16 days in Chile Itinerary

16 days in Chile Itinerary

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16 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  11​h 45​min
2
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Coyhaique
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h
5
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, then contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, and finally explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Rapa Nui National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hanga Roa is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hanga Roa when traveling from Sydney in July, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional

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.
Get some cultural insight at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Iglesia San Francisco. Visit Iglesia de Vilupulli and Church of Nercon for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castro: Iglesia de Colo (in Quemchi) and Dalcahue (Iglesia de Tenaun & Iglesia San Juan). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus Nazareno de Andachildo, examine the collection at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario de Aves de Caulin, and admire the striking features of Church of Castro.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Castro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hanga Roa to Castro takes 12 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Castro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Hanga Roa in July; daily highs in Castro reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Castro

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chonchi, Isla Chiloe, Dalcahue, Iglesia de Colo
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Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario
Iglesia de Vilupulli ©
Iglesia de Vilupulli
Iglesia San Juan ©
Iglesia San Juan

1
night
Coyhaique

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Coyhaique National Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coyhaique trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Castro to Coyhaique in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Castro in July since evenings lows in Coyhaique dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, do a tasting at Santa Carolina, and take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santiago trip maker website .

You can fly from Coyhaique to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama itinerary builder .

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

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