60 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

60 days in Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 7 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Puerto Madryn
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 8 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pucon, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus to Temuco Airport, Fly to San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 8 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 6 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina

— 7 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Esmeralda and Glaciar Martial. Attractions like Isla Martillo and Tierra del Fuego National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Ushuaia to go to Tierra del Fuego National Park and see Lago Roca, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga, explore the activities along Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, and fly down the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount).

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia holiday app.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ushuaia is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Wellington to Ushuaia. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Wellington in January: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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El Calafate, Argentina

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Estancia Cristina and La Leona Petrified Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Perito Moreno Glacier and Estancia 25 de Mayo. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, and stroll through Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our El Calafate road trip planner.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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El Chalten, Argentina

— 4 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.
Visiting Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chorillo del Salto and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Road to El Chalten, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten road trip website.

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 3 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Peninsula Valdes and Loberia de Punta Loma. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa El Doradillo. The adventure continues: stroll through Estancia San Lorenzo and get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Mar del Plata, Argentina

— 4 nights

Happy City

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Varese and Valeria del Mar Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Playa De Pinamar and Bosque Aereo Carilo. Change things up with a short trip to Parroquia Inmaculada Concepcion in Villa Gesell (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta de Lourdes, make a trip to Torre Tanque, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mar del Plata sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Mar del Plata takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mar del Plata can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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.
Bring the kids along to Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de la Plata and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to La Plata to see Museo de La Plata about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, take a stroll through Recoleta, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mar del Plata in January since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 8 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Cascada de los Duendes. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Rio Correntoso. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche to go to Villa La Angostura and see Lago Espejo Grande, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Refugio Frey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, walk around Parque Municipal Llao Llao, and hike along Sendero de los Arrayanes.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 6:

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 4 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Bring the kids along to Playa Quila Quina and Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias. Get outdoors at Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Peninsula de Yuco. There's still lots to do: get outside with Lago Lacar, explore the activities along Lago Lolog, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chapelco, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Arroyo Grande.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Martin de los Andes trip maker tool.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Pucon.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Pucon, Chile

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huerquehue National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pucon day trip site.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to Pucon in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 8 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.
Kids will enjoy Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Laguna Chaxa. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atacama Desert. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with White And Green International Travel - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Río Putana, and examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama online travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Pucon to San Pedro de Atacama in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 21:

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 6 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Get outdoors at Rano Raraku and Anakena. Visit Ovahe and Playa Pea for some beach relaxation. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa road trip tool.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Easter Island Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Hanga Roa, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:

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.

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.