11 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

11 days in Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at La Chascona, stop by Patio Bellavista, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Santiago is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Santiago is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at On Safari Atacama, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Floralis Generica, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Buenos Aires takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in August, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (63°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Puerto Iguazu.
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina — 2 nights

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Emporio Gourmet, then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu online journey planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, you will find days in Puerto Iguazu are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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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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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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