15 days in Santiago, Puerto Varas & Isla Chiloe Itinerary

15 days in Santiago, Puerto Varas & Isla Chiloe Itinerary

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15 days in Santiago, Puerto Varas & Isla Chiloe Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Varas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ancud
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Quemchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Castro
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Santiago

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sewell Mining Town and Casona de Machali. Visit Iglesia de Sewell and Parroquia del Sagrario for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia San Lorenzo (in Machali) and Iglesia San Francisco de Asis (in Rancagua). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through El Colorado Ski Center, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, make a trip to Grand Santiago Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago road trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Machali, Rancagua
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Sewell ©
Sewell
El Colorado ©
El Colorado
Castillo Hidalgo ©
Castillo Hidalgo

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Catedral de Puerto Montt. Take a break from the city and head to Volcan Calbuco and Volcan Osorno. When in Puerto Varas, make a side trip to see Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion in Frutillar, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Pionero del Lago, and explore the activities along Isla Loreley.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Varas trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Montt, Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion
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Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Volcan Calbuco ©
Volcan Calbuco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, contemplate the long history of Fuerte Agui, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ancud. On the next day, make a trip to Fuerte San Antonio, stroll through Playa Lechagua, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Bomberil Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ancud.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ancud trip planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Varas to Ancud by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ancud are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Quemchi.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
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Catedral de Ancud ©
Catedral de Ancud
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe ©
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe
Fuerte San Antonio ©
Fuerte San Antonio

1
night
Quemchi

Quemchi ©
Quemchi is a Chilean town and commune in Los Lagos Region, located in the eastern shore of Chiloé Island. On the 27th (Fri), head off the coast to Isla Aucar, then head off the coast to Isla Mechuque, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Colo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Quemchi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ancud to Quemchi takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Quemchi are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Quemchi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Isla Mechuque ©
Isla Mechuque
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Iglesia de Colo ©
Iglesia de Colo

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Iglesia San Francisco. Visit Iglesia de Tenaun and Iglesia San Juan for their historical value. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Chiloe National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Vilupulli, look for gifts at DecoCalen, head off the coast to Islotes de Punihuil, and examine the collection at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Castro trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Quemchi to Castro by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Castro are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Chonchi, Dalcahue
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Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia San Juan ©
Iglesia San Juan

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