18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

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18 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly + shuttle:  16​h
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
2
Puerto Varas
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 3 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Valparaiso
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City

2
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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Guatemala City to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Guatemala City in December, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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.
On the 29th (Sun), 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 30th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Osorno and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Varas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, expect nights in Puerto Varas to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature 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

3
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.
Castro is known for shopping, museums, adventure, historic sites, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Francisco, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and explore the striking landscape of Chiloe National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Castro visit planner.

Getting from Puerto Varas to Castro by bus takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Chonchi, Museo Historico Etnografico
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Lemuy Island ©
Lemuy Island

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Isla Aucar in Quemchi (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ancud, don't miss a visit to Fuerte San Antonio, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ancud online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Castro to Ancud in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Valparaiso

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, stroll through Reñaca, and then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores).

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Valparaiso trip itinerary site .

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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ancud in January, with highs in Valparaiso at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) ©
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)

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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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