Most people visiting both Santiago and Puerto Varas spend about 10 to 14 days in Chile, which usually includes some time in Torres del Paine and Punta Arenas as well. If you're only headed to Santiago and Puerto Varas, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in six to eight days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in five days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including Santiago and Puerto Varas and beyond.

How many days do you need in Santiago & Puerto Varas?

  • Most travelers spend 6-8 days in Santiago and Puerto Varas combined
  • Visiting Santiago and Puerto Varas in 5 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 9 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Torres del Paine, San Pedro de Atacama, and Atacama Desert

How Many Days to Spend in Chile

Recommended Itineraries for Santiago & Puerto Varas

Recommended Itinerary for 1 Week

Explore the dense, lush foliage of Patagonia's Alerce Andino National Park
Explore the dense, lush foliage of Patagonia's Alerce Andino National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Santiago, Welcome to Santiago Santiago
Day 2 Full Day Excursion to Cajon de Maipo Santiago
Day 3 Transfer to Puerto Varas Puerto Varas
Day 4 Trekking to Osorno Volcano & Paso Desolación Puerto Varas
Day 5 Kayaking on the Reloncaví Fjord Puerto Varas
Day 6 Trekking in Alerce Andino National Park Puerto Varas
Day 7 Return to Santiago, Depart  

Snowcapped volcanoes, pristine mountain lakes, and quiet hiking trails await you on this active weeklong adventure around northern Chilean Patagonia. After a day of sightseeing in Santiago, spend the rest of the trip exploring the great outdoors in Puerto Varas. You'll trek through spectacular landscapes, kayak on a fjord, spot rare birds, enjoy a traditional lunch on a family farm, and much more! Read more

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Extended Itineraries

11-Day Itinerary Including Atacama Desert, Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

Explore Chile's Atacama Desert
Explore Chile's Atacama Desert
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Santiago Santiago
Day 2 Fly to San Pedro de Atacama & Stargazing Tour San Pedro de Atacama
Day 3 Cejar Lagoon, Ojos del Salar & Tebenquiche San Pedro de Atacama
Day 4 Atacama Desert - Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village San Pedro de Atacama
Day 5 Fly from Calama to Puerto Montt - Transfer to Puerto Varas Puerto Varas
Day 6 Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Falls Puerto Varas
Day 7 Chiloé Day Trip Puerto Varas
Day 8 Puerto Varas to Puerto Natales Puerto Natales
Day 9 Mount Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Puerto Natales
Day 10 Torres del Paine Day Tour Puerto Natales
Day 11 Return to Santiago, Depart  

Travelers flock to Chile from all over the world to visit three principal regions, and this 11-day itinerary has all of them covered. First, it's a trip to the north of the country and the Atacama Desert, where you'll do some stargazing and tour the otherworldly landscapes. Then it's a flight to the southern Lake District and its enormous lakes, wild rivers, and snowcapped volcanoes. Finally, you'll end up in the far south, in Patagonia, where you'll spend a day exploring the most famous national park in the country: Torres del Paine. Read more

2-Week Itinerary Including Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine & Punta Arenas

Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Santiago & City Tour Santiago
Day 2 Daily Trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Santiago
Day 3 Wine not? - Visit a Chilean winery Santiago
Day 4 To the edge of the world - Reaching Patagonia Punta Arenas
Day 5 Catching up with the Penguins - Navigation to Isla Magdalena Puerto Natales
Day 6 Be enchanted - It's Torres del Paine we're talking about! Puerto Natales
Day 7 Navigate through the wonders of Patagonia Puerto Natales
Day 8 To the Lake District - The green heart of Chile Puerto Varas
Day 9 Volcanoes, lakes and waterfalls - The quintessential Lake District Puerto Varas
Day 10 Discovering Chiloé - Between mistery and tradition Puerto Varas
Day 11 Trekking in Alerce Andino National Park Puerto Varas
Day 12 The capital awaits - Back to Santiago Santiago
Day 13 Santiago at your own pace - Time at leisure Santiago
Day 14 Leaving Chile, just to come back in the future  

Make your way around a series of unforgettable natural attractions—including national parks, mountain peaks, icy glaciers, penguin colonies, pristine lagoons, and more—on this two-week tour around Chilean Patagonia and the Lake District. Bookended on both sides with a few days in the bustling capital city of Santiago, the itinerary takes you first to Patagonia and the cities of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Move on to the Lake District, side-tripping to the mythical island of Chiloé. Trek through native forests to waterfalls and marvel at volcanoes before heading back to Santiago, where the trip comes to a close. Read more

How to travel between Santiago & Puerto Varas

How to get from Santiago to Puerto Varas
Flying is the most convenient way to travel the 630 miles (1,016 km) between Santiago de Chile and Puerto Varas. Expect a 1.5-hour plane ride and a 30-minute drive from the Puerto Montt Airport. Shuttle buses are also available at the airport and take approximately the same amount of time as driving. Read more

How to get to Santiago de Chile
Santiago is one of the most visited cities in Chile and in South America. Depending on where you're coming from, the city may be best reached by car, plane, and sometimes by bus. Read more


Map of Santiago & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Santiago & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas