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Help needed with itinerary for Argentina and Chile

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My husband and I are traveling to Chile and Argentina in October. I now realize that with only 18 days, two countries was probably a mistake, but our international flights are booked so we have to make the best of it. We're in our sixties, usually travel to Europe, have been to Peru but this is our first trip to Chile and Argentina. We're interested in the culture, the art, the music, the scenery. Prefer fish to steak. I would appreciate comments and suggestions regarding our tentative plan, which is very sketchy at the moment:

Oct. 3 - arrive Buenos Aires,
Oct 3-6 -Hotel Madero (my husband is attending a conference here so no choice in this)
Oct 6-8 - fly to Iguazu, staying at the Sheraton - should we visit the Brazil side?
Oct 8-12 - back to BA, Sileo Hotel in Recoleta. Day trips to Tigre, Colonia, other suggestions?
Oct 12, fly to Santiago, take bus to Valparaiso
Oct 12-15 Hotel Ibis Valparaiso- is this too much time in Valparaiso?
Oct 15 - fly to Puerto Montt, travel to Puerto Varas (rent car or use local transport?)
Oct. 15-18 - Hotel Solace Puerto Varas, is day trip to Chiloe a good idea?
Oct 18 -fly back to Santiago
Oct 18-21 - Hotel Solace Santiago - walking tours, wine tours etc
Oct 21 -fly home to Toronto

All the hotels can be cancelled. The flight to Iguazu is booked, but I'm still debating the flights to Puerto Montt. An alternative would be to spend less time in Valparaiso and instead fly further south and visit Torres del Paine, but my feeling is that we don't have enough time and that time of year is probably not the best time for Patagonia. Or should we consider going north to La Serena, see the Atacama region? I have to be honest and say that I'm more comfortable in cities than in the great outdoors, although I do enjoy spending some time in beautiful natural environments.

Any thoughts from the experts before I pull the trigger on flights in Chile? Your opinions and recommendations (restaurants, tours, different hotels etc) would be most welcome.

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