33 days in Chile Itinerary

33 days in Chile Itinerary

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33 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Punta Arenas
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Coyhaique
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Melipeuco
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Villarrica
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Puerto Varas
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
End: Santiago

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.
Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Parque Nacional Pali Aike. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Parque Nacional Pali Aike
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Parque Nacional Pali Aike ©
Parque Nacional Pali Aike

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torres del Paine National Park and Cueva del Milodon. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Madre Roca Patagonia. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by Krea Noe, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Amalia, and explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip builder site .

You can fly from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Glaciar Amalia ©
Glaciar Amalia

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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Isla Magdalena. Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Sun) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, and learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Punta Arenas can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes

3
nights
Coyhaique

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.
Visiting Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo and Coyhaique National Reserve will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at Delira, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and stop by La Bodeguita.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Coyhaique trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Punta Arenas to Coyhaique in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Punta Arenas in April: highs in Coyhaique hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Ancud, Isla Chiloe

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Aventura Chaiguen. Step out of Ancud with an excursion to Isla Aucar in Quemchi--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, head outdoors with Pinguineras, don't miss a visit to Parque Ecologico y Mitologico de Chiloe, and examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ancud trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Coyhaique to Ancud takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ancud can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melipeuco.

Things to do in Ancud

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Quemchi, Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud

1
day
Melipeuco

Melipeuco ©
Melipeuco is a town and commune (comuna) in Chile, located at the foot of the Andes, in the Province of Cautín, Araucanía Region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Conguillio National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melipeuco trip app .

You can drive from Ancud to Melipeuco in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Villarrica.

Things to do in Melipeuco

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Conguillio National Park ©
Conguillio National Park

3
nights
Villarrica

Villarrica ©
With the city and commune set among a wealth of impressive natural sights, holidays in Villarica tend to be outdoors and full of adventures.
Step out of the city life by going to Viajes Turismo Sur Extremo and Fortin Mapuche. Step out of Villarrica with an excursion to Reserva Biologica Huilo Huilo in Panguipulli--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Natural Dos Rios. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Region IX Ltd.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Villarrica trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Melipeuco to Villarrica takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Villarrica

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fortin Mapuche, Reserva Biologica Huilo Huilo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Natural Dos Rios ©
Parque Natural Dos Rios
Fortin Mapuche ©
Fortin Mapuche

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 Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Lago Todos Los Santos will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Tagua-Tagua in Puelo (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Saltos del Petrohue, explore the striking landscape of Puyehue National Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Varas trip maker tool .

Getting from Villarrica to Puerto Varas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Puyehue National Park, Parque Tagua-Tagua, Volcan Osorno
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte and Atacama Desert. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Catarpe, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama road trip site .

Getting from Puerto Varas to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Puerto Varas, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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