22 days in Argentina, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

22 days in Argentina, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Colchani, Bolivia
— 1 night
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 4 nights
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La Serena, Chile
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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 historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, make a trip to Av. Corrientes, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is minus 4 hours. In July, Buenos Aires is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Uyuni.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni vacation planning website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Uyuni in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in July, with highs in Uyuni at 4°C and lows at 3°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colchani.
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Colchani, Bolivia — 1 night

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colchani travel planner.

Colchani is just a short distance from Uyuni. In July, daytime highs in Colchani are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 4 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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colchani to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Colchani in July, plan for much warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Salta.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Salta, Argentina — 4 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, and steep yourself in history at Salta.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Salta trip planning app.

Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Salta, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to La Serena.
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La Serena, Chile — 2 nights

City of Churches

Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Step out of La Serena with an excursion to Distillery Tours in Vicuna--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the mystery of Valle del Elqui, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Agustin, Convent and Church, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, and do a tasting at Alcohuaz Vineyards.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the La Serena trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Salta to La Serena. Traveling from Salta to La Serena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salta in July, expect nights in La Serena to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Chile travel guide

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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.
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