11 days in Chile & Uruguay Itinerary

11 days in Chile & Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America holiday planner

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 night
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 5th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, then engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama driving holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be much colder, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, visit Pocitos, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Montevideo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Punta Ballena in Punta Ballena (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, kick back and relax at Playa Brava, and examine the collection at Museo Del Mar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este tour builder site.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.