21 days in Chile Itinerary

21 days in Chile Itinerary

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21 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Santiago
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Valparaiso
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  10 h 15 min
4
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Chonchi, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
6
Coyhaique
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Train + Foot + Bus:  26 h
7
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Santiago
— 2 nights
End: Santiago

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), do a tasting at Concha y Toro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and then examine the collection at La Chascona.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from Peru, the closest major airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

3
nights
Valparaiso

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Get some historical perspective at Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Yugoslavo. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Sebastiana and Vina Casa Marin Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Matetic Vineyard (in Lagunillas) and Casablanca (Vina Casas del Bosque & Emiliana Organic Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reñaca.

Plan trip to Valparaiso with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Valparaiso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Casablanca, Casa Marin Winery, Matetic Vineyards, Reñaca
Highlights from your plan
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Matetic Vineyards ©
Matetic Vineyards

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.
Visiting Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte and Atacama Desert will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro de Atacama to San Francisco de Chiu Chiu to see Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto, and identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Valparaiso in February, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Atacama Desert, Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Bomberil Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ancud, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ancud, then see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, and finally identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Fuerte Ahui, examine the collection at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and then kick back and relax at Playa Lechagua.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ancud trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Ancud in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ancud: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chonchi.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe ©
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe
Catedral de Ancud ©
Catedral de Ancud

2
nights
Chonchi, Isla Chiloe

Chonchi ©
Chonchi is a Chilean town and commune located in Los Lagos Region. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Chiloe National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Calle Centenario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Vilupulli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then examine the collection at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria, and finally examine the collection at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chonchi online day trip planner .

Drive from Ancud to Chonchi in 2 hours. March in Chonchi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Chonchi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chiloe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park

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.
On the 7th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Coyhaique National Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coyhaique online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Chonchi to Coyhaique takes 19 hours. In March, daytime highs in Coyhaique are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Vina Montes, see the interesting displays at Colchagua Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Mapuche Ruka Mani. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, learn about winemaking at MontGras, and then examine the collection at Museo El Huique.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planning tool .

Getting from Coyhaique to Santa Cruz by car takes about 26 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coyhaique in March: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 32°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Clos Apalta Lapostolle ©
Clos Apalta Lapostolle

2
nights
Santiago

Santiago ©
On the 11th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Barrio Lastarria, then look for gifts at Casa Berri, and then make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Barrio Lastarria
Barrio Lastarria
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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