5 days in Chile Itinerary

5 days in Chile Itinerary

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5 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Punta Arenas
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
La Serena
— 1 day
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
3
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Montevideo

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, and finally examine the collection at Salesian Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas trip planner.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Punta Arenas is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Montevideo to Punta Arenas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Montevideo in February, with highs in Punta Arenas at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums
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Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero
Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello ©

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardin del Corazon, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, and then kick back and relax at Playa La Herradura.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Serena tour website .

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to La Serena takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in February, things will get a bit warmer in La Serena: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa La Herradura
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Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Playa La Herradura ©
Playa La Herradura
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, and then delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning site .

Getting from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from La Serena in February, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa

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