13 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

13 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

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13 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Appreciate the collections at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Santiago is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Santiago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

4
nights
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.
You've now added Teatro Colon to your itinerary. Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque 3 de Febrero and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll through Recoleta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Glaciar Spegazzini. Take a break from El Calafate with a short trip to Glaciar Seco in Los Glaciares National Park, about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, stop by Vellon Negro, and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the El Calafate trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect nights in El Calafate to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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