13 days in Isla Chiloe & Puerto Varas Itinerary

13 days in Isla Chiloe & Puerto Varas Itinerary

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13 days in Isla Chiloe & Puerto Varas Itinerary

Start: San Carlos de Bariloche
Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Castro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Quemchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ancud
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Puerto Varas
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: San Carlos de Bariloche

3
nights
Castro

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Chiloe National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Church of Castro, don't miss a visit to Costanera, see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Castro, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Castro trip planner .

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina to Castro is an approximately 8-hour car ride. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Castro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, expect nights in Castro to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Quemchi.

Things to do in Castro

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dalcahue, Chiloe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Costanera ©
Costanera

1
night
Quemchi

Quemchi ©
Quemchi is a Chilean town and commune in Los Lagos Region, located in the eastern shore of ChiloƩ Island. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Casa Museo Francisco Coloane, identify plant and animal life at Parque Aventura Chaiguen, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Aucar.

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Traveling by car from Castro to Quemchi takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Quemchi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Quemchi

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Casa Museo Francisco Coloane ©
Casa Museo Francisco Coloane

3
nights
Ancud

Ancud ©
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Ancud is known for outdoors, museums, historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Pinguineras, make a trip to Fuerte San Antonio, stop by Mercado Municipal de Ancud, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ancud.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ancud online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Quemchi to Ancud in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Fuerte San Antonio ©
Fuerte San Antonio
Catedral de Ancud ©
Catedral de Ancud

5
nights
Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Take a break from Puerto Varas with a short trip to Muelle Frutillar in Frutillar, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Osorno, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue, take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman, and steep yourself in history at Casa Yunge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Varas tour planner.

Getting from Ancud to Puerto Varas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. January in Puerto Varas sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Frutillar, Puerto Montt
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos

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