8 days in Buenos Aires, Santiago & Machu Picchu Itinerary

8 days in Buenos Aires, Santiago & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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8 days in Buenos Aires, Santiago & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  26​h
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the views from Puente de la Mujer. On the next day, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, then get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, and then 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 12th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel planning site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu online road trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to Machu Picchu by combination of flight and car takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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