17 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

17 days in Santiago, Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocha, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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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: admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago online journey planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 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, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and take a stroll through Recoleta.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, take a stroll through Plaza Mayor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz, and finally stop by Barrio Historico. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Porton de Campo, go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, take in the waterfront at Muelle del Puerto de Yates, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, and finally explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Rocha, Uruguay

— 3 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Pedrera (in La Pedrera) and Jose Ignacio (Playa Mansa, Playa de Jose Ignacio, &more). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, explore the activities along Playa del Barco, kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and stroll through Balneario Punta Rubia.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rocha tour planner.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Rocha by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rocha are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 25th (Wed), go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, then explore the world behind art at Centro Municipal de Exposiciones SUBTE, and finally wander the streets of Pocitos.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Rocha to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rocha in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Montevideo, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.