53 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

53 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 5 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 5 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 7 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.
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Geyser del Tatio and Salar de Tara. Step out of San Pedro de Atacama to go to Antofagasta and see Salar de Atacama, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 6°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 3 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
When in Iguazu National Park, make a side trip to see Lago Urugua-i in Puerto Libertad, approximately Puerto Libertad away. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Iguazu Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iguazu National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Cemiterio de Recoleta and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take a stroll through Recoleta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Ushuaia.
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 6 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tierra del Fuego National Park and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial, and don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In December, Ushuaia is colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 4 nights

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.
Step out of El Calafate to go to Los Glaciares National Park and see Perito Moreno Glacier, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with Estancia Cristina, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, and whizz through the canopy at Enjoy!.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our El Calafate attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to El Chalten.
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El Chalten, Argentina — 5 nights

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.
El Chalten is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Laguna de los Tres, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Huemul, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, and explore the activities along Laguna Capri.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our El Chalten day trip planning website.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Fishing Charters & Tours. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, walk around Parque Nahuelito, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Victoria.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. January in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 5 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.
Kids will enjoy San Cristóbal Hill and Plaza de Armas. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and examine the collection at La Chascona.

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Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Hanga Roa.
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Rano Kau and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, see some colorful creatures with Orca Diving Center, look for gifts at Tamure Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Orongo.

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Traveling by flight from Santiago to Hanga Roa takes 7 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Chile travel guide

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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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Argentina travel guide

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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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Easter Island travel guide

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Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.
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