29 days in Chile Itinerary

29 days in Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chile Trip Planner

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Fly to El Loa Airport, Drive to San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antofagasta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iquique
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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La Serena
— 4 nights
Fly to La Araucanía, Bus to Pucon
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Pucon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Varas
— 3 nights
Drive to El Tepual Airport, Fly to Johannesburg

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San Pedro de Atacama

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Rojas and Laguna Chaxa. Step out of the city life by going to Lascar and Valle Arcoiris. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Quebrada del Diablo, explore the striking landscape at Licancabur, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Cejar, and get curious at Museo del Meteorito.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler 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 · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Antofagasta

— 2 nights

Pearl of the North

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).
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at La Portada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): get advice or help at Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta, then take in the views from Muelle Salitrero Compania Melbourne Clark, then catch a live event at Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, and finally examine the collection at Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antofagasta trip planner.

Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Antofagasta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, expect nights in Antofagasta to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Iquique.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Iquique

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salitrera Santa Laura and Museo Corbeta Esmeralda. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Cavancha and Parapente Iquique. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Baquedano Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, and stop by Fabrica de Chumbeques M.Koo.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Iquique tour planner.

Traveling by car from Antofagasta to Iquique takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Hanga Roa, Easter Island

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orongo and Rano Kau. Get outdoors at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional and Ovahe. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, make a trip to Puna Pau, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Rapa Nui, and appreciate the history behind Ahu Huri a Urenga.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hanga Roa vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Iquique to Hanga Roa takes 11 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Iquique to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to La Serena.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valle del Elqui and Avenida del Mar. Get in touch with nature at Isla Damas and Totoralillo. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Bartolome De La Serena, try your luck at Coquimbo Casino, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Herradura.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Serena road trip planning app.

Fly from Hanga Roa to La Serena in 21 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Island Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa in January, things will get little chillier in La Serena: highs are around 25°C and lows about 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 · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Pucon

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Huerquehue National Park and Canyoning Pucon. Explore hidden gems such as Saltos del Huilo-Huilo and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with a short trip to Lago Pirehueico in Puerto Fuy (about 2h 15 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Caburga and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Pozones.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pucon travel route planning website.

Getting from La Serena to Pucon by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Varas travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pucon to Puerto Varas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Varas are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

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.