12 days in Chile Itinerary

12 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile journey builder

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Santiago
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
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Vina del Mar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
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Santiago

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, stop by Patio Bellavista, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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San Pedro de Atacama

— 3 nights
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Vina del Mar

— 2 nights

Garden City

A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Miel de Oveja, examine the collection at La Sebastiana, then make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and finally examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. On the next day, kick back and relax at Reñaca and then do a tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vina del Mar trip planning site.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Vina del Mar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January since evenings lows in Vina del Mar dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Puerto Varas

— 3 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
When in Puerto Varas, make a side trip to see Volcan Osorno in Puerto Montt, approximately Puerto Montt away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos, and have fun at In Puerto Varas.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas attractions site.

You can fly from Vina del Mar to Puerto Varas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vina del Mar in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Puerto Varas, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.