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: Santiago, Chile
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
7
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 13 nights
bus:  8​h 15​min
9
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
End: Punta Arenas, Chile


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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.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), examine the collection at La Chascona, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago route tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Pocitos, make a trip to Montevideo Sign, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and then take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Montevideo online route maker .

Getting from Santiago to Montevideo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Montevideo. In October in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires journey planner .

Getting from Montevideo to Buenos Aires by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the El Calafate holiday tool .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect nights in El Calafate to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Laguna de los Tres, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Huemul.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten road trip tool .

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

3
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: explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) journey maker tool .

You can drive from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, then head outdoors with Enjoy!, and then explore the activities along Lago Argentino. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and then explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read El Calafate planning app .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lago Escondido (in Lago Escondido), Tierra del Fuego National Park (Lago Roca & Senda Costera) and Paso Garibaldi (in Rio Grande). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia Lapataia, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Ushuaia, with lows around 3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tierra del Fuego National Park, Lago Escondido, Lago Fagnano, Paso Garibaldi
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, nature, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Strait of Magellan, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

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