36 days in Chile Itinerary

36 days in Chile Itinerary

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Fly
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Puerto Montt, Bus to Castro
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Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 1 night
Ferry to Calbuco, Drive to Puerto Varas
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Puerto Varas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Neltume
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo
— 1 night
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Shuttle to Coyhaique, Bus to Balmaceda, Foot to Balmaceda, Fly to Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Bus
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 4 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Serena
— 1 night
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Bus
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Iquique
— 1 night
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rano Raraku and Rano Kau. Do some cultural sightseeing at Orongo and Ahu Tahai. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, kick back and relax at Anakena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ovahe, and don't miss a visit to Puna Pau.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hanga Roa road trip site.

Miami, USA to Hanga Roa is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in November, expect Hanga Roa to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
Castro, Isla Chiloe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra, admire the striking features of Church of San Francisco, then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chiloe National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Castro, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hanga Roa to Castro in 21 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Castro is 2 hours. When traveling from Hanga Roa in November, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Castro: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Castro

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Puerto Varas

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Parque Nacional Alerce Andino. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Puyehue and Casa Yunge.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Varas online travel route planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Castro to Puerto Varas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Neltume.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
night
Neltume

The small Chilean town of Neltume was the site of social and civil unrest for decades, especially under the regime of Augusto Pinochet.
On the 20th (Wed), get outside with Reserva Nacional Mocho Choshuenco and then trek along Saltos del Huilo-Huilo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Neltume trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Varas to Neltume in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Neltume

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

1
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get outside with Glaciar Exploradores and then explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Rio Tranquilo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Neltume to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 23.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello and Expedicion Fitz Roy. Visiting Cabo Froward and Strait of Magellan will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, contemplate the long history of British Club, appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas day trip site.

You can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Punta Arenas in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Rio Tranquilo in November, you will find days in Punta Arenas are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza) and Glaciar Amalia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Madre Roca Patagonia. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from Punta Arenas in November, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Santiago

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Parque Nacional Pali Aike. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Las Causas, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
On the 4th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Vina Montes, then do a tasting at Vina Apaltagua, and then examine the collection at Colchagua Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): do a tasting at MontGras, then learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery, and then do a tasting at Clos Apalta Lapostolle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Serena.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Museums

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La Serena

City of Churches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Ingles and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Serena travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to La Serena in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in December: highs in La Serena hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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 Piedras Rojas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo del Meteorito and Atacama Observatory. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama attractions website.

Traveling by flight from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Serena in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 77°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
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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 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, take a stroll through Baquedano Street, then learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, and finally get engrossed in the history at Regional Museum of Iquique. On your second day here, head outdoors with Paragliding Oasisfly Iquique, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chanavayita.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Iquique trip planner.

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.