48 days in Chile Itinerary

48 days in Chile Itinerary

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Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 5 nights
Fly
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Santiago
— 6 nights
Fly to La Araucanía, Bus to Pucon
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Pucon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Varas
— 5 nights
Bus
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Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 5 nights
Drive
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Queilen, Isla Chiloe
— 2 nights
Drive to Mocopulli Airport, Fly to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
— 4 nights
Bus
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Punta Arenas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro de Atacama: Salar de Atacama (in Antofagasta) and Cementerio de Toconao (in Toconao). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama, and identify plant and animal life at Río Putana.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip tool.

Reykjavik, Iceland to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Reykjavik to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are much warmer (29°C), and nights are a bit warmer (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to San Jose de Maipo to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), stroll through Cerro Santa Lucia, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Pucon

— 4 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.
Step out of Pucon with an excursion to Lago Pellaifa in Panguipulli--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Huerquehue National Park. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Geometricas, look for gifts at Chocolates Rucamalal, take in the dramatic scenery at Ojos del Caburga, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pucon road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Pucon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Varas

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Varas: Lake Esmeralda (in Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales) and Volcan Osorno (in Puerto Montt). Make the 5th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Petrohué Waterfalls, explore the activities along Lake Llanquihue, get engrossed in the history at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pucon to Puerto Varas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Ancud, Isla Chiloe

— 4 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 still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, and see majestic marine mammals with Ecomarine Punihuil.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ancud road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Varas to Ancud takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Castro: Quemchi (Iglesia de Colo & Isla Mechuque). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lago Huillinco, step off the mainland to explore Islotes de Punihuil, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stop by Aylla Chiloe.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Castro online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ancud to Castro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queilen.

Things to do in Castro

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queilen, Isla Chiloe

— 2 nights
Queilén is a town and commune in the Archipelago of Chiloé in southern Chile. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Tantauco and then identify plant and animal life at Quilun Ecoturismo Marino.

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You can drive from Castro to Queilen in 1.5 hours. In January in Queilen, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Queilen

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

— 4 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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Glacier Grey. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, look for gifts at Krea Noe, get outside with Patagonia Line, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queilen to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). When traveling from Queilen in January, plan for slightly colder days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January since evenings lows in Punta Arenas dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Rano Raraku, delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, explore the fascinating underground world of Ana Te Pora, and explore the activities along Orongo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Punta Arenas in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hanga Roa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chile travel guide

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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.