20 days in Chile Itinerary

20 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile trip maker

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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Serena
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Bus
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Iquique
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Salinas de Cahuil and Playa Punta de Lobos. Colchagua Museum and Vina Montes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Santa Cruz to Lolol to see Vina Santa Cruz about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at MontGras, examine the collection at Museo Mapuche Ruka Mani, and look for gifts at Vinonauta.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz tour itinerary planning website.

Concepcion to Santa Cruz is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Concepcion in November, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Serena

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Pedro de Valdivia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena, kick back and relax at Avenida del Mar, then stroll through Playa La Herradura, and finally view the masterpieces at Casa de las Artes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Serena trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Cruz to La Serena in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Serena, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Chaxa and White And Green International Travel - Day Tour. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atacama Desert. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Arcoiris, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, get curious at Museo del Meteorito, and explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama road trip planner.

Getting from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Serena in November, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 28°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Iquique

— 2 nights
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 10th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Regional Museum of Iquique, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, and finally see the interesting displays at Salitrera Santa Laura. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Baquedano Street and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iquique trip itinerary builder website.

Take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Iquique

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Hanga Roa, Easter Island

— 5 nights
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.
Orongo and Church of Rapa Nui will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Rapa Nui Parque Nacional and Playa Pea will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Rano Kau, steep yourself in history at Papa Vaka, explore the ancient world of Ahu Hanga Te'e, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Mahina Rapa Nui.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Iquique to Hanga Roa in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Easter Island Standard Time (EAST) is minus 2 hours. In November in Hanga Roa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Arenas

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, step off the mainland to explore Isla Magdalena, then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, contemplate the long history of Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, then examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, and finally see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas in 12 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 slightly colder days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 14°C, while nights are colder with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Calbuco.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Varas visit website.

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Punta Arenas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Varas, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure

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.