12 days in Chile Itinerary

12 days in Chile Itinerary

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12 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
2
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Rojas and Museo del Meteorito. Get outdoors at Lascar and Valle De La Luna. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama to see Mall Plaza Calama about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama road trip site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from San Juan, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mall Plaza Calama
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Lascar ©
Lascar
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vina Santa Rita and Isidora Goyenechea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vina Undurraga and Templo Baha'i. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Barrio Italia, stop by Centro Artesanal Pueblito Los Dominicos, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vina Santa Rita, Vina Undurraga
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Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i

2
nights
Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
You'll get in some beach time at Ovahe and Playa Pea. Explore hidden gems such as Ahu Tongariki and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ahu Vinapu, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe, and Head underground at Ana Kakenga.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hanga Roa day trip tool .

You can fly from Santiago to Hanga Roa in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Vinapu

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