I will be making a solo trip to South America for the first time. Currently at early stage of research/planning.
I plan on flying into Buenos Aires, then go to El Calafate to join the Cascada Travel "Patagonia United 8 Days Tour", then depart from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas to fly up into Santiago before concluding my trip.
And before and after my Patagonia trip with Cascada, I have a total of ~6-6.5 days to spend between Argentina + Chile. Have no clue about Buenos Aires and Santiago and which city warrant more days.... so am trying to prioritize
1) What would be the recommended # days to spend in Santiago area? And where should I go? At the moment, I am thinking Santiago city itself, Valparaiso, and maybe a 1-day hike to the Andes? Is this a feasible plan for 3-4 days?
Just as a FYI, in general, I like culture, eating good food, wildlife, nature sort of things (But I presume I will be getting lots of the last 2 at Torres del Paine NP). I am not interested in wineries.
I will be heading next to the Buenos Aires forum and ask what to do and how long to spend there...
Many thanks ahead!