31 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

31 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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31 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
car:  6​h
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
drive:  15​h
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
9
Punta Arenas, Chile
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
13
Calama, Chile
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
14
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
15
Iquique, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
16
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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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.
You've now added Los Dominicos Handicraft Village to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, hunt for treasures at Los Dominicos Handicraft Village, then stop by Costanera Center, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago journey planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Melbourne to Santiago. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bodega Monteviejo, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Killka Art Gallery, and other attractions. On the 9th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Bodegas Salentein, then explore the world behind art at Killka Art Gallery, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Reserva Manzano Historico. On your second day here, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then indulge your taste buds at Bodega Monteviejo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Mendoza in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Mendoza can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Killka Art Gallery, Bodegas Salentein, Bodega Monteviejo
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Bodega Monteviejo ©
Bodega Monteviejo
Reserva Manzano Historico ©
Reserva Manzano Historico
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ahumadero Weiss, Kayaking & Canoeing, Delicias de la Patagonia, and other attractions. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, look for gifts at Ahumadero Weiss, look for gifts at por las ramas, then stop by Chocolate del Turista, and finally stop by Delicias de la Patagonia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, San Carlos de Bariloche is slightly colder than Mendoza - with highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez
Chocolate del Turista ©
Chocolate del Turista

1
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Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
You've now added Cirus Bar to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Muelle Frutillar, get impressive views of Volcan Osorno, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Cirus Bar.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Montt travel planner .

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Montt in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in Puerto Montt are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Nightlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muelle Frutillar
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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Muelle Frutillar ©
Muelle Frutillar

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
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.
On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas travel planner.

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Punta Arenas is little chillier than Puerto Montt - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for El Calafate.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums
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Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center as well as Laguna Nimez Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserve, then hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and finally make a trip to Av del Libertador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta Arenas to El Calafate is 1 hour. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Av del Libertador ©
Av del Libertador

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Los Condores and Las Aguilas Viewpoints, Sendero a Piedra del Fraile and Salto El Chorrillo. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, hike along Laguna de los Tres, and stop by Marcopolo Bookstore.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Chalten planning site .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Marcopolo Bookstore ©
Marcopolo Bookstore
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres

1
night
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento al viento.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary app .

You can drive from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Nature Parks Spas
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Spas & Wellness

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas
To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas day trip site .

Take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January since evenings lows in Punta Arenas dip to 7°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toSantiago.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago
To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago driving holiday planner .

Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palermo, Catedral Metropolitana, El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and other attractions. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Puerto Madero and Recoleta. San Telmo and Plaza de Mayo will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago
To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santiago road trip planner .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Calama on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Calama, Chile

Calama
A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Calama sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Calama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Calama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You'll set off for San Pedro de Atacama on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Calama

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours, Laguna Cejar and Piedras Rojas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Piedras Rojas and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Cejar.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

You can take a bus from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte ©
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Laguna Cejar ©
Laguna Cejar

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Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Regional Museum of Archaeology, Complejo Termal Pica and Oasisfly Paragliding. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and Museo Corbeta Esmeralda. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, stroll through Playa Brava, and take a stroll through Baquedano Street.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iquique holiday maker website .

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Santiago.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Complejo Termal Pica
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago
For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago online vacation planner .

Getting from Iquique to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Parks
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