59 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

59 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 8 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 8 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Pucon, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus to Temuco Airport, Fly to San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 9 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque 3 de Febrero and Palo Blanco. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro), Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Playa Municipal (in Berisso). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Palermo, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires route planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In December, Buenos Aires is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mar del Plata.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
Side Trips

Mar del Plata, Argentina — 5 nights

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Family-friendly places like Playa Varese and Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Parque de los Patricios and Balneario Medanos. The adventure continues: stop by Puerto de Mar del Plata, take a stroll through Loma de Stella Maris, stroll through Playa Escondida, and explore the world behind art at Museo MAR.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mar del Plata online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in December since evenings lows in Mar del Plata dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Madryn.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 3 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peninsula Valdes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Costas de Patagonia and Playa Parana. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Sentir Patagonia Travel.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Puerto Madryn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Ushuaia.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Ushuaia, Argentina — 8 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Larga and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glaciar Martial and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Go for a jaunt from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park to see Lago Roca about 38 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ushuaia Bay, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia parroquial de Ushuaia, and steep yourself in history at Provincial Legislature.

Plan trip to Ushuaia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. December in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to El Calafate.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

El Calafate, Argentina — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Estancia 25 de Mayo and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at Enjoy!, take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier, browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and visit Avenida Libertador.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read El Calafate road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

El Chalten, Argentina — 4 nights

Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Visiting Laguna Torre and Glaciar Piedras Blancas will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and Los Huemules. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with El Chalten Anglers, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Amanecer en El Chalten, get outside with Mirador Rio De Las Vueltas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Yaten.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip site.

You can take a bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Parks · Nature

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Refugio Frey and Arelauquen Golf & Country Club. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa Bonita will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa Traful to see Bosque Sumergido about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, hike along Cerro Lopez Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Nahuel Huapi Lake, and stroll through Circuito Chico.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in January, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Martin de los Andes.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina — 4 nights

Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Popular historic sites such as Castillito Van Dorsser and Iglesia San Jose are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Lago Lacar and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Route of the Seven Lakes, head outdoors with Parque Nacional Lanin, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Catritre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Martin de los Andes day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Pucon.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trip

Pucon, Chile — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pucon road trip website.

Drive from San Martin de los Andes to Pucon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Martin de los Andes to Pucon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 9 nights

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Valle De La Luna. Kids will appreciate attractions like Valle Arcoiris and Lagunas Baltinache. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Quebrada del Diablo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pucon to San Pedro de Atacama takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.

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.