8 days in Chile Itinerary

8 days in Chile Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 4 nights
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Drive to El Loa Airport, Fly to Newark



— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Patio Bellavista or Central Market (Mercado Central). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Concha y Toro and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online trip builder.

Newark, USA to Santiago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Side Trip

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo del Meteorito, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Chile travel guide

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.