41 days in Argentina, Chile & La Paz Itinerary

41 days in Argentina, Chile & La Paz Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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El Calafate, Argentina
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
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Puerto Montt, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Visit Catedral de San Isidro and Santuario Virgen Maria del Rosario de San Nicolas for their historical value. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to La Plata (Museo de La Plata, Catedral de la Plata, &more) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). Saddle up on the 25th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, don't miss a visit to Avenida 9 De Julio, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Palermo.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires travel route planner.

Kaliningrad, Russia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kaliningrad in December, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

El Calafate, Argentina

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Leona Petrified Forest and Enjoy!. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and Walichu Caves. The adventure continues: catch some excitement at Estancia 25 de Mayo, identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier, and examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ushuaia Bay and Glaciar Martial. Get outdoors at Isla Martillo and Playa Larga. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park (Lago Roca & Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, and take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Guanaco.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ushuaia road trip site.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from El Calafate in January, Ushuaia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 5 nights
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.
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes and Catedral Sagrado Corazon will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Isla Magdalena and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Antarctica21, get great views at Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip website.

You can take a bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Puerto Montt, Chile

— 5 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and River Rafting & Tubing. Visit Casa Yunge and Iglesia Luterana for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna Verde (in Puerto Varas) and Frutillar (Costanera Frutillar Bajo, Muelle Frutillar, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, get impressive views of Volcan Osorno, make a trip to Monte Verde, and take in the waterfront at Muelle de Paseo.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Montt trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Punta Arenas in January: highs in Puerto Montt hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 6 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 some historical perspective at Paseo Gervasoni and Templo Baha'i. Step out of the city life by going to Casablanca Valley and Concon Dunes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Vina del Mar (Reñaca & Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck), Valparaiso (Plaza Victoria & Cementerio de Disidentes) and Kingston Family Vineyards (in Casablanca). Saddle up on the 25th (Mon) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Francisco Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

La Paz, Bolivia

— 5 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Visiting Chacaltaya Ski Resort and Huayna Potosi will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Iglesia de San Francisco and Walking tours. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Paz trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

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.

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.