8 days in Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Santiago Itinerary

8 days in Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Santiago Itinerary

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8 days in Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
3
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Dos Semillas, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in August: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Dos Semillas ©
Dos Semillas

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Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 10th (Sat), do a tasting at Bodega Ruca Malen, then do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Plaza Espana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mendoza attractions planner .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Mendoza. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

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Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodega Ruca Malen ©
Bodega Ruca Malen
Santuario Virgen de Lourdes ©
Santuario Virgen de Lourdes

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): browse the different shops at Costanera Center, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
On the 13th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll through Recoleta, look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Recoleta ©
Recoleta

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