12 days in Chile Itinerary

12 days in Chile Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Iquique
— 1 night
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 1 night
3
La Serena
— 1 night
4
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
5
Tome
— 1 day
6
Punta Arenas
— 1 night

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Iquique

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Iquique online road trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Iquique is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Iquique is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks
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Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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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 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and then delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama online itinerary builder.

Getting from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

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La Serena

La Serena ©
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon, appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Herradura.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read La Serena road trip tool.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for slightly colder days in La Serena, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa La Herradura
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Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Playa La Herradura ©
Playa La Herradura
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): do a tasting at MontGras, thendo a tasting at Viu Manent Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Vina Montes, thenlearn about winemaking at Vina Apaltagua, and then examine the collection at Colchagua Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz online journey planner.

You can drive from La Serena to Santa Cruz in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from La Serena in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tome.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Viu Manent Winery ©
Viu Manent Winery

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Tome

Tome ©
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. On the 19th (Sat), make a trip to Fuerte La Planchada, enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario El Morro, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Pingueral, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coliumo.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tome vacation app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Tome takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in January, expect nights in Tome to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Tome

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fuerte La Planchada, Playa de Pingueral
Highlights from your plan
Balneario El Morro ©
Balneario El Morro
Fuerte La Planchada ©
Fuerte La Planchada

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Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
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.
On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, thenlook for gifts at Faba Lapislazuli, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Expedicion Fitz Roy.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Punta Arenas trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tome to Punta Arenas with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tome in January; daily highs in Punta Arenas reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello ©
Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello

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