23 days in Chile, Argentina & Cabo Polonio Itinerary

23 days in Chile, Argentina & Cabo Polonio Itinerary

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23 days in Chile, Argentina & Cabo Polonio Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
4
Ancud, Chile
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Castro, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
9
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Carolina and Castillo Hidalgo. Change things up with a short trip to Vina Haras de Pirque in Pirque (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vitacura, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and make a trip to Grand Santiago Tower.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Wineries Wildlife

Side Trip

Vina Haras de Pirque
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Carolina ©
Santa Carolina
Vitacura ©
Vitacura

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night
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
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 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Mirador Lukas and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Neighborhoods Museums
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Museo Mirador Lukas ©
Museo Mirador Lukas

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito. On the next day, make a trip to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs and then get impressive views of Lascar.

You can plan San Pedro de Atacama trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Valparaiso in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are slightly colder (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Tours Nature
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Walking tours
Lascar ©
Lascar

1
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Ancud, Chile

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui and then stroll through Playa Lechagua. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Aventura Chaiguen and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ancud trip builder website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Ancud in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December: highs in Ancud hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Aventura Chaiguen
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Castro, Chile

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco, see the interesting displays at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria, identify plant and animal life at Santuario de Aves de Caulin, then see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Castro, and finally stop by Aylla Chiloe. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional De Chiloe.

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Traveling by bus from Ancud to Castro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Chonchi, Museo Historico Etnografico
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Aylla Chiloe ©
Aylla Chiloe
Museo Municipal de Castro ©
Museo Municipal de Castro

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nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
On the 19th (Thu), cast your line with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Frey, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Castro to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Castro to San Carlos de Bariloche. When traveling from Castro in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Acatushun Museum, head off the coast to Isla Martillo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December: highs in Ushuaia hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 24th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat and then stroll through Costas de Patagonia.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat ©
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Cabo Polonio ©
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, then kick back and relax at Balneario Punta Rubia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Los Botes, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio tour itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Madryn to Cabo Polonio. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Madryn to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balneario Punta Rubia, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, Playa Los Botes
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Medanos de la Barra de Valizas ©
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
Playa Los Botes ©
Playa Los Botes
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio

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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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Palo Blanco and Peru Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Municipal and Palermo Chico. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Playa Bagliardi (in Berisso) and Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Espanol Enrique Larreta, and see the interesting displays at Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos ex Esma.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cabo Polonio to Buenos Aires. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Berisso, Reserva Natural Urbana, Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina, Peru Beach
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Museo de Arte Espanol Enrique Larreta ©
Palermo Chico ©
Palermo Chico

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