48 days in Chile Itinerary

48 days in Chile Itinerary

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Fly to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Drive to Valparaiso
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Valparaiso
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santiago
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Punta Arenas
— 5 nights
Fly to Puerto Montt, Bus to Castro
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Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 5 nights
Bus
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Puerto Varas
— 6 nights
Fly
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Arica
— 3 nights
Bus
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 6 nights
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Valparaiso

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valparaiso: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Canopy El Canelo (in Algarrobo) and Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Kingston Family Vineyards, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, and kick back and relax at Reñaca.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Valparaiso road trip website.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Valparaiso is an approximately 25.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Reykjavik to Valparaiso, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get much hotter in Valparaiso: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santiago

— 6 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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Getting from Valparaiso to Santiago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanga Roa, Easter Island

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's much more to do: stroll through Rano Raraku, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena, delve into the distant past at Ahu Hanga Te'e, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ana Te Pora.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hanga Roa sightseeing site.

Getting from Santiago to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Arenas

— 5 nights
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.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, steep yourself in history at British Club, learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, and see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas online visit planner.

You can fly from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas in 12 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hanga Roa in December: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Castro.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Castro, Isla Chiloe

— 5 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.
Take a break from Castro with a short trip to Quilun Ecoturismo Marino in Queilen, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Tantauco, stop by Aylla Chiloe, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Castro trip site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Punta Arenas to Castro in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Punta Arenas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Castro, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Ancud.

Things to do in Castro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Ancud, Isla Chiloe

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Quemchi (Isla Aucar & Parque Aventura Chaiguen). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, look for gifts at Mercado Municipal de Ancud, see the interesting displays at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and head outdoors with Pinguineras.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ancud trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castro to Ancud in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Ancud, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puerto Varas

— 6 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Explore Puerto Varas' surroundings by going to Puerto Montt (Volcan Osorno & Parque Nacional Alerce Andino) and Osorno (Parque Cuarto Centenario de Osorno & Crater Raihuen). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls, have fun at In Puerto Varas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and look for gifts at El Galpon Fabrica De Velas Y Jabones.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Ancud to Puerto Varas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Varas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Arica.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Arica

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

The northernmost city in the country, Arica hugs the Chile-Peru border.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Lauca. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa, admire the striking features of San Marcos Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Boulevard Vereda Bolognesi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Anzota.

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You can fly from Puerto Varas to Arica in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Arica

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

San Pedro de Atacama

— 6 nights
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.
When in San Pedro de Atacama, make a side trip to see Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, approximately Antofagasta away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, get a dose of the wild on On Safari Atacama, and identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama tour builder tool.

You can take a bus from Arica to San Pedro de Atacama in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.