35 days in Chile Itinerary

35 days in Chile Itinerary

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35 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Drive:  2 h
1
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Casablanca
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
3
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
4
Punta Arenas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Puerto Varas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Valdivia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Pucon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Tome
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h
9
Iquique
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
10
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
La Serena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Santiago

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colchagua Museum and MontGras. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Francois Lurton Natural Style (in Lolol) and Playa Punta de Lobos (in Pichilemu). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery and examine the collection at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online trip itinerary builder .

Santiago to Santa Cruz is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Casablanca

Casablanca ©
Tour the young and fast-growing wine region of Casablanca, easily accessible from Santiago and Valparaiso.
Explore hidden gems such as Vina Casas del Bosque and Playa Punta De Tralca. Get out of town with these interesting Casablanca side-trips: Playa Norte (in Santo Domingo), Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Playa Tunquen (in Tunquen). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Emiliana Organic Vineyards and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bodegas RE.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Casablanca trip itinerary site .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Casablanca by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in January, plan for slightly colder days in Casablanca, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Casablanca

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa Tunquen, Playa Norte, Playa Punta De Tralca, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Kingston Family Vineyards ©
Kingston Family Vineyards
Bodegas RE ©
Bodegas RE
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Ovahe and Rano Kau. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo, delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, make a trip to Puna Pau, and contemplate the long history of Ahu Vinapu.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Casablanca to Hanga Roa takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Easter Is. Time is minus 2 hours. In January, Hanga Roa is somewhat warmer than Casablanca - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Orongo ©
Orongo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nao Victoria Museo and Isla Magdalena. Spend a day of island exploring on the 7th (Thu) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Punta Arenas is much colder than Hanga Roa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

2
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 Muelle Frutillar. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, see the interesting displays at Museo Antonio Felmer, have fun at In Puerto Varas, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Varas trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Punta Arenas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Varas, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valdivia.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Muelle Frutillar ©
Muelle Frutillar
Museo Antonio Felmer ©
Museo Antonio Felmer

4
nights
Valdivia

Valdivia ©
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
Explore hidden gems such as Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Austral de Chile and Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Oncol, take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de Niebla, see the interesting displays at Museo Naval Submarino O'Brien, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio Aleman.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Valdivia travel route planning tool .

Drive from Puerto Varas to Valdivia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Varas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valdivia, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pucon.

Things to do in Valdivia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Fuerte de Niebla
Highlights from your plan
Parque Oncol ©
Parque Oncol
Bahia de Corral ©
Bahia de Corral

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Huerquehue National Park and Plaza de Armas de Pucon. Explore Pucon's surroundings by going to Fortin Mapuche (in Conaripe) and Reserva Biologica Huilo Huilo (in Panguipulli). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Caburga and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pucon trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Valdivia to Pucon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tome.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Reserva Biologica Huilo Huilo, Fortin Mapuche
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Plaza de Armas de Pucon ©
Plaza de Armas de Pucon
Lake Caburga ©
Lake Caburga

1
night
Tome

Tome ©
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Balneario El Morro, kick back and relax at Playa de Pingueral, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coliumo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa de Penco, then kick back and relax at Coliumo, and then contemplate the long history of Fuerte La Planchada.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tome travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pucon to Tome in 5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Tome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Tome

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Penco, Playa de Pingueral
Highlights from your plan
Fuerte La Planchada ©
Fuerte La Planchada

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 21st (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Torre del Reloj, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then wander the streets of Baquedano Street, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cavancha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chanavayita.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquique online route builder .

Explore your travel options from Tome to Iquique with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street
Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco ©
Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piedras Rojas and Pukara de Quitor. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, head outdoors with White And Green International Travel - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama vacation 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 February, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Casa de La Providencia and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, and then kick back and relax at Playa La Herradura.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Serena day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in La Serena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Playa La Herradura
Highlights from your plan
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Playa La Herradura ©
Playa La Herradura
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui

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