56 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

56 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 8 nights
Drive
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 8 nights
Drive
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Pucon, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Walking tours. Step out of the city life by going to Parque 3 de Febrero and Delta Terra Natural Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Berisso (Palo Blanco & Playa Bagliardi), Dardo Rocha Museum and Archives (in La Plata) and Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires route maker site.

Wellington, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wellington in January, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Mar del Plata, Argentina

— 5 nights

Happy City

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo and Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima. Bring the kids along to Playa Varese and Playas de Chapadmalal. Get out of town with these interesting Mar del Plata side-trips: Miramar (Balneario Medanos, Parque de los Patricios, &more). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Bosque Peralta Ramos, explore the world behind art at Museo MAR, stroll through Playa Escondida, and appreciate the history behind La Dama Reclinada.

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Getting from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in January since evenings lows in Mar del Plata dip to 16°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 3 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Costas de Patagonia. Escape the urban bustle at Loberia de Punta Loma and Playa Parana. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, make a trip to Parque Historico Punta Cuevas, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Quijote.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Madryn road trip tool.

Getting from Mar del Plata to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 8 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Laguna Esmeralda and Ushuaia Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lago Roca and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park (Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo & Senda Costera). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Guanaco, take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Vinciguerra, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve.

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Getting from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. January in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

El Calafate, Argentina

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and Onelli Glacier. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus. There's much more to do: experience the excitement of Estancia 25 de Mayo, head outdoors with Enjoy!, hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in El Calafate. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

El Chalten, Argentina

— 4 nights
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 El Chalten Anglers. Get outdoors at Chorillo del Salto and Mirador Rio De Las Vueltas. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Road to El Chalten, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, explore the striking landscape at Amanecer en El Chalten, and take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the El Chalten tour planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip site.

You can take a bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks · Nature

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 8 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 discover tucked-away gems like Refugio Frey and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Escape the urban bustle at Cascada de los Duendes and Lago Steffen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Carlos de Bariloche: Berlina Patagonia Brewery (in Colonia Suiza), Bosque Sumergido (in Villa Traful) and Lago Espejo Grande (in Villa La Angostura). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cerro Lopez, hike along Circuito Chico, explore by horseback at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in February: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 4 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Quila Quina and River Rafting & Tubing. Visit Playa Catritre and Playa Bonita for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Lago Lacar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jose, cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes, and admire the natural beauty at Plaza Sarmiento.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Pucon, Chile

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): Head underground at Parque Cuevas Volcanicas and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pucon trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Pucon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Martin de los Andes to Pucon is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Pucon

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 6 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atacama Desert. Kids will appreciate attractions like White And Green International Travel - Day Tour and Valle Arcoiris. Step out of San Pedro de Atacama with an excursion to Cementerio de Toconao in Toconao--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, hunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Machuca.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Pucon to San Pedro de Atacama in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.