36 days in Chile Itinerary

36 days in Chile Itinerary

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36 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Santiago
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Valparaiso
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Puerto Varas
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Castro, Isla Chiloe
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Ancud, Isla Chiloe
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  11​h 45​min
8
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  22​h
End: London

5
nights
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.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip app .

London, UK to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Santiago is minus 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Vina Santa Cruz (in Lolol), Punta De Lobos (in Pichilemu) and Vina Casa Silva (in San Fernando). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Viu Manent Winery, look for gifts at Vinonauta, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Lolol, Punta De Lobos, Vina Casa Silva
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MontGras ©
MontGras
Viu Manent Winery ©
Viu Manent Winery
Clos Apalta Lapostolle ©
Clos Apalta Lapostolle

4
nights
Valparaiso

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valparaiso: Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca), Parque Nacional La Campana (in Olmue) and Confites Merello (in Limache). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Espacio Rojo, don't miss a visit to La Nave Imaginaria, and stroll through Reñaca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Valparaiso vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Valparaiso takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in December: highs in Valparaiso hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Isla Negra, Confites Merello, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Parque Nacional La Campana
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
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La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Alerce Andino in Puerto Montt (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan Osorno, explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, take an in-depth tour of Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, and admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Varas trip builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to Puerto Varas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Valparaiso in December, expect Puerto Varas to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Castro.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Montt
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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino

4
nights
Castro, Isla Chiloe

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Step out of Castro to go to Dalcahue and see Cascadas de Tocoihue, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Francisco, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Huillinco, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Castro.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Castro itinerary builder website .

Getting from Puerto Varas to Castro by bus takes about 3 hours. In December in Castro, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Ancud.

Things to do in Castro

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Dalcahue, Lago Huillinco
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Photography Tours
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco

4
nights
Ancud, Isla Chiloe

Ancud ©
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Change things up with a short trip to Isla Aucar in Quemchi (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de Ancud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Lechagua, make a trip to Parque Ecologico y Mitologico de Chiloe, and expand your understanding of the military at Fuerte Ahui.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ancud trip itinerary tool .

Take a bus from Castro to Ancud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Aucar, Chiloe Island Penguin Colony
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Easter Island

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Hanga Roa is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, stroll through Anakena, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ancud to Hanga Roa takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Ancud to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ancud in December: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena ©
Anakena

4
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.
Take a break from San Pedro de Atacama with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama is 2 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa in December, expect colder with lows of 6°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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