9 days in Chile Itinerary

9 days in Chile Itinerary

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9 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Vina del Mar
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Valdivia
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Montt
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
3
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Frutillar
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
La Serena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Vina del Mar

1
day
Valdivia

Valdivia ©
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Austral de Chile, then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de Niebla, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Historico y Antropologico.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdivia sightseeing planner.

Vina del Mar to Valdivia is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In May, Valdivia is little chillier than Vina del Mar - with highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Valdivia

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fuerte de Niebla
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia ©
Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia
Museo Historico y Antropologico ©
Museo Historico y Antropologico

1
night
Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Angelmo and then get impressive views of Volcan Osorno.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Montt trip site .

Drive from Valdivia to Puerto Montt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Montt are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Angelmo ©
Angelmo

3
nights
Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Llanquihue and then explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Varas trip planner .

Puerto Varas is just a short distance from Puerto Montt. May in Puerto Varas sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frutillar.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Lake Llanquihue ©
Lake Llanquihue
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©

2
nights
Frutillar

Frutillar ©
Known mostly for its annual music festivals, Frutillar sits on the shores of one of the largest lakes in South America.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Colonial Aleman, then make a trip to Muelle Frutillar, and then take a memorable drive along Carretera Austral. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Casa de Richter, make a trip to Templo Luterano de Frutillar, take in the waterfront at Costanera Frutillar Bajo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Frutillar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Frutillar trip planner .

Frutillar is just a stone's throw from Puerto Varas. In May in Frutillar, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Frutillar

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Carretera Austral
Highlights from your plan
Carretera Austral ©
Carretera Austral
Muelle Frutillar ©
Muelle Frutillar
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman

1
night
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 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and finally examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas and then explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online day trip planner .

Getting from Frutillar to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Frutillar in May, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are slightly colder (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

1
night
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 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Iglesia Santo Domingo, admire the natural beauty at Jardin del Corazon, then take an unorthodox tour of Valle del Elqui, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cruz Del Tercer Milenio.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Serena day trip tool .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in May, expect nights in La Serena to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon

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