27 days in Chile Itinerary

27 days in Chile Itinerary

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Puerto Montt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valdivia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pucon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Temuco
Drive
5
Concepcion
— 3 nights
Fly
6
La Serena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quilpue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zapallar
— 2 nights
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Puerto Montt

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Valle Cochamo and Angelmo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reloncaví Sound and Catedral de Puerto Montt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Montt: Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion (in Frutillar) and Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (in Puerto Varas). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Antonio Felmer, get outside with Tierra Outdoors, don't miss a visit to Monte Verde, and relax in the rural setting at Granja Educativa Tierraviva.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Montt trip builder tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Puerto Montt is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Puerto Montt is minus 6 hours. In December, Puerto Montt is little chillier than Johannesburg - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Valdivia.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Valdivia

— 3 nights
Valdivia, southern Chile's main university town, possesses a youthful and independent spirit.
Iglesia San Francisco and Museo Historico y Antropologico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Naval Submarino O'Brien and Playa Grande. There's much more to do: trek along Sendero Los Alerces, look for gifts at Mercado Municipal, step off the mainland to explore Isla del rey, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la catedral de Valdivia.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Valdivia trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Puerto Montt to Valdivia in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Montt in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valdivia: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Valdivia

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Pucon

— 5 nights
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Visiting Lago Villarrica and Santuario el Cani will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lago Pirehueico and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Pucon to go to Neltume and see Museo de los Volcanes, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. It doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Pucon.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pucon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Valdivia to Pucon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Temuco.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Temuco

Temuco developed into a major Chilean city because of a forestry and livestock boom the region experienced during the early decades of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by Chocolateria Norweisser and then try your luck at Casino Dreams Araucania.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Temuco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pucon to Temuco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Concepcion.

Things to do in Temuco

Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Concepcion

— 3 nights

Cradle of Chilean Rock

Concepcion has emerged as one of the most industrialized and developed metropolises of Chile, with a population approaching 300,000 and a long history of trade and commerce centered around its main port.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Concepcion, take an in-depth tour of Galeria de la Historia de Concepcion, then identify plant and animal life at Laguna Grande San Pedro, and finally explore the activities along Laguna Chica. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Huascar, then kick back and relax at Caleta Chome, and then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Natural de Concepcion.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Concepcion driving holiday site.

Drive from Temuco to Concepcion in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Concepcion, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Concepcion

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

La Serena

— 4 nights

City of Churches

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Centro Turistico Cooperativa Capel. Explore hidden gems such as Playas Socos and Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt. Change things up with a short trip to Cavas Del Valle in Monte Grande (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Museum and browse the different shops at Mall Puerta Del Mar.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Serena holiday maker website.

You can fly from Concepcion to La Serena in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in La Serena sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quilpue.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Quilpue

— 3 nights
Quilpué is a city and capital of the Marga Marga Province in central Chile's Valparaíso Region. Visiting Playa Amarilla and Turismo Campo Caballo will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Casa Valle Vinamar and La Recova Wines. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Quilpue.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Quilpue vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from La Serena to Quilpue in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daytime highs in Quilpue are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zapallar.

Things to do in Quilpue

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Zapallar

— 2 nights
Wide sand beaches fringe rolling green hills at Zapallar, a resort town catering to Chile's political and social elite.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Rambla and Fulladrenalin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Merced and Iglesia Las Mercedes. Explore Zapallar's surroundings by going to La Ligua (Museo la Ligua & Playa Los Molles).

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zapallar trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Quilpue to Zapallar in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zapallar

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Chile travel guide

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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.