32 days in Chile Itinerary

32 days in Chile Itinerary

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32 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  27 h
1
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h 45 min
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Santiago
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Pucon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
8
Punta Arenas
— 6 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Ovahe and Anakena Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Rano Kau and Orongo. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, examine the collection at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, and make a trip to Ahu Hanga Te'e.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hanga Roa vacation maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Hanga Roa is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hanga Roa, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Valle Arcoiris. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, and hunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama in 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Hanga Roa, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

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

2
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.
Head to Central Market (Mercado Central) and Costanera Centerfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Las Causas, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colchagua Museum and MontGras. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Punta De Lobos and Viu Manent Winery. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle and examine the collection at Museo El Huique.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz visit planning website .

You can drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trip

Punta De Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
MontGras ©
MontGras
Viu Manent Winery ©
Viu Manent Winery

2
nights
Pucon

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Caburga and Santuario el Cani. Explore hidden gems such as Huerquehue National Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's more to do: stop by Chocolates Rucamalal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pucon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Pucon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Santuario el Cani ©
Santuario el Cani
Lake Caburga ©
Lake Caburga

3
nights
Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Parque Nacional Alerce Andino. On the 6th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: get curious at Galeria Sur Vivo.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas travel planner .

Traveling by car from Pucon to Puerto Varas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Puerto Varas, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Alerce Andino
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino
Galeria Sur Vivo ©
Galeria Sur Vivo

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Madre Roca Patagonia and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Torres del Paine National Park and Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza) and trek along with Estancia La Peninsula.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Puerto Varas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Varas in April, plan for slightly colder days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza) ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Glaciar Amalia ©
Glaciar Amalia

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nao Victoria Museo and Palacio Sara Braun. Get outdoors at Expedicion Fitz Roy and Reserva nacional Magallanes. Spend the 14th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno, make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, get outside with Strait of Magellan, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Punta Arenas, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

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