36 days in Chile Itinerary

36 days in Chile Itinerary

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36 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  7 h 15 min
2
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
3
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Valdivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Pucon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
La Serena
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
8
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
9
Iquique
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
10
Antofagasta
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
11
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nao Victoria Museo and Monumento Al Ovejero. Spend a day of island exploring on the 22nd (Fri) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, stop by Chocolates Ignis Terra, get great views at Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, and take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho.

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Sydney, Australia to Punta Arenas is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Sydney to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Punta Arenas to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Castro and Feria Artesanal Dalcahue. Explore Castro's surroundings by going to Quemchi (Iglesia de Colo & Isla Aucar). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Chiloe National Park. It doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and browse the collection at Biblioteca Publica de Castro.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Castro road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Punta Arenas to Castro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from Punta Arenas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Castro, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Quemchi, Chiloe National Park, Feria Artesanal Dalcahue
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Puerto Varas to go to Frutillar and see Muelle Frutillar, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, steep yourself in history at Casa Yunge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Puerto Varas trip planner .

Take a bus from Castro to Puerto Varas in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Varas can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Valdivia.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Muelle Frutillar ©
Muelle Frutillar
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro

3
nights
Valdivia

Valdivia ©
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Austral de Chile and Parque Oncol. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia de Corral, get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de Niebla, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Valdivia trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Valdivia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Varas in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Valdivia, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Pucon.

Things to do in Valdivia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Casa del Castellano - Castillo o Fuerte de Niebla
Highlights from your plan
Bahia de Corral ©
Bahia de Corral
Parque Oncol ©
Parque Oncol

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huerquehue National Park and Plaza de Armas de Pucon. Step out of Pucon with an excursion to Salto Nina Encantada in Panguipulli--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Caburga, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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

You can drive from Valdivia to Pucon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Salto Nina Encantada
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
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Vina Montes, then do a tasting at Vina Apaltagua, and then see the interesting displays at Colchagua Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at MontGras, do a tasting at Viu Manent Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz road trip website .

You can drive from Pucon to Santa Cruz in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Serena.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Viu Manent Winery ©
Viu Manent Winery

1
night
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 9th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena and then head off the coast to Isla Damas. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon, appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui, and then stroll through Playa La Herradura.

Plan my day in La Serena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to La Serena takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Santa Cruz in March, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in La Serena: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Rojas and Laguna Chaxa. Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, and take in the natural beauty of Atacama Desert.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Pedro de Atacama trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Serena in March, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa

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 14th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take a stroll through Baquedano Street, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, and finally take an in-depth tour of Regional Museum of Iquique. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Paseo Peatonal Cavancha, head outdoors with Oasisfly Paragliding, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geisers of Puchuldiza.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Iquique visit planner .

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Antofagasta.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Geisers of Puchuldiza ©
Geisers of Puchuldiza
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

3
nights
Antofagasta

A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
Step off the beaten path and head to La Portada and Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the collection at Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta, don't miss a visit to Geoglifos de Chug-Chug, and see the sky in a new way at European Southern Observatory Paranal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Antofagasta trip planner .

Getting from Iquique to Antofagasta by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Antofagasta, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Portada ©
La Portada
Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta ©
Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta

5
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 Rapa Nui National Park and Playa Ovahe. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Orongo, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Rapa Nui, don't miss a visit to Ahu Akivi, and see the interesting displays at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa tour planner.

Fly from Antofagasta to Hanga Roa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Antofagasta to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antofagasta in March: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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
Orongo ©
Orongo
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau

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