16 days in Chile, Buenos Aires & Mendoza Itinerary

16 days in Chile, Buenos Aires & Mendoza Itinerary

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Start: Uruguaiana, Brazil
bus:  21 h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  17 h 30 min
End: Uruguaiana, Brazil

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip planning site.

Uruguaiana, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. When traveling from Uruguaiana in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mendoza.

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
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 5th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mendoza trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Mendoza by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mendoza when traveling from Buenos Aires in July, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

1
night
Valparaiso, Chile

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reñaca, thendon't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), thenwander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, and finally see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cerro Concepcion and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso trip planning app.

You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Vina del Mar
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Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) ©
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)

5
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app.

You can fly from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Valparaiso in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 25°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Salar de Atacama
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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