9 days in Chile Itinerary

9 days in Chile Itinerary

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9 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Santiago
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Tome
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Punta Arenas
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h
End: Brasilia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and then explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Brasilia, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Brasilia, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

1
day
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 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then examine the collection at La Chascona, then get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): learn about winemaking at MontGras, learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Vina Montes, then do a tasting at Vina Apaltagua, and then examine the collection at Colchagua Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santiago to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tome.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Museums
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MontGras ©
MontGras
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Vina Montes ©
Vina Montes

1
day
Tome

Tome
Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Balneario El Morro, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Pingueral, and then kick back and relax at Playa Coliumo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Tome tour itinerary app .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Tome in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tome, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Tome

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Pingueral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez, then examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, then examine the collection at Salesian Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Punta Arenas road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tome to Punta Arenas. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tome in January: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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