18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

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18 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Santiago
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
3
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  6​h
4
Ancud
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dalcahue
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h
6
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Valdivia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Pucon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Melipeuco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Temuco
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  7​h 15​min
11
San Pedro de Atacama
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Santiago

2
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 museums, shopping, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and look for gifts at Costanera Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago travel itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online travel route planner .

Getting from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Punta Arenas

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.
On the 9th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, then head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Punta Arenas, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

1
night
Ancud

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ancud, steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui, and then head outdoors with Pinguineras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Lechagua.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ancud day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Punta Arenas to Ancud takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Punta Arenas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ancud, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dalcahue.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe ©
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe
Catedral de Ancud ©
Catedral de Ancud

1
night
Dalcahue

Dalcahue ©
Serving as a small but important port on Chile's southern coast, Dalcahue offers a genuine glimpse into Chilean seaside life.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Feria Artesanal Dalcahue, then examine the collection at Museo Historico Etnografico, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dalcahue trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Ancud to Dalcahue in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Dalcahue

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Feria Artesanal Dalcahue ©
Feria Artesanal Dalcahue
Iglesia San Juan ©
Iglesia San Juan
Museo Historico Etnografico ©
Museo Historico Etnografico

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos and then take in the dramatic scenery at Saltos del Petrohue. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at In Puerto Varas, then get impressive views of Volcan Osorno, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Dalcahue to Puerto Varas with the Route module. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Varas are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Valdivia.

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

1
night
Valdivia

Valdivia ©
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
On the 16th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia, get outside with Parque Saval, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Austral de Chile.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Valdivia vacation planner .

You can drive from Puerto Varas to Valdivia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Varas in February, expect nights in Valdivia to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Valdivia

Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Pucon

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Pucon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Villarrica, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Geometricas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pucon trip planner .

You can drive from Valdivia to Pucon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melipeuco.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Villarrica
Highlights from your plan
Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas
Catedral de Villarrica ©
Catedral de Villarrica
Plaza de Armas de Pucon ©
Plaza de Armas de Pucon

1
night
Melipeuco

Melipeuco ©
Melipeuco is a town and commune (comuna) in Chile, located at the foot of the Andes, in the Province of Cautín, Araucanía Region. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conguillio National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melipeuco tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Pucon to Melipeuco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Temuco.

Things to do in Melipeuco

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Conguillio National Park ©
Conguillio National Park

1
night
Temuco

Temuco ©
Temuco developed into a major Chilean city because of a forestry and livestock boom the region experienced during the early decades of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Estadio German Becker, look for gifts at Santiago Wine Club Temuco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Perpetuo Socorro, and finally enjoy some diversion at Canopy Lautaro.

To find out how to plan a trip to Temuco, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Melipeuco to Temuco in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Temuco

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Canopy Lautaro ©
Canopy Lautaro
Santiago Wine Club Temuco ©
Santiago Wine Club Temuco
Estadio German Becker ©
Estadio German Becker

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night
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 20th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, then hunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Temuco to San Pedro de Atacama takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

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