25 days in Chile, Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

25 days in Chile, Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Vina del Mar, Chile
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then examine the collection at La Chascona, then buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago online trip itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Santiago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to Santiago is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Vina del Mar, Chile

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Wulff Castle, try your luck at Vina del Mar Casino, and then kick back and relax at Reñaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar, see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, take a stroll around Quinta Vergara, then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and finally don't miss a visit to Costanera.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vina del Mar trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Vina del Mar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Casinos
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Valparaiso, Chile

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Museo Maritimo Nacional and then look for gifts at La Dulceria.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso itinerary builder site.

Valparaiso is just a short distance from Vina del Mar. In January, daytime highs in Valparaiso are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Puerto Montt, Chile

— 1 night
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Angelmo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Montt trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to Puerto Montt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Valparaiso in January since evenings lows in Puerto Montt dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Benroth Chocolates and Almacen de Vinos. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Evo Sports. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, pause for some photo ops at Centro Civico, explore the wide array of goods at Delicias de la Patagonia, and hike along Circuito Chico.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Montt in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Trails

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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Puerto de Frutos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, and then see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in El Calafate are little chillier (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 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 a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral de la Plata and Balneario Costa Bonita. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Peru Beach in Acassuso, approximately Acassuso away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, wander the streets of Recoleta, snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, and browse the different shops at Galerias Pacifico.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip builder website.

Fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in January, you will find days in Buenos Aires are much hotter (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, then look for gifts at Almacen La Carlota, then stop by Barrio Historico, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Ferrando. On your second day here, wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then see the interesting displays at Granja Colonia, and then browse for treasures at Antik Objetos con Alma.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado. Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Ralli Museum Punta del Este are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio) and Playa de Punta del Diablo (in Rocha). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, and stop by Punta Shopping.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este journey planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. While traveling from Colonia del Sacramento, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at 1972 Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Montevideo, then wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and then stroll through Cuchilla alta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo attractions website.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Chile travel guide

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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.

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.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.