21 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

21 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Vina del Mar, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Do your shopping at Recoleta and Centro Cultural Borges. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with Palermo, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

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Planalto, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 24th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Plaza Espana, learn about winemaking at Casa El Enemigo, learn about winemaking at Bodega Ruca Malen, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Fundacional. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, then do a tasting at Bodega Matervini, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Renacer.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendoza sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect nights in Mendoza to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get some cultural insight at Concha y Toro and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Region IX Ltd in Villarrica, approximately Villarrica away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla Medalla Milagrosa Virgen De Los Rayos, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip planning tool.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Valparaiso, Chile

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 29th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Miel de Oveja.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Valparaiso trip builder website.

Getting from Santiago to Valparaiso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 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.
On the 30th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, then look and learn at San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Laguna de Piedras, then stroll through Salar de Tara, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valparaiso in January, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Cordoba, Argentina

— 3 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica and Museo Palacio Ferreyra. Paseo del Buen Pastor and Iglesia de Los Capuchinos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Carlos Paz (Estacion la Quinta, San Roque Lake, &more) and Capilla del Monte (Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua, Los Terrones, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, buy something for everyone on your list at Patio Olmos, head outdoors with El Camino del Cuadrado, and examine the collection at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cordoba by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cordoba. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, expect warmer with lows of 26°C in Cordoba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Cordoba

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Vina del Mar, Chile

— 3 nights

Garden City

A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Avenida Peru, explore the historical opulence of Wulff Castle, then try to win big at Vina del Mar Casino, and finally examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Reñaca, take in the dramatic natural features at Concon Dunes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada del Parque, and finally make a trip to Costanera.

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You can fly from Cordoba to Vina del Mar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cordoba in February, Vina del Mar is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Argentina travel guide

4.4
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

4.3
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.