18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
2
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Drive to Calbuco, Ferry to Huicha
4
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 3 nights
Bus to Puerto Montt, Fly to Calama
6
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Fly

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Santa Cruz

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): do a tasting at Vina Neyen, then do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, and then learn about winemaking at Vina Montes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): stop by Vinonauta, then do a tasting at MontGras, and then see the interesting displays at Colchagua Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz visit planner.

Santiago to Santa Cruz is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Santiago

— 4 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, get a taste of the local shopping with Patio Bellavista, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center.

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You can drive from Santa Cruz to Santiago in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Puerto Varas

— 2 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
On the 13th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, then take in the dramatic scenery at Petrohué Waterfalls, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue, explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, and then have fun at In Puerto Varas.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Varas day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Castro, Isla Chiloe

— 4 nights
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, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Francisco, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra, look for gifts at Aylla Chiloe, and make a trip to Costanera.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Castro tour itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Puerto Varas to Castro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Castro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ancud.

Things to do in Castro

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Ancud, Isla Chiloe

— 3 nights
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, see the interesting displays at Museo Bomberil Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ancud, examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, then don't miss a visit to Fuerte San Antonio, and finally don't miss a visit to Fuerte Ahui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Lechagua and then enjoy the sea views from Faro Corona en Chiloe.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ancud road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Castro to Ancud takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ancud are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Ancud

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ancud to San Pedro de Atacama in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Ancud in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chile travel guide

4.3
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.