36 days in Argentina, Brazil & Chile Itinerary

36 days in Argentina, Brazil & Chile Itinerary

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Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Itumbiara, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive
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Guarapuava, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive
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Uruguaiana, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive
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Rosario, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Rio Gallegos, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
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Brasilia, Brazil

— 1 night

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional de Brasilia and then stop by Parkshopping. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio do Planalto, then explore the activities along Lago Paranoa, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brasilia trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Brasilia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Itumbiara.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Itumbiara, Brazil

— 1 day
Itumbiara is a municipality in the extreme south of the state of Goiás, Brazil. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Rita de Cassia, then snap pictures at Ponte Afonso Pena, and then explore the activities along Rio Paranaiba.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Itumbiara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brasilia to Itumbiara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guarapuava.

Things to do in Itumbiara

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Guarapuava, Brazil

— 1 day
Guarapuava is a city in the mid south of Paraná state in Brazil. On the 31st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Mariano de Schoenstatt- Tabor das Vocacoes, get outside with Parque Do Lago, and then pedal to the sights with Lagoa das Lagrimas.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Guarapuava road trip planning website.

You can drive from Itumbiara to Guarapuava in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Uruguaiana.

Things to do in Guarapuava

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Historic Sites

Uruguaiana, Brazil

— 1 day
Uruguaiana is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to International Bridge Paso de Los Libres, then see the interesting displays at Crioulo Museum, then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Dr. Pedro Marini, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu do Rio Uruguai.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uruguaiana attractions planner.

Drive from Guarapuava to Uruguaiana in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Uruguaiana can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rosario.

Things to do in Uruguaiana

Museums

Rosario, Argentina

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Argentine Flag

Once upon a time, Rosario was famous for being the birthplace of not only revolutionary leader Che Guevara, but also the Argentine flag.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Teatro El Circulo, then walk around Parque Nacional a la Bandera, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Florida. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parque de Espana, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Historico Nacional a la Bandera, and then walk around Parque de la Independencia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rosario trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Uruguaiana to Rosario takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Rosario sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Rosario

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Rosario to Santiago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rosario to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Rio Correntoso. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, choose your vessel at Navegando Patagonia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita, and hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas.

Plan trip to San Carlos de Bariloche with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Comodoro Rivadavia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

— 1 night
Comodoro Rivadavia is a city in the Patagonian province of Chubut in southern Argentina, located on the San Jorge Gulf, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the Chenque Hill. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Reserva Natural Punta Marques and then get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural de Comodoro Rivadavia.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Comodoro Rivadavia trip planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Comodoro Rivadavia in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January since evenings lows in Comodoro Rivadavia dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio Gallegos.

Things to do in Comodoro Rivadavia

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Rio Gallegos, Argentina

— 1 night
Río Gallegos is the capital and largest settlement of the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz in Argentina. On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Faro Cabo Virgenes, go for a walk through Cabo Virgenes, and then stroll through Laguna Azul.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rio Gallegos road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Comodoro Rivadavia to Rio Gallegos with the Route module. In January, Rio Gallegos is a bit cooler than Comodoro Rivadavia - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Rio Gallegos

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 4 nights

End of the World

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Esmeralda and Ushuaia Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park (Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo & Lago Roca). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount), appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas, and step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Pajaros.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Ushuaia online itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rio Gallegos to Ushuaia. Traveling from Rio Gallegos in January, you will find days in Ushuaia are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Mylodon Cave Natural Monument. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Glaciar Amalia. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and make a trip to Muelle Historico.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

El Calafate, Argentina

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Perito Moreno National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and Paseo de Los Artesanos.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the El Calafate online tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Puerto Madryn on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 4 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Explore hidden gems such as Punta Tombo and Estancia San Lorenzo. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aquatours Buceo. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loberia de Punta Loma, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and explore and take pictures at Ecocentro.

Make your Puerto Madryn itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from El Calafate to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Mendoza, Argentina

— 3 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see human ingenuity at work at Embalse los reyunos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): experience rural life at Finca Paru, then learn about winemaking at La Abeja Winery, then head outdoors with Oceanica Buceo, and finally admire the engineering at Embalse Valle Grande.

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

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.