22 days in Chile Itinerary

22 days in Chile Itinerary

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22 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
2
Iquique
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
La Serena
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
5
Valparaiso
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Santiago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Punta Arenas
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ovahe and Anakena. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahu Tongariki and Rano Kau. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, and take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hanga Roa day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hanga Roa is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Hanga Roa. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Hanga Roa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Anakena ©
Anakena
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and then examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then wander the streets of Baquedano Street, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cavancha.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iquique road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to Iquique in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Rojas and Tebinquinche Lake. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Reserva Nacional de Flamencos, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online tour itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

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 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa La Herradura, then appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for slightly colder days in La Serena, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa La Herradura
Highlights from your plan
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Playa La Herradura ©
Playa La Herradura
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

2
nights
Valparaiso

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Costanera, see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, don't miss a visit to Ascensor Reina Victoria, then make a trip to Cerro Concepcion, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Nacional, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to Valparaiso takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vina del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Casa de Isla Negra in Isla Negra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
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.
On the 17th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, and finally examine the collection at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Isla Magdalena, learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, and then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas online visit planner .

Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Punta Arenas sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

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