26 days in Bilbao & Chile Itinerary

26 days in Bilbao & Chile Itinerary

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26 days in Bilbao & Chile Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Bilbao, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
La Serena, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
6
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

5
nights
Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Playa de Trengandin. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa de Ris (in Noja), Playa De Berria (in Santona) and Castro Urdiales (Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana, Iglesia de Santa Maria, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, kick back and relax at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, and steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Hondarribia.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bilbao online trip maker .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Bilbao is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Bilbao due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in June; daily highs in Bilbao reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castro Urdiales, San Sebastian - Donostia, Getxo, Noja, Playa De Berria
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero

2
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Concepcion and Jardin Botanico Nacional. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Costanera (in Vina del Mar). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ascensor Reina Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Museo Mirador Lukas, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Valparaiso trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bilbao to Valparaiso takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bilbao to Valparaiso due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bilbao in July, expect nights in Valparaiso to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Cerro Concepcion ©
Cerro Concepcion
Ascensor Reina Victoria ©
Ascensor Reina Victoria

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
nights
La Serena, Chile

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardin del Corazon, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, then see the interesting displays at San Francisco Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): admire the striking features of Iglesia Santo Domingo and then head off the coast to Isla Damas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Serena trip itinerary website .

Fly from Santiago to La Serena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in La Serena sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tebinquinche Lake and Piedras Rojas. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from La Serena in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rapa Nui National Park and Ahu Tongariki. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Rano Kau, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena Beach, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, and steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanga Roa trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, plan for much warmer nights in Hanga Roa, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) 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
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza Munoz Gamero and Nao Victoria Museo. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, get great views at Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, and learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Punta Arenas is much colder than Hanga Roa - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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