60 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

60 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America holiday planner

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 7 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iquique, Chile
— 6 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Parque 3 de Febrero. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: San Isidro (Catedral de San Isidro & Villa Ocampo). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Varese and Punta Mogotes. Step out of the city life by going to Bosque Peralta Ramos and Playas de Chapadmalal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mar del Plata: Miramar (Bosque Energetico, Parque de los Patricios, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, don't miss a visit to Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, get to know the fascinating history of Loma Santa Cecilia, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Fuerza de Submarinos.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mar del Plata online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, Mar del Plata is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and The Town of Gaiman. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Parana and Costas de Patagonia. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Historico Regional de Gaiman (in Gaiman) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, don't miss a visit to Parque Historico Punta Cuevas, appreciate the history behind Monumento al Quijote, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Gemas.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Puerto Madryn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ushuaia Bay and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from the city and head to Lago Roca and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step out of Ushuaia with an excursion to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo in Tierra del Fuego National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Pajaros, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Martial.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

— 3 nights
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park journey planning site.

Fly from Ushuaia to Los Glaciares National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, Los Glaciares National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to El Chalten.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature · Parks

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Laguna Torre and Casa Madsen Museo. Get outdoors at Chorillo del Salto and Los Huemules. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Road to El Chalten, take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, get a new perspective on things with El Chalten Anglers, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Yaten.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to El Chalten by bus takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 7 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.
Visiting Refugio Frey and Lago Steffen will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Bonita and Playa Bahia Serena. Explore San Carlos de Bariloche's surroundings by going to Berlina Patagonia Brewery (in Colonia Suiza), Bosque Sumergido (in Villa Traful) and Capilla Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Villa La Angostura). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, hike along Circuito Chico, and play a few rounds at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lago Lacar and Parque Nacional Lanin. Relax by the water at Playa Catritre and Playa Bonita. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, take a memorable drive along Route of the Seven Lakes, take in nature's colorful creations at Plaza Sarmiento, and head outdoors with Mirador Arrayanes.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Martin de los Andes itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cordoba, Argentina

— 4 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de Los Capuchinos and Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica. Step out of the city life by going to Circuito del Perilago and Balneario Playas de Oro. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Santa Teresa, learn more about the world around you at Nuevo Museo de Ciencias Naturales, and examine the collection at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cordoba travel route planner.

Getting from San Martin de los Andes to Cordoba by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salta.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Salta, Argentina

— 3 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Attractions like Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina and Museo Guemes make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica Menor San Francisco and Iglesia San Alfonso. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Charly Hawk, take a memorable drive along Quebrada del Escoipe, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salta road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Salta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in February, you will find days in Salta are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Salta

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Iquique, Chile

— 6 nights
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Visiting Playa Cavancha and Playa El Morro will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and Salitrera Santa Laura. Explore Iquique's surroundings by going to Pica (Complejo Termal Pica & Valle de Los Dinosaurios). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, visit Baquedano Street, pause for some photo ops at Parque Historico Cultural Bicentenario de Punta Gruesa, and head outdoors with Paragliding Oasisfly Iquique.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Iquique trip builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Salta to Iquique in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Salta to Iquique is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Valle Arcoiris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo del Meteorito and San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations. There's much more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert, hunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In February, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.