41 days in Chile & Neuquen Itinerary

41 days in Chile & Neuquen Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
La Serena, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
San Jose de Maipo, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Molina, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Pucon, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  7 h 15 min
8
Ancud, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Castro, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
10
Puyuhuapi, Chile
— 1 day
Drive:  8 h 45 min
11
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  18 h
12
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
13
Neuquen, Argentina
— 9 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
14
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Barrio Italia, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Las Causas, delve into the lush surroundings at Panul Community Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Panul Community Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Panul Community Park ©
Panul Community Park
Grand Santiago Tower ©
Grand Santiago Tower

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La Serena, Chile

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fundo El Renacer de Monardez. Step out of La Serena with an excursion to Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt in Punta Choros--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, admire the natural beauty at Parque Pedro de Valdivia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Agustin, Convent and Church, and cool off at Parque Acuatico Curunina La Serena.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Serena travel route website.

You can fly from Santiago to La Serena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in La Serena are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Serena

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory ©
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
Iglesia San Francisco de Asis ©
Iglesia San Francisco de Asis

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago
To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from La Serena to Santiago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Valparaiso on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reserva Nacional Lago Penuelas, then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Yugoslavo, and finally explore the world behind art at Palacio Baburizza.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Valparaiso road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose de Maipo.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Nacional Lago Penuelas ©
Reserva Nacional Lago Penuelas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palacio Baburizza ©
Palacio Baburizza

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San Jose de Maipo, Chile

San Jose de Maipo ©
Long an oasis for residents of Santiago in need of some fresh air, San Jose de Maipo draws visitors from all four corners of the world.
Cajon del Maipo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): trek along Banos Morales, trek along Chile Rafting Cajon del Maipo, and then hike along Mirador de Los Condores. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas in San José de Maipo, then explore the striking landscape at Aguas Panimavidas, and then see the top attractions with Cajon del Maipo.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose de Maipo planner.

Traveling by car from Valparaiso to San Jose de Maipo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Valparaiso, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose de Maipo, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Molina.

Things to do in San Jose de Maipo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Banos Morales
Highlights from your plan
Chile Rafting Cajon del Maipo ©
Chile Rafting Cajon del Maipo
Banos Morales ©
Banos Morales
Mirador de Los Condores ©
Mirador de Los Condores

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Molina, Chile

Molina ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the engineering at Embalse Convento Viejo and then learn about winemaking at Vina Las Pitras. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Curico and then trek along Curico Valley Wine Route.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Molina trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Jose de Maipo to Molina in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Molina are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Molina

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Curico, Embalse Convento Viejo
Highlights from your plan
Embalse Convento Viejo ©
Embalse Convento Viejo
Plaza de Armas de Curico ©
Plaza de Armas de Curico
Vina Las Pitras ©
Vina Las Pitras

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Pucon, Chile

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, get outside with Sierra Nevada Aventura, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Cuevas Volcanicas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pucon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Molina to Pucon takes 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Pucon

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours

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Ancud, Chile

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Lechagua and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Faro Corona en Chiloe, steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ancud online travel route builder.

Take a bus from Pucon to Ancud in 7.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ancud can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe ©
Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe

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Castro, Chile

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.
On the 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario de Aves de Caulin, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra, and then head off the coast to Islotes de Punihuil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco, and then examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Castro.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Castro holiday planner.

Getting from Ancud to Castro by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. November in Castro sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Puyuhuapi.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Chonchi
Highlights from your plan
Islotes de Punihuil ©
Islotes de Punihuil
Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas ©
Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas
Museo Municipal de Castro ©
Museo Municipal de Castro

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Puyuhuapi, Chile

Puyuhuapi ©
A peaceful village sitting between the sea and snowy mountains, Puyuhuapi provides convenient access to Parque Nacional Queulat and Termas de Puyuhuapi hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Sendero Padre Garcia, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ventisquero Colgante, and then head outdoors with Parque Nacional Queulat.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puyuhuapi online itinerary planner.

Drive from Castro to Puyuhuapi in 9 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Puyuhuapi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Puyuhuapi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Queulat ©
Parque Nacional Queulat

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Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at Colores del Lago and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals, explore the activities along Bayo Lake, and then trek along Turismo Valle Leones.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Rio Tranquilo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Puyuhuapi to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 9 hours. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Rio Tranquilo are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Marble Cathedrals
Highlights from your plan
Marble Cathedrals ©
Marble Cathedrals
Turismo Valle Leones ©
Turismo Valle Leones
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

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.
On the 7th (Mon), wander the wide-open spaces of The Condors Nests, get outside with Patagonia Line, and then view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then stop by Etnia Patagonia, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

Find out how to plan Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Take a bus from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Puerto Rio Tranquilo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Neuquen.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Patagonia Line ©
Patagonia Line
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park

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Neuquen, Argentina

Neuquen ©
Located on the confluence of two rivers, Neuquen represents the largest urban center in Argentine Patagonia, known for its tree-lined streets and neat public squares.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paso Cordova and Valle de la Luna Rojo. Get in touch with nature at Balneario Municipal and Ruta 40. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Neuquen: Bomfrut (in General Roca), Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann (in Villa El Chocon) and Kuruf (in Cipolletti). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, kick back and relax at Balneario Municipal Isla 58, take in the dramatic natural features at Canadon Escondido, and look for all kinds of wild species at Playa Ventura.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Neuquen trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, plan for much hotter days in Neuquen, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

General Roca, Villa El Chocon, Cipolletti, Bodega NQN, Lago Barreales Paleontological Centre
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Canadon Escondido ©
Canadon Escondido
Valle de la Luna Rojo ©
Valle de la Luna Rojo
Paso Cordova ©
Paso Cordova

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Santiago, Chile

Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and El Colorado. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Vina Santa Carolina. See even more of Santiago: make a trip to Teatro Municipal Las Condes, examine the collection at Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Neuquen to Santiago with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Neuquen to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
El Colorado ©
El Colorado
Off-Road Tours

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