12 days in Chile Itinerary

12 days in Chile Itinerary

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12 days in Chile Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
1
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Valparaiso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Valle Nevado
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
4
Santiago
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

3
nights
Valparaiso

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and look for gifts at Picaro Craft Wines.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso road trip planning website .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Valparaiso by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, expect nights in Valparaiso to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casa de Isla Negra, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Matetic Vineyards
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Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

1
night
Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado ©
The largest ski zone in South America, Valle Nevado offers 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of skiable area in the El Plomo foothills near Santiago.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and then kick your exploration up a notch at Parques de Farellones.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Valle Nevado trip planner .

You can drive from Valparaiso to Valle Nevado in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santiago.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Parques de Farellones
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Parques de Farellones ©
Parques de Farellones

4
nights
Santiago

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago holiday planner .

Getting from Valle Nevado to Santiago by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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