40 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

40 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Fly to El Tepual Airport, Drive to Ancud
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Ancud, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castro, Chile
— 4 nights
Bus to Puerto Montt, Fly to Balmaceda
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Coyhaique, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Calama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly

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Ancud, Chile

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Get some historical perspective at Faro Corona en Chiloe and Catedral de Ancud. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ecomarine Punihuil. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, don't miss a visit to Fuerte San Antonio, and steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ancud online tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Ancud is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ancud is minus 14 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Ancud reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

4
nights
Castro, Chile

Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Get outdoors at Quilun Ecoturismo Marino and Photography Tours. Iglesia de Tenaun and Fortin Tauco will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Vilupulli, take a peaceful walk through Bosquepiedra, and examine the collection at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Castro trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Ancud to Castro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Castro are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Castro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Coyhaique, Chile

Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Coyhaique National Reserve. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Coyhaique trip planner.

Getting from Castro to Coyhaique by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, daily temperatures in Coyhaique can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks · Wildlife

3
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El Chalten, Argentina

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 Laguna Torre. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the awesome beauty at Amanecer en El Chalten, and push the limits with Rafting El Chalten.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read El Chalten online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Coyhaique to El Chalten takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Coyhaique to El Chalten is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Museo del Fin del Mundo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Canal Beagle. There's much more to do: stroll through Glacier Martial, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, and explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip builder app.

Getting from El Chalten to Ushuaia by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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El Calafate, Argentina

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.
Visiting Estancia Cristina and Lago Argentino will get you outdoors. Take a break from El Calafate with a short trip to Glaciar Spegazzini in Los Glaciares National Park, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, take a pleasant ride with Cabalgata del Glaciar, get outside with Enjoy!, and see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our El Calafate trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, walk around Parque Nahuelito, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and hike along Circuito Chico.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Carlos de Bariloche trip simple and quick.

Getting from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in January, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and Calle Defensa are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Puerto Madero, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and stop by La Boca.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, then get curious at Museo del Meteorito, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be cooler, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Santiago, Chile

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Casa de Isla Negra. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and stop by Patio Bellavista.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago road trip website.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chile travel guide

4.3
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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.