuaia to El Calafate by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Ushuaia in December, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Huemul, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, and take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

Plan trip to El Chalten with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) 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
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rio Correntoso and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and stop by Chocolates Rapanui.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Other options are to 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 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Tombo and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Valdes, engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Doradillo.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

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
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa de Isla Negra and Castillo Hidalgo. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Santiago by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Salar de Tara and Tebinquinche Lake. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

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