19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Gulfport, United States
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
3
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 45​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Gulfport, United States


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2
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Venture out of the city with trips to Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, take some stellar pictures from Paseo Yugoslavo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso online holiday planner .

Gulfport, USA to Valparaiso is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gulfport to Valparaiso. Traveling from Gulfport in December, Valparaiso is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casa de Isla Negra, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
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La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

3
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, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip planner .

Getting from Valparaiso to Santiago by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini.

Plan trip to Los Glaciares National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park. In January, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

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Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate by bus takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in El Calafate are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a stroll through Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the next day, wander the streets of San Telmo, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online vacation planner .

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

3
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 69°F. You'll set off for San Pedro de Atacama on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

3
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 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and finally delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas and then explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip builder site .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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

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