22 days in Chile Itinerary

22 days in Chile Itinerary

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22 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Genoa
Fly:  30 h
1
Iquique
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
La Serena
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
5
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Puerto Varas
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Pucon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Genoa

1
night
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 5th (Fri), take a stroll through Baquedano Street, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Peatonal Baquedano, then get engrossed in the history at Regional Museum of Iquique, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, and finally appreciate the history behind Torre del Reloj. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, kick back and relax at Playa Chanavayita, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Iquique trip planner .

Genoa, Italy to Iquique is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Chile Time is minus 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. Step out of the city life by going to Valle Arcoiris and Geyser del Tatio. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, and identify plant and animal life at Atacama Desert.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip builder app .

You can take a bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

1
night
La Serena

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 10th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sea views from Faro Punta Tortuga, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Serena tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, plan for a bit cooler days in La Serena, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in La Serena

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Faro Punta Tortuga
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Faro Punta  Tortuga ©
Faro Punta Tortuga

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akahanga. Step out of the city life by going to Rano Kau and Rapa Nui National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Orongo, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, make a trip to Ahu Hanga Te'e, and kick back and relax at Playa Ovahe.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hanga Roa vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from La Serena to Hanga Roa takes 10 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Easter Is. Time (EAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Serena in July: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Orongo ©
Orongo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, then contemplate the long history of British Club, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, and finally see the interesting displays at Salesian Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, visit a coastal fixture at Faro San Isidro, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, and finally view the masterpieces at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas route maker tool .

Getting from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Hanga Roa in July, with highs in Punta Arenas at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Faro San Isidro ©
Faro San Isidro
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Osorno, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Yunge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Punta Arenas in July: high temperatures in Puerto Varas hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Volcan Osorno
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

2
nights
Pucon

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huerquehue National Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Pucon, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Viajes Turismo Sur Extremo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pucon trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Varas to Pucon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Viajes Turismo Sur Extremo
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Viajes Turismo Sur Extremo ©
Viajes Turismo Sur Extremo
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Colchagua Museum, do a tasting at MontGras, and then examine the collection at Museo El Huique. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Vina Neyen, then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, and then learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz vacation planner .

You can drive from Pucon to Santa Cruz in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Viu Manent Winery ©
Viu Manent Winery

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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. La Chascona and Concha y Toro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santiago day trip planning website .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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