44 days in Argentina, Peru & Chile Itinerary

44 days in Argentina, Peru & Chile Itinerary

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44 days in Argentina, Peru & Chile Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
7
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
8
Province of Jujuy, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
10
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
11
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

2
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.
Head to Puerto Madero and Palermofor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires driving holiday planning app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Buenos Aires is minus 15 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa El Doradillo and Punta Pardelas. Get in touch with nature at Punta Tombo National Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro and look for gifts at Aquatours buceo.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn visit planner .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta Pardelas, Punta Tombo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lago Roca and Cerro Castor (Castor Mount). Escape the urban bustle at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano and Laguna Esmeralda. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay, stop by Tienda Celeste, trek along Glaciar Martial, and don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June in Ushuaia, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glaciar Martial, Lago Roca
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Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

4
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.
Av del Libertador and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Climbing Tours. When in El Calafate, make a side trip to see Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, approximately 1h 35 min away. On the 10th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate road trip website .

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Perito Moreno Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna Torre and Paso de Viento. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Fitz Roy and Laguna Capri. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Chorrillo, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, examine the collection at Encuentros con la Historia. Estancia Turistica, and identify plant and animal life at Los Huemules.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten attractions planning tool .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Let the collections at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Museo de la Patagonia capture your imagination. Parroquia San Eduardo and Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from San Carlos de Bariloche with a short trip to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas, and take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

Make your San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In June in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Huchuy Qosco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Tipon. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cusco in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cusco. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in June, you will find days in Cusco are much hotter (24°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Province of Jujuy.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Spas

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Winay Wayna, Huchuy Qosco
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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nights
Province of Jujuy, Argentina

Province of Jujuy ©
San Salvador de Jujuy, commonly known as Jujuy and locally often referred to as San Salvador, is the capital city of Jujuy Province in northwest Argentina. Visiting Quebrada de Humahuaca and Parque Provincial Potrero de Yala will get you outdoors. Pucara de Tilcara and Catedral de San Salvador de Jujuy will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Paseo de los Colorados, see the interesting displays at Cultural Center and Museum Pasquini Lopez, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Morado, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Hill of Seven Colors.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Province of Jujuy planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Province of Jujuy in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Province of Jujuy, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Province of Jujuy

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados
The Hill of Seven Colors ©
The Hill of Seven Colors

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Tebinquinche and Atacama Desert. Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto, take in the awesome beauty at Cordillera de la Sal, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

Discover how to plan a San Pedro de Atacama trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Province of Jujuy to San Pedro de Atacama in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Province of Jujuy to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Province of Jujuy in June, San Pedro de Atacama is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

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nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Relax by the water at Playa Ovahe and Playa Pea. Orongo and Ahu Tahai will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki, delve into the distant past at Hanga Kioe, get impressive views of Rano Kau, and examine the collection at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, expect much hotter with lows of 18°C in Hanga Roa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena ©
Anakena

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nao Victoria Museo and Palacio Sara Braun. Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez and Casa La Porfia. Spend a day of island exploring on the 11th (Thu) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural Rio Seco, view the masterpieces at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno, stop by Chocolates Ignis Terra, and take an in-depth tour of Instituto De La Patagoonia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in July, things will get much colder in Punta Arenas: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

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