26 days in Machu Picchu, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

26 days in Machu Picchu, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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26 days in Machu Picchu, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— Few hours
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 45​min
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
Pucon, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Chicago, United States

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu vacation planner .

Chicago, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Machu Picchu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
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.
Rapa Nui National Park and Ahu Tahai are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Ovahe and Rano Raraku. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Orongo, make a trip to Ahu Tongariki, delve into the distant past at Hanga Kioe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Rapa Nui.

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Getting from Machu Picchu to Hanga Roa by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Easter Is. Time (EAST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Orongo ©
Orongo
Rapa Nui National Park ©
Rapa Nui National Park
Playa Ovahe ©
Playa Ovahe

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Rojas and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Tebinquinche and Laguna Cejar. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hanga Roa in March, plan for little chillier days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Laguna Tebinquinche ©
Laguna Tebinquinche
Laguna Cejar ©
Laguna Cejar

2
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Villarrica. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Villarrica and Fortin Mapuche. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas, take in the dramatic scenery at Ojos del Caburga, and look for gifts at Chocolates Rucamalal.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pucon trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Pucon in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Pucon

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Villarrica, Fortin Mapuche
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Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas
Lake Villarrica ©
Lake Villarrica
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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 Kayaking & Canoeing and Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche. Take a break from San Carlos de Bariloche with a short trip to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, step off the mainland to explore Isla Victoria, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Pucon to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pucon to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Glaciar Huemul and Laguna Capri. Explore hidden gems such as Salto El Chorrillo and Marcopolo Bookstore. On the 6th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Cerro Fitz Roy. It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre and trek along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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.
Get outdoors at Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Larga and Faro Les Eclaireurs. There's still lots to do: stroll through Glacier Martial and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

3
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Climbing Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Pasarelas Perito Moreno and Laguna Nimez Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and make a trip to Av del Libertador.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate sightseeing planning site .

Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pasarelas Perito Moreno ©
Pasarelas Perito Moreno

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