31 days in Chile Itinerary

31 days in Chile Itinerary

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31 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Iquique
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
La Serena
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
5
Punta Arenas
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  7​h 15​min
6
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
7
Santiago
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Santiago

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.
On the 1st (Tue), see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and then pause for some photo ops at Torre del Reloj. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then make a trip to Paseo Peatonal Baquedano, and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Iquique day trip planning tool .

Santiago to Iquique is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atacama Desert. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, explore the activities along Lagunas Altiplanicas, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and browse the collection at Libreria Del Desierto.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

You can take a bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Faro Punta Tortuga and Iglesia de Guayacan. Get in touch with nature at Valle del Elqui and Punta Choros. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Puerta Del Mar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Herradura.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Serena day trip app .

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in La Serena hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Coquimbo
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Punta Choros ©
Punta Choros
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas

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.
Ahu Tahai and Church of Rapa Nui will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rapa Nui National Park and Ahu Akahanga. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Orongo, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, explore the ancient world of Rano Raraku, and pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa travel planner .

Traveling by flight from La Serena to Hanga Roa takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from La Serena to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Serena in October, with highs in Hanga Roa at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) 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
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Expedicion Fitz Roy and Faro San Isidro. Get some historical perspective at British Club and Cementerio Municipal. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural Rio Seco, and take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas road trip planner .

Getting from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas is 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Hanga Roa in October; daily highs in Punta Arenas reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Castro.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

2
nights
Castro, Isla Chiloe

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.
Get in touch with nature at Chiloe National Park and Lago Huillinco. Explore hidden gems such as Church of Castro and Iglesia de Rilan. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico Etnografico, take a peaceful walk through Bosquepiedra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Castro vacation website .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Castro by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Castro

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chonchi, Isla Chiloe, Iglesia de Rilan, Museo Historico Etnografico
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Iglesia de Vilupulli ©
Iglesia de Vilupulli

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 the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Do some cultural sightseeing at Concha y Toro and La Chascona. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Talagante to see Vina Undurraga about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

Make your Santiago itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Castro to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colchagua Museum and MontGras. Explore hidden gems such as Viu Manent Winery and Francois Lurton Natural Style. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Cruz: Pichilemu (Museo del Nino Rural & Playa Punta de Lobos). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle and examine the collection at Museo El Huique.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz online travel planner .

Drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pichilemu, Hacienda Araucano
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Playa Punta de Lobos ©
Playa Punta de Lobos
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum

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