31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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31 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
10
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cuesta del Obispo. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, see the interesting displays at Salta Cabildo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta online day trip planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Salta is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, Salta is little chillier than San Jose - with highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos

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.
Head to Puerto Madero and Palermofor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque 3 de Febrero and Recoleta. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to La Plata and see Catedral de la Plata, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through La Boca, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

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Traveling by flight from Salta to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Salta in September, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Punta Tombo and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa El Doradillo and Loberia de Punta Loma. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes, and stroll through Playa La Cantera.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn road trip app .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Glaciar Martial. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. Step out of Ushuaia with an excursion to Cerro Jeujepen in Tolhuin--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lago Roca, Glaciar Martial, Cerro Jeujepen
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Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

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.
Get in touch with nature at Fitz Roy and Road to El Chalten. Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Huemul, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to El Chalten in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) 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
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

3
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 Piedras Blancas and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Step out of the city life by going to Rio Correntoso and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Take a break from San Carlos de Bariloche with a short trip to Estacion Patagonia - Anden de Compras in Villa La Angostura, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary planner.

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 October in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura
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Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
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 7th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, do a tasting at Bodega Ruca Malen, do a tasting at Bodega Chandon, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Catena Zapata, and finally do a tasting at Pulenta Estate Winery. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, learn about winemaking at Casa El Enemigo, do a tasting at Familia Zuccardi, then do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega La Azul.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mendoza trip planner .

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, with highs in Mendoza at 28°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries

Side Trip

Maipu
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Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vina Santa Rita and Concha y Toro. Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Vina Undurraga (in Talagante) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santiago online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, River Rafting & Tubing, Concha y Toro, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

3
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.
Get outdoors at Salar de Tara and Piedras Rojas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tebinquinche Lake and Museo del Meteorito. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Escape the urban bustle at Rano Raraku and Orongo. Get some cultural insight at Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Tahai. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ovahe.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa takes 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, you will find days in Hanga Roa are little chillier (25°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku

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