41 days in Chile & Neuquen Itinerary

41 days in Chile & Neuquen Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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La Serena, Chile
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Jose de Maipo, Chile
— 1 night
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Molina, Chile
— 2 nights
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Pucon, Chile
— 2 nights
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Ancud, Chile
— 2 nights
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Castro, Chile
— 2 nights
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Puyuhuapi, Chile
— 1 day
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 2 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
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Neuquen, Argentina
— 9 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

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.
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.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour 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 fly to La Serena.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Serena, Chile

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Iglesia San Francisco de Asis. Step out of La Serena with an excursion to Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt in Punta Choros--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, admire the natural beauty at Parque Pedro de Valdivia, pause for some serene contemplation at San Agustin, Convent and Church, and get a taste of life in the country at Fundo El Renacer de Monardez.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read La Serena day trip site.

Getting from Santiago to La Serena by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in La Serena can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Santiago.

Things to do in La Serena

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from La Serena to Santiago in 3 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 · Shopping

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

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.

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

You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. 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 · Nature · Parks

San Jose de Maipo, Chile

— 1 night
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 other places to visit, ratings, maps, 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 · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Molina, Chile

— 2 nights
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 other places to visit, maps, where to stay, 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 · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pucon, Chile

— 2 nights
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 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 find maps, reviews, 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 · Nature
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Ancud, Chile

— 2 nights
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 see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ancud online travel route builder.

Take a bus from Pucon to Ancud in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. 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 go by car to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Castro, Chile

— 2 nights
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), take a peaceful walk through Bosquepiedra and then step off the mainland to explore Islotes de Punihuil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas, explore the activities along Lago Huillinco, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Castro.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Castro trip maker site.

You can drive from Ancud to Castro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Castro are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Puyuhuapi.

Things to do in Castro

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Puyuhuapi, Chile

— 1 day
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, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puyuhuapi online itinerary planner.

Drive from Castro to Puyuhuapi in 14 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

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

— 2 nights
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 7 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 travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 nights
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.

Drive from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 17 hours. 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 · Nature

Neuquen, Argentina

— 9 nights
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 Playa Ventura. Get in touch with nature at Valle de la Luna Rojo and Volcano Copahue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Neuquen: General Roca (Bomfrut & Balneario Municipal), Kuruf (in Cipolletti) and Villa El Chocon (Canadon Escondido & Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, stroll through Ruta 40, engage your brain at Lago Barreales Paleontological Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balneario Municipal Isla 58.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Neuquen trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, you will find days in Neuquen are warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

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

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

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.

Valparaiso Region travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Beaches
The V Valparaíso Region is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. With the country's third highest population of 1,539,852 million in 2002 and third smallest area of 16396.1sqkm, the region is Chile's second most densely populated after the Santiago Metropolitan Region to the southeast.Its capital is the port city of Valparaíso, other important cities include Viña del Mar, Quillota, Quilpué and Villa Alemana.Geography and natural featuresThe region is on the same latitude as the Santiago Metropolitan Region. Its capital is Valparaíso, which is the site for the National Congress of Chile and an important commercial port. Also in this region is the top resort city of Viña del Mar. Additionally, the Pacific islands of Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), Isla Salas y Gómez, the Juan Fernández Islands and the Desventuradas Islands fall under the Valparaíso Region's administration.The Valparaíso Region is part of the very restricted range of the endangered Chilean Wine Palm, Jubaea chilensis; in prehistoric times this endemic Chilean tree had a significantly larger range.

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Isla Chiloe travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Churches
A trip to Isla Chiloe, Chile's second largest island, offers an authentic blend of distinctive architecture, lush natural landscapes, and delicious local cuisine. The island is known for its mix of indigenous and Catholic folklore, full of mysterious legends and curious local beliefs. Exploring the island you can enjoy pristine beaches, scenic forest trails, lush rainforest, and sleepy fishing villages with colorful houses on stilts. Try out tasty seafood and potato stews, and see more than a hundred wooden churches dating back to the 18th century, some of which are World Heritage Sites.

Province of Neuquen travel guide

4.4
Bodies of Water · Scenic Drive · Ski Areas
Neuquén is the capital city of the Argentine province of Neuquén, located in the east of the province, at the confluence of the Limay and Neuquén rivers. The city and the surrounding area have a population of more than 340,000, making it the largest city in Patagonia.EconomyNeuquén is both an important agricultural center, surrounded by fertile lands irrigated by the waters of the Limay and Neuquén rivers in an otherwise arid province, and a petrochemical industrial center that receives oil extracted from different points of the province. It belongs economically and geographically to the Alto Valle region that produces apples, pears, and other fruits.With the discovery of the Vaca Muerta oil fields west of the city, it has begun to experience a boom in real estate and construction. It is expected that over the next few years the city will experience unprecedented growth as it is the only significant city in the region (it has an airport, shopping centers, office space and institutions to become the center of the operations not only of the oil & gas companies, but also their suppliers)TransportNational Route 22 divides the city into two halves.The Presidente Perón Airport is eight kilometers (8km) away from the city and serves regular flights to Buenos Aires, San Carlos de Bariloche, Comodoro Rivadavia, Río Gallegos, Río Grande, Ushuaia, and San Martín de los Andes.

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