19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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19 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 30​min
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  13​h 15​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  12​h
8
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: San Diego, United States

1
night
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 17th (Mon): wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online trip maker .

San Diego, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Buenos Aires is 5 hours. In December, Buenos Aires is somewhat warmer than San Diego - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
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Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
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 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Iguazu
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Perla and Playa Grande. Step out of the city life by going to Punta Mogotes and Playa Varese. Step out of Mar del Plata to go to Miramar and see Balneario Medanos, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Bristol, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata trip maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Iguazu National Park to Mar del Plata takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Iguazu National Park in December: high temperatures in Mar del Plata hover around 80°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Balneario Medanos
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La Perla ©
La Perla
Punta Mogotes ©
Punta Mogotes
Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese

1
night
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Monumento al Indio Tehuelche, kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, and then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mar del Plata to Puerto Madryn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Tombo National Reserve
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Punta Tombo National Reserve ©
Punta Tombo National Reserve
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
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.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, explore the activities along Laguna Torre, and then stop by Marcopolo Bookstore.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip planner .

Getting from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

1
night
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 30th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Tebinquinche and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Los Glaciares National Park to San Pedro de Atacama in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be a bit cooler, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte ©
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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night
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.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Pea, stroll through Playa Ovahe, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, and finally kick back and relax at Anakena Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rapa Nui National Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 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 January, Hanga Roa is much warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Anakena Beach ©
Anakena Beach
Rapa Nui National Park ©
Rapa Nui National Park
Playa Ovahe ©
Playa Ovahe

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