25 days in Chile, Bolivia & Argentina Itinerary

25 days in Chile, Bolivia & Argentina Itinerary

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25 days in Chile, Bolivia & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Calama, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
6
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  17​h 30​min
8
Perito Moreno, Argentina
— Few hours
Drive:  11​h 15​min
9
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
10
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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 Baha'i House of Worship. Vina Undurraga and Santa Rita Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Saint Augustine, and learn about winemaking at Villard.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santiago itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Church Saint Augustine, River Rafting & Tubing, Vina Santa Rita
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Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Valle Arcoiris. Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Calama.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

1
night
Calama, Chile

Calama ©
A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region.
On the 25th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Juan Bautista, then explore and take pictures at Estadio Zorros del Desierto, then don't miss a visit to Parque para la Preservacion de la Memoria Historica, and finally head outdoors with Sol Del Desierto.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Calama online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Calama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Calama

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Catedral de San Juan Bautista ©
Catedral de San Juan Bautista
Estadio Zorros del Desierto ©
Estadio Zorros del Desierto

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano and then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Calama to Uyuni. While traveling from Calama, expect much colder days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
nights
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
La Maja and General Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Clara Convent and Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Merced. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo, pause for some serene contemplation at San Sebastian Church, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro, and admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Lazaro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sucre online travel route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Sucre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in December, expect nights in Sucre to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sucre

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Santa Clara Convent ©
Santa Clara Convent
General Cemetery ©
General Cemetery
La Recoleta ©
La Recoleta

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, get into the urban bustle at Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Artecampo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia La Santa Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kaa-Iya National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sucre to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in December, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Parroquia La Santa Cruz ©
Parroquia La Santa Cruz

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Galerias Pacifico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Temaiken Biopark. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Avenida 9 De Julio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Isidro, and finally get outside with Delta El Tigre.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip website .

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in January: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Perito Moreno.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Temaiken Biopark, Catedral de San Isidro, Delta El Tigre
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Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Temaiken Biopark ©
Temaiken Biopark

few
hours
Perito Moreno, Argentina

Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno is a town in the northwest of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Aires. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Cave of the Hands.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Perito Moreno route planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Perito Moreno by car takes about 25 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Perito Moreno: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands

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nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Get outdoors at Madre Roca Patagonia and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). It doesn't end there: catch some excitement at Patagonia Viajes.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) route planning site .

Traveling by car from Perito Moreno to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 11 hours. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Perito Moreno in January, you will find days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Cementerio Municipal and British Club will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Nao Victoria Museo and Salesian Museum. Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Wed) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Froward.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Punta Arenas trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Punta Arenas, with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

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