10 days in Chile Itinerary

10 days in Chile Itinerary

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10 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Shuttle:  21 h 15 min
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Portillo
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
4
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, then explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, and finally get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planning site .

San Francisco, USA to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Francisco to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Portillo.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

1
night
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in touch with nature with Patagonia Viajes, make a trip to Paroquia Maria Auxiliadora, then Head underground at Cueva del Milodon, and finally don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portillo.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Patagonia Viajes ©
Patagonia Viajes
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Muelle Historico ©
Muelle Historico

1
day
Portillo

Portillo ©
Powder-white peaks frame a sapphire lake at picture-perfect Portillo.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hit the slopes at Ski Portillo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Portillo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Portillo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Portillo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Ski Portillo Just For The Day ©
Ski Portillo Just For The Day

3
nights
Santiago

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Family-friendly places like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Central Market (Mercado Central) will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, get great views at Sky Costanera, and stop by Costanera Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Portillo to Santiago takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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