25 days in Uruguay, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

25 days in Uruguay, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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25 days in Uruguay, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo del Mar, kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, and then admire the masterpieces at Ralli Museum Punta del Este. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, then snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Punta del Este trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Punta del Este is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Punta del Este is 2 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get much warmer in Punta del Este: highs are around 27°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Maldonado
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Mar ©
Museo del Mar
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, then stroll through Playa Pocitos, and then wander the streets of Pocitos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Velodromo Municipal, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, then get a sense of history and politics at Estevez Palace, and finally immerse yourself in nature at El Rosedal.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Punta del Este to Montevideo by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Montevideo when traveling from Punta del Este in March, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Playa Pocitos ©
Playa Pocitos

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally look for gifts at Almacen La Carlota. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, and then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento road trip tool .

Drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque 3 de Febrero and Fishing Charters & Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to Castelar and see Reserva Natural Urbana, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires travel route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Reserva Natural Urbana
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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.
On the 26th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, then appreciate the history behind Monumento al Trabajador, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn road trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in El Calafate sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, get great views at Mirador del Torre, and then trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read El Chalten trip builder website .

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada and Bosque Neon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: trek along Circuito Chico, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take some stellar pictures from Lago Mascardi Viewpoint, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner .

You can 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 April in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Panul Community Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Chascona and Barrio Bellavista. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Region IX Ltd (in Villarrica) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary planner.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Region IX Ltd, Panul Community Park, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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