12 days in Chile Itinerary

12 days in Chile Itinerary

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12 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
2
Vina del Mar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Pedro de Atacama. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, plan for slightly colder days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

3
nights
Vina del Mar

Vina del Mar ©
A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
Get out of town with these interesting Vina del Mar side-trips: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards & Casona Veramonte) and Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, don't miss a visit to Pais de Artesanos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Yugoslavo, and wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vina del Mar trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Vina del Mar in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, plan for slightly colder days in Vina del Mar, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Casablanca, Matetic Vineyards, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours

4
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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Visuales, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

You can drive from Vina del Mar to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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