33 days in Chile Itinerary

33 days in Chile Itinerary

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33 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  24​h
1
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
2
Iquique
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
4
Santiago
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Puerto Varas
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Punta Arenas
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Auckland

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Vaihu. Get some cultural insight at Rapa Nui National Park and Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena, appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ana Kakenga.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hanga Roa is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hanga Roa, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salitrera Santa Laura and Museo Corbeta Esmeralda. Paseo Peatonal Baquedano and Centro Cultural Palacio Astoreca will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, head outdoors with Oasisfly Paragliding, stroll through Playa Chanavayita, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geisers of Puchuldiza.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Iquique travel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to Iquique takes 12.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Iquique due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Rojas and Lascar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. Step out of San Pedro de Atacama to go to Toconao and see Cementerio de Toconao, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Altiplanicas.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cementerio de Toconao
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Lascar ©
Lascar

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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Castillo Hidalgo are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, learn about winemaking at Santa Carolina, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at MontGras and Vina Montes. Museum-lovers will get to explore Colchagua Museum and Museo El Huique. Step out of Santa Cruz with an excursion to Vina Santa Cruz in Lolol--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua, and stop by Vinonauta.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. April in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Lolol
Highlights from your plan
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
MontGras ©
MontGras
Vina Montes ©
Vina Montes

4
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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Angelmo will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and Gruta de Lourdes. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, look for all kinds of wild species at Isla Loreley, and explore the activities along Lake Llanquihue.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas itinerary planning website .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Puerto Varas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Varas, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Angelmo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Rilan and Iglesia de Vilupulli. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of San Francisco and Iglesia de Quinchao. Step out of Castro with an excursion to Iglesia de Tenaun in Dalcahue--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloe, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Castro trip planner .

You can take a bus from Puerto Varas to Castro in 3 hours. In April in Castro, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Castro

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Chonchi, Iglesia de Tenaun, Iglesia de Quinchao, Iglesia San Francisco, Iglesia de Rilan
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de Tenaun ©
Iglesia de Tenaun
Photography Tours
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Reserva nacional Magallanes. Get some cultural insight at Nao Victoria Museo and Palacio Sara Braun. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, get outside with Antarctica21, sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Hernando de Magallanes, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes.

Plan my day in Punta Arenas using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Castro to Punta Arenas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, Punta Arenas is a bit cooler than Castro - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

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