With just under two weeks, you'll have ample time to experience the best of Chile. With 13 days, you can comfortably discover four regions of the country—with several day excursions launching from the capital city (wineries and coastal cities) and Chilean Patagonian (island wildlife tours). Quick, domestic flights keep traveling time-efficient, so you can spend more of your days enjoying the great outdoors. Explore Santiago, the Pacific Coast, Torres del Paine, the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, the Lake District, and even cross the border into Argentinian Patagonia, in these five trip plan ideas.
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With 12 days in Chile at your disposal, you can enjoy a well-rounded adventure of three regions, which range from Patagonia and the Atacama Desert, to the Lake District and Easter Island. While domestic flights transport you to specific regions for several days at a time, when stationed in Santiago, you have the freedom to venture out on day trips out to coastal towns, like Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, and nearby valleys, such as Casablanca and Maipo. Experience the culinary, scenic, and historical highlights of Chile in these five trip plans below.
An 11-day visit to Chile awards you with enough time to discover a few areas per trip, with several day excursions out of Santiago, too. By anchoring your travels in the capital, you can board short, domestic flights to hop from region to region—including Patagonia, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert—with just enough time to cross over into another country, like nearby Bolivia.
Explore many Chilean highlights in just under two weeks. Arrive in Santiago and embark on a city tour, followed by a day trip to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Then, discover Maipo Valley’s peaks and streams, along with a wine tasting excursion through Casablanca Valley. Then, it’s off to Patagonia to discover the Aysén region, home to beautiful glaciers and stunning marble caves. Next, fly to Punta Arenas to view native wildlife, explore the best of Torres del Paine, and visit a local estancia—before one final evening in Santiago.
Embark on an adventure through Chilean Patagonia on this eventful, 11-day trip. Fly into Santiago, and head straight to Punta Arenas. Do a bit of exploration before discovering the region’s native wildlife—visit the Austral dolphins in the Strait of Magellan, the penguins that inhabit Magdalena Island, and the sea lion colony on Marta Island. Then, it’s time to conquer the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. Hike to the famed Towers and walk along the ice of Glacier Grey. The trip winds down with a glacial kayaking excursion and a visit to a local estancia.
Few other places in the world can compete with the wild, jagged mountains, incredible glaciers, and enormous panoramas of Patagonia. On this ultimate 13-day adventure, enjoy the best of the region. Following a quick tour of Santiago and a day along the coast, fly to Chilean Patagonia. Embark on the famed W Trek, a four-day hike that covers the furthest reaches of Torres del Paine National Park. Then, bus over to Argentinian Patagonia to view Perito Moreno Glacier and iconic Mount Fitz Roy.
Experience the highlights of diverse and beautiful Chile in less than two weeks. Begin in the capital Santiago with some sightseeing, before flying off to the Atacama Desert. Discover the lagoons, geysers, salt flats, and more. Then, fly to Punta Arenas for your Patagonian adventure. Visit the native wildlife of the islands, and then head into Torres del Paine National Park for two days of private tours. The final leg takes you to Easter Island to explore the ancient moai figureheads, volcanoes, and stunning beaches.
Conquer the highlights of Southern Chile on this 13-day adventure. After a quick stop to tour Santiago, hop a flight to Punta Arenas for your first glimpse of Patagonia. Then, visit penguins on Magdalena Island and enjoy a wildlife tour along the Straight of Magellan. Next, spend four days discovering the unparalleled beauty of Torres del Paine National Park along the W Trek, the famed Towers to the ice fields of Glacier Grey. The trip concludes with a kayaking excursion out of Pueblo Serrano—with more incredible glacial views along the way.
This 12-day Chilean vacation starts in Santiago for some sightseeing, followed by a day trip to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Then, head out to explore the rivers, gorges, and peaks of Maipo Valley. Next, fly to Punta Arenas to begin your Patagonian adventure. Visit penguins on Magdalena Island, take a tour of a working estancia, and spend four, incredible days hiking Torres del Paine's W Trek highlights—Mirador Base Torres, Lake Nordenskjöld, the French Valley, and Glacier Grey.
This extensive 12-day itinerary covers the major highlights of north, south, and central Chile—the Lake District, Torres del Paine National Park, and the Atacama Desert. The Lake District is famous for its charming villages, Prussian-blue lakes, and snow-capped volcanoes. Torres del Paine, on the other hand, is the crown jewel of national parks to explore in Patagonia. Throw in a visit to a Patagonian penguin colony and a jaunt to the mystical and beautiful island of Chiloé, and you have the perfect Chilean adventure.
This 12-day trip to Chile takes you through several areas—the capital city, desert landscapes, coastal towns, and ancient islands. First, go sightseeing in Santiago, followed by a journey through the Atacama Desert region. Then, visit the coastal, neighboring towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, and tour the stunning Maipo Valley. The finale leads you on an adventure through historical Easter Island, from moai stone figureheads to beautiful beaches.
On this 12-day Chilean vacation, explore three regions of the country—the capital city, Patagonia, and the Pacific Coast. Begin with some sightseeing in Santiago, and head to Patagonia the next day. Enjoy the waterfront promenade of Puerto Natales before venturing to Torres del Paine National Park. Spend an adventurous five days exploring the park’s highlights—Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Lake Nordenskjöld, the French Valley, Lago Grey/Glacier Grey, and more. Visit a Patagonian estancia, and go on a historical kayaking excursion. Then, return to Santiago and head out to the vibrant coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, a colorful grand finale.
On this 11-day tour of Chile, experience several different sides of the country—the capital city, two coastal towns, one of the main wine regions, and stunning Patagonia. Indulge in a food tour of Santiago, and then visit the neighboring, colorful towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Next, embark on a wine tasting tour of Casablanca Valley before heading to Punta Arenas, the hub of Patagonia. Enjoy several boat tours, hike around the gorgeous glaciers and peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, and visit a Patagonian estancia to close out the adventure.
Nine days in Chile is enough time to pair a few days in the Santiago area (including day trips) with one or two more regions. Consider splitting your time between the capital city and the Atacama Desert, or head south from Santiago to the glaciers and wildlife of Chilean Patagonia. Active travelers can hike and bike their way through the national parks of Pucón, and those seeking adventure can hop a flight to Easter Island. Learn more in the itineraries below.
In eight days, you can combine exploration of the Santiago area with one other major region—the Lake District, Atacama Desert, Patagonia, or Easter Island. Close to the capital, you can enjoy the culture of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley. For the adventurous, hiking, biking, kayaking, and wildlife tours await via the trip plans outlined below.
With six days in Chile, you can get a taste of Santiago and spend a few days in one other region. Explore Pucón and the Araucaria forest, visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar in Central Chile, trek through the Atacama Desert or Torres del Paine in Patagonia, or discover the ancient stones of Easter Island—all in these five itineraries below.
Enjoy a cultural adventure through Chile on this nine-day vacation. Start in Santiago to tour the landmarks and markets, and take advantage of the burgeoning restaurant scene. Then, venture to Easter Island to explore the history and moai of the ancient Polynesian destination. Next, return to Santiago, and venture out on day trips to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, as well as the Casablanca Valley—for a grand finale of wine tasting.
On this scenic Chilean adventure, explore several regions of the country over the course of nine days. Begin in Santiago, and tour the landmarks and markets. Then, embark on two day trips—one to the neighboring towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, followed by an excursion to explore the beauty of Maipo Valley. Next, venture into the Atacama Desert region to discover the valleys, geysers, and villages, along with memorable sunrises, sunsets, and stargazing.
This eight-day Chilean adventure begins in the capital, Santiago. Explore the city and surrounding region, including the neighboring cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Next, hop a flight to Easter Island. This Chilean territory, formed of volcanic rock, is 2.5-million years old. As you tour this ancient, Polynesian destination, explore the many moai figures, along with beaches, volcanoes, and significant archaeological sites.
Begin your adventure in the capital of Santiago. Experience the city's culture and culinary delights on a full-day walking tour. Next, head to the coast to immerse yourself in the artsy vibe of Valparaíso before heading out to the Casablanca Valley to taste some of Chile's world-renowned wines. Then, travel south to Punta Arenas to explore the rugged beauty and unforgettable landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. Take a boat out to Magdalena Island, and get a close-up look at the 150,000 strong penguin colony. Then you'll embark on a trek into the famed Torres del Paine National Park, a Patagonian Mecca for hikers. Finally, you'll tour lakes and rivers before finishing with a boat trip to Glacier Grey.
Explore several sides of Chile on this six-day itinerary. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago to learn about the culture. Next, visit the neighboring coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso for some sightseeing. Then, head to one of the most impressive landscapes on earth, Torres del Paine National Park. Hike to the base of the iconic towers and get an up-close look at the majestic Grey Glacier during a boat tour.
On this brisk, six-day excursion, experience the unforgettable landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. Explore the capital city of Santiago to start, then travel to Punta Arenas to visit Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 150,000 penguins. Then, embark on a trek into the famed Torres del Paine National Park, a Patagonian Mecca for hikers. The vacation concludes with a stunning boat trip to Glacier Grey.
If you have a week to spend in Chile, take advantage of your time and visit more than one region. Beginning in Santiago, venture to the Atacama Desert for stargazing, to the Andes for skiing and snowboarding, to Chile's wine regions for food and wine tastings, or to Easter Island for hiking around the Moai. Find out how with these five unique itineraries.
Just because you only have five days in Chile doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to one destination. Pair your visit to Santiago with an active adventure in the Lake District or the Atacama Desert, a gourmet excursion to Chilean wine regions, a side trip to the colorful port city of Valparaiso, even a side trip to Easter Island. Find out how with these five unique itineraries.
With ten days in Chile, you have time to visit more than one region. On these five unique itineraries, you'll combine a visit to Santiago with active adventures in the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine National Park, gourmet lunches and tastings in Chile's wine regions, and following the footsteps of poet Pablo Neruda in the port city of Valparaiso.
If you have two weeks in Chile, you can visit a range of diverse landscapes or focus your energy on one region, like Patagonia. Explore the natural wonders of Chile, from the Atacama Desert to the glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park, take a boat tour through the Marble Caves, taste wines made at coastal wineries, and wander through the colorful streets of Valparaíso on these four unique itineraries.
In the far north of Chile, close to the Argentine and Bolivian borders, San Pedro de Atacama is the gateway to one of the world’s most extreme environments: the Atacama Desert. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that the town has to offer.
Chile is what travel dreams are made of. Star-gazing, road tripping, wine tasting, and wildlife: from its northern reaches to the southern tip of Patagonia, this is a destination with endless options. Kimkim can help tailor a trip that's perfectly in line with your interests—find out how we do it in this article.
Chile’s capital is located right in the center of this long, thin country, midway between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Although it doesn’t yet have the glitzy reputation of Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, Santiago is firmly on the up, with a host of attractions, thriving culinary and creative scenes, and world-class ski resorts within easy reach.
Spread across a multitude of hills carpeted with colorful homes and overlooking a wide, arcing bay, Valparaíso is Chile’s most engaging city. Commonly known as Valpo, it boasts eye-catching architecture, a flourishing creative scene, and a distinct bohemian vibe. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that the city has to offer.
There's so much to see and do in Chile. Getting off the beaten path—and away from the crowds—is a great way to experience the country's natural beauty and cultural character. Go whale-watching from a little-visited island, check out a ghost town, drive hairpin roads in Patagonia, and star-gaze in a quiet valley with this list of ideas.
November is a gorgeous month to visit Chile. Patagonia finally blooms into spring, while the north moves into even warmer, drier weather. It's an excellent time to visit the coastal towns and desert in the north, as well as Torres del Paine while the crowds and high prices are still a month away.
October is a great time to travel in Chile, with spring wildflowers blooming in both northern and central Chile, surf waves in the north, and Patagonia starting to come out of hibernation. You can also join in the fun with Oktoberfest taking place in the Lake District. Read on to learn more.
September brings early spring weather to central Chile, with warm, sunny days in Santiago, as well as great surfing waves in the north. Though it's just the start of shoulder season, the country is full of life during this month for locals. Case in point: loads of festivities for Chile's Independence Day.
August signifies the last month of Chile's ski season with lower prices than July. In the south, winter rains begin to taper off making this a good time to head to Patagonia with days starting to get longer for more outdoor adventures. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
July is peak winter season in Chile, and that means ski resorts are open for business in the central Andes and Lake District. This is also a great time of year to visit Santiago, the wine valleys, and northern Argentina for desert landscapes, coastal towns, salt flats, and starry skies. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Chile this month.
With the onset of winter, Chile's famous Andes become snow-capped and ready for visitors in June. This is a great month to experience the ski resorts, cities, and desert, especially while parts of Southern Chilean Patagonia empty out for the season. Let this monthly guide show you the best sightseeing, nightlife, and culture during the shortest days of the year.
May is a great month to enjoy this diverse, far-flung country. Crowds are long gone with summer, and it's still too early for skiing. Autumn, then, is the time to head to the country's great outdoors to enjoy the foliage and observe spectacular landscapes in peace. Read on to learn more.
Chile's autumn is in full swing in April with cooling temperatures and bright colors. Crowds thin out in Patagonia making this a great time to visit, while Santiago, the central wine valley, and Atacama Desert offer plenty of scenic road trips and Easter celebrations. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
March is a great month to travel to Chile as the country transitions from summer to autumn. This is when high season crowds begin to thin out making popular destinations more peaceful, like Torres del Paine. Visitors will also catch glimpses of changing leaves and can take part in grape harvesting in the wine valleys. Read on to learn more.
For Chileans, it doesn't get better than February (it's their favorite month to vacation). With temperatures reaching their peak and lots of summer events, people flock to the country's beaches and lakes, as well as Patagonia and Easter Island. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
January is prime summer season in Chile with great weather, longer days for enjoying outdoor activities, and, yes, more tourists—especially in Patagonia. Locals, meanwhile, head to the beaches while fun celebrations take place all over the country. This monthly guide will tell you what to do and where to go (and how to beat the crowds).
This is the magical month in Chile when spring transitions to the summer season making for some stunning weather all the way from north to south. The first half of the month is still quiet—ideal for outdoor activities in the Lake District and Patagonia—and then things start bustling around the holidays, especially Valparaiso, which puts on a big New Years Bash. Find out what to do and where to go with this December guide.
Spend 10 days in Chile, and you'll be glad you did: it's enough to experience some of the famously long coastline, go wine tasting, and even venture down to the wilds of Patagonia. Or, choose to dive deep into a region—spend your entire trip in the Atacama Desert or tackle a multi-day trek in Torres del Paine. Add a week to do it all, but if you're short on time, don't worry—a few days is all you need to check out the colorful capital city and surrounds.
Chile's rugged landscapes lure active travelers from all over the world. Thrill-seekers go whitewater rafting in the Lakes Region, sandboarding in the Atacama Desert, and paragliding high above Iquique. Down-to-earth alternatives include horseback riding on the beach and cycling in Pan De Azúcar National Park.
Chile is a world-renowned destination, filled with scenic high-altitude deserts, culturally rich cities, and vast expanses of Patagonian wilderness. This list answers the most common questions asked by travelers to Chile, from what to pack to how to get around.
Adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this tiny volcanic island is one of the most remote inhabited places on earth, home to the distinct Rapa Nui culture and—of course—an incredible collection of Neolithic statues called moai, found nowhere else on earth. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that Easter Island has to offer.
Explore Patagonia's most breathtaking sites at a relaxed pace while staying in comfortable accommodations on this 15-day itinerary. Kick off in Chile's capital before continuing south to Torres del Paine National Park for glaciers, turquoise lakes, and thrilling day hikes. Finish across the border in Argentine Patagonia for more glaciers and a secluded mountain lodge with a variety of outdoor activities, not to mention iconic views of Mt. Fitz Roy.
This 15-day trip combines outdoor attractions around Chile and Argentina's spectacular far south, also known as Patagonia. You'll start with penguins, horses, and glaciers before entering Torres del Paine National Park for three days of guided tours. Then head across the border for Los Glaciares National Park where you'll go ice trekking and partake in several jaw-dropping trails near Mt. Fitz Roy.
This two-week itinerary explores Patagonia's most breathtaking sites at a relaxed pace while staying in comfortable accommodations. Kick off in Chile's capital before continuing south to Torres del Paine National Park for glaciers, turquoise lakes, and thrilling day hikes. Finish across the border in Argentine Patagonia for more glaciers and a secluded mountain lodge with a variety of outdoor activities, not to mention iconic views of Mt. Fitz Roy.