18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Santiago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valparaiso
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Montt
— 1 night
Bus
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Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 1 night
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Bus to Puerto Varas, Shuttle to Puerto Montt, Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 3 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago
— 1 night
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Santiago

— 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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, learn about all things military at Museo Historico Carabineros de Chile, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and stop by Vinomio.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Santiago itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Santiago is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Exeter to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Valparaiso

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then examine the collection at La Sebastiana, and then don't miss a visit to Ascensor Reina Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca, then see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and finally try to win big at Vina del Mar Casino.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso trip planner.

Drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours · Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos

Side Trip

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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, see the sky in a new way at San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations, and take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Valparaiso in March, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Montt

— 1 night
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II and then don't miss a visit to Sentados Frente al Mar. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue, then explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, and then examine the collection at Museo Antonio Felmer.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Montt trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Montt takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, expect nights in Puerto Montt to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Castro, Isla Chiloe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Castro online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Montt to Castro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Castro

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Glacier Grey. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento de la Mano.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Castro to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Castro in March, plan for slightly colder days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Santiago

— 1 night

City of the Island Hills

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then examine the collection at La Chascona, and then stop by Patio Bellavista. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Chile travel guide

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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.