19 days in Chile Itinerary

19 days in Chile Itinerary

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19 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + shuttle:  23​h 45​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Iquique
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 30​min
3
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
4
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Portland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valle Arcoiris and Laguna Chaxa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pukara de Quitor and Machuca. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Pedro de Atacama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Portland, USA to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. When traveling from Portland in November, plan for much hotter days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 76°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza Prat, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha, and finally see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone. On the next day, make a trip to Centro Cultural Palacio Astoreca, examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, then get engrossed in the history at Regional Museum of Iquique, and finally wander the streets of Baquedano Street.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Iquique road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura
Regional Museum of Iquique ©
Regional Museum of Iquique

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.
Visiting Rano Kau and Orongo will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ahu Tahai and Church of Rapa Nui. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rapa Nui National Park, delve into the distant past at Ahu Akahanga, make a trip to Ahu Hanga Te'e, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Iquique to Hanga Roa takes 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Iquique to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Orongo ©
Orongo
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Ahu Tahai ©
Ahu Tahai

2
nights
Punta Arenas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nao Victoria Museo and Isla Magdalena. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez and Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, make a trip to Reloj, contemplate the long history of Fuerte Bulnes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas is 2 hours. When traveling from Hanga Roa in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 54°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello ©

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.
On the 29th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas online travel route planner .

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in November, you will find days in Puerto Varas are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua and then learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery. On your second day here, do a tasting at MontGras, then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, and then examine the collection at Colchagua Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz travel planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Santa Cruz takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Puerto Varas in December; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 83°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua
Highlights from your plan
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
MontGras ©
MontGras
Clos Apalta Lapostolle ©
Clos Apalta Lapostolle

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