22 days in Chile Itinerary

22 days in Chile Itinerary

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22 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  26​h
1
Iquique
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
La Serena
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Pucon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
8
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  31​h
End: Portland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Brava. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio Astoreca, then examine the collection at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then stroll through Playa Cavancha, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquique trip planner .

Portland, USA to Iquique is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Iquique, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches 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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Valle Arcoiris and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Rojas and Lagunas Baltinache. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Serena.

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
La Serena

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 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cruz Del Tercer Milenio and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena, then delve into the mystery of Valle del Elqui, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon.

Make your La Serena itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in November: highs in La Serena hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena ©
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): do a tasting at MontGras, do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, and then do a tasting at Viu Manent Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Mapuche Ruka Mani and then see the interesting displays at Colchagua Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz day trip website .

Drive from La Serena to Santa Cruz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from La Serena in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

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

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 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Pucon, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huerquehue National Park, and then head outdoors with Sierra Nevada Aventura. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Quelhue, then explore the activities along Lake Caburga, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Mapuche Pucon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pucon route builder app .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Pucon by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Lake Caburga ©
Lake Caburga
Plaza de Armas de Pucon ©
Plaza de Armas de Pucon

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Colonial Aleman, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Puerto Varas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pucon to Puerto Varas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Varas can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, then examine the collection at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, then make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and finally examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas trip app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Varas to Punta Arenas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Varas in November, plan for slightly colder days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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.
Get in touch with nature at Rano Kau and Rapa Nui National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Ahu Tahai and Ahu Nau Nau. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Orongo, delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, make a trip to Maunga Terevaka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Rapa Nui.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanga Roa trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Punta Arenas in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hanga Roa: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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