10 days in Chile Itinerary

10 days in Chile Itinerary

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10 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Vina del Mar
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Valdivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Montt
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
La Serena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Vina del Mar

3
nights
Valdivia

Valdivia ©
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Historico y Antropologico and Iglesia San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Parque Saval and Parque Oncol. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de Niebla, make a trip to Pendulo de Foucault, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Austral de Chile, and see the interesting displays at Museo de la Exploracion Rudolph Amandus Philippi.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Valdivia trip planner .

Vina del Mar to Valdivia is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vina del Mar in May; daily highs in Valdivia reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Valdivia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fuerte de Niebla
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Bahia de Corral ©
Bahia de Corral
Museo Historico y Antropologico ©
Museo Historico y Antropologico
Parque Oncol ©
Parque Oncol

1
night
Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Colonial Aleman. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Antonio Felmer.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Montt trip planner.

Drive from Valdivia to Puerto Montt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Montt are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Puerto Varas, Museo Colonial Aleman
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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman
Museo Antonio Felmer ©
Museo Antonio Felmer

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and finally examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, don't miss a visit to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama route maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Montt to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Montt in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 25°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Tours
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

1
night
La Serena

La Serena ©
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle del Elqui, and finally make a trip to Avenida del Mar. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cruz Del Tercer Milenio, kick back and relax at Totoralillo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco de Asis, and finally see the interesting displays at San Francisco Church.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Serena trip builder app .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in La Serena, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coquimbo
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Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
San Francisco Church ©
San Francisco Church
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

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