7 days in Chile Itinerary

7 days in Chile Itinerary

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7 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  6 h
1
Santiago
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
2
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Train + Bus:  37 h
End: Abu Dhabi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), make a trip to Patio Bellavista, then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Grand Santiago Tower.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel route builder site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Santiago is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, and finally explore the activities along Lagunas Altiplanicas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, and then test the waters at Atacama Desert.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

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