15 days in Chile Itinerary

15 days in Chile Itinerary

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15 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + Drive:  28 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Durban

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, and identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online journey maker.

Durban, South Africa to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Durban in February, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vina del Mar: Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards & Vina Casas del Bosque), Museo Vicente Huidobro (in Cartagena) and Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, make a trip to La Nave Imaginaria, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vina del Mar trip 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. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, you will find days in Vina del Mar are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Casablanca, Valparaiso, La Nave Imaginaria, Museo Vicente Huidobro, Casa Marin Winery
Highlights from your plan
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours

5
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip site.

You can drive from Vina del Mar to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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