45 days in Chile Itinerary

45 days in Chile Itinerary

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45 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
2
Iquique
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
La Serena
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
5
Valparaiso
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Santiago
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Puerto Varas
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
8
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Punta Arenas
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ahu Tongariki and Orongo. Family-friendly places like Ovahe and Anakena will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Rapa Nui Parque Nacional, don't miss a visit to Maunga Terevaka, steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, and explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau.

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Sydney, Australia to Hanga Roa is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Hanga Roa. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Hanga Roa to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Anakena ©
Anakena
Playa Pea ©
Playa Pea

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Cavancha and Salitrera Santa Laura. Next up on the itinerary: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, make a trip to Santuario Sagrado Corazon de Jesus de Iquique, and wander the streets of Baquedano Street.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to Iquique in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Iquique due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Museo del Meteorito and Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay. Explore hidden gems such as Piedras Rojas and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama travel app .

Getting from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa La Herradura and Jardin del Corazon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Serena: Pisquera Aba Oficial (in Vicuna) and Pisco Elqui (Dona Josefa de Elqui - Pisco Artesanal, Fundo Los Nichos, & more). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Isla Damas, explore the striking landscape at Punta Choros, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Serena day trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January: highs in La Serena hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Pisco Elqui, Playa La Herradura, Pisquera Aba Oficial
Highlights from your plan
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Playa La Herradura ©
Playa La Herradura
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

5
nights
Valparaiso

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Zapallar and Casa de Isla Negra. Kids will enjoy La Sebastiana and Reñaca. Venture out of the city with trips to Costanera (in Vina del Mar), Concon Dunes (in Concon) and Vina Casas del Bosque (in Casablanca). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cerro Concepcion, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Nacional, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Maritimo Nacional, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valparaiso travel route planning app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to Valparaiso in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Concon Dunes, Playa de Zapallar, Vina Casas del Bosque, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Zapallar ©
Playa de Zapallar
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Central Market (Mercado Central). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colchagua Museum and Vinonauta. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Visuales, and explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

5
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 Volcan Osorno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Varas: Parque Nacional Alerce Andino (in Puerto Montt) and Frutillar (Museo Colonial Aleman & Muelle Frutillar). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Fundo Playa Venado, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Luterana.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Varas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Montt, Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Fundo Playa Venado ©
Fundo Playa Venado
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of San Francisco and Feria Artesanal Dalcahue. Attractions like Museo Regional de Ancud and Playa Lechagua make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Castro with an excursion to Pinguineras in Ancud--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Chiloe National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra, and examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Castro.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Castro trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Varas to Castro takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Castro can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Ancud, Chonchi, Dalcahue
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco

4
nights
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 Isla Magdalena and Plaza Munoz Gamero. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Castro to Punta Arenas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Castro in January: highs in Punta Arenas hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

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