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Chile/Argentina Itinerary - Suggestions Please!

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Chile/Argentina Itinerary - Suggestions Please!

Below is our 'tentative' itinerary. We would very much appreciate any suggestions, changes (in destinations or duration of stay, etc.). Are there any 'must see's or do's that we should consider? We are big food and wine enthusiasts… but also interested in exciting cultural experiences.

Chile/Argentina ‘tentative’ Itinerary:

Jan 1-4 (4 nights) - Santiago

Jan 5 - Rent a car for 9-10 days to drive to the coast and Chilean wine regions

Jan 5-6 (2 nights) - Casablanca Wine Region, others?

Jan 7-9 (3 nights) - Valparaiso / Vina del Mar

Jan 10-13 (4 nights) - Drive to Colchagua Valley / Santa Cruz?

Jan 14-17 (4 nights) - Fly from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina

Jan 18 - Fly back to Santiago (from Mendoza), then fly to Buenos Aires

Jan 18-22 (5 nights) - Buenos Aires (perhaps include a farm day on some Estancia)

Jan 23-25 (3 nights) – Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls

Jan 26 – Fly back to Santizago (from Iguazu)

Jan 26 (1 night) - Santiago

Jan 27 - Return Home

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1. Re: Chile/Argentina Itinerary - Suggestions Please!

One suggestion would be to take 1 of your Central Chile days and take the time to travel Santiago-Mendoza by road. It is an experience not to be missed. Why are you flying back to Santiago then to Buenos Aires?

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2. Re: Chile/Argentina Itinerary - Suggestions Please!

Yes, this doesn't make sense:

Jan 14-17 (4 nights) - Fly from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina

Jan 18 - Fly back to Santiago (from Mendoza), then fly to Buenos Aires

Why not fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires?

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3. Re: Chile/Argentina Itinerary - Suggestions Please!

The reason we were planning to fly to Mendoza is that I had seen some video footage of the drive through the Andes and it looked pretty treacherous.... little to no shoulders, heavy traffic (esp. semi trucks), and busses passing on curves, etc. Just thought flying would be a lot safer. However, so many people are recommending the drive, so it looks like we'll definitely have to consider it.

The reason for not flying direct from Mendoza to Buenos Aires is the cost! It was considerably more expensive to fly one way from Mendoza to Buenos Aires than it was for a return trip from Santiago to Buenos Aires and back.... Go figure??? But now I think we may do the drive to Mendoza, based on the feedback I've been getting.

Thanks everyone!!!

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