27 days in Chile Itinerary

27 days in Chile Itinerary

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27 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Montt
— 5 nights
drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Castro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Quemchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ancud
— 4 nights
drive:  2​h
6
Puerto Montt
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne


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4
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.
Santiago is known for museums, shopping, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and stop by Costanera Center.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santiago road trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Santiago is minus 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

5
nights
Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
Explore Puerto Montt's surroundings by going to Muelle Frutillar (in Frutillar) and Puerto Varas (Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, Lago Todos Los Santos, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, browse the exhibits of Galería Bosque Nativo, make a trip to Sentados Frente al Mar, and explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Montt trip builder tool .

You can fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Varas, Muelle Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Lake Llanquihue ©
Lake Llanquihue

4
nights
Castro

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Chiloe National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra, see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Castro, step off the mainland to explore Lemuy Island, and admire the striking features of Iglesia Santa Maria de Loreto.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Castro tour itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from Puerto Montt to Castro in 3.5 hours. In September in Castro, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quemchi.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Lago Huillinco, Museo Historico Etnografico
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Isla de Quinchao ©
Isla de Quinchao
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco

2
nights
Quemchi

Quemchi ©
Quemchi is a Chilean town and commune in Los Lagos Region, located in the eastern shore of Chiloé Island. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Francisco Coloane and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Aventura Chaiguen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla Aucar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Colo, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Mechuque.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quemchi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Castro to Quemchi takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Quemchi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Quemchi

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Isla Mechuque ©
Isla Mechuque
Casa Museo Francisco Coloane ©
Casa Museo Francisco Coloane

4
nights
Ancud

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Ancud is known for outdoors, museums, historic sites, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, stroll through Playa Lechagua, make a trip to Parque Ecologico y Mitologico de Chiloe, and steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ancud attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Quemchi to Ancud takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Ancud are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe ©
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe

2
nights
Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Alerce Andino and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Colonizacion Alemana. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman, then enjoy some diversion at In Puerto Varas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Puerto Montt.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Montt online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Ancud to Puerto Montt by bus takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Puerto Varas, Museo Colonial Aleman
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino
In Puerto Varas ©
In Puerto Varas
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Madre Roca Patagonia. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Milodon, don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, stop by Krea Noe, and examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Montt in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine): temperatures range from 10°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Muelle Historico ©
Muelle Historico

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