17 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

17 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

Make it your trip
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Houston

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Santiago, Chile

— 4 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, get a taste of the local shopping with Patio Bellavista, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Santiago travel planner.

Houston, USA to Santiago is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Houston to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, stop by Evo Sports, trek along Circuito Chico, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip website.

You can fly from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

El Chalten, Argentina

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Laguna Torre and then hike along Laguna de los Tres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

El Calafate, Argentina

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Tue), see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip planner.

Take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires route planner.

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in December, plan for much hotter days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 3 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
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.