30 days in Chile, Argentina & Machu Picchu Itinerary

30 days in Chile, Argentina & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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30 days in Chile, Argentina & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Toronto, Canada
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
Vina del Mar, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
El Chalten, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— Few hours
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Toronto, Canada

3
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Intipuncu and Salinas de Maras. Get in touch with nature at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Moray (in Maras) and Ollantaytambo (Pumamarca Ruins & Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu vacation builder site .

Toronto, Canada to Machu Picchu is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

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Ollantaytambo, Maras
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
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Salinas de Maras

3
days
Vina del Mar, Chile

Vina del Mar ©
A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casa de Isla Negra and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vina Casas del Bosque and Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Take a break from Vina del Mar with a short trip to Playa de Zapallar in Zapallar, about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni.

Before you visit Vina del Mar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Vina del Mar by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Vina del Mar is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Vina del Mar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

#Wineries, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Casablanca, Casa de Isla Negra, Paseo Gervasoni, Playa de Zapallar
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Vina Casas del Bosque ©
Vina Casas del Bosque
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Playa de Zapallar ©
Playa de Zapallar

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vina Undurraga and La Chascona. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Santa Rita Winery. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago route planner.

Traveling by car from Vina del Mar to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

#Wineries, #Museums, #Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Vina Undurraga
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. Explore hidden gems such as Laguna Cejar and Pukara de Quitor. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, take in the awesome beauty at Cordillera de la Sal, and get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Laguna Cejar ©
Laguna Cejar
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Piedras Rojas
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

4
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Bonita and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from San Carlos de Bariloche with a short trip to Mirador Lago Traful in Villa Traful, about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche holiday builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, plan for little chillier days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Mirador Lago Traful
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Step off the beaten path and head to Glaciar Huemul and Laguna Capri. On the 2nd (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Cerro Fitz Roy. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Chorrillo, explore and take pictures at Road to El Chalten, explore the activities along Lago Del Desierto, and trek along Mirador del Torre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten driving holiday planning website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in El Chalten

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago Del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
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Laguna Capri

few
hours
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bayo Lake, explore the striking landscape at Capillas de Marmol, and then explore the striking landscape at Catedral de Marmol.

For maps and tourist information, read Puerto Rio Tranquilo online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo is minus 1 hour. In April in Puerto Rio Tranquilo, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Catedral de Marmol ©
Catedral de Marmol
Capillas de Marmol ©
Capillas de Marmol

4
days
Punta Arenas, Chile

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nao Victoria Museo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Salesian Museum and Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez. Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Tue) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, appreciate the history behind Plaza Fundacional, don't miss a visit to Monumento al Ovejero, and take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas online journey maker .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Punta Arenas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Rio Tranquilo in April, expect nights in Punta Arenas to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

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