16 days in Colombia, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

16 days in Colombia, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
7
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cartagena vacation planner.

New York City, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Visit Bahia del Cove and Playa Charquitos for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Barrio Bellavista. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Concha y Toro, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planner .

Fly from San Andres Island to Santiago in 9.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. Popular historic sites such as San Telmo and La Boca are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana, make a trip to Recoleta, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online travel planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Town of Gaiman and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn attractions planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
The Town of Gaiman ©
The Town of Gaiman

1
day
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and finally see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Madryn to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Madryn to San Pedro de Atacama is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

1
night
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bogota online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Bogota takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Bogota. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in November, expect nights in Bogota to be a bit warmer, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

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