8 days in Chile Itinerary

8 days in Chile Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Vina del Mar
— 1 night
San Pedro de Atacama
— 3 nights
Drive to El Loa Airport, Fly to Knoxville



— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santiago road trip planner.

Knoxville, USA to Santiago is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Vina del Mar

— 1 night

Garden City

A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, and finally view the masterpieces at Miel de Oveja.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vina del Mar trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santiago to Vina del Mar in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna and then explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

Before you visit San Pedro de Atacama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Vina del Mar to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vina del Mar in January, San Pedro de Atacama is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Chile travel guide

Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.