16 days in Chile & Patagonia Itinerary

16 days in Chile & Patagonia Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip builder site.

La Paz, Bolivia to Santiago is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally examine the collection at La Sebastiana.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Valparaiso trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours · Museums

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Atacama Desert as well as Atacama Desert Stargazing. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and finally get outside with Atacama Desert Stargazing.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online day trip planner.

Fly from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Valparaiso, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

El Chalten, Argentina

— 1 night
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Laguna Torre. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Torre, then take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to El Chalten in 16.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Perito Moreno Glacier, Glaciar Spegazzini and Perito Moreno National Park. On the 26th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Perito Moreno National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip planner.

Getting from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. April in Los Glaciares National Park sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

El Calafate, Argentina

— 1 night
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kayak Santa Cruz has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Kayak Santa Cruz and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip planner.

You can take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2.5 hours. In April in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chiletour Patagonia as well as Glacier Grey. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Grey, don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, and then explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Krea Noe, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from El Calafate in April, with lows around 41°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 1 night

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Patagonia travel guide

4.3
Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.