56 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

56 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 7 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 5 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 7 nights
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Iquique, Chile
— 4 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 7 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.
Get outdoors at Playa Larga and Ushuaia Bay. Bring the kids along to Glaciar Martial and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Ushuaia with an excursion to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia, and stroll through Estancia Tunel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia travel planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ushuaia is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Ushuaia is minus 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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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.
You've now added Perito Moreno Glacier to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to La Leona Petrified Forest and Enjoy!. Get some cultural insight at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip builder site.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ushuaia in December since evenings lows in El Calafate dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Chalten.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna Torre and Lago del Desierto. Escape the urban bustle at Chorillo del Salto and Cerro Torre. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, take in the dramatic natural features at Amanecer en El Chalten, get outside with Mirador Rio De Las Vueltas, and hike along Sendero a Piedra del Fraile.

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Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Riding In Patagonia. Attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Bonita make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Refugio Frey and Circuito Chico. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, stop by Evo Sports, tee off at Llao Llao Golf, and trek along Cerro Lopez Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning site.

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. In December, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Madryn.
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 4 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Visiting Peninsula Valdes and Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Costas de Patagonia and Playa Parana. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Madryn side-trips: Trelew (Museo Pueblo de Luis & Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and head outdoors with Sentir Patagonia Travel.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary planner.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mar del Plata.
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Mar del Plata, Argentina — 4 nights

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Varese and Playa Acantilados. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo and Loma Santa Cecilia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mar del Plata: Miramar (Balneario Medanos & Balneario 9 de Julio). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Chapadmalal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Divino Rostro, admire the masterpieces at Museo MAR, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Escondida.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mar del Plata trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Madryn to Mar del Plata in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mar del Plata are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque 3 de Febrero and Playa Municipal. Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral de San Isidro will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Palo Blanco (in Berisso) and Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Mar del Plata in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Argentina — 3 nights

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos and Iglesia Santo Domingo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba and Paseo del Buen Pastor. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, walk around Parque de las Tejas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de Santa Teresa, and grab your bike and head to Parque del Kempes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cordoba journey builder app.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Cordoba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salta.
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Salta, Argentina — 2 nights

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora de la Merced, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Lorenzo Martir, then contemplate the waterfront views at Quebrada de San Lorenzo, and then learn about all things military at Museo Didactico de la Gesta Guemesiana y Gaucha.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Salta road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Salta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in January, you will find days in Salta are much hotter (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and White And Green International Travel - Day Tour will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Valle Arcoiris and Laguna Chaxa. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and explore the activities along Lagunas Baltinache.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama visit website.

Drive from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Salta in January, with highs in San Pedro de Atacama at 29°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Iquique.
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Iquique, Chile — 4 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Cavancha and Playa Chanavayita. Get outdoors at Geoglifos Pintados, Pozo Almonte and Paragliding Oasisfly Iquique. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Paseo Peatonal Baquedano and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquique travel route planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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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.

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.