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Sketching Out a Rough Itinerary - First Trip to South America

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First off, I am so grateful to these boards for all of the help over the years. I have only been on the Europe board, this is my first post over here. I will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity building project in Santiago, Chile from 12/10 to 12/18 and have booked a flight in to Santiago 12/8 and out of Buenos Aires on 12/28. I have a rough idea of what I want to see and have mapped out days as follows:

12/8 land 7am - Santiago overnight or straight to Valparaiso
12/9-12/10 - Valparaiso
12/10 - am back to Santiago for team meeting
12/10-12/17 - working in Santiago
12/18 - breakfast and goodbyes, head to San Pedro de Atacama
12/18-12/20 or 12/21 San Pedro de Atacama
12/21 to Buenos Aires overnight
12/22-12/23 to Iguazu hoping for 2 full days and want to see both sides
12/23 night flight to BA??
12/24-12/27 only 4 days for BA - was hoping for 5

I started looking in to all the flights and it seems either really expensive and impractical or downright insane to try and do these transfers in 1 day. For instance, is it doable to go from Atacama back to Santiago to BA and up to Iguazu in one day? Didn't look like it.

I'm just wondering if above seems feasible and enough time in each spot. The build isn't moveable but does the rest seem like a good allocation of time. The above are all priorities for me to see but if I need adjustment I am flexible.

Once I get the itinerary nailed down I can start working on activities and book hotels etc. Since it's high season I want to get going on that as soon as possible.

Thanks for your invaluable advice and suggestions.


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