18 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

18 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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18 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  18​h
Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
London, United Kingdom

2
days
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata ©
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese and then kick back and relax at La Perla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Punta Mogotes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Chapadmalal.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mar del Plata driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Mar del Plata is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Mar del Plata, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect Mar del Plata to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 4°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

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La Perla ©
La Perla
Punta Mogotes ©
Punta Mogotes
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Playa Varese

2
days
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Playa La Cantera and then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Madryn road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mar del Plata to Puerto Madryn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mar del Plata in August, plan for colder days in Puerto Madryn, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Buenos Aires.

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Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

2
days
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, then make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, then make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires day trip planner .

Fly from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Madryn, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Iguazu National Park.

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Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Sendero Macuco and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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Side Trip

Sendero Macuco
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Sendero Macuco ©
Sendero Macuco

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then kick back and relax at Laguna Tebinquinche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Iguazu National Park to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in August, San Pedro de Atacama is much colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

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Laguna Tebinquinche ©
Laguna Tebinquinche
Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte ©
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ovahe, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Easter Is. Time (EAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in August, Hanga Roa is much warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

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Easter Island
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Anakena Beach ©
Anakena Beach
Playa Ovahe ©
Playa Ovahe
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau

2
days
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.
On the 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and then don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Santiago takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Hanga Roa in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Santiago: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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