8 days in Chile, Province of Mendoza & Province of San Luis Itinerary

8 days in Chile, Province of Mendoza & Province of San Luis Itinerary

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8 days in Chile, Province of Mendoza & Province of San Luis Itinerary

Start: Cordoba, Argentina
Fly:  3​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Merlo, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Cordoba, Argentina

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and examine the collection at La Chascona.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner .

Cordoba, Argentina to Santiago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cordoba to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and finally delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and then walk around Parque General San Martin. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and then learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza itinerary maker site .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mendoza, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Merlo.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks
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Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin

1
night
Merlo, Argentina

Merlo ©
Offering a gentle climate in an area otherwise known for its dry conditions, Merlo has become one of Argentina's increasingly popular destinations among active vacationers.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Vinedo Fraterno, take in the dramatic scenery at Velo de la Novia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Santa Maria en la Santisima Trinidad, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Sol.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Merlo day trip website .

Drive from Mendoza to Merlo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Merlo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mirador del Sol ©
Mirador del Sol

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