33 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

33 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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33 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
3
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
4
Puerto Montt, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
6
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 30​min
10
Tilcara, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 45​min
11
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
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.
Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories and La Tehuelche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Torres del Paine National Park and Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Madre Roca Patagonia. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery.

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Sydney, Australia to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is minus 14 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in June: highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Spas

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate by shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in June, plan for little chillier days in El Calafate, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

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.
Visiting Laguna Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Chorillo del Salto and Laguna Capri. There's lots more to do: trek along Laguna de los Tres, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the El Chalten day trip website .

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Pablo Fierro and Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Get some historical perspective at Casa Yunge and Catedral de Puerto Montt. Step out of Puerto Montt to go to Puerto Varas and see Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, cast your line with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, and look for gifts at Remember Me Chile.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Montt trip planner .

Traveling by car from El Chalten to Puerto Montt takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Montt due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Varas
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vina Undurraga and Concha y Toro. Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, learn about winemaking at Santa Carolina, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro, Vina Undurraga
Highlights from your plan
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pulenta Estate Winery and Bodega Chandon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Catena Zapata and Bodega Ruca Malen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas) and Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodega La Azul.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza due to the time zone difference. In June in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries

Side Trips

Laureano Gomez Winemaker, Casa El Enemigo
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

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.
San Telmo and Plaza de Mayo will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Recoleta. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Palermo, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and make a trip to Casa Rosada.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Buenos Aires. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
La Boca
La Boca

1
day
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina

Colonia Carlos Pellegrini
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Provincial Ibera.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colonia Carlos Pellegrini trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buenos Aires to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Colonia Carlos Pellegrini

Parks Wildlife Nature

1
night
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Iguazu itinerary planner .

Drive from Colonia Carlos Pellegrini to Puerto Iguazu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Iguazu are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tilcara.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga
Jardin de los Picaflores ©
Jardin de los Picaflores

1
day
Tilcara, Argentina

Tilcara ©
With evidence of continuous settlement going back several thousand years, Tilcara remains one of the oldest inhabited places in South America.
On the 1st (Mon), cruise along Quebrada de Humahuaca, trek along Paseo de los Colorados, and then explore the ancient world of Pucara de Tilcara.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tilcara road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Iguazu to Tilcara in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Tilcara

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Paseo de los Colorados, Quebrada de Humahuaca
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados
Pucara de Tilcara ©
Pucara de Tilcara

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pukara de Quitor and Machuca are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Termas Banos de Puritama. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning tool .

Getting from Tilcara to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tilcara to San Pedro de Atacama. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

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