From cosmopolitan Santiago to cosmic stargazing in the Atacama Desert, this brilliant seven-day itinerary takes you from the capital city to the world's largest salt flat. Taste typical Atacameño dishes with a local family, wander the lunar landscapes of Moon Valley, taste sustainably-grown Chilean wine at the source, and spot flamingoes on Chaxa Lagoon. Along the way, you'll discover the rhythms of daily life in remote Atacameño villages and support the work of local and Indigenous guides.
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In 15 days, you can see the entire country on a fast-paced expedition from San Pedro de Atacama in the north to Puerto Natales in the south, as well as Easter Island. Alternatively, skip Easter Island and cover the mainland highlights from the Atacama Desert to Torres del Paine or from tip to tail and reach Punta Arenas, the "Gateway to Antarctica." Or, stick to one region, such as Patagonia or the Lake District, for the whole duration to get a more immersive experience in one part of the country.
On this 15-day adventure, you'll experience Chile's vibrant capital and dive deep into Patagonia. Start with a tour of Santiago, followed by a visit to the nearby coastal city of Valparaíso. Explore the Andes Mountains and San José Volcano, then head to Puerto Natales to begin the Patagonian leg of your trip. Enjoy hiking, stunning views, and a boat tour on the Chilean side, then cross the border into Argentina for more outdoor activities. Finish with one last day of leisure in Santiago before heading home.
Discover the reason so many travelers head south to Chilean Patagonia on this 14-day itinerary. From the turquoise waters of the Lake District to the penguin colonies of Isla Magdalena, this region offers an endless array of natural sites to explore. Get close to the action as you reach out and touch the glaciers of Torres del Paine, kayak alongside sea lions and dolphins in the Strait of Magellan, and hike to the edge of the active Osorno Volcano.
Explore some of South America's most astonishing landscapes on this 11-day nature tour of Chile. First, head north to Atacama to ride e-bikes and buggies through the desert, watch the sunrise over steaming geysers, and gaze at stars through powerful telescopes. Then, go south to the glacial terrain of Patagonia to spend several days climbing and hiking through lakes, forests, and peaks in Torres del Paine National Park.
This 15-day odyssey will take you to some of Chile's most fascinating sites and spectacular landscapes. Get to know the bustling city of Santiago, see the driest desert in the world at San Pedro de Atacama, marvel at glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park, and learn about Chile's colonial history in the scenic lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Cap off your adventure with a food tour of Santiago's best restaurants and a trip to Colchagua Valley wine country.
Monumental archaeological mysteries, natural phenomena, and urban life are all part of this 11-day Chilean itinerary. From sprawling Santiago to the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert and Easter Island, each moment of your trip will offer opportunities for unforgettable experiences. Travel by air, car, hot air balloon, bike, and horseback for a dynamic adventure through South America and across the South Pacific.
Discover Chile's famous Atacama Desert and Lake District on this 11-day adventure. Tour the historic capital Santiago before delving into the Atacama's otherworldly landscapes, exploring its lunar-like salt flats, flamingo-filled lagoons, and spurting geysers. You'll stargaze and ride desert buggies, soak in geothermal pools, and end with a trip to Chile's lush Lake District for bird spotting on Chiloé Island.
Feed your adventurous soul with this 15-day tour of Chile. Begin in Santiago with bike tours of the city and visits to Chile's wine country for tastings of its best varietals. Then, it's off to the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert, where you'll travel through the mystical Moon Valley and swim in saltwater lagoons. Fly south to Patagonia to see the penguins of Magdalena Island in Puntas Arenas, then close the trip by hiking the mountains and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park.
Explore Chile's Lake District & Wine Country: Santiago, Chiloé Island, Puerto Varas & Colchagua – 15 Days
Visit lake-studded landscapes and world-renowned vineyards on this extensive 15-day tour of Chile. Start by exploring Santiago's city sights before escaping to the coveted Lake District for bird-filled wetlands, German colonial towns, and encounters with local farmers. You'll kayak on Reloncaví Fjord, spot towering volcanoes, trek among giant trees in national parks, and finish by tasting Chile's famous wines in the Colchagua Valley.
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.
This epic 10-day tour showcases three diverse regions of Chile, with a perfect balance of outdoor adventure and quiet relaxation. Explore the city streets of Santiago, then fly south to the rugged peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. After embarking on a series of unforgettable full-day treks deep into Torres del Paine National Park, you'll head north again to spend the remainder of your trip unwinding among the vines at a wine country retreat in the Casablanca Valley.
A wonderland of mountains, fjords, and glaciers awaits on this self-drive journey into the remote Patagonian region of Aysén. Spend a week winding your way along the scenic Carretera Austral, while the spectacular southern highway introduces you to a world of untouched beauty and outdoor adventure. Hike to dramatic summits, soak in natural hot springs, trek through enchanted forests, and discover the marble caves of Capillas de Mármol.
Cradled between mountains and sea, the Casablanca Valley's cool climate and lush soils make it one of the top wine-growing regions in Chile. Setting out from the capital of Santiago, this active 5-day tour strikes a perfect balance between cycling and wine tasting, as you pedal your way through spectacular scenery and visit three of the valley's renowned wineries. End with an unforgettable ride over the mountains to the coast, where you'll discover the remote Pacific beaches of Tunquén.
Patagonia's natural wonders take center stage on this week-long Chilean adventure. Arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, then fly to the country's far south to embark on a series of unforgettable outdoor excursions. Meet the penguin colonies of Isla Magdalena, trek through the spectacular landscapes of Torres del Paine, and travel by boat through the Ultima Esperanza Sound to reach the remote Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.
Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Andes on this 12-day South American intinerary. Starting in Chile, you'll tour the bustling capital of Santiago and explore the arid Atacama Desert before flying north up the coast to Peru. After sampling the culture and cuisine of Lima, discover the rich Incan history of Cusco and set out to explore the iconic archaeological sites of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
This 10-day itinerary takes you from Chile's capital to two of its most dramatic and secluded destinations. After touring the modern metropolis of Santiago and visiting the colorful seaside towns of Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, change gears and set out towards one of the most remote islands on earth. Spend three days discovering the iconic monoliths and windswept beaches of Easter Island, then return to the mainland to end your trip among the breathtaking landscapes of the Atacama Desert.
This diverse 10-day itinerary takes you on a journey from south to north as you visit three of Chile's most iconic regions. Start in remote Patagonia, where you'll explore the granite peaks, azure lakes, and rushing waterfalls of the famed Torres del Paine National Park. Sample the culture and cuisine of the capital in Santiago, then end your adventure in the far north—stargazing under desert skies and discovering the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama.
Take in rugged mountains, pristine fjords, and lush wine country on this diverse 14-day journey through Chile's greatest highlights. Start in the country's far south, where you'll hike through the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park, visit penguins on the Strait of Magellan, and horseback ride across a traditional Patagonian estancia. Head north to kayak and climb through the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, then wind down with a final three days in Santiago. After a trip filled with activity and adventure, enjoy a change of pace as you explore the vibrant capital and take relaxing day trips to the nearby wine country and colorful villages of the Pacific coast.
Conquer Chile's famous "W Circuit" trek on this 7-day self-guided excursion for experienced hikers and the adventurous at heart. Starting in the trekker's paradise of Puerto Natales, you'll set out into Torres del Paine National Park, following the w-shaped route through some of Chilean Patagonia's most spectacular scenery. Pass towering mountains, vast glaciers, and turquoise lakes as you hike the rugged and rewarding 35 miles (56 km) to the base of the magnificent Glacier Grey.
Trek through Kawésqar National Park in this 6-day tour of Patagonia, starting in the port city of Puerto Natales with a scenic boat ride across the channel and up the fjord, where you'll view wildlife and ice calving glaciers. Your trek creates a circuit through several fjords, glaciers, and forests, with hikes up to alpine lagoons, preglacial lakes, and atop passes, such as the Indian Pass that was used by a local tribe for nearly 6,000 years. Explore glaciers up close while sleeping soundly under the stars in sturdy tents or on the water in houseboats.
Explore the beautiful Aysén Region of Chilean Patagonia on this thrilling 4-day adventure. You will be staying in Puyuhuapi, where you will get access to incredible scenery that includes the Puyuhuapi Lake, fjords, glaciers, and forests. You can kayak through glacial channels and hike on mountain roads as you look for unique wildlife like sea lions and cougars. Back at your lodge, you will enjoy spa treatments, locally-grown food, and Chilean wine.
Connect with the incredible nature of Chile on this kayaking and camping adventure through Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park, the largest national park in South America. This pristine wilderness, which is home to a diverse array of flora, fauna, and Valdivian forests, extends from the heart of the Andes Mountains to the fjords of the Pacific Coast. Kayak through fjords, visit a sea lion colony, camp under the stars, and more on this six-day itinerary.Be aware that this itinerary includes about five hours of kayaking a day, so good physical condition is required to manage this intermediate level trip. The route can vary slightly due to currents, tide, and weather.
Have an alternative honeymoon with this biking and hiking adventure trip through gorgeous Chile. Arrive at Santiago, Chile's lively and eclectic capital before beginning a bike tour through the vineyards of Casablanca. Alternate physical activity with wine tours as you cross this region's magnificent landscapes. Then, you'll change it up by traveling to the Atacama Desert. One of the driest places on earth, this desert presents challenges and beauty in equal parts, and is perfect for hiking.
Spend four days exploring the majestic landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park. Located in Chilean Patagonia, the park boasts numerous unique ecosystems and endemic species. You'll get to enjoy the mix the comfort of modern luxuries with the adventure of being close to nature. Spend the days on guided hikes around the park, and nights looking up at the stars from the comfort of your private glass-domed yurt.
Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in Chile on this special tour in December 2020. As well as dedicating a full day to viewing the eclipse at Pucon, you'll tour many of Chile's other highlights, from the modern capital Santiago to the historic port city of Valparaiso, and the natural beauty of the Andes. Fit a wide variety of unforgettable experiences into nine days.
There are few natural events as spectacular or memorable as a full solar eclipse, and on this 13-day tour of Chile in December 2020 you'll watch the amazing event from the clear skies of Pucon. As well as dedicating a full day to watching the eclipse, you'll tour many of Chile's other highlights, including the modern capital Santiago, the historic port city of Valparaiso, the excellent wineries of the valleys, and the unparalleled natural beauty of the Atacama Desert, plus much more. This comprehensive tour fits in a lot of different sights and experiences, and is sure to be memorable.
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.
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.