28 days in Chile, El Chalten & Mendoza Itinerary

28 days in Chile, El Chalten & Mendoza Itinerary

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28 days in Chile, El Chalten & Mendoza Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + shuttle:  17​h 45​min
1
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Copiapo, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Coyhaique, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Chile Chico, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
8
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Puerto Montt, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h
11
Mendoza, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Casablanca (Vina Casas del Bosque & Emiliana Organic Vineyards) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and explore the ancient world of Moai.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso day trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Valparaiso is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Francisco to Valparaiso. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Valparaiso: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casablanca, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

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nights
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto Florido, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Verde, and then explore the striking landscape at Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Inglesa.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Copiapo route maker site .

Getting from Valparaiso to Copiapo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary
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Bahia Inglesa ©
Bahia Inglesa

3
nights
Coyhaique, Chile

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Coyhaique is known for nature, casinos, wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Coyhaique National Reserve, make a trip to Monumento al Ovejero, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Indio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Coyhaique trip maker app .

Getting from Copiapo to Coyhaique by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Coyhaique sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Fundo Panguilemu ©
Fundo Panguilemu

2
nights
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): head outdoors with Glaciar Exploradores and then take in the dramatic natural features at Marble Cathedrals. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bayo Lake and then stroll through Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Rio Tranquilo trip builder .

Traveling by car from Coyhaique to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Rio Tranquilo are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chile Chico.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Marble Cathedrals ©
Marble Cathedrals

1
night
Chile Chico, Chile

Chile Chico
Perched on the gusty shores of a lake separating Chile from Argentina, the small town of Chile Chico makes a great base to explore the surrounding nature.
On the 3rd (Sun), get great views at Plaza del Viento Cerro Las banderas, identify plant and animal life at Lago Jeinimeni National Reserve, then get great views at Plaza del Viento, and finally explore the activities along Jeinimeni Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chile Chico day trip tool .

Drive from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Chile Chico in 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Chile Chico are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Chile Chico

Parks Wildlife Nature

3
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Fitz Roy, admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and stop by Marcopolo Bookstore.

Before you visit El Chalten, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Chile Chico to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

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nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

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.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, museums, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip app .

Drive from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. In November in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

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 12th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, then appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 40°F in Punta Arenas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Monumento Al Ovejero ©
Monumento Al Ovejero

2
nights
Puerto Montt, Chile

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Montt to Frutillar to see Muelle Frutillar about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Puerto Montt, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Puerto Montt, and kick back and relax at Angelmo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Montt trip planner .

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in November, expect nights in Puerto Montt to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago Todos Los Santos, Muelle Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip builder app .

You can fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

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

1
night
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 17th (Sun), walk around Parque General San Martin, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Mendoza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in November, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings