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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Santiago
Home to seven million residents, Santiago is the best place to experience urban culture in Chile. Its vibrant neighborhoods make for rewarding exploring, whether taking in the grand architecture of Centro, photographing street art in Barrio Brasil or dining and drinking in upscale Providencia. The Chilean capital also houses excellent museums, riverside parks and plenty of surprises — like La Chascona, the wildly extravagant hideaway Pablo Neruda built for his mistress. 

Guided tours take you to some of the city’s key sights, such as the Plaza de Armas, the Palace of the Royal High Court and Cerro Santa Lucía, a manicured 19th-century park with views over downtown. Beyond the city center, there’s much to explore. You can take a day trip to the Maipo Valley for tours through scenic vineyards. For immersion in the Andean wilderness, it’s hard to top the Cajón del Maipo, a canyon that’s ideal for hiking, cycling and rafting. You’ll also find some of Chile’s best ski slopes just a short drive from the capital.
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Santiago Essentials

Explore Chile's capital
Ultimate Guide to Santiago de Chile

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.

Top boutique hotels in Santiago
The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile is nestled in a bowl-shaped valley between the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera de la Costa (Chilean Coastal Range). Hidden among its office blocks and skyscrapers are some unique boutique hotels noted for their imaginative design and architectural flair. Most offer personal service that sets them apart from the business hotels that comprise many of the city's accommodations.

Santiago Itineraries

The UNESCO-listed salt flats across Chile's border in Bolivia
Map of Natural Wonders of Chile & Bolivia - 11 Days
Natural Wonders of Chile & Bolivia - 11 Days

Check off two South American countries while experiencing some of the planet's most awe-inspiring and extreme natural wonders. Over 11 days, you'll discover a range of topographies including lush vineyards and high-altitude desert plateaus in Chile. Then, head across the border for otherworldly salt flats left behind by prehistoric lakes in Bolivia. Start and end the trip in Santiago and La Paz, respectively—two exciting capitals known for outstanding food and culture.

Valparaíso
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Santiago & Valparaíso Exploration - 4 Days

If you want to experience some of the highlights of the Santiago region but are strapped for time, then this quick four-day trip is perfect for you. Arrive in Santiago and take in the major sights during a full-day walking tour. Then, it's off to the coast for some wine tasting and an exploration of the most romantic city in the nation: Valparaíso. Take your time to explore the colorful streets and take in the city's artsy vibe before returning to Santiago for the evening.

Valparaíso
Map of Central Chile Exploration - 5 Days
Central Chile Exploration - 5 Days

Experience some of Chile's highlights in five days with this itinerary, perfect if you're short on time. You'll arrive in Santiago and explore the city on foot, taking in the major sights before enjoying a day trip to coastal (and colorful) Valparaíso for some wine tasting. Back in the capital, and after a tasty food tour, you'll finish your time in the country with a road trip into Chile's central mountains.

Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires
Map of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Beyond - 7 Days
Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Beyond - 7 Days

Explore two of South America's greatest cities (and beyond) on this week-long tour. Begin with a day of exploration in Santiago de Chile, followed by wine tastings and vineyard tours in the Casablanca Valley. Visit the seaport town of Valparaiso before heading to Buenos Aires for a city tour and tango show. Finish your trip with a day in charming Tigre, a Venetian-style village filled with freshwater canals and fabulous museums.

Sample Chilean wines on this 10-day trip
Map of Wine Regions of Chile & Argentina - 10 Days
Wine Regions of Chile & Argentina - 10 Days

On this epic 10-day tour, visit the best wine-producing regions of Chile and Argentina as you tour the vineyards that produce their most famous varietals. Arrive in Santiago and tour the Cachapoal Valley, then visit a wine estate near the town of Pirque. Next, head to the Maipo Valley in central Chile before moving on to Mendoza, Argentina. Explore the surrounding vineyards and mountain villages before returning to Santiago.

Wine tour in Santiago de Chile - 5 Days
Map of Wine tour in Santiago de Chile - 5 Days
Wine tour in Santiago de Chile - 5 Days

Do you ever get the urge to just drop everything and take a quick jaunt to wine country and relax with a few glasses of good reds and whites? Then this 5-day sojourn to Chile's famous wine country is just what the doctor ordered. You'll arrive in the capital of Santiago, which will be your home base for excursions into Chile's renowned wine country. Over a couple of days, you'll visit various wineries and taste the different varietals produced on site. As an added bonus you'll get to explore the streets of Santiago on foot and discover its many treasures!

Browsing the vines
Map of Wine tour in Santiago de Chile - 4 Days
Wine tour in Santiago de Chile - 4 Days

Do you ever get the urge to drop everything and abscond to wine country to relax with a few glasses of good reds and whites? Then this brisk four-day sojourn to Chile's famous vineyards is just what the doctor ordered. You'll arrive in the capital of Santiago, which will be your home base for excursions into Chile's renowned wine country. Over a couple of days, you'll visit various wineries and taste the different varietals produced on site. As an added bonus you'll get to explore the streets of Santiago on foot and discover its many treasures!

A Chilean vineyard near Mendoza
Map of Santiago & Mendoza: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & Mendoza: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Santiago and Mendoza spend about nine to 10 days in Chile, which usually includes some time in Buenos Aires as well. For travelers wanting to visit Santiago and Mendoza exclusively, plan eight to 10 days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five to seven days. For the best itineraries, including Santiago and Mendoza, keep reading below.

Explore Mendoza's vineyards with the Andes as your backdrop
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Food, Wine & Culture in Chile & Argentina - 10 Days

Discover Chile and Argentina's rich culinary and cultural heritage on this 10-day tour. Start in Argentina, where you'll learn to make empanadas and enjoy an evening of tango, then experience gaúcho culture in San Antonio de Areco. Soak up the mountain scenery in Mendoza before flying to Chile, where city sightseeing in Santiago and UNESCO-listed Valparaíso awaits. Finish with a tour and tasting session at the renowned Concha y Toro winery.

Plaza de Armas in Santiago de Chile
Map of Santiago: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 11 days is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting Santiago, especially when also including the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine. If you're only headed to Santiago, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in four to five days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Santiago and beyond.

Panoramic view of Andean peaks and a mineral-rich lagoon in the Atacama region
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Hiking the Atacama Desert - 10 Days

This 10-day trip takes you through some of Chile's most dramatic high desert landscapes. Arrive in Santiago, then head to San Pedro de Atacama. Go stargazing in Cuchabrache, visit a traditional Indigenous village, explore the Atacama Salt Flat, and go hiking at Punta del Inca. Trek to Río Grande Village and explore the Altiplanic Lagoons, then hike through the Rainbow Valley and visit the Tatio Geysers before heading home.

Explore Santiago, Chile
Map of Santiago & Atacama Desert - 9 Days
Santiago & Atacama Desert - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in the colorful tiny town of San Pedro de Atacama and discover geysers, volcanoes, valleys, and salt flats amidst the arid Chilean desert. Lose yourself in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, walk through its many squares, and marvel at the diverse architecture that makes this city a unique metropolis in Latin America all while being wowed by the grandeur of the Andes.

Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Explore Santiago & Torres del Paine National Park - 10 Days
Explore Santiago & Torres del Paine National Park - 10 Days

This 10-day Chilean itinerary combines city life, nature hikes, and wine tasting. Lose yourself in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago as you explore it on a city tour, visit Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, then head to southern Patagonia to hike in the amazing Torres del Paine National Park. End your trip with a relaxing stay at a charming vineyard, where you'll enjoy wine tasting, horseback riding, cycling, trekking, and other excursions.

Villarrica Volcano looming in the distance
Map of Santiago & the Lake District - 5 Days
Santiago & the Lake District - 5 Days

Kick off this 5-day Chilean sojourn in Santiago for a day of cultural and culinary delights. You'll then fly south for activities surrounding native forests, hot springs, glaciers, and waterfalls. Base yourself in the traveler hub of Pucón for lakeside strolls with views of one of Chile's most active volcanoes—not to mention international eats ranging from Middle Eastern to French to Peruvian.

Valparaíso, Chile
Map of Easter Island & Santiago - 7 Days
Easter Island & Santiago - 7 Days

On this adventure, you'll explore remote Rapa Nui—the Chilean territory also known as the legendary Easter Island. Fly into Santiago to experience the culture of the capital city and seaside Valparaíso. After a wine tour and an excursion into the Chilean mountains, you'll finally hop on a flight to Easter Island, where you'll hang out with the famous stone moai statues that are found nowhere else on Earth.

Discover Chile's Atacama Desert
Map of Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 7 Days
Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary allows you to experience central Chile's major cities and wine regions and the arid desert landscapes in the country's north. First, you'll arrive in Santiago and take a city tour before discovering the nearby wilderness and wine country. Then, it's a trip to the coastal seaport and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaíso. Afterward, you'll jet off to the Atacama Desert in the north, where you'll visit the Indigenous villages, geysers, painted mountains, salt flats, and lunar landscapes for which the region is deservedly famous.

Torres del Paine National Park. Chile
Map of Santiago & Torres del Paine - 6 Days
Santiago & Torres del Paine - 6 Days

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.

Villarrica Volcano near Pucón
Map of Exploring Santiago, Valparaíso & The Lake District - 6 Days
Exploring Santiago, Valparaíso & The Lake District - 6 Days

Indulge in some of the best urban and natural landscapes Chile has to offer. Begin your journey in the cosmopolitan capital city of Santiago to explore its cultural and culinary delights. Next, head to the coast to experience the artsy vibe and colorful streets of Valparaíso, followed by wine tasting in the world-renowned Casablanca Valley. Then, head to Pucón in Chile's Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia. Here, you'll enjoy trekking through the native Alajuela forest, hiking up to glaciers, and relaxing in hot springs.

Torres del Paine National Park. Chile
Map of Santiago de Chile & Torres del Paine National Park - 6 Days
Santiago de Chile & Torres del Paine National Park - 6 Days

Explore the sights, tastes, and beautiful landscapes of Chile on this 6-day itinerary. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, and explore its vibrant culture. Next, head just outside of the city to learn all about how Chilean wines are made, and more importantly, how they taste. Then, head to one of the most impressive landscapes on earth, Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll enjoy an in-depth exploration of the park's natural beauty, including a hike to the base of the iconic towers, and an up-close look at the majestic Grey Glacier during a boat tour.

Moai statues on Easter Island
Map of Santiago, Valparaíso & Easter Island - 8 Days
Santiago, Valparaíso & Easter Island - 8 Days

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 on 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, beaches, volcanoes, and significant archaeological sites.

Atacama Desert
Map of Santiago & Atacama Desert Tour - 9 Days
Santiago & Atacama Desert Tour - 9 Days

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.

Chaxa Lagoon
Map of Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 8 Days
Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 8 Days

This itinerary allows you to experience the major cities and wine regions of central Chile and the arid desert landscapes in the country's north. First, you'll arrive in Santiago and take a city tour before discovering the nearby wilderness and wine country. Then, it's a trip to the coastal seaport and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaíso. Afterward, you'll jet off to the Atacama Desert in the north, where you'll visit the Indigenous villages, geysers, painted mountains, salt flats, and lunar landscapes for which the region is deservedly famous.

Snowy Licancabur volcano in the Andes reflecting in the water of Laguna Chaxa with Andean flamingos, Atacama salar, Chile
Map of Immersive Chile: Santiago & Atacama Desert - 7 Days
Immersive Chile: Santiago & Atacama Desert - 7 Days

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.

Easter Island
Map of Easter Island & Santiago - 6 Days
Easter Island & Santiago - 6 Days

Discover Easter Island on this weeklong itinerary that includes two nights in Santiago. Formed of volcanic rock 2.5 million years ago, you'll get to explore Easter Island's major archaeological sites. First, fly into Santiago and experience the culture of the capital city and the seaside city of Valparaíso. Next, you'll then hop on a flight to Easter Island, where you'll stay for four days, immersing yourself in its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

The lush vineyards of Chile's Casablanca Valley
Casablanca Valley Cycling & Wine Tasting Tour - 5 Days

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.

Portillo Ski Resort
Map of Ski Portillo, Santiago & Valparaiso - 8 Days
Ski Portillo, Santiago & Valparaiso - 8 Days

Begin your adventure in Santiago, and explore the colorful city of Valparaiso, and take in the sights and sounds of the modern metropolis. Next, head to the coast for a tour of the colorful city of Valparaiso accompanied by wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Then, Head out to the mountains to hit the slopes at the world-renowned Portillo Ski Resort. Spend several days testing your skills on the slopes, followed by evenings of relaxing at the spa or dining at the resort's fine restaurants.

Easter Island
Map of Cultural Chile & Easter Island Exploration - 9 Days
Cultural Chile & Easter Island Exploration - 9 Days

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, Valparaíso, and the Casablanca Valley for a grand finale of wine tasting.

Adventurous kids will love exploring the remote salt lagoons and geysers of the Atacama Desert
Map of Family Adventure in Chile's Atacama Desert - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Chile's Atacama Desert - 7 Days

The lunar landscapes of Chile's Atacama Desert take center stage on this weeklong family adventure. Start with a tour of Santiago, then climb the hilltop neighborhoods of Valparaíso by vintage funicular. Fly north to reach the otherworldly expanses of the Atacama Desert, where a kid-friendly itinerary of excitement and exploration awaits—from stargazing with high-powered telescopes to diving into buoyant salt pools, watching powerful geysers erupt, and deciphering ancient rock art.

Relax on the Playa Grande de Pucón in southern Chile
Map of Santiago & Pucón: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & Pucón: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, six to eight days is the perfect amount of time for a Chile trip with stops in both Santiago and Pucón. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in as little as five days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Puerto Varas, Casablanca Valley, or Valparaíso. Keep reading for more inspiring Santiago and Pucón itineraries.

Puerto Varas overlooking the Osorno volcano, Patagonia, Chile
Map of Santiago & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Chile
Map of Relaxed Family Vacation in Chile: Santiago & Valparaíso - 7 Days
Relaxed Family Vacation in Chile: Santiago & Valparaíso - 7 Days

Explore Chile's vibrant capital and colorful seaside towns at your own pace during this weeklong family trip. Get to know Santiago from above in a revolving restaurant before embarking on a city tour in the streets below, then spend an evening watching traditional dance as you feast on local cuisine. Relocate to the coast and explore Valparaíso, known as "Chile's San Francisco." Ride the rickety funiculars and get to know the surrounding countryside via horseback rides from a family-owned ranch.

Start your trip in the colorful coastal city of Chile's Valparaíso
Map of Cities & Wineries in Chile & Argentina: Santiago, Valparaíso, Mendoza & Buenos Aires – 10 Days
Cities & Wineries in Chile & Argentina: Santiago, Valparaíso, Mendoza & Buenos Aires – 10 Days

Discover some of Chile and Argentina's most iconic cities and beloved wine country on this 10-day tour. Touch down in Chile, where you'll explore the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Valparaíso and visit the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley, then tour Santiago's historic plazas, palaces, and cathedrals. Next, fly to Argentina, where Mendoza serves as your base for exploring wineries, hot springs, and mountain scenery. End in Buenos Aires for a cycling city tour and an Argentine cooking class.

See Patagonia in style from your fjord-front luxury hotel (photo courtesy of The Singular Patagonia)
Map of Luxury Chilean Patagonia: Santiago & Torres del Paine - 7 Days
Luxury Chilean Patagonia: Santiago & Torres del Paine - 7 Days

This luxury trip around Santiago and Patagonia offers the best of city life and the great outdoors. In Chile's chic metropolitan capital, you'll marvel at its Spanish colonial history on city tours, sample fine wines, and enjoy day trips to its rugged countryside. Then you're off to southern Patagonia, one of the world's last unspoiled frontiers, for customized multiday adventures around the mountains, glaciers, and rivers of Torres del Paine National Park.

Take in a performance of Polynesian Dancers on Easter Island
Map of Santiago & Easter Island: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & Easter Island: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Santiago and Easter Island spend about 12 to 15 days in Chile, which usually includes some time in the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine as well. For travelers wanting to visit Santiago and Easter Island exclusively, plan six to nine days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Santiago and Easter Island and beyond.

Snap pics of the stunning Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert
Map of Santiago & the Atacama Desert: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & the Atacama Desert: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 11 days is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting both Santiago and the Atacama Desert, especially when also including Torres del Paine. If you're not interested in Torres del Paine, seven to eight days is enough for your Santiago and Atacama Desert trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in four to six days for travelers with limited time. Check out the below favorite Santiago and the Atacama Desert trips.

Cable car in Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago
Map of Santiago & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 11 days is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting both Santiago and Torres del Paine, especially when also including the Atacama Desert. If you're not interested in the Atacama Desert, a week to nine days is enough for your Santiago and Torres del Paine trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in four to six days for travelers with limited time. Check out kimkim's favorite Santiago and Torres del Paine trips below.

Torres del Paine
Patagonia Trekking & Vineyards -12 Days

Ever dreamed of embarking on an unforgettable mountain trek in Patagonia? Then this active 12-day itinerary is perfect for you. The journey begins with a tour of Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso, with a delicious wine tour in between. Then you'll head south to Patagonia and arrive at one of the greatest trekking sites in the world: Torres del Paine National park. Here you'll embark on the iconic W Trek, and spend five adventure-filled days amid the park's lakes, valleys, and glaciers. By the end of this excursion, you'll truly be able to say you did Patagonia right.

The Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate
Map of Ultimate Patagonia: Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 15 Days
Ultimate Patagonia: Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 15 Days

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.

Los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Santiago & Modified W Trek Adventure - 9 Days
Santiago & Modified W Trek Adventure - 9 Days

Discover the best of Chile's urban and natural landscapes on this 9-day adventure. Begin with a cultural exploration of Santiago on a full-day city tour. Next, head to the Maipo Valley to take in its stunning mountain landscapes while sipping Chilean wine. Then, venture south to Patagonia for a visit to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll embark on a 4-day version of the famed "W" circuit trek—a multi-day hike featuring some of the park's most breathtaking scenery.

Explore the salt flats of the Atacama Desert and share in the experience with your family
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Family-Friendly Chile Highlights: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Valparaíso - 10 Days

Explore Chile from several angles with this 10-day kid-friendly tour of its highlights. Starting in vibrant Santiago, you'll make your way through the otherworldly landscape of the Atacama Desert and view the world's clearest night skies. Head back to Santiago and take a trip up the Cajón del Maipo into the Andes before relaxing on a tour of Chile's finest wine and cuisine in the Casablanca Valley and Valparaíso. With some classic beach time thrown in for good measure, this trip has something for all ages.

View of Villarrica Volcano from Pucón
Map of Chilean Wine & Lakes Tour - 8 Days
Chilean Wine & Lakes Tour - 8 Days

This itinerary is ideal for those travelers looking to discover Chile's natural beauty and culinary heritage. Start in Chile's wine region with excursions to both the Maipo and Casablanca Valleys. Here, you'll learn all about Chilean wine while enjoying the scenery and delicious pairings. Next, experience the coastal cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar before traveling south to the Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia.

Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip - 8 Days
Map of Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip - 8 Days
Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes and culture of Chile. Start your journey in Santiago and head to the Casablanca Valley to indulge in Chilean wine before traveling to the coastal city of Valparaíso to discover its beautiful murals and artsy vibe. Then, get an up-close look at a 150,000-strong penguin colony before heading to the famed Torres del Paine National Park to experience some of the best hiking trails and landscapes the region has to offer.

Sunset over Cusco, Peru
The Magic of the Andes: Santiago, Atacama, Lima & Cusco - 12 Days

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.

Santiago at sunset
Map of Chile: Santiago, Pacific Coast, Patagonia, & More - 13 Days
Chile: Santiago, Pacific Coast, Patagonia, & More - 13 Days

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.

Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Santiago & "W" Trek Adventure - 10 Days
Santiago & "W" Trek Adventure - 10 Days

Explore Chilean culture and experience the rugged landscapes of Patagonia on this ten-day trip. Start your adventure in the capital city of Santiago and explore the city's markets, skyscrapers, and parks. Next, head to the coast to experience the vibrant and colorful cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Then, venture south to Patagonia for a visit to Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll head out on a four-day version of the famed "W" circuit trek to take in the stunning beauty of Patagonia on foot.

Chile is one of the world's leading wine-producers
Map of Chile's Famous Wine Valleys - 7 Days
Chile's Famous Wine Valleys - 7 Days

Chilean wines are today considered to be among the best in the world. Chile’s geographical diversity coupled with its Mediterranean climate makes it ideal to grow sustainable wines and to produce a variety of wine styles. The country is home to a wide range of wineries, from age-old to new biodynamic establishments committed to sustainable viticulture.

A ripening vineyard in Colchagua Valley
Map of Chile's Iconic Wine Valleys - 6 Days
Chile's Iconic Wine Valleys - 6 Days

Calling all oenophiles: This guided 6-day tour is a chance to become a Chilean wine connoisseur. Starting in the capital city, you'll hit the open road for the country's best wine valleys offering an array of climates, varietals, and production techniques. There will be estates and vineyards to explore galore, as well as dozens of tastings—often paired with delectable local cuisine.

Travel through the high desert landscapes of Chile and Argentina
Map of The Andean Triangle: Northern Chile & Argentina - 10 Days
The Andean Triangle: Northern Chile & Argentina - 10 Days

The north of Chile and Argentina are packed with natural wonders, plus rich colonial and Indigenous history. You'll experience it all on this 10-day itinerary, beginning with tours of Santiago and the coast before jetting north to the geysers, lagoons, and lunar valleys of the Atacama Desert. Then hop the border into Argentina and stroll the colonial streets of Salta, followed by adventures around the famed northern deserts.

Easter Island's mysterious moai
Map of Chilean Culture & Nature: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 11 Days
Chilean Culture & Nature: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 11 Days

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 memorable experiences. Travel by air, car, hot-air balloon, bike, and horseback for a dynamic adventure through South America and across the South Pacific.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia
Map of W Trek & Central Chile Adventure - 14 Days
W Trek & Central Chile Adventure - 14 Days

It's unlikely you'll ever pack so much culture, nature, and adventure on a two-week holiday then you will with this 14-day Chilean itinerary. It starts with a culinary tour of Santiago, where you'll delve into the culture of the city one bite at a time. Then it's off to Torres del Paine, one of Chile's premier national parks and a must-visit destination for trekkers from across the globe. You'll then head to northern Patagonia to experience less-visited but equally beautiful Aysén region. Pack your winter gear, because things are going to get cold on this intrepid adventure you won't soon forget.

Torres del Paine National Park
Discover Chile's Lake District & Patagonia - 14 Days

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.

Discover the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert from a remote luxury retreat (photo courtesy of Nayara Alto Atacama)
Map of Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 14 Days
Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 14 Days

Throughout the long expanse of Chile are diverse landscapes ranging from glaciers and Patagonian peaks to arid deserts and vast salt flats. On this two-week luxury tour, you'll embark on adventures through such high-altitude deserts, plus fly south for a bit of fun in the Lake District, a region famous for its charming Germanic towns and snowcapped volcanoes. An added treat includes a few days in the capital of Santiago for gourmet dining, wine tasting, and sightseeing.

Osorno Volcano in Chile's Lake District
Map of Chile's Deserts, Lakes & Culture - 9 Days
Chile's Deserts, Lakes & Culture - 9 Days

Chile may be a small country geographically, but it's filled with some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in South America and the world. Over a quick nine days, you'll discover the furthest reaches of this ecological paradise, from the otherworldly landscapes of the northern Atacama Desert to the native lenga forests and active volcanoes of the rugged Lake District, which is also known as the "doorstep to Patagonia." And to kick it all off, you'll discover Santiago and Valparaíso, two of Chile's most beautiful cities.

Solar eclipse
Map of Total Solar Eclipse Tour (December 2020): Santiago to Pucón - 9 Days
Total Solar Eclipse Tour (December 2020): Santiago to Pucón - 9 Days

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.

Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Patagonia & Atacama Desert - 10 Days
Patagonia & Atacama Desert - 10 Days

Explore regions on both ends of Chile's latitudinal spectrum with this 10-day itinerary. After getting a taste of Santiago, fly north to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part of the world known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. Then, fly all the way south to Patagonia's Punta Arenas, where you'll meet a penguin colony before finishing in Torres del Paine National Park for a range of activities and wildlife viewing.

Laguna de los Tres
Map of Santiago & Patagonia: From Chile to Argentina - 13 Days
Santiago & Patagonia: From Chile to Argentina - 13 Days

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.

Polynesian moai statues at a beach on Easter Island
Map of Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 13 Days
Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 13 Days

This 13-day trip combines two bucket-list items in Chile, rarely visited by tourists. Kick-off with a day in Santiago before you're jetting off again—this time to the South Pacific. Halfway between Tahiti and Chile, Easter Island is graced with white sand beaches and 600+ mysterious statues carved from volcanic rock. The second half of the trip takes place in a high-altitude desert on the mainland with sand dunes, geysers, hot springs, and starry skies—perfect for sipping Chilean wine.

Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Adventure in Santiago & Torres del Paine National Park - 10 Days
Adventure in Santiago & Torres del Paine National Park - 10 Days

Begin your journey in the metropolitan capital city of Santiago. Learn all about Chilean culture during your city tour and wine tasting, followed by a visit to the vibrant port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Next, head south to Patagonia and walk with Magellanic penguins on Isla Magdalena. Top it all off with a trip to Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of vast grasslands, glaciers, forests, and more. You'll even have the opportunity to hike to the base of the park's iconic towers.

Los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Santiago, Torres del Paine & Easter Island - 11 Days
Santiago, Torres del Paine & Easter Island - 11 Days

This 11-day cultural tour of Chile begins in the metropolitan capital of Santiago. Discover the best the city has to offer on a tour that highlights markets, historic centers, and urban views. Next, travel to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso to take in their colorful streets and vibrant arts scene. Then, head south to Patagonia to hike through Torres del Paine National Park. Top off the adventure with a visit to Easter Island to delve into the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Unique topography in the Atacama Desert
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 10 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 10 Days

Explore three distinct areas of Chile with this 10-day itinerary. After getting a taste (literally) of the big city and its nearby wine region, fly north to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part of the world known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. You'll then base yourself in a German-style lake town while taking day trips to volcanoes, waterfalls, and an exotic rainforest along the coast.

Marble Caves
Map of Santiago, Atacama Desert & Marble Caves Adventure - 11 Days
Santiago, Atacama Desert & Marble Caves Adventure - 11 Days

On this itinerary, you'll get to experience the many different faces of Chile. You'll have the opportunity to explore Chile's culturally-rich cities, taste premium Chilean wine, and take in some of the country's most stunning landscapes. First, tour Santiago along with the colorful coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Next, explore the world-famous wine regions surrounding Santiago - you'll learn all about how Chilean wine is made, and more importantly, how it tastes. Then it's off to the north and the otherworldly desert landscapes of Atacama. You'll visit geysers, lunar valleys, and even do some high-altitude stargazing. Finally, you'll head to Chile's unspoiled Patagonia region, where you'll visit one of the most unique sites on the continent: the marble caves of Lago General Carrera.

Moai statues
Map of Easter Island & Torres del Paine Adventure - 8 Days
Easter Island & Torres del Paine Adventure - 8 Days

To the Chileans, it's Isla de Pascua, and Indigenous residents call it Rapa Nui—but the rest of the world knows it by its most famous nickname: Easter Island. This Chilean territory, formed of volcanic rock, is 2.5 million years old, and on this adventure, you'll get to explore its major archaeological sites. Next, venture to Patagonia to experience the rugged beauty of Torres del Paine National Park.

A volcanic crater on Easter Island
Wonders of Chile : Santiago, Easter Island & Atacama Desert - 10 Days

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 toward 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.

The sand dunes and rock formations of the Atacama Desert
Chile Highlights: Patagonia, Santiago & Atacama - 10 Days

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.

total solar eclipse
Map of Total Solar Eclipse Tour December 2020:  Santiago, Atacama & Pucón - 13 Days
Total Solar Eclipse Tour December 2020: Santiago, Atacama & Pucón - 13 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 Valparaíso, 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.

Take in the vistas from Puerto Natales over the Andes
Map of Santiago, Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 13 days is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting Santiago, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas, especially when also including San Pedro de Atacama. If you're not interested in San Pedro de Atacama, a week to 10 days is enough for your Santiago, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as five or six days. For the best itineraries, including Santiago, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas, keep reading below.

Take the family exploring on Easter Island
Map of Family Holiday in Santiago & Easter Island - 7 Days
Family Holiday in Santiago & Easter Island - 7 Days

A place of mystery, monuments, volcanoes, and beaches, Easter Island makes an exciting and off-the-beaten-path destination for a family holiday. You'll access the island by flight from mainland Chile, bookending your week with city fun in bustling Santiago. See the famous moai statues, head out snorkeling, go horse trekking on the slopes of a volcano, and learn about the island's fascinating past on this family trip like no other.

Santiago de Chile
Map of Santiago, the Atacama Desert & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, the Atacama Desert & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, nine to 11 days is the perfect amount of time for a Chile trip with stops in Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and Torres del Paine. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven or eight days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Punta Arenas, Puerto Varas, or Easter Island. Keep reading for more inspiring Santiago, Atacama Desert, and Torres del Paine itineraries.

Take the nature-loving family's trip of a lifetime to Patagonia, Chile
Map of Family Adventure in Chile: Santiago, the Lake District & Patagonia - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Chile: Santiago, the Lake District & Patagonia - 7 Days

Perfect for the nature-loving family, this weeklong Chilean adventure will take you and the kids to some of the country's most stunning places. Meander through Santiago's parkland and the colonial townships lining Lago Llanquihue, then head off into the wild to explore the national parks around Puerto Varas and Puerto Natales—including the renowned Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia. See these extraordinary places at a kid-friendly pace, ensuring lots of family fun and tales to share back home.

Snag views of Mount Fitz Roy near the village of El Chaltén
Map of Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Puerto Natales & El Chaltén: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Puerto Natales & El Chaltén: Best Itinerary Ideas

Having 12 to 15 days is an excellent length of time for a trip to Chile, with stops in Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Puerto Natales, and El Chaltén. It's also possible to hit the highlights in 11 days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities or add more stops, such as Punta Arenas. Keep reading for more inspiring Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Puerto Natales, and El Chaltén itineraries.

Wake up to views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno volcano (photo courtesy of Hotel AWA)
Map of Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 7 Days
Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 7 Days

Travel from Chile's sun-blasted deserts to its lush Lake District on this weeklong luxury tour. The adventure begins in the capital, Santiago, where historic city tours and gourmet dining at world-class Boragó await. Next, escape to the world's highest and driest desert, the Atacama, where you'll stargaze and explore otherworldly salt flats and moon-like valleys. End in Puerto Varas, your base for scenic flights over the Lake District's volcanoes, forested valleys, and national parks.

Fly south to Patagonia for an itinerary of kid-friendly hiking, biking, and wildlife-watching
Map of Chile Outdoor Adventure for Families: Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia - 10 Days
Chile Outdoor Adventure for Families: Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia - 10 Days

Tailor-made for active families, this 10-day Chilean adventure will keep even the most energetic youngsters entertained and engaged. Get your bearings in Santiago with a city tour and dinner at a fun revolving restaurant, then transfer to coastal Valparaíso to ride up steep hills in rickety funiculars and meet the four-legged inhabitants of a local ranch. Excitement awaits as you fly south into Patagonia next, where you'll explore spectacular fjords, forests, and glaciers by foot, boat, horseback, and bike.

Stay in a masterfully-designed 5-star lodge on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza (photo courtesy of Singular Patagonia)
Map of Ultimate Luxury & Outdoor Adventure in Chilean Patagonia - 10 Days
Ultimate Luxury & Outdoor Adventure in Chilean Patagonia - 10 Days

Combine rugged adventures in Patagonia with private tours and luxury lodgings for the perfect 10-day Chilean getaway. Explore Santiago and go wine tasting in the famous Curicó Valley, then fly south to the untamed Patagonian wilds. Here you'll hop between two of the country's most spectacular 5-star lodges—spending your days kayaking on fjords, hiking through Torres del Paine, and soothing your muscles at the on-site spas. Return north for more tasty vino and a trip to colorful Valparaíso.

Discover the volcanic craters and ancient rock statues of Easter Island
Map of Luxury Chile Adventure: Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 7 Days
Luxury Chile Adventure: Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 7 Days

Experience two different sides of Chile on a quick but luxurious adventure around its northern deserts and South Pacific islands. After a quick taster of Santiago, you'll dive into the altiplano salt flats and geological wonders of the Atacama Desert—complete with a morning hot-air balloon ride—before jetting off to the remote beauty of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Along the way, you'll stay in some of the country's finest 5-star hotels and embark on a series of customized private experiences.

Horses graze alongside the legendary moai statues of Rapa Nui
Map of Luxury Chile Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 10 Days
Luxury Chile Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Easter Island - 10 Days

See another side of South America on a 10-day tour of Chile that will take you from the northern altiplano deserts to the South Pacific—in luxurious, 5-star style. It starts with the highlights in Santiago and a trip to the colorful coastal enclaves of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Then, fly north to explore the lunar valleys of the Atacama before jetting off to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) for active adventures amid the legendary moai.

Stay in waterfront 5-star hotels on this weeklong exploration of Chile's Lake District (photo courtesy of &Beyond Vira Vira)
Map of Chile Luxury Lake District Escape - 7 Days
Chile Luxury Lake District Escape - 7 Days

Spend a week exploring Chile's idyllic Lake District with this adventurous luxury tour. Begin in the lively capital, Santiago, for trips to UNESCO-listed Valparaíso and the colossal El Yeso Dam, before jetting south to Chile's land of shimmering lakes. Here, you'll hike to the mighty Pichillancahue Glacier and in Santuario El Cañi reserve, discover volcanoes and lava formations in Conguillio National Park, and soak in steamy hot springs. End with aerial views of this wild, lake-studded region on a scenic helicopter flight.

View of Osornos and a traditional boat from Puerto Varas, Patagonia, Chile
Map of Santiago, Torres del Paine & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Torres del Paine & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Chile typically plan a trip for 10 to 14 days when combining Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Varas with Punta Arenas. For travelers wanting to visit Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Varas exclusively, plan about 10 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in a week to nine days for travelers with limited time. Check out kimkim's favorite Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Varas trips below.

Kick off your trip at a boutique winery hotel in Chile's Casablanca Valley (photo courtesy of La Casona)
Map of Luxury Chile Art, Food & Culture Tour - 7 Days
Luxury Chile Art, Food & Culture Tour - 7 Days

Sample Chile's art, cuisine, and culture on this luxury weeklong tour. You'll taste fine wines on vineyard tours in the lush Casablanca Valley and learn to make classic Chilean dishes, from ceviche to empanadas, in a cooking class with a local chef. Discover world-famous street art in UNESCO-listed Valparaíso and head to the rural Cajón de Maipo region for hikes to traditional villages. End in the vibrant capital, Santiago, for a walking tour of its historic landmarks.

Castillo Hidalgo sits on Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago de Chile
Map of Santiago, Easter Island & Atacama Desert: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Easter Island & Atacama Desert: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Chile typically plan a trip for 12 to 15 days when combining Santiago, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert with Torres del Paine. If you're not interested in Torres del Paine, 10 to 13 days is enough for your Santiago, Easter Island, and Atacama Desert trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as a week to nine days. For the best itineraries, including Santiago, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert, keep reading below.

Explore desert lakes in Chile's remote Atacama Desert
Map of Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 10 Days
Luxury Chile Desert & Lake Adventure - 10 Days

Discover Chile's contrasting landscapes on this luxury 10-day tour. Start with historic city tours and gourmet dining in Santiago, then escape to the remote Atacama Desert to explore its never-ending salt flats, lagoons, and moon-like valleys, waking for dawn hot-air balloon rides and stargazing by night. The adventure ends in the lush Lake District, where you'll admire the volcano-and-lake spotted landscape with private helicopter, seaplane, and kayaking tours.

 Las Condes and Providencia districts and the pond at Bicentennial Park in Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
Map of Santiago, Torres del Paine & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Torres del Paine & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Chile typically plan a trip for 10 to 13 days when combining Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas with the Atacama Desert. If you're only headed to Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in eight to 10 days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five to seven days. For the best itineraries, including Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas, keep reading below.

Puerto Varas, gateway to Patagonia
Map of Santiago, Atacama Desert & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Atacama Desert & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Twelve days to two weeks is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and Puerto Varas, especially when also including Torres del Paine. If you're only headed to Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and Puerto Varas, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in nine to 10 days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as seven to eight days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and Puerto Varas, and beyond.

Spend time taking in the striking landscapes of Torres del Paine
Map of Santiago, Torres del Paine & Puerto Natales: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Torres del Paine & Puerto Natales: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, a week to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Natales. It's also possible to hit the highlights in four to six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Punta Arenas, Puerto Varas, or San Pedro de Atacama. Get inspired with kimkim's Santiago, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Natales trip ideas below.

See moai on the Rano Raraku volcanao of Easter Island
Map of Santiago, Easter Island & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas
Santiago, Easter Island & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas

Twelve to 15 days is the most popular trip length for Chile travelers interested in visiting Santiago, Easter Island, and Torres del Paine, especially when also including the Atacama Desert. For travelers wanting to visit Santiago, Easter Island, and Torres del Paine exclusively, plan 10 to 11 days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as eight or nine days. Check out kimkim's favorite Santiago, Easter Island, and Torres del Paine trips below.

Moai statues on Easter Island
Map of Chile Highlights Adventure - 14 Days
Chile Highlights Adventure - 14 Days

The secret's out: Chile is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in Latin America, which places it high in the running for one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. This two-week adventure covers three of its most incredible regions. The first major stop on the itinerary is the northern Atacama Desert, which is famous for its lunar landscapes, steaming geysers, and expansive salt flats. Then, it's off to Torres del Paine, the most-visited national park in Chilean Patagonia. Finally, you'll visit Rapa Nui, or Easter Island as it's commonly known, to discover the secrets of its great stone idols.

See penguins and other wildlife in Patagonian Chile
Map of Chile Outdoor Adventure for Families: Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia - 14 Days
Chile Outdoor Adventure for Families: Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia - 14 Days

See the top highlights of Chile on this 14-day family tour filled with outdoor fun and adorable wildlife. Start in Santiago to visit historic neighborhoods and parks, meet friendly alpacas, and explore local vineyards. Head to the colorful coastal city of Valparaíso for street art, museums, and funicular rides, then it's off to Patagonia to mingle with curious penguins on Isla Magdalena, navigate to icy glacier walls by boat, and end with a trek through the incredible vistas of Torres del Paine National Park.

Stargazing in the Atacama Desert
Map of Relaxed Family Trip to Chile: Santiago, Easter Island, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 14 Days
Relaxed Family Trip to Chile: Santiago, Easter Island, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 14 Days

Immerse yourselves in Chile's natural beauty on this gently paced two-week family adventure that's perfect for families of all ages. Set out from Santiago for a day trip into the lush Maipo Valley, then fly to Easter Island to explore its remote beaches and mysterious statues. Jet south to the Patagonian Lake District for outdoor excursions in its national parks and thermal spas, and end in the country's far north, where the kids can dive into salt pools and spot constellations in the remote Atacama Desert.

Let the little ones play explorer as you explore Chilean Patagonia's great outdoors
Map of Chile North to South Family Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Patagonia - 14 Days
Chile North to South Family Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Patagonia - 14 Days

Introduce your intrepid little ones to three of Chile's standout destinations on this family-friendly two-week tour. Start in Santiago to stroll historic plazas and parks, ride funiculars through the hills of Valparaíso, and taste Chilean wine (and grape juice) at local vineyards. Then, it's off to the Atacama Desert for lunar landscapes, ancient petroglyphs, and steaming geysers. Jet south into Patagonia to wrap up your trip with kid-focused outdoor activities in the land of mountains, glaciers, and penguins.

Wonders of Chile
Map of Wonders of Chile - 13 Days
Wonders of Chile - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary covers the major highlights in and around the Andes, including the northern Atacama Desert, the central Lake District, and Torres del Paine National Park. There's even a break for wine tasting in Chile's famous vineyards. This is a partial road trip, so you can set your own schedule and explore however and wherever you like.

Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Chile: Santiago, Casablanca Valley & Relaxed Patagonia - 11 Days
Chile: Santiago, Casablanca Valley & Relaxed Patagonia - 11 Days

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 Patagonia. Indulge in a food tour of Santiago, 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.

Patagonia
Map of Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip
Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip

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.

See the salt flats and volcanoes of Chile's Atacama Desert
Map of Ultimate Chile Adventure: Cities, Wine Country, Deserts & Mountains - 15 Days
Ultimate Chile Adventure: Cities, Wine Country, Deserts & Mountains - 15 Days

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.

Wild horses graze in Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Chilean Nature Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine & Puerto Varas - 15 Days
Chilean Nature Adventure: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine & Puerto Varas - 15 Days

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.

Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine
Map of Chilean Highlights: Patagonia, Santiago, & the Pacific Coast - 12 Days
Chilean Highlights: Patagonia, Santiago, & the Pacific Coast - 12 Days

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.

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Map of Chile Highlights Adventure - 12 Days
Chile Highlights Adventure - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary combines ancient culture and ancient landscapes with the profound natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia. From the northern deserts of the Atacama region to Torres del Paine National Park, you'll experience the full spectrum of Chile's natural beauty. This also includes a jaunt to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Here, you'll walk in the footsteps of ancient cultures and marvel at the great stone idols—the moaia—that were built to honor ancient tribal chieftains and still stand today.

Glacier Grey
Map of Chile: Santiago, Pacific Coast, Maipo Valley & Patagonia W Trek - 12 Days
Chile: Santiago, Pacific Coast, Maipo Valley & Patagonia W Trek - 12 Days

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.

Lago Pehoé in Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Patagonia - 10 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Patagonia - 10 Days

Check off three spectacular regions of Chile on this active 10-day itinerary. After touring the capital of Santiago, and the vineyards of the Maipo Valley, fly to Puerto Montt and transfer to Puerto Varas in the Lake District for snowcapped volcanoes and plunging waterfalls. Finish off on the southern tip of the continent for cycling, kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding, surrounded by Patagonian scenery in Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Chile Grand Tour: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, & Easter Island - 13 Days
Chile Grand Tour: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, & Easter Island - 13 Days

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.

Explore Chile's Atacama Desert
Highlights of the Atacama Desert, Lake District & Patagonia - 11 Days

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.

Atacama Desert
Map of Northern Chile Highlights: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Easter Island & More - 12 Days
Northern Chile Highlights: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Easter Island & More - 12 Days

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.

Discover the highlights of Patagonia and visit Laguna de los Tres
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Journey Through Chilean & Argentine Patagonia - 10 Days

Experience the highlights of Patagonia, a region that encompasses both Chile and Argentina, on this scenic 10-day adventure. In the former, you'll begin in the capital of Santiago and enjoy city tours before jetting south to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. After hiking among the park's mountain lakes and thundering waterfalls, you'll cross into Argentine Patagonia for glacier tours and estancia visits before ending the trip to Buenos Aires with a tango show.

Discover Chile
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Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 15 Days

To first-timers in Chile, visiting this country is like happening upon a great secret. Its natural beauty is as diverse as it's extensive. Throughout the length of this narrow, 2,653-mile (4,270-km) country, there are high-altitude deserts, a lake region abounding with volcanoes and wild rivers, and, of course, the primal and unspoiled beauty that is Chilean Patagonia. You'll get to visit all three of these regions on this extensive 15-day itinerary, and you'll even find time for wine tasting.

Wooden pier in Frutillar with a view of the Lago Llanquihue in Chile's Lake District
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Discover the Lake District of Chile & Argentina - 10 Days

Spend 10 days discovering the sweet spot just above Patagonia, known as the Lake District. Straddling both Argentina and Chile, this wild alpine region is known for its sprawling azure lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, rushing rivers, and rich Indigenous history. You'll experience all of this and more as you witness the mighty Osorno volcano, the mountain retreat of Bariloche, and the waterfalls of Petrohué—plus city tours in Santiago and Buenos Aires.

Choose between a multi-day trek or a single-day tour in Patagonia's Torres del Paine
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Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales & Puerto Varas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that about 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, and Puerto Varas. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—in a week to nine days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another place, like Punta Arenas. See more ideas for Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, and Puerto Varas itineraries below.

Puerto Natales in Patagonia, Chile
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Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, nine to 11 days is the perfect amount of time for a Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as a week or eight days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country. Get inspired with the below Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas trip ideas.

Petrohué Waterfalls downstream from Todos los Santos Lake, within Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Puerto Varas, Chile
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Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Varas & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 14 days is the perfect amount of time for a Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Varas, and Punta Arenas. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven to nine days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include the Atacama Desert. Keep reading for more inspiring Santiago, Torres del Paine, Puerto Varas, and Punta Arenas itineraries.

Discover Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world
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Santiago, the Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 10 to 13 days is perfect for a well-paced Chile trip with stops in Santiago, the Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas. It's also possible to hit the highlights in a week to nine days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Puerto Varas, Valparaíso, or Easter Island. Get inspired with the below Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas trip ideas.

Ovahe Beach, Easter Island's most famous
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Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert & Torres del Paine: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 12 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, and Torres del Paine. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Punta Arenas or Valparaíso. Get inspired with the below Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, and Torres del Paine trip ideas.

Torres del Paine National Park
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Chile Grand Tour: Santiago, Atacama, Torres del Paine & Easter Island - 14 Days

Discover the incredible diversity of Chile's landscapes on this action-packed two-week adventure. Get to know the vibrant capital of Santiago, then head into the arid and otherworldly environs of the Atacama Desert. Venture south to Patagonia to hike to the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park before flying across the South Pacific to explore the mysterious icons and windswept coastlines of Easter Island.

Explore Patagonia's famous Torres del Paine National Park at a family pace
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Epic Family Trip to Chile: Atacama Desert, Easter Island & Patagonia - 14 Days

Unveil Chile's diverse highlights from north to south with this far-reaching, two-week family trip. From Santiago, you'll fly to the otherworldly Atacama Desert for stargazing and gentle hikes through its lunar landscapes. Encounter enigmatic moái statues and play on the volcanic beaches of Easter Island, then fly south to Patagonia to finish your adventure amid the penguins of Isla Magdalena and the dazzling mountain landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.

Start in Chile's northern deserts before heading south to the Lake District and Patagonia
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Chile's Natural Wonders for Families: Atacama Desert, Lake District & Patagonia - 14 Days

Hop between deserts, mountains, and lakes on this two-week family trip through Chile. Bookended with a stay in Santiago, you and the kids will float in salt pools in the Atacama Desert, sail to penguin-filled islands in the Lake District, and visit glaciers and national parks in Patagonia. An itinerary of gentle hikes and scenic boat rides will keep young adventurers entertained, while relaxed excursions like a winery picnic, an alpaca farm visit, and a day trip to colorful, coastal Valparaíso will delight all ages.

Make your way south from Santiago to Patagonia, stopping for lakeside luxury in Pucón (photo courtesy of andBeyond Vira Vira)
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Luxury Lakes & Mountains of Chile: Santiago, the Lake District & Patagonia - 14 Days

Enjoy the finer things in Chile (plus some memorable outdoor adventures) on this two-week luxury tour. Travel from north to south, starting in Santiago with gourmet dining, wine tours, and excursions to colorful Valparaíso. Then, make your way down to the Lake District and Patagonia, where you'll trek around glaciers and volcanoes, go kayaking on fjords, unwind with a relaxing dip in natural hot springs, and much more.

Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama
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Chilean Deserts & Towers Excursion - 10 Days

Experience Chile's beautiful extremes on this 10-day journey. Begin your adventure in the Atacama Desert—a region characterized by its lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats, and starry skies. Next, head south to Patagonia to experience Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll enjoy an in-depth exploration of the park's natural beauty, including a hike to the base of the iconic towers and an up-close look at the majestic Grey Glacier during a boat tour.

Stay in a 5-star retreat in Chile's Lake District (photo courtesy of andBeyond Vira Vira)
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Chile Luxury Lake District Escape - 10 Days

Explore Chile's coveted Lake District in style on this 10-day luxury tour, which begins with trips to Valparaíso and El Yeso Dam near Santiago. You'll stay in 5-star lake and riverside retreats, taking private tours of the region's lagoon-and-volcano-studded landscape by foot, boat, and scenic helicopter flight. Highlights include hiking to black-hued Pichillancahue Glacier, marveling at lava formations in Conguillio National Park, and kayaking along the sparkling Reloncaví Estuary.

Lake Pehoé, Torres del Paine National Park
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Chile Grand Tour: Santiago, Torres del Paine & Easter Island - 15 Days

Outdoor adventurers rejoice—this curated 15-day itinerary immerses you in the unparalleled natural beauty of Chile. First, you'll head to the far north of the country and tour the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Then it's off to Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, home to the most awe-inspiring mountains and unspoiled nature in Chile. You'll then finish the journey far west in the Pacific, amid the mysterious stone idols of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island.

Explore Chile's Lake District
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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.

View of Osorno volcano from Petrohue waterfall
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Exploring Santiago & Chile's Lake District - 14 Days

On this active and comprehensive 14-day itinerary, you will discover one of the lesser-visited gems of South America: Chile's Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia. First, you'll take a food tour of the capital of Santiago. Then it's wine tasting and a jaunt to the coastal seaport of Valparaíso, one of the most colorful cities in Latin America. Next, you're off to the southern city of Puerto Montt, where you'll visit the mythical island of Chiloé. The remainder of your trip has it all: penguin colonies, kayaking fjords, trekking through native Alajuela forests, hiking up to glaciers, and much, much more.

Sunset over the Serrano Valley and Torres del Paine National Park
Highlights of Chile: Santiago, Patagonia & Wine Country - 10 Days

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.

Welcome to Patagonia!
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Explore Chilean Patagonia - 6 Days

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.

Blue icebergs at Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine
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Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine & Punta Arenas: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 14 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Chile trip with stops in Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 11 to 13 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Puerto Varas or Valparaíso. See more ideas for Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, and Punta Arenas itineraries below.

The Moon Valley, Atacama Desert
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Chile's Beaches & Natural Wonders - 12 Days

Stretching thousands of miles in length, Chile can feel a world away with its mountains, glaciers, deserts, and rugged coastline. This 12-day trip hits the highlights with a series of unique guided tours. Move at a relaxed pace as you make your way from the Atacama Desert in the north, to Patagonia in the south. You'll also make urban stops in Santiago, Valparaiso, and upscale Viña del Mar for two days of beachy fun.

Guanacos in Torres del Paine National Park
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Atacama Desert & W Trek Excursion - 11 Days

Explore Chile's beautiful extremes on this 11-day itinerary. After getting a taste of Santiago, fly north to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part in the world known for its geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. Then, travel south to Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park to challenge yourself on the W-trek, a world-famous route that will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes the park has to offer.

The mountain landscapes of Patagonia's Torres del Paine
Active Patagonia: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine National Park - 7 Days

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.

The mountain landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park
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Wonders of Chile: Patagonia, Lake District & Santiago - 14 Days

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.

Torres del Paine National Park
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Chile Grand Tour - 13 Days

Is it possible to experience the highlights of a famously diverse and beautiful country like Chile in just under two weeks? In this instance, yes. Over 13 days, you can visit all the wonderful sites that have graced the covers of travel magazines for years. You get it all: the northern Atacama Desert, Patagonia—even the far-flung mystical island of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island to us foreigners. So pack a bag, get your hiking gear ready, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Take a family-friendly excursion into the famous Torres del Paine National Park
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Chilean Patagonia for Families: Caves, Glaciers & Wildlife - 7 Days

Bring your kids' geography lessons to life as you visit waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, and caves on this Patagonian adventure! Begin by wandering around Chile's capital city while daring your children to try the local delicacies. Then, fly to Punta Arenas, the gateway to Chilean Patagonia. Board a boat to an island filled with penguins, and see strange natural wonders, such as the Milodón caves and the Devil's Seat. Finish your trip with a trek past Andean condors—the largest flying bird in the world.

Your luxury retreat on the doorstep of Torres del Paine blends with the landscape (photo courtesy of Tierra Patagonia)
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Chile: Wine Country, Marble Caves & Patagonia - 14 Days

Get to know four distinct regions of Chile at a relaxed pace with this two-week luxury itinerary. Start your trip in style at a wine estate outside Santiago—complete with gourmet restaurant and tasting cellar. Then, it's off to an ecolodge in remote Aysén, where you'll cruise through the marble caves of Lago General Carrera. Continue deeper into Patagonia to a stylish retreat on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, and end in historic Punta Arenas for wildlife tours and a taste of the local cuisine.

See the deserts and lagoons of the Atacama before flying south to Patagonia
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Luxury Wonders of Chile: North to South Grand Tour - 14 Days

This two-week Chilean adventure will take you to its most scenic regions: the northern deserts, coastal wine country, and the wilds of southern Patagonia. And though this itinerary is jam-packed with outdoor activities, you won't sacrifice anything in terms of comfort—it's first-class treatment the whole way. Stay in luxury hotels and dine at the finest restaurants in between astronomy tours, visits to salt flats, glacier hikes in Torres del Paine, wine tours in the Casablanca Valley, and more.

Combine rugged outdoor adventures with 4 and 5-star luxury as you explore Patagonia (photo courtesy of Singular Patagonia)
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Luxury Adventure in Chilean Patagonia - 14 Days

Spend two weeks traveling in luxury as you explore the Chilean side of Patagonia—South America's ruggedly beautiful southern cone. This journey ticks all the highlights, from cruising the Magellan Strait to horseback riding in the Andes and trekking around the granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Rounding out this memorable itinerary are wine and city tours in Santiago, plus hiking to volcanoes and visiting penguin colonies in Chile's captivating Lake District.

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) close to San Pedro de Atacama
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Wonders of Chile - 14 Days

On this two week trip, you’ll visit many of the classic places that have made Chile an iconic country for travelers and mountaineers alike. You’ll journey to places like the Atacama Desert and the Patagonian glaciers as you discover a land of myths and mountains. You’ll also have the chance to stay in Santiago and Valparaíso to get a sense of Chile’s city life.

Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park
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Best of Chile - 9 Days

Explore two spectacular regions of Chile where few travelers venture on this nine-day itinerary. After checking out Santiago, you'll fly to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part of the world known for geysers, salt flats, and starry skies. From here, head to Patagonia, where you'll experience Torres del Paine National Park via a range of activities while staying in a fully sustainable EcoCamp.

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia
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Best of Southern Patagonia - 15 Days

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 Mount Fitz Roy.

Discover Patagonia's rugged beauty with the kids from the vantage of a kayak
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Family Tour of Chile's Lake District & Patagonia - 10 Days

Ideal for families nurturing keen young naturalists and explorers, this 10-day itinerary leads you through some of Chile's most beautiful places. Start in historic Santiago, then discover the Lake District's parks, fjords, and colonial towns. Head to Patagonia to hike and boat your way around the extraordinary Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks. Meet cute penguins, spot soaring condors, and marvel at ancient cave art as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers of the past.

Start in the rugged Atacama Desert before flying south to the Patagonian Lake District
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Chile's Natural Wonders for Families: Atacama Desert & Lake District - 10 Days

Experience remote deserts, sparkling lakes, and soaring volcanoes on this family-friendly 10-day tour through two of Chile's most spectacular regions. Get your bearings in Santiago before heading north to the otherworldly Atacama Desert, where the kids can swim in salt lagoons, stargaze under clear night skies, and bounce through the dunes on a buggy tour. Jet south to Patagonia next and dive into the famous Lake District with kayaking, hiking, and penguin-spotting adventures.

Stay in a luxury oasis in the heart of the arid Atacama Desert (photo courtesy of Explora Atacama)
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Luxury Atacama Desert & Chilean Patagonia - 10 Days

Travel to the furthest reaches of Chile for outdoor adventures in the arid northern deserts and southern Patagonia. This 10-day luxury itinerary begins with tours of the otherworldly landscapes in the Atacama Desert, followed by a trip south for trekking in Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park. It's not all roughing it, however, as during the journey, you'll stay in 5-star hotels and dine at some of the world's best restaurants.

Outdoorsy and adventurous families will love exploring Chile's Torres del Paine
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Active Family Fun in the Atacama Desert & Chilean Patagonia - 10 Days

Explore moonscapes in northern Chile and icy landscapes in the south during this 10-day family adventure. Learn about the stars as you gaze up at the Atacama Deserts' clear night skies, and pack your swimsuits to splash in high-altitude lagoons and salt pools. Then it's off to Chile's southern tip and the wilds of Patagonia, where you'll walk among the country's largest penguin colony, hike the trails of Torres del Paine National Park, and sail along the towering walls of an ancient glacier.

Chilean Patagonia landscape
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Wonders of Chilean Nature: Santiago, Atacama Desert & Patagonia - 11 Days

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.

Chile's stunning Lake District
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Explore Chile’s Atacama Desert & Lake District – 11 Days

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.

One of the stunning turquoise lakes in Torres del Paine National Park
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Adventure in Chilean Patagonia: Torres del Paine, Strait of Magellan & Lake District - 14 Days

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.

Glacier Grey
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Southern Chile: Patagonian W Trek, Wildlife, & Wilderness Adventure - 13 Days

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.

Laguna Capri at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy
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Patagonia Adventure for Couples - 14 Days

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.

Summer blooms in Torres del Paine
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Patagonia Adventure for Couples - 15 Days

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.

Explore Chile by car
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Chile Grand Tour: Deserts, Lakes & Beaches - 15 Days

This comprehensive 15-day tour allows visitors to see the most interesting cities and regions in the whole of Chile. Moreover, some of this adventure is of the self-drive variety, meaning you'll get to hop behind the wheel and make it a road trip. It begins in the capital of Santiago with excursions to nearby Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, two of the most beautiful coastal cities in the nation. Then, it's off to the high-altitude deserts of the northern Atacama and its otherworldly landscapes. The tour culminates with road trips in the Chilean ecological wonderland known as the Lake District.

Torres del Paine at dawn
Map of Chilean Patagonia: Wildlife, W Trek, Ice Hiking, & Kayaking - 11 Days
Chilean Patagonia: Wildlife, W Trek, Ice Hiking, & Kayaking - 11 Days

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.