34 days in Argentina, Chile & Montevideo Itinerary

34 days in Argentina, Chile & Montevideo Itinerary

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34 days in Argentina, Chile & Montevideo Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  33​h
1
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Salta, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Purmamarca, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Valparaiso, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Explore El Calafate's surroundings by going to Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Seco & Glaciar Spegazzini). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Enjoy!, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the El Calafate road trip website .

Sydney, Australia to El Calafate is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to El Calafate, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in El Calafate are colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors

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

4
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.
Explore Montevideo's surroundings by going to Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado (in Maldonado), Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas, Playa Punta Ballena, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo holiday maker site .

Getting from El Calafate to Montevideo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from El Calafate, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Montevideo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, shop like a local with Palermo, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires travel planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin, Iguazu Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu, look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu online day trip planner .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Iguazu, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu

3
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, nature, museums, shopping, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo, stop by Vincul Arte, and contemplate the long history of San Bernardo Convent.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Salta trip app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in February; daily highs in Salta reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo

2
nights
Purmamarca, Argentina

Purmamarca ©
With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): cruise along Abra de Potrerillos (Mirador a 4170msnm), then take in the pleasant sights at Cuesta de Lipan, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Hill of Seven Colors. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Pollera de la Coya, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Morado, and then hike along Paseo de los Colorados.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Purmamarca day trip planner.

Drive from Salta to Purmamarca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Hill of Seven Colors ©
The Hill of Seven Colors
Cuesta de Lipan ©
Cuesta de Lipan
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados

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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and get curious at Museo del Meteorito.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama visit planner .

You can drive from Purmamarca to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

4
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.
Step out of Santiago to go to San Jose de Maipo and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

4
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canopy El Canelo (in Algarrobo), Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, kick back and relax at Reñaca, make a trip to Pais de Artesanos, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Rioja.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Valparaiso trip simple and quick.

Getting from Santiago to Valparaiso by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. February in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Casa de Isla Negra, Rocas de Santo Domingo, Canopy El Canelo
Highlights from your plan
Reñaca ©
Reñaca
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

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