29 days in Chile Itinerary

29 days in Chile Itinerary

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29 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  30 h
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Antofagasta
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  2 h
3
Iquique
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 30 min
4
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
5
La Serena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
6
Pucon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Johannesburg

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quebrada del Diablo and Valle Arcoiris. Visiting Lascar and Volcan Licancabur will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, explore the activities along Laguna Cejar, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip generator.

Johannesburg, South Africa to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in San Pedro de Atacama reach 29°C and lows reach 6°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antofagasta.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Lascar ©
Lascar

2
nights
Antofagasta

Antofagasta ©
A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Desierto de Atacama and then explore the striking landscape at La Portada. On your second day here, browse the collection at Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta, take in the views from Muelle Salitrero Compania Melbourne Clark, then admire all the interesting features of Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, and finally see the interesting displays at Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antofagasta trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Antofagasta by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, expect nights in Antofagasta to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Parks Nature Museums
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La Portada ©
La Portada
Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta ©
Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta
Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca ©

4
nights
Iquique

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Get outdoors at Playa Brava and Iquique WIngs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salitrera Santa Laura and Santuario Sagrado Corazón De Jesús. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, get outside with Parapente Iquique, and look for gifts at Fabrica de Chumbeques M.Koo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iquique trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antofagasta to Iquique takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

5
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.
Visiting Anakena Beach and Rano Kau will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of Rapa Nui and Ahu Nau Nau. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Orongo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ovahe, stroll through Playa Pea, and appreciate the history behind Ahu Huri a Urenga.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Iquique to Hanga Roa takes 9.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Iquique to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. January in Hanga Roa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Orongo ©
Orongo

4
nights
La Serena

La Serena ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa La Herradura and Isla Damas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coquimbo Casino and Catedral de La Serena. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Totoralillo, delve into the mystery of Valle del Elqui, and kick back and relax at Avenida del Mar.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Serena trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to La Serena takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hanga Roa in January: high temperatures in La Serena hover around 25°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Pucon.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coquimbo
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Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Isla Damas ©
Isla Damas
Avenida del Mar
Avenida del Mar

4
nights
Pucon

Pucon ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lago Pirehueico and Huerquehue National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning Pucon and Parasailing & Paragliding. Go for a jaunt from Pucon to Neltume to see Saltos del Huilo-Huilo about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Caburga and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Pozones.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pucon online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Serena to Pucon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago Pirehueico, Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
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Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo ©
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Lake Caburga ©
Lake Caburga

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Llanquihue.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas vacation planner.

You can drive from Pucon to Puerto Varas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
In Puerto Varas ©
In Puerto Varas
Lake Llanquihue ©
Lake Llanquihue

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