26 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

26 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

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26 days in Argentina & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

7
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 some cultural insight at Museo de La Plata and Catedral de San Isidro. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Delta El Tigre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro), Planetario Ciudad de La Plata (in La Plata) and Temaiken Biopark (in Belen de Escobar). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, examine the collection at Museo Del Bicentenario, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Argentine Time (ART) is 2 hours. In December, Buenos Aires is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

La Plata, San Isidro, Temaiken Biopark, Delta El Tigre, Museo Ferroviario
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Horseback Riding Tours
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Delta El Tigre ©
Delta El Tigre

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 20th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Wanda Mines, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park vacation planning site .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
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Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Wanda Mines ©
Wanda Mines

5
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center. Visiting Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda and Gooshe Aike will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Seco & Glaciar Spegazzini). Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Enjoy!, look for gifts at Arte Indio, hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Iguazu National Park in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
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Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Parroquia San Eduardo and Bosque Neon. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Circuito Grande, browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal Municipal, and take a peaceful walk through Sendero de los Arrayanes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche holiday maker tool .

Getting from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from El Calafate in December, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be a bit cooler, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Tierras Altas and Los Pingos Horse Riding. Get outdoors at El Camino de las 365 Curvas and La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 89°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

El Camino de las 365 Curvas, La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip
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Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Vina Undurraga, stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, and then make a trip to Teatro Municipal Las Condes. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of History, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then learn about winemaking at Santa Rita Winery.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Santiago route planning app .

Getting from Mendoza to Santiago by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita
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Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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