26 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

26 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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26 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 15​min
6
Coyhaique, Chile
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Melipeuco, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero and then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Buenos Aires using our trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

1
night
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 19th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Indio Tehuelche, then identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Madryn sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get outdoors at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Glacier Martial. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, stop by Chocolates Edelweiss, head off the coast to Isla Bridges, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. January in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to El Calafate.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, then identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, and then explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip builder app .

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 a bit warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Ushuaia in January, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fitz Roy and Glaciar Huemul. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore.

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

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

2
nights
Coyhaique, Chile

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Escape the urban bustle at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo and Rio Simpson Nacional Reserve. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Coyhaique National Reserve, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, explore the striking landscape at Piedra del Indio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coyhaique trip builder tool .

You can drive from El Chalten to Coyhaique in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from El Chalten to Coyhaique, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Coyhaique sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Mirador Marchant ©
Mirador Marchant

3
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, then explore the activities along Lake Llanquihue, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Petrohué Waterfalls. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Volcan Osorno and then explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Varas trip planning site .

Getting from Coyhaique to Puerto Varas by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. January in Puerto Varas sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Melipeuco.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Montt
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Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos

1
night
Melipeuco, Chile

Melipeuco ©
Melipeuco is a town and commune (comuna) in Chile, located at the foot of the Andes, in the Province of Cautín, Araucanía Region. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Icalma.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melipeuco trip maker app .

You can drive from Puerto Varas to Melipeuco in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Melipeuco

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Icalma
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Llaima ©
Llaima

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Quebrada de Cordoba (in El Tabo) and Parque Tricao (in Santo Domingo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago online day trip planner .

You can drive from Melipeuco to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Quebrada de Cordoba, River Rafting & Tubing, Parque Tricao
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Parque Tricao ©
Parque Tricao
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

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