15 days in Uruguay, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

15 days in Uruguay, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Fly
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vina del Mar, Chile
— 1 night
Taxi
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago, Chile
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to San Isidro to see Catedral de San Isidro about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, take a stroll through Recoleta, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, and browse the different shops at Galerias Pacifico.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires route planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 24th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Bastion de San Miguel, take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, then make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally stop by Plaza Mayor.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento takes 2 hours. In December in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jose Ignacio.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

— 2 nights
An upmarket spa town with plentiful natural sites and ecotourism, Jose Ignacio attracts an exclusive crowd with its feeling of pristine seclusion and small town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Playa de Jose Ignacio and then stroll through Playa Bikini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Galeria Pueblo Garzon and then do a tasting at Bodega Garzon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jose Ignacio travel site.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Jose Ignacio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in December: highs in Jose Ignacio hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Jose Ignacio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 1 night
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, then hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, then explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip builder website.

Getting from Jose Ignacio to Montevideo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Jose Ignacio, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Montevideo, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in Montevideo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Mendoza, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue), do a tasting at Bodega Trapiche and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Virgen de Lourdes. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at Bodega Kaiken, then do a tasting at Bodega Matervini, and then learn about winemaking at Bodega Renacer.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mendoza route planner.

You can fly from Montevideo to Mendoza in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montevideo in December: highs in Mendoza hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vina del Mar, Chile

— 1 night

Garden City

A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
On the 31st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Carmelitas, then see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, and then get into the urban bustle at Quinta Vergara.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Vina del Mar trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Mendoza to Vina del Mar in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Vina del Mar due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mendoza in December: high temperatures in Vina del Mar hover around 70°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Valparaiso, Chile

— 1 night

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at La Sebastiana, then steep yourself in history at Edificio Luis Cousino, and then view the masterpieces at Miel de Oveja.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valparaiso day trip planning site.

Valparaiso is very close to Vina del Mar. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

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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.

Uruguay travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

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.