43 days in Chile Itinerary

43 days in Chile Itinerary

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43 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  21 h
1
La Serena
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Iquique
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12 h 30 min
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  14 h 15 min
5
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
Punta Arenas
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Shuttle:  10 h 15 min
7
Puerto Rio Tranquilo
— 2 nights
+4
Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  12 h
8
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 45 min
9
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Pucon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
11
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
12
Santiago
— 7 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Paris

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa La Herradura, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro Punta Tortuga, and finally delve into the mystery of Valle del Elqui. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at San Agustin, Convent and Church and then head off the coast to Isla Damas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Serena road trip tool .

Paris, France to La Serena is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in February, things will get much hotter in La Serena: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Coquimbo
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Faro Punta  Tortuga ©
Faro Punta Tortuga

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo del Meteorito and Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay. Explore hidden gems such as Piedras Rojas and Pukara de Quitor. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from La Serena in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda and Regional Museum of Iquique. Get in touch with nature at Salitrera Santa Laura and Geisers of Puchuldiza. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Baquedano Street, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Peatonal Baquedano, and head outdoors with Oasisfly Paragliding.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Iquique vacation builder site .

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 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Iquique

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahu Tahai and Rano Kau. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rapa Nui National Park and Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Orongo, kick back and relax at Playa Ovahe, delve into the distant past at Ahu Akahanga, and appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanga Roa trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Iquique to Hanga Roa in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Iquique to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. In March in Hanga Roa, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Madre Roca Patagonia and Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). Step out of the city life by going to Torres del Paine National Park and Estancia La Peninsula. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Amalia.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) attractions website .

Getting from Hanga Roa to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in March, expect Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Madre Roca Patagonia ©
Madre Roca Patagonia
Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza) ©
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nao Victoria Museo and Museo Regional De Magallanes. British Club and Cementerio Municipal will appeal to history buffs. Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Wed) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, learn more about the world around you at Museo de Historia Natural Rio Seco, get engrossed in the history at Instituto De La Patagoonia, and take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Punta Arenas, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez
Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello ©

2
nights
Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Marble Cathedrals and Laguna Verde. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baker River and Glaciar Exploradores. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Turismo Puerto Cristal (in Puerto Cristal) and La Mina Escondida (in Puerto Guadal).

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Rio Tranquilo day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Punta Arenas to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Punta Arenas in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Rio Tranquilo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chile Chico, La Mina Escondida, Turismo Puerto Cristal, Baker River
Highlights from your plan
Marble Cathedrals ©
Marble Cathedrals
Turismo Puerto Cristal ©
Turismo Puerto Cristal
Baker River ©
Baker River

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, examine the collection at Museo del acordeon Sergio Colivoro Barria, examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Castro, then admire the striking features of Church of Castro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Rilan. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chiloe National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Castro day trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Castro takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Castro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Castro

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chonchi, Iglesia de Rilan, Chiloe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Museo Pablo Fierro. Appreciate the collections at Museo Colonial Aleman and Museo Antonio Felmer. When in Puerto Varas, make a side trip to see Muelle Frutillar in Frutillar, approximately 34 minutes away. On the 27th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Varas trip maker .

You can take a bus from Castro to Puerto Varas in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Varas are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman
Museo Antonio Felmer ©
Museo Antonio Felmer

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Huerquehue National Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get outdoors at Lake Caburga and Santuario el Cani. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Pucon.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pucon road trip website .

Drive from Puerto Varas to Pucon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Santuario el Cani ©
Santuario el Cani
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Colchagua Museum, then learn about winemaking at Vina Apaltagua, and then do a tasting at Vina Montes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): do a tasting at MontGras, then do a tasting at Viu Manent Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Pucon to Santa Cruz takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

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

7
nights
Santiago

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Undurraga and Museo de la Gran Mineria de Cobre. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Sewell (in Machali) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). The adventure continues: examine the collection at La Chascona, look for gifts at Costanera Center, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and get great views at Sky Costanera.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago day trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Machali, Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Vina Undurraga
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

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