12 days in Chile & El Calafate Itinerary

12 days in Chile & El Calafate Itinerary

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Melipeuco, Chile
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and then take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

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Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January: highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Escape the urban bustle at Estancia Cristina and Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Change things up with a short trip to Glaciar Spegazzini in Los Glaciares National Park (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Enjoy!, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

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Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Estancia Cristina ©
Estancia Cristina
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval y Maritimo, and finally head outdoors with Strait of Magellan. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip planner.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to Punta Arenas in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Calafate to Punta Arenas. Traveling from El Calafate in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Punta Arenas, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melipeuco.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Museo Naval y Maritimo ©
Museo Naval y Maritimo

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Melipeuco, Chile

Melipeuco ©
Melipeuco is a town and commune (comuna) in Chile, located at the foot of the Andes, in the Province of Cautín, Araucanía Region. On the 11th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conguillio National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melipeuco trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Punta Arenas to Melipeuco with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Melipeuco

Parks · Nature
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Conguillio National Park ©
Conguillio National Park

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, then examine the collection at La Chascona, then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower, then explore and take pictures at San Cristóbal Hill, then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melipeuco to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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