31 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

31 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

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31 days in Argentina, Chile & Peru Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  36​h
1
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h
9
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  40​h
End: Hong Kong, China

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 27th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

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London, UK to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque 3 de Febrero and Plaza de Mayo. Casa Rosada and Recoleta will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip planning website .

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Iguazu National Park in August: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Escape the urban bustle at Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdes. Step out of Puerto Madryn to go to Trelew and see Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Punta Tombo, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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 4th (Wed), stroll through Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read El Calafate route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip app .

Take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. September in Los Glaciares National Park sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Circuito Chico. On the 7th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Centro Civico, and take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Museums

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Atacama Desert and Valle De La Luna. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, look for gifts at Tika Chocolates, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip site .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Cusco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

5
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Visiting Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Choquequirao Archeological Park and Winay Wayna. Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo (Lucho Soler & Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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