25 days in Chile, Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

25 days in Chile, Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Vina del Mar, Chile
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

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 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago sightseeing planning site.

Cartagena, Colombia to Santiago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vina del Mar.
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Vina del Mar, Chile — 2 nights

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 10th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Wulff Castle, try to win big at Vina del Mar Casino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar, see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, take a stroll around Quinta Vergara, then make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and finally don't miss a visit to Costanera.

Planning Vina del Mar trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santiago to Vina del Mar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Vina del Mar sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.
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Valparaiso, Chile — 1 night

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Maritimo Nacional and then look for gifts at La Dulceria.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Valparaiso day trip website.

Valparaiso is just a short distance from Vina del Mar. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Montt.
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Puerto Montt, Chile — 1 night

Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Angelmo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Montt tour planner.

Getting from Valparaiso to Puerto Montt by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valparaiso in December: high temperatures in Puerto Montt hover around 65°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Evo Sports or Delicias de la Patagonia. Explore hidden gems such as Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Centro Civico. Change things up with a short trip to Benroth Chocolates in Villa La Angostura (about 1h 40 min away). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Bonita and trek along Circuito Chico.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche visit planner.

Getting from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Montt in December, San Carlos de Bariloche is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to El Calafate.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): cast your line with Estancia Cristina. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Puerto de Frutos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, and then see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip planning app.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December, plan for a bit cooler days in El Calafate, with highs around 57°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Balneario Costa Bonita and Peru Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral de la Plata and Galerias Pacifico. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, visit Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and look for gifts at Humawaca.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires route builder tool.

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in December, you will find days in Buenos Aires are warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay — 2 nights

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, then stop by Almacen La Carlota, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ferrando. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Granja Colonia, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antik Objetos con Alma.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay — 4 nights

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Iglesia Candelaria. Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo – Taller de Casapueblo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Punta del Este's surroundings by going to Playa de Punta del Diablo (in Rocha) and Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Punta del Este trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. When traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in December, plan for little chillier days in Punta del Este, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 2 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 29th (Thu), examine the collection at 1972 Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuchilla alta.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Montevideo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Punta del Este in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Montevideo, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Chile travel guide

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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.
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Argentina travel guide

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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.
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Uruguay travel guide

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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.
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