13 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

13 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & El Calafate Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Appreciate the collections at La Chascona and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, ponder the world of politics at Former National Congress Building, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to 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 ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Teatro Colón. Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Xul Solar will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, stop by La Casa del Dulce de Leche, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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. When in El Calafate, make a side trip to see Glaciar Seco in Los Glaciares National Park, approximately Los Glaciares National Park away. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

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You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: highs in El Calafate hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can 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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