22 days in Chile Itinerary

22 days in Chile Itinerary

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22 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Santiago
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Isla Negra
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  8​h
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Iquique
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Cape Town

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vina Santa Rita and La Chascona. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Undurraga and Castillo Hidalgo. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santiago online holiday builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Santiago is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita
Highlights from your plan
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Colchagua Museum and Laura Hartwig Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MontGras and Clos Apalta Lapostolle. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Vina Santa Cruz (in Lolol) and Vina Casa Silva (in San Fernando). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Viu Manent Winery and look for gifts at Vinonauta.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santiago to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Isla Negra.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vina Casa Silva, Vina Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Vina Montes ©
Vina Montes

2
nights
Isla Negra

Isla Negra ©
Despite its name, Isla Negra is not an island but a small coastal area of Chile, near the town of El Quisco.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): do a tasting at Kingston Family Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Vina Casas del Bosque. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Casa de Isla Negra, then make a trip to La Nave Imaginaria, and then learn about winemaking at Matetic Vineyards.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Isla Negra holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Isla Negra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Isla Negra: highs are around 18°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Isla Negra

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Casablanca, Matetic Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Vina Casas del Bosque ©
Vina Casas del Bosque
Kingston Family Vineyards ©
Kingston Family Vineyards
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Tahai. Step off the beaten path and head to Rapa Nui Parque Nacional and Orongo. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, enjoy the sand and surf at Ovahe, get impressive views of Rano Kau, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anakena.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hanga Roa sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Isla Negra to Hanga Roa in 8 hours. Traveling from Isla Negra to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Hanga Roa is somewhat warmer than Isla Negra - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atacama Desert and Tebinquinche Lake. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, make a trip to Aldea de Tulor, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time is 2 hours. Expect much colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Hanga Roa in June, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

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.
On the 30th (Tue), see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and then take a stroll through Baquedano Street.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Iquique online route planner .

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

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