8 days in Chile Itinerary

8 days in Chile Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Santiago
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Punta Arenas
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
La Serena
— 1 day
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
4
San Pedro de Atacama
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  24 h
End: Charlotte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, then buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, 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 next day, examine the collection at La Chascona, get a taste of the local shopping with Patio Bellavista, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago online holiday planner.

Charlotte, USA to Santiago is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

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

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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 16th (Wed): examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, look for gifts at Chocolates Ignis Terra, then examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, then take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero.

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

Getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Punta Arenas can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

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

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Damas.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our La Serena trip planning site.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to La Serena in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, La Serena is a bit warmer than Punta Arenas - with highs of 71°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

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Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and finally delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and finally make a trip to Tunel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Serena in January, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be slightly colder, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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