32 days in Chile, Argentina & Montevideo Itinerary

32 days in Chile, Argentina & Montevideo Itinerary

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Atacama Desert Stargazing. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo del Meteorito and San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations. Take a break from the city and head to Valle Arcoiris and Geyser del Tatio. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Santiago, Chile

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), make a trip to Metro Arte Santiago, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i, learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Carolina, then examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Francisco Church. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Nacional, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, then examine the collection at La Chascona, and finally stop by Barrio Italia.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 4 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Escape the urban bustle at Anakena and Scuba & Snorkeling. Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ahu Vinapu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pea, steep yourself in history at Papa Vaka, and pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hanga Roa trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Santiago to Hanga Roa in 7 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. In January in Hanga Roa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll set off for Punta Arenas on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get outside with Strait of Magellan, take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, then walk around Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, then examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Island Standard Time (EAST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, Punta Arenas is much colder than Hanga Roa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lago Roca. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ushuaia Bay and Helicopter Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo in Tierra del Fuego National Park (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Martial, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga, and explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ushuaia planner.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia due to the time zone difference. In January in Ushuaia, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

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 25th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Enjoy!, then explore the striking landscape at Onelli Glacier, then see the interesting displays at Museo Argentino del Juguete, and finally examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, then experience the excitement of Estancia 25 de Mayo, and finally take a stroll through Avenida Libertador.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Ushuaia in January, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laguna Torre and Casa Madsen Museo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chorillo del Salto and El Chalten Anglers. There's still lots to do: hike along Laguna de los Tres, head outdoors with Mirador Rio De Las Vueltas, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Huemules.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our El Chalten trip planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Parroquia San Eduardo. Step off the beaten path and head to Sendero de los Arrayanes and Cascada de los Duendes. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lago Steffen, explore by horseback at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head outdoors with Cerro Lopez.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip builder website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 2 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
On the 2nd (Wed), get outside with Mirador Arrayanes, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Catritre, then cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally head outdoors with Lago Lacar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quila Quina, then explore the activities along Playa La Islita, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jose.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip planning site.

Drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Lagos de Palermo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires day trip planner.

Fly from San Martin de los Andes to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Castillo Pittamiglio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pizzorno Family Estates and Ciudad Vieja. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Arboretum Lussich (in Punta del Este), Punta Ballena (Mirador Punta Ballena & Playa Solanas) and El Aguila (in Atlantida). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pan De Azucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Colorada, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, and take a stroll through Pocitos.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Montevideo road trip app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:

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.

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.