15 days in Chile, San Martin de los Andes & San Carlos de Bariloche Itinerary

15 days in Chile, San Martin de los Andes & San Carlos de Bariloche Itinerary

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Osorno, Chile
— 1 night
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Puyehue, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
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Castro, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— Few hours
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights

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Osorno, Chile

Osorno ©
Established at the confluence of the Rahue and Damas Rivers, the city of Osorno represents one of the main agricultural centers of the region and possesses an interesting history of immigration, growth, and change.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Feria libre de Rahue, then get impressive views of Crater Raihuen, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Mateo.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osorno journey website.

Santiago to Osorno is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Osorno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Catedral San Mateo ©
Catedral San Mateo

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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
On the 1st (Sat), head outdoors with Mirador Arrayanes and then head outdoors with Lago Lacar.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Martin de los Andes route planner.

Getting from Osorno to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 4.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Osorno to San Martin de los Andes due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Lago Meliquina ©
Lago Meliquina
Mirador Arrayanes ©
Mirador Arrayanes

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
On the 3rd (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, then take a peaceful walk through Sendero de los Arrayanes, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche travel planner.

You can drive from San Martin de los Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Puyehue.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Puyehue, Chile

Puyehue ©
Puyehue is a commune in Chile located in Osorno Province of Los Lagos Region. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Antillanca Ski Center and then see the interesting displays at Auto Museum Moncopulli.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puyehue vacation planning app.

You can drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puyehue in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Puyehue

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Puyehue ©
Parque Nacional Puyehue
Auto Museum Moncopulli ©
Auto Museum Moncopulli

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Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
On the 6th (Thu), take a leisurely stroll along Muelle de Paseo and then stroll through Angelmo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Puyehue to Puerto Varas takes 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puyehue in December, you will find days in Puerto Varas are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Montt
Highlights from your plan
Angelmo ©
Angelmo
Muelle de Paseo ©
Muelle de Paseo

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Castro, Chile

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.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloe.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Castro day trip tool.

You can take a bus from Puerto Varas to Castro in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Castro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Castro

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas
Highlights from your plan
Islotes de Punihuil ©
Islotes de Punihuil
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas ©
Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas

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Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Montt trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Castro to Puerto Montt takes 4 hours. In December in Puerto Montt, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Punta Arenas, Chile

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Montt in December, expect Punta Arenas to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 6°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the galleries of La Tehuelche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): wander the wide-open spaces of The Condors Nests, stop by Etnia Patagonia, make a trip to Plaza de Armas Arturo Prat, then get outside with Patagonia Viajes, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online trip builder.

Take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Patagonia Viajes ©
Patagonia Viajes
Horseback Riding Tours
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, and finally head outdoors with Antarctica21.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Punta Arenas, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Antarctica21 ©
Antarctica21
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal

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Santiago, Chile

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Vina Undurraga, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan, then wander the streets of Barrio Italia, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan ©
Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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