27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
— 1 day
Drive
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Bus
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 7 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas, Fly to Stanley
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Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 1 night
Fly to Comodoro Rivadavia, Bus to Puerto Madryn
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night

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Valparaiso, Chile — 3 nights

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 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Reñaca, don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cerro Concepcion.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso trip builder app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to 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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Sailing Capitan Haase and then get impressive views of Volcan Osorno.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Montt tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to Puerto Montt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valparaiso in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Puerto Montt. You will leave for Puerto Chacabuco on the 10th (Wed).
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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile — 1 day

Perched on a fjord on Chile's Patagonian coast, the village of Puerto Chacabuco has become the most important port in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll around Parque Aiken del Sur.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Chacabuco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco by car takes about 13 hours. Traveling from Puerto Montt in January, expect nights in Puerto Chacabuco to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 1 night

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 12th (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas road trip planning app.

You can drive from Puerto Chacabuco to Punta Arenas in 18.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Chacabuco in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Punta Arenas. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Ushuaia.
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 7 nights

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ushuaia: Lago Escondido (in Lago Escondido) and Lago Roca (in Tierra del Fuego National Park). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see Off-Road Tours, and stroll through Ushuaia Bay.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia holiday maker tool.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Stanley.
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Stanley, Falkland Islands — 1 night

Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Bluff Cove Lagoon.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Stanley online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ushuaia to Stanley takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or fly. In January in Stanley, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Puerto Madryn.
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 2 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Madryn: Trelew (Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio & Museo Pueblo de Luis). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Ecocentro, engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Trabajador, and identify plant and animal life at Loberia de Punta Loma.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Stanley to Puerto Madryn by combination of flight and bus takes about 22.5 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Punta del Este road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Punta del Este takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 26th (Fri), you're off to Montevideo.
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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.
On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at 1972 Museum, then hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and then take a stroll through Pocitos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Montevideo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip maker website.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally take in the history at Plaza de Mayo. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Iguazu National Park.
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 1 night

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park online vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 31st (Wed), you're off to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, then pause for some photo ops at Floralis Generica, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Calle Defensa, don't miss a visit to Plaza Dorrego, then take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, and finally visit Recoleta.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (24°C).
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