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The Perfect Two Week Chile Itinerary

two week Chile Itinerary

If Chile has ever been on your radar and you are planning a trip to Chile, then this perfect two week Chile Itinerary is exactly what you need for your extraordinary journey to Chile. Get ready to uncover the country’s best-kept secrets as we take you on an adventure filled with hidden gems and offbeat activities. We advise you to use Chile Travel agents based in Santiago or join an adventurous Chile Travel Tour from the UK. 

Chile is best explored in a group trip due to the cost of having a private trip. If you opt for a private trip, this two week Chile itinerary is perfect for you to map out the best things to see in Chile and where to stay in Chile. Believe that Chile is a destination where you will experience unique cultural experiences and natural wonders, this Chile itinerary will ensure that your trip to Chile is nothing short of unforgettable. So, grab your passport and get ready to explore the secret spots of Chile, because this is a journey you won’t want to miss.

How to travel to Chile from the UK

Your passport has to be valid for at least 3 months from your return date. British travellers holding a British passport can visit Chile for up to 90 days without a visa. The Chilean immigration authorities will give you a tourist card, take a picture of this card immediately and keep it safe because you will give it back to immigration when you leave the country. Suppose you plan to visit Esther Island as prescribed in this two week Chile itinerary. In that case, you need to complete a Rapa Nui (Esther Island) entry form, show a return ticket and a reservation registered with the national tourism service.

Flights from the UK to Chile.

British Airways flies directly from London Heathrow to Santiago, Chile. The flight takes around 14 hours and 35 minutes non-stop. If you wish to break your trip, you can fly an Air France flight from Paris, it takes about 17 hours and 15 minutes or opt for flights from Spain. Iberia Airlines has a connecting flight in Madrid. You might wish to take other connecting flights, like LATAM, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada and KLM flights

How to travel to Chile from the US.

Most US nationalities can travel to Chile without a visa. Citizens of Australia and Mexico must pay a reciprocity fee on their first entry to Chile by air.  The most common entry point for travellers is the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, commonly referred to as Santiago Airport), 15km (9.3 miles) northwest of downtown Santiago. The domestic and international are the same terminal, with the international on the left and the domestic on the right. Santiago Airport is served by several non-stop international services, mainly from Europe, the Americas and Oceania. LATAM Airlines is the largest carrier and has flights from several cities in America.

How to get around Chile.

By Air

Travelling by air is the quickest and stress-free way to get around Chile. The domestic flights are cheaper than what you might find in other South American countries. While LATAM airlines are the most reliable, Jetsmart and Sky Airlines offer the most affordable option. For your visit to Easter Island, LATAM Airline is the only flight you would get from Santiago Airport. 

By Bus

Bus travel is another means of exploring Chile, although distances can be long and if you’re only here for two weeks, it’s probably better to spend a little bit more on flights than spend 24 hours travelling between destinations.  

By Rental Car

Rental cars are available in Chile. If you are more adventurous and enjoy exploring on your own, renting a camper van might be an option. Soul Vans has fully-equipped campers that start from 40,000 CLP (US$60) per day and you can often get a deal if you’re travelling slightly out of peak season (December through February).

For those planning to drive, I recommend getting a local SIM card in Chile or using an international SIM card to go online and use your GPS. I used GoSim which cost me $26 for 1GB of data and it worked well in Chile.

My Two week Chile Itinerary

 

Chile Itinerary Day 1 – 5: Santiago

The 14-hour British Airways Flight from London Heathrow to Santiago arrived at the Santiago International Airport. The first impression of Santiago is the similarity between a city in Spain. The language spoken in Chile is Spanish. After a quick pass through the security, you should pre-arrange an airport transfer to your hotel. We stayed at the W Hotel, Santiago. Make Santiago your base and follow this 5-day Itinerary for Santiago Chile. 

5-Day Itinerary for Santiago, Chile

While you can follow this itinerary and explore Santiago yourself, I would advise you to book a tour here.

Day 1 in Santiago, Chile: Explore Central Santiago. 

  • Morning:
    – Plaza de Armas: Start your day at the historic heart of Santiago. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, a stunning architectural landmark.
    – La Moneda Palace: Take a guided tour of the presidential palace and learn about Chile’s political history.
  • Afternoon:
    – Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino: Discover fascinating pre-Columbian artefacts from across Latin America.
    – Lunch at Mercado Central: Enjoy fresh seafood at one of the bustling market’s many restaurants.
  • Evening:
    – Barrio Lastarria: Stroll through this bohemian neighbourhood, known for its vibrant street art, boutique shops, and charming cafes. Enjoy dinner at one of the trendy restaurants here.

Day 2 in Santiago, Chile: Day Trip to Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Casablanca, and Reñaca

  • Morning:
    – Casablanca Valley: Start with a wine tour in this renowned wine region. Visit a vineyard such as Viña Casas del Bosque or Viña Emiliana for wine tasting and a tour of the vineyard.
  • Midday:
    – Viña del Mar: Explore the “Garden City” with its beautiful parks, gardens, and the famous Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores). Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant.
  • Afternoon:
    – Valparaíso: Wander through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its colourful hills, funiculars, and vibrant street art. Visit the house of poet Pablo Neruda, La Sebastiana.
  • Evening:
    – **Reñaca:** Relax at Reñaca Beach, a popular spot with great views. Enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants before heading back to Santiago.

Day 3: Cultural and Historical Tour

  • Morning:
    – Museo Nacional de Historia Natural: Visit this museum in Quinta Normal Park to explore Chile’s natural history.
    – Parque Quinta Normal: Enjoy a leisurely walk in this large urban park, home to several museums and beautiful gardens.
  • Afternoon:
    – Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos: Learn about Chile’s recent history and human rights during the Pinochet dictatorship.
    – Lunch in Barrio Yungay: This historic neighbourhood offers a variety of local dining options.
  • Evening:
    – Sky Costanera: Head to the observation deck of the tallest building in Latin America for panoramic views of Santiago at sunset. Enjoy dinner in the adjacent Costanera Center mall.

Day 4: Nature and Adventure

  • Morning:
    – Cerro San Cristóbal: Take a funicular or hike up to the summit for a spectacular view of Santiago. Visit the statue of the Virgin Mary and the beautiful Japanese Garden.
    – La Chascona: Another house of Pablo Neruda, located at the foot of Cerro San Cristóbal, showcasing his eclectic collections.
  • Afternoon:
    – **Lunch in Bellavista: Enjoy the bohemian atmosphere and dine at one of the many eclectic restaurants in this lively neighbourhood.
    – Parque Bicentenario: Relax in this modern park with its beautiful landscaping, lagoons, and abundant birdlife.
  • Evening:
    – Dinner in Vitacura: Explore this upscale neighbourhood known for its fine dining and chic bars. Try one of the renowned restaurants like Boragó or Mestizo.

Day 5: Observatory Stargazing Tour

  • Morning:
    – Barrio Italia: Spend the morning exploring this trendy neighbourhood, known for its antique shops, art galleries, and cafes. Enjoy brunch at one of the many stylish eateries.
  • Afternoon:
    – Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC): Visit the MAC in Parque Forestal to see contemporary Chilean and international art.
    – Parque Forestal: Take a relaxing walk through this beautiful park that runs alongside the Mapocho River.
  • Evening:
    – Stargazing Tour: In the evening, embark on an observatory stargazing tour. Travel to a nearby observatory (such as Cerro Calán or Mamalluca) to experience Chile’s renowned clear skies and observe stars, planets, and other celestial wonders. Return to Santiago late at night.

Chile Itinerary Day 5 – 10: Easter Island

I encourage everyone to visit Easter Island, known as the most inhabited, remote island in the world. It’s a 5.5-hour flight from Santiago, and I recommend a minimum of 4 nights for visitors to stay.
The rugged, volcanic landscape (including a massive volcanic crater, enchanting beaches, vast underground cave system), the culture and community of the beautiful Rapa Nui people, and the clear night sky, combined with the enigmatic, colossal Moai structures, definitely have me captivated.

5-Day Itinerary for Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

While you can follow this itinerary and explore Rapa Nui yourself, I would advise you to book a tour here.

Day 1: Arrival and Introduction to Easter Island

  • Morning:
    – Arrival in Hanga Roa: Check into your hotel and freshen up.
    – Ahu Tahai: Start your visit with the archaeological site of Ahu Tahai, near Hanga Roa. This site features restored moai statues and offers a beautiful introduction to the island’s history.
  • Afternoon:
    – Hanga Roa Town: Explore the main town of Easter Island. Visit the local shops, cafes, and the artisan market for unique souvenirs.
    – Lunch in Hanga Roa: Enjoy local cuisine at a restaurant in town.
  • Evening:
    – Sunset at Ahu Tahai: Return to Ahu Tahai to witness a stunning sunset over the moai statues.

Day 2: Exploring the Moai and Rano Raraku

  • Morning:
    – Rano Raraku: Visit the volcanic crater that served as the quarry for nearly all the island’s moai statues. Hike around the site to see the hundreds of moai in various stages of completion.
    – Ahu Tongariki: Just a short drive from Rano Raraku, this is the largest ahu on the island, featuring 15 restored moai. It’s an impressive sight with the ocean in the background.
  • Afternoon:
    – Lunch near Rano Raraku: Enjoy a picnic lunch or eat at a nearby restaurant.
    – Ahu Akivi: Visit this inland site featuring seven moai statues that face the ocean, unlike most others on the island.
  • Evening:
    – Dinner in Hanga Roa: Return to town for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

 Day 3: Rano Kau and Orongo

  • Morning:
    – Rano Kau: Head to this extinct volcano with a crater lake and breathtaking views. The hike up to the rim provides a panoramic vista of the island and the Pacific Ocean.
    – Orongo Ceremonial Village: Explore this ancient village located on the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Learn about the Birdman cult and see the stone houses and petroglyphs.
  • Afternoon:
    – Lunch with a View: Enjoy lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the ocean or back in Hanga Roa.
    – Ahu Vinapu: Visit this archaeological site known for its unique stonework that resembles Inca construction.
  • Evening:
    – Rapa Nui Stargazing: Join a stargazing tour in the evening to observe the clear night skies of Rapa Nui. Learn about the constellations and the significance of the stars to the island’s ancient inhabitants.

Day 4: Beaches and Petroglyphs

  • Morning:
    – Anakena Beach: Spend the morning relaxing at this beautiful white sand beach, known for its turquoise waters and palm trees. Explore the nearby Ahu Nau Nau, a restored platform with moai statues.
    – Ahu Ature Huki: Another moai near Anakena Beach, notable for its solitary statue.
  • Afternoon:
    – Lunch at Anakena Beach: Enjoy a picnic or eat at one of the beachside food stalls.
    – Papa Vaka: Visit this site to see ancient petroglyphs depicting marine life, canoes, and other important cultural symbols.
  • Evening:
    – Sunset at Ahu Tongariki: For a different perspective, visit Ahu Tongariki again to see the sunset casting shadows over the moai.

Day 5: Rapa Nui Culture and Relaxation

  • Morning:
    – Ahu Akahanga: Explore this coastal site with multiple fallen moai and learn about the island’s history and the reasons behind the toppling of the statues.
    – Ana Te Pahu Cave: Visit this large lava tube cave with its lush interior and historical significance.
  • Afternoon:
    – Lunch in Hanga Roa: Enjoy your last meal on the island at a local restaurant.
    – Rapa Nui Museum: Spend time at the island’s museum to deepen your understanding of the Rapa Nui culture and history through its exhibits.
  • Evening:
    – Traditional Rapa Nui Dance Show: End your trip with a cultural experience. Attend a traditional dance show to see vibrant performances showcasing the island’s music and dance heritage.
    – Dinner in Hanga Roa: Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, savouring the flavours of Rapa Nui one last time.

After exploring the Easther Island for 5 days, you have two days to get back to Santiago for your return flight.

Chile is a big country and while we focused on two areas on this visit, there are other places you can explore in Chile if you prefer to venture off the beaten path and discover the country’s lesser-known destinations. While popular attractions are undoubtedly worth visiting, these hidden gems offer a unique and authentic glimpse into the heart and soul of Chile. So immerse yourself in the undiscovered corners of this diverse country and create memories that few travellers can boast of.

One such hidden gem is the picturesque town of Valdivia. Nestled along the banks of the Calle-Calle River, Valdivia is known for its charming mix of German architecture and beautiful riverside promenades. Take a stroll through the town’s historic centre, admiring the colourful facades and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit the Valdivia Market, where you can sample some of the region’s most delicious seafood and fresh produce.

For those seeking a truly offbeat experience, head to the enchanting Chiloé ArchipelaTrip to Chilego. This cluster of islands is a world of its own, with its distinct culture, charming palafitos (houses on stilts), and unique wooden churches, many of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the bustling streets of Castro, the archipelago’s capital, and indulge in a typical curanto, a traditional feast prepared in a pit that combines seafood, meat, and vegetables. Chile’s breathtaking landscapes, including dense forests, rugged coastlines, and serene lakes, offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, such as kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching.

If you’re seeking a truly remote and untouched destination, look no further than the Aysén Region. This remote corner of Chile is home to mesmerizing fjords, towering glaciers, and pristine lakes. Journey to the Laguna San Rafael National Park and witness the colossal San Rafael Glacier, a magnificent natural wonder that will leave you in awe. Explore the surrounding area by boat, marvelling at the rugged beauty and keeping an eye out for seals and dolphins that call these icy waters home.

Venturing off the beaten path in Chile allows you to discover hidden treasures that will enrich your journey. Whether it’s the charming town of Valdivia, the enchanting Chiloé Archipelago, or the remote Aysén Region, these lesser-known destinations promise to offer a truly unforgettable experience. So, go ahead and step away from the tourist crowds, immerse yourself in the local culture, and create memories that will last a lifetime.,

Embrace the Local Culture on Your Two Week Chile Itinerary

Immersing oneself in the local culture of a destination adds a whole new layer of richness to any travel experience. And when it comes to exploring the secret spots of Chile, embracing the local culture becomes even more essential. These unique experiences not only offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the country but also allow travellers to connect with the people and traditions that make Chile so captivating.

In the charming town of Valdivia, nestled along the banks of the Calle-Calle River, you’ll find an abundance of opportunities to embrace the local culture. Take a stroll through the bustling markets, where vendors proudly display their traditional crafts and fresh produce. Dive into the vibrant culinary scene and savour mouthwatering dishes that merge indigenous flavours with European influences. And don’t miss the chance to sample the local brews at one of Valdivia’s many breweries, where beer-making has become an art form deeply ingrained in the culture.

Venturing further south, the enchanting Chiloé Archipelago welcomes travellers with its distinct identity and rich folklore. Here, you can witness the unique palafitos, colourful houses perched on stilts above the water, which have become an iconic symbol of the region. Immerse yourself in Chilote mythology and storytelling by visiting one of the many mythical churches, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Iglesia San Francisco in Castro. And be sure to indulge in the island’s culinary delights, such as the renowned curanto, a traditional feast cooked in earth ovens, where you’ll get a taste of the ancient traditions that have shaped the local culture.

For those seeking a truly remote and untouched destination, the Aysén Region beckons with its rugged landscapes and serene beauty. Here, you can embrace the local culture by joining a traditional fishing excursion with the locals, learning their time-honored methods and hearing their stories of life on the water. Immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of the local communities, and perhaps even participate in a traditional folk dance or festival, where the vibrant music and colorful costumes will transport you to another world.

Embracing the local culture in Chile’s secret spots not only offers unique experiences but also sets the stage for discovering the natural wonders that lie hidden within these remarkable destinations. From mesmerizing fjords to towering glaciers, the next section will take you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes that await., Embracing the local culture in Chile’s secret spots not only offers unique experiences but also sets the stage for discovering the natural wonders that lie hidden within these remarkable destinations. For those seeking a truly remote and untouched destination, the Aysén Region beckons with its rugged landscapes and serene beauty. Here, you can embrace the local culture by joining a traditional fishing excursion with the locals, learning their time-honored methods, and hearing their stories of life on the water. Immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of the local communities, and perhaps even participate in a traditional folk dance or festival, where the vibrant music and colorful costumes will transport you to another world.

Discover the Natural Wonders on Your Two Week Chile Itinerary: Hidden Treasures

As you venture deeper into these secret spots, be prepared to be awestruck by Chile’s mesmerizing fjords and towering glaciers. Picture yourself cruising through the narrow channels of the Chonos Archipelago, with its labyrinth of islands covered in dense forests. As you navigate through this secluded paradise, you’ll witness the sheer power and majesty of nature as massive glaciers calve into the sea, creating a symphony of ice that will leave you breathless.

One of the hidden treasures you’ll encounter is the San Rafael Glacier, a mammoth wall of ice that seems to defy gravity as it cascades down into the turquoise waters below. Take a boat tour and get up close to this awe-inspiring spectacle, listening to the soundtrack of cracking ice and thunderous booms that resonate through the air. It’s a humbling experience that reminds you of the Earth’s immense beauty and strength.

Continuing your exploration, you’ll stumble upon the Marble Caves, an ethereal wonder that seems straight out of a fairytale. Located on Lake General Carrera, these smooth and sculpted formations have been meticulously carved by the hands of time and the gentle caress of the water. Step inside these caverns and marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours that dance across the walls, reflecting the sunlight in shades of blue, green, and gold. It’s a magical sight that will make you feel like you’ve entered a different realm altogether.

As you traverse Chile’s secret spots, each turn reveals a new natural wonder, a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. These landscapes are not only breathtaking but also serve as a testament to the power of nature and the importance of preserving our planet for future generations. So, get ready to uncover the secrets that Chile holds and prepare your taste buds for the culinary delights that await in the next section.

Culinary Delights: Taste the Authentic Flavours on Your Two-Week Chile Itinerary

Continuing your exploration of Chile’s secret spots, another aspect that contributes to the country’s allure is its delectable cuisine. Just as the landscapes enchant, the culinary delights of Chile will captivate your taste buds and leave you craving for more. From traditional dishes passed down through generations to innovative fusion creations, the authentic flavours of Chile are a feast for the senses.

In every corner of this remarkable country, you’ll find a variety of traditional dishes that showcase the rich culinary heritage of Chilean culture. One such dish is the beloved empanadas, which are savoury pastries filled with a tantalizing mix of meat, cheese, and vegetables. Savour each bite and let the blend of flavours transport you to the heart of Chilean gastronomy.

Seafood lovers will rejoice in the abundance of fresh delights that can be found along Chile’s extensive coastline. Indulge in a plate of ceviche, a traditional dish that combines the delicate flavors of raw fish or shellfish marinated in citrus juices and spices. With every forkful, you’ll experience a burst of vibrant flavors that perfectly complement the coastal surroundings.

For a taste of the country’s vibrant street food scene, head to Santiago’s bustling markets where you can find a cornucopia of culinary treasures. Sink your teeth into a completo, a mouthwatering Chilean hot dog adorned with a variety of toppings like sauerkraut, avocado, and mayonnaise. It’s a simple yet satisfying treat that showcases the Chilean passion for flavour.

As you savour the authentic flavours of Chile, be sure to pair your meals with a glass of the country’s renowned wines. Chile’s vineyards produce some of the world’s finest wines, including robust reds and crisp whites. Take a tour of a vineyard and learn about the winemaking process while enjoying a tasting that will transport you on a sensory journey.

With your taste buds tantalized and a newfound appreciation for Chilean cuisine, you’ll be ready to capture the moments that lie ahead. Get your camera ready, as the next section will guide you to the photography hotspots that will truly capture the essence of Chile’s secret spots.,

Capture the Moments on Your Two Week Chile Itinerary: Photography Hotspots

With your taste buds tantalized and a newfound appreciation for Chilean cuisine, you’ll be ready to capture the moments that lie ahead. As you embark on your journey through Chile’s secret spots, make sure to bring your camera along to document the awe-inspiring landscapes and unique experiences that await you. From rugged mountains to pristine lakes, Chile offers a plethora of photography hotspots that will truly capture the essence of this breathtaking country.

One of the must-visit photography hotspots in Chile is the Torres del Paine National Park. Located in the southern part of the country, this national park boasts towering granite peaks, immense glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. The iconic Torres del Paine mountains, with their jagged peaks, are a favourite subject for many photographers. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, this national park will provide you with endless opportunities to snap postcard-worthy shots.

Mano del Desierto Trip to ChileAnother hidden gem for photography enthusiasts is the Atacama Desert. Known as the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert is a surreal landscape of vast salt flats, flamingo-filled lagoons, and geothermal geysers. The sheer otherworldliness of this desert makes it an ideal location for capturing unique and striking images. From photographing the vibrant colours of the sunset over the salt flats to capturing the starry night sky above the desert, every frame will be a masterpiece in itself.

The Hand of the Desert in Chile is a sculpture in the shape of a giant hand, 11 meters high. Called “Mano del Desierto” in Spanish, it seems to call for help from whoever can save it from the Chilean desert of Atacama, burning hot during the day and freezing at night. La Mano del Desierto which literally translates as the Hand of the Desert in English is a concrete work by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal created in 1992 and located south of the city of Antofagasta in Chile. According to the artist each visitor has to make his interpretation of the meaning of this sculpture. Some say it’s just the city that says goodbye to the traveller. For others, this half-buried hand represents the victims of injustice and torture during the military dictatorship. This black period terrorized Chile for 16 years from 1974 to 1990. Mario Irarrázabal also made similar sculptures in Uruguay, Spain, and Italy … This monumental work is part of the unusual landscapes of Latin America.
How to get there?
To reach it, go along the Panamericana Route, a 5 hours drive from Antofagasta. La Mano del Desierto is located seventy-five kilometres south of the city of Antofagasta. The map below allows you to locate the sculpture in the Chilean desert.
Where to stay?
Since the Hand is lost in a real arid desert, you will have no choice but to spend the night in the town of Antofagasta. Or in a van, if you are travelling that way.
 
For those seeking a more cultural and historical experience, the vibrant streets of Valparaiso offer the perfect setting. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its colourful houses, graffiti-filled alleys, and artistic charm. Every corner of Valparaiso is a photo waiting to happen, as you wander through the steep hills and capture the city’s eclectic architecture and bohemian atmosphere. The artistic spirit of Valparaiso will inspire you to experiment with different angles and compositions, resulting in truly unique and captivating photographs.

As you travel throughout Chile, keep your eyes peeled for unexpected photography opportunities. From picturesque coastal villages to bustling local markets, the country is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Be sure to explore the off-the-beaten-path locations, as they often offer the most authentic and enchanting experiences.

With your camera in hand, you have the power to freeze time and capture the beauty and charm of Chile’s secret spots. These photography hotspots will provide you with the perfect settings to unleash your creativity and create visual memories that will last a lifetime. So, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey, where every click of the shutter reveals the true essence of Chile.,

In conclusion, this two week Chile Itinerary gives you an idea of how best to explore Chile and all the remarkable journey that goes beyond the ordinary. By venturing off the beaten path, embracing the local culture, and discovering hidden natural wonders, you will unlock a world of unique experiences. From tasting the authentic flavours of Chile to capturing unforgettable moments at photography hotspots, this country has something for every traveller. So, pack your bags and embark on an adventure that will create memories lasting a lifetime. As explorer Paul Theroux once said, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect,” so don’t wait any longer. Experience Chile’s secrets firsthand and let the magic unfold. Your unforgettable journey starts now.

 

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