29 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

29 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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29 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
5
Copiapo, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

4
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 outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), and get outside with Patagonia Line.

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Wellington, New Zealand to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wellington in December: high temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 15°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

4
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Laguna de los Tres, make a trip to Viedma Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, and explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Huemul.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten road trip planning app .

You can drive from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Seco & Glaciar Spegazzini). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Enjoy!, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, and stop by Vellon Negro.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Iguazu National Park: Provincial Urugua-i Park (in San Antonio), Wanda Mines (in Wanda) and Lago Urugua-i (in Puerto Libertad). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder .

Fly from El Calafate to Iguazu National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in December, plan for much warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Provincial Urugua-i Park, Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

3
nights
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
Change things up with these side-trips from Copiapo: Caldera (Playa la virgen, Parque Paleontologico De Caldera, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Desierto Florido, enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Inglesa, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, and explore the activities along Laguna Verde.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Copiapo route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iguazu National Park to Copiapo. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Iguazu National Park to Copiapo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caldera
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Inglesa ©
Bahia Inglesa
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera ©
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Concha y Toro (in Pirque), La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Copiapo to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, La Sebastiana, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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