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 12th (Sat): stop by Barrio Italia, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Casa de Las Causas, then delve into the lush surroundings at Panul Community Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Santiago is minus 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fundo El Renacer de Monardez. Go for a jaunt from La Serena to Punta Choros to see Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Museum, try out the rides at Parque Acuatico Curunina La Serena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco de Asis, and see the sky in a new way at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Serena trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to La Serena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in La Serena are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in La Serena

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago journey planner.

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 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Santiago

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife

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.
On the 19th (Sat), 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 admire the masterpieces at Palacio Baburizza.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Valparaiso trip planner.

Drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Valparaiso are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose de Maipo.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wildlife · Nature · Tours · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Banos Morales, then trek along Chile Rafting Cajon del Maipo, and then stroll through Mirador de Los Condores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Plaza de Armas in San José de Maipo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aguas Panimavidas, and then see the top attractions with Cajon del Maipo.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose de Maipo online route 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. Traveling from Valparaiso in June, San Jose de Maipo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Molina.

Things to do in San Jose de Maipo

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Molina, Chile

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the engineering at Embalse Convento Viejo and then learn about winemaking at Vina Las Pitras. On your second day here, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Curico and then hike along Curico Valley Wine Route.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Molina online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Jose de Maipo to Molina in 3 hours. When traveling from San Jose de Maipo in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Molina: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Molina

Parks · Trails · Wineries · 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.
On the 24th (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get outside with Sierra Nevada Aventura, and then Head underground at Parque Cuevas Volcanicas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pucon online vacation builder.

Drive from Molina to Pucon in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Pucon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through 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, then make a trip to Fuerte Ahui, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ancud itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Pucon to Ancud in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Ancud are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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 28th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra and then head off the coast to Islotes de Punihuil. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de las Tradiciones Chonchinas, then explore the activities along Lago Huillinco, and then examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Castro.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Castro online route maker.

Drive from Ancud to Castro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Castro, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) 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 30th (Wed): hike along Sendero Padre Garcia, then explore the striking landscape at Ventisquero Colgante, and then head outdoors with Parque Nacional Queulat.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puyuhuapi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castro to Puyuhuapi in 14 hours. In June in Puyuhuapi, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) 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 1st (Thu), look for gifts at Colores del Lago and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals, explore the activities along Bayo Lake, and then trek along Turismo Valle Leones.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Rio Tranquilo online travel route planner.

Getting from Puyuhuapi to Puerto Rio Tranquilo by car takes about 7 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): wander the wide-open spaces of The Condors Nests, then head outdoors with Patagonia Line, and then take in the exciting artwork at La Tehuelche. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Etnia Patagonia, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by car takes about 17 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paso Cordova and Valle de la Luna Rojo. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and San Martin Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Neuquen: Cipolletti (Playa Ventura & Kuruf), Villa El Chocon (Canadon Escondido & Museo Municipal Ernesto Bachmann) and General Roca (Bomfrut, Bodega Agrestis, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcano Copahue, see human ingenuity at work at Dique Ballester, sample the tasty concoctions at Sisters Familia Cerveceria, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Teneas Teatristas Neuquinos Asociados.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Neuquen attractions site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen takes 26 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Neuquen is 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Neuquen: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Neuquen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and El Colorado. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teatro Municipal Las Condes and Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva. Explore Santiago further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Carolina.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Neuquen to Santiago in 13 hours. Traveling from Neuquen to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

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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