27 days in Chile, Peru & Argentina Itinerary

27 days in Chile, Peru & Argentina Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Esquel, Argentina
— 1 night
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile — 4 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), examine the collection at La Chascona, and stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santiago online trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Santiago is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama and then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in August, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are warmer (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Rocas Sagradas and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 14th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, wander the streets of San Blas, and trek along exploor.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cusco journey builder website.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Cusco in August, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are a bit warmer (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Madryn.
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 2 nights

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 19th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cantera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Esquel.
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Esquel, Argentina — 1 night

Although Welsh immigrants arrived in this area in the mid-19th century, Esquel was officially founded in 1906, which makes it a relatively young city by world standards.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Alerces.

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You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Esquel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis and then stop by Delicias de la Patagonia. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Otto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi.

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Traveling by car from Esquel to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 1 night

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 24th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery, look for gifts at Krea Noe, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, and finally make a trip to X-Plore Patagonia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online trip builder.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, expect nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Punta Arenas.
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 2 nights

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Club Andino Centro de Ski, then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, and then browse the exhibits of La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Punta Arenas sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.
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