18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

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18 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
5
Iquique
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Monterrey

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colchagua Museum and Viu Manent Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Punta De Lobos (in Pichilemu) and Lolol (Vina Santa Cruz & Francois Lurton Natural Style). There's more to do: do a tasting at MontGras and examine the collection at Museo El Huique.

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Monterrey, Mexico to Santa Cruz is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Monterrey to Santa Cruz, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Lolol, Punta De Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Vina Montes ©
Vina Montes
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
MontGras ©
MontGras

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Romahue. Step out of Puerto Varas with an excursion to Valle Cochamo in Cochamo--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro, go for a walk through Costanera de Puerto Varas, identify plant and animal life at Isla Loreley, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Luterana.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Varas trip app .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Puerto Varas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Cruz in January, expect Puerto Varas to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Volcan Osorno, Valle Cochamo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva nacional Magallanes, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally head outdoors with Strait of Magellan. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, then don't miss a visit to Santuario Maria Auxiliadora, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas day trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Varas to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Varas in January; daily highs in Punta Arenas reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes ©
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

2
nights
Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Hanga Roa ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rapa Nui Parque Nacional and Ana Te Pahu. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Ana Kai Tangata, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hanga Roa online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa takes 11.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, you will find days in Hanga Roa are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Ana Kakenga ©
Ana Kakenga

1
night
Iquique

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, get outside with Oasisfly Paragliding, take a stroll through Baquedano Street, then kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Iquique, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geisers of Puchuldiza, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Peatonal Baquedano, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iquique trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to Iquique takes 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Iquique is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Rojas and Lascar. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Altiplanicas.

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Traveling by bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

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