12 days in Argentina, Chile & Machu Picchu Itinerary

12 days in Argentina, Chile & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel planner

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Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights


Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park travel route builder tool.

Cork, Ireland to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or fly. Traveling from Cork to Iguazu National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cork in December; daily highs in Iguazu National Park reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, stop by Palermo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip website.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Santiago, Chile

— 3 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.
Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Concha y Toro, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 19th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Santiago to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Argentina travel guide

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.

Chile travel guide

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.