18 day tour
North Chile North Argentina
From € 2664,-
- Santiago de Chile and the central valley with its wine culture
- Arica, city of eternal spring with its attractive beaches
- San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama Desert with its overwhelming nature with highland lakes, salt plains, geysers, volcanoes and flamingos
- Salta, la Linda, beautiful colonial city in the Andes
- Buenos Aires with the possibility to explore the city by bike, attend a tango show and dance the tango yourself
- Can extend with the San Pedro de Atacama-Uyuni tour on the Andes plateau, Easter Island or Iguazu
During this 18-day tour through the north of Argentina and Chile you will discover the endless nature of these two fascinating countries and get acquainted with the traditions and customs of the Argentinians and the Chileans. You start your journey in Santiago de Chile and visit the central valley with its many wineries. You will continue your journey to the far north of Chile and visit Arica, the city on the beautiful Pacific coast which is also called the city of eternal spring. You travel to San Pedro in the Atacama desert with its overwhelming nature with highland lakes, salt plains, geysers, volcanoes and flamingos. By bus you cross the Andes to Salta, the city also known as la Linda, the Beautiful. You finish your visit to the vast North with Buenos Aires.
This is simply an example trip, you can tailor this journey through northern Chile and Argentina to suit your wishes and travel plans. Marion, our travel expert who has been living there for years, would be more than happy to send you a travel proposal, free-of-charge.
See our other travel suggestions for more ways to explore Chile.
18 day tour of Chile & Argentina:
Route: Santiago de Chile – Arica – San Pedro de Atacama – Salta – Buenos Aires
Day 1: Arrival Santiago de Chile
Your journey starts in Santiago de Chile. At the airport, your transfer is waiting for you to bring you to your hotel. Santiago lies at an altitude of 500 metres and is surrounded by high mountains. You have the time today to discover a part of the city on your own. You spend the night in a pleasant hotel in the Providencia district.
Day 2: Santiago de Chile: city tour and visit to an ecological winery
You will leave on a guide walking tour to get to know Santiago de Chile. You will climb the hill Santa Lucia for a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. You will visit a number of special churches, the presidential palace la Moneda, the central square and the central market. In the central market at lunchtime, you can enjoy the delicious fish and seafood that Chile has to offer while enjoying a pisco sour. In the afternoon, you will visit an ecological winery in the Maipo Valley with the possibility of tasting some ecological wines. In the evening you can visit the charming neighborhood Bellavista with its many restaurants and bars.
Expansion: Easter Island
You can expand your trip here with a 3 or 4 day visit to the mystical Easter Island. 3800 km west of Santiago Easter Island is the most remote island in the world. You will visit the island’s highlights in a tour and you still have enough time to go on your own to walk around, go horse riding or explore the island by bike or car. You can also go diving here.
Expansion: Cajon del Maipo
You can also extend your trip here with a one or multi-day visit to Cajon del Maipo, a valley in the foothills of the Andes with overwhelming nature and a quiet and traditional life.
Day 3: To Arica, the city of eternal spring
A transfer will take you to the airport and you will fly in about 3 hours to Arica, city in the far north of Chile. Arica is called the city of eternal spring through its pleasant climate and has the most beautiful beaches in the country. You will spend the night in a hotel on the beach.
Day 4: Arica and optional park Lauca
Today you can get to know Arica. You can optionally book a tour to park Lauca, a beautiful nature park in the far northeast of Chile on the border with Bolivia.
Optional: Parque Lauca
From the city of Arica you can join a tour to Parque Lauca, a beautiful national park by the Bolivean border.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama
Tonight you will travel by bus from Arica to San Pedro de Atacama. It is a long but beautiful ride through a desolate landscape. San Pedro de Atacama is a quiet town in the Atacama desert and breathes a traditional and friendly atmosphere with its low coloured houses and unpaved streets. You spend the night in a nice hotel.
Day 6/7/8: San Pedro de Atacama
You can spend the next three days following your own interests. San Pedro de Atacama offers various interesting excursions that allow you to enjoy the beautiful, untouched nature in the area. So you can visit a geyser at sunrise, highland lakes in different colours, look for flamingos and go floating in a salt lake. You can also climb volcanoes or go on a tour to one of the planetariums for unforgettable experiences.
Expansion: San Pedro to Uyuni (or vice versa)
You can expand your journey here with an overwhelming tour across the Andes plateau to Uyuni. This tour is all about high altitude, takes 3 or 4 days and is an unforgettable experience.
Day 9: To Salta
Today you travel by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta. A beautiful ride that takes the whole day. Once you have arrived at the bus station of Salta you take a taxi to the hotel.
Day 10: City tour Salta
“La Linda” is the provincial capital and has several highlights to offer, which you can discover during a city tour. You walk past the colonial buildings and churches and visit the museum MAAM (closed on Mondays). The museum houses a large collection of pre-Colombian artefacts, including mummies from three Inca children. In the afternoon it is advisable to take the cable car to the top of the San Bernardo Hill, so that you can enjoy the view of the city and surrounding mountains.
Day 11: Selfdrive to Cachi
In the morning, you pick up your car and start your self-drive road trip. On the way to Cachi you drive to a height of 3348 and you can enjoy the landscapes around you. The “Recta de Tintin” is one of the highlights – a straight road that takes you straight through a field with cacti.
Day 12: Selfdrive to Cafayate
The winding and unspoilt roads lead you through a colourful and ever-changing landscape. Drive quietly and enjoy nature. You drive along the “Quebrada de las Flechas”, a natural phenomenon also called Canyon of Arrows. In the small villages along the road you can visit churches or a weaving place. The day ends in Cafayate.
Day 13: Day relaxing in Cafayate
Cafayate is the wine capital of this region, and you can see that in the many bodegas (wineries). Take a tour in one of the wineries, taste the white Torrontes wine and learn more about the characteristics of this highest wine region in the world. Besides getting acquainted with wine, you can also choose to drive through the Calchaquies valleys, or to visit the pre-Colombian town of Quilmes.
Day 14: Selfdrive to Purmamarca
You use the whole day to drive through the ‘Quebrada de Cafayate’. This “Argentine Grand Canyon” is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Behind every red wall and bend you can encounter new surprising views. Take your time especially, and make sure you are still there during the sunset to enjoy the colourful landscape even more.
Day 15: Salt lakes
From Purmamarca you continue to the large salt plains on the border of the provinces of Salta and Jujuy. The ride to Salinas Grandes is about steep and winding roads with ever-changing landscapes around you. The Salinas Grandes can already be seen from afar, as the white colour contrasts enormously with the rest of the landscape and it feels like you’ve ended up in a completely different world.
Day 16: Quebrada from Humahuaca and back to Salta – flight to Buenos Aires
Today you have time to explore the Quebrada of Humahuaca. This valley has been designated a Cultural World Heritage site for traces of prehistoric hunting communities and Incas among others. The colonial places Tilcara and Humahuaca are worth a visit for beautiful views as well as the pre-Columbian ambiance. At the end of the day you drive back to Salta and deliver the rental car back to the airport. You fly back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. In the evening, take a moment to sample the famous Argentinian steak in one of the many grill restaurants called parrillas.
Expansion: Iguazu waterfalls
You can extend your trip here with a 2-day visit to the overwhelming Iguazu waterfalls.
Day 17: Buenos Aires – Bike tour and Tangoles
Today you will visit the highlights of the Argentine capital by bike. Watch the tango dancers in the streets of the colourful La Boca district, admire historic buildings around the Plaza de Mayo square and wander through the bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo. In the evening you can optionally choose a tango lesson with a dance couple.
Day 18: To the airport
Your journey through Chile and Argentina has unfortunately come to an end today. Depending on your departure time, you can walk around the city before you are taken to the airport of Buenos Aires for the flight home.
North Chile North Argentina
North Chile North Argentina
|18 days/17 nights|
North Chile North Argentina
|Based on 2 persons travelling in low season|
|Including||Overnight stays including breakfast, transfers, bus, city tour Santiago de Chile, visit to winery / wine tasting, Salta walking tour including MAAM museum, Salta-Salta car hire, Buenos Aires bike tour|
|Excluding||International & domestic flights, other meals, optional tours/excursions, personal expenses, service fee|
|Accommodation Chile||Overnight stay in a double room|
This information is based on the above mentioned travel suggestion. All our tours are completely personalized, and costs will vary depending on availability, travel period, number and age of travellers, etc. Marion would be happy to help you design your ideal travel experience.