30 days in Chile Itinerary

30 days in Chile Itinerary

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30 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Punta Arenas
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 15​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Iquique
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Santiago
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Train + Bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
7
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Expedicion Fitz Roy and Palacio Sara Braun. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nao Victoria Museo and Museo de Historia Natural Rio Seco. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva nacional Magallanes, view the masterpieces at Casa La Porfia, see the interesting displays at Salesian Museum, and head outdoors with Strait of Magellan.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Punta Arenas is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Melbourne to Punta Arenas. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Punta Arenas at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torres del Paine National Park and Madre Roca Patagonia. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Patagonia Viajes, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Amalia, make a trip to Muelle Historico, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Glaciar Amalia ©
Glaciar Amalia

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atacama Desert. Take a break from the city and head to Valle Arcoiris and Piedras Rojas. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, take in the awesome beauty at Cordillera de la Sal, and take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in September, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Chanavayita and Playa Cavancha. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco and Geisers of Puchuldiza. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, pause for some photo ops at Torre del Reloj, head outdoors with Oasisfly Paragliding, and see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquique vacation planner .

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vina Undurraga and Vina Casas del Bosque. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Iquique to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Casablanca, Concha y Toro, Vina Undurraga, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colchagua Museum and Viu Manent Winery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clos Apalta Lapostolle and Laura Hartwig Winery. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Francois Lurton Natural Style (in Lolol) and Playa Punta de Lobos (in Pichilemu). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at MontGras and see the interesting displays at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz travel tool .

Traveling by car from Santiago to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lolol, Playa Punta de Lobos
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Playa Punta de Lobos ©
Playa Punta de Lobos

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.
Visit Playa Ovahe and Anakena Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rano Kau and Orongo. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, see the interesting displays at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, and explore the ancient world of Ahu Akahanga.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Hanga Roa by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Easter Is. Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in September; daily highs in Hanga Roa reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku

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