16 days in Chile Itinerary

16 days in Chile Itinerary

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16 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Valparaiso
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Family-friendly places like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Central Market (Mercado Central) will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: San Jose de Maipo (River Rafting & Tubing & Plaza de Armas in San José de Maipo). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Santiago is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

San Jose de Maipo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay and Museo del Meteorito. When in San Pedro de Atacama, make a side trip to see Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, take in the natural beauty of Atacama Desert, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Atacama Desert, Salar de Atacama
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

4
nights
Valparaiso

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Family-friendly places like La Sebastiana and Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Zapallar (La Rambla & Playa de Zapallar), Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Algarrobo (Canopy El Canelo & Playa El Canelillo). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Rioja, and view the masterpieces at Miel de Oveja.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso journey tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Valparaiso in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Valparaiso: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Zapallar, Algarrobo, Casa de Isla Negra, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

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