18 days in Chile Itinerary

18 days in Chile Itinerary

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18 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Coyhaique
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Melipeuco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Tome
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
End: Santiago

3
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.
Visit Playa Tunquen and Reñaca for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Isla Negra to see Casa de Isla Negra about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago journey maker app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, River Rafting & Tubing, Reñaca, Playa Tunquen
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
River Rafting & Tubing
Reñaca ©
Reñaca

2
nights
Coyhaique

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get great views at Mirador Marchant and then explore the striking landscape of Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Coyhaique National Reserve and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional de Aysen.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coyhaique travel app .

You can fly from Santiago to Coyhaique in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In January in Coyhaique, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Museo Regional de Aysen ©
Museo Regional de Aysen

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Lechagua and Parque Aventura Chaiguen. Step out of Ancud with an excursion to Isla Aucar in Quemchi--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, get outside with Pinguineras, see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, and enjoy the sea views from Faro Corona en Chiloe.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ancud online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Coyhaique to Ancud in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ancud are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Quemchi, Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
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Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Petrohué Waterfalls. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcan Osorno, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Isla Loreley, and explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ancud to Puerto Varas takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melipeuco.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Volcan Osorno
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Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno

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. On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conguillio National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melipeuco journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Melipeuco takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tome.

Things to do in Melipeuco

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

2
nights
Tome

Tome
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Cocholgue and then kick back and relax at Coliumo. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Coliumo, then kick back and relax at Balneario El Morro, and then stroll through Playa de Pingueral.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tome vacation website .

Traveling by car from Melipeuco to Tome takes 5 hours. January in Tome sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Tome

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Pingueral

3
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.
Get outdoors at Valle De La Luna and Atacama Desert. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, and take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tome to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Tome in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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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