17 days in Chile Itinerary

17 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
— 5 nights
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Carriel Sur Airport, Fly to El Loa Airport, Drive to San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Drive to El Loa Airport, Fly to Mackinac Island



— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Casablanca (Kingston Family Vineyards & Emiliana Organic Vineyards) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and visit Barrio Lastarria.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago online travel planner.

Mackinac Island, USA to Santiago is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 3 nights
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: San Fernando (Koyle Family Vineyards & Vina Casa Silva) and Vina Santa Cruz (in Lolol). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tome.

Things to do in Santa Cruz


Side Trips


— 3 nights
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. Get in touch with nature at Coliumo and Playa de Penco. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Coliumo and stroll through Balneario El Morro.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tome trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Tome in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Cruz in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Tome, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Tome

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Pedro de Atacama

— 3 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.
Visiting On Safari Atacama and Valle De La Luna will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Tunel, look and learn at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay, and explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tome to San Pedro de Atacama. When traveling from Tome in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Chile travel guide

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.