17 days in Chile Itinerary

17 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America planner

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San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Punta Arenas
— 4 nights
Hanga Roa
— 4 nights
— 2 nights


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.
Get some cultural insight at Father Le Paige Museum and Pukara de Quitor. Let the collections at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay and San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: trek along with On Safari Atacama, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama road trip app.

Atlanta, USA to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Punta Arenas

— 4 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Antarctica21. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Naval y Maritimo and Palacio Sara Braun. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, examine the collection at Museo Del Recuerdo, and walk around Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Punta Arenas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect colder days and about the same nights in Punta Arenas, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Hanga Roa

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Anakena and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. Visit Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Orongo, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, and explore the ancient world of Papa Vaka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa trip itinerary app.

Fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Punta Arenas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hanga Roa: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Santiago takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Island Standard Time (EAST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.

Easter Island travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Volcanos
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.