16 days in Chile Itinerary

16 days in Chile Itinerary

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16 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
2
Puerto Varas
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Valparaiso
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Monterrey

3
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, make a trip to Aldea de Tulor, boost your wellbeing at Atacama Desert, and engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Monterrey, Mexico to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterrey to San Pedro de Atacama is 2 hours. January in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls and then have fun at In Puerto Varas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Varas online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Varas in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Varas, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Volcan Osorno
Highlights from your plan
Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos

2
nights
Castro, Isla Chiloe

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Lemuy Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Gracia de Nercon, and finally admire the striking features of Church of San Francisco. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and then explore the striking landscape of Chiloe National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Castro trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Puerto Varas to Castro by bus takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Castro

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores
Highlights from your plan
Lemuy Island ©
Lemuy Island
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park

2
nights
Ancud, Isla Chiloe

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): deepen your knowledge of military history at Fuerte Ahui, then enjoy the sea views from Faro Corona en Chiloe, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ancud, see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, and then head outdoors with Pinguineras.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ancud tour itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Castro to Ancud in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Ancud, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Ancud

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Catedral de Ancud ©
Catedral de Ancud

1
day
Valparaiso

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Valparaiso trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Ancud to Valparaiso in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ancud in January; daily highs in Valparaiso reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

4
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, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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