CHILE is by far one of my fave countries <3 Incredibly gorgeous scenery, cool desert towns and lots of friendly people everywhere. If you can I would recommend at least two weeks in Chile, maybe longer if you want to see Chilean Patagonia as well. I’ve split the below up place by place and written my recommended number of nights below…:)
But first, arriving into Chile from Bolivia?
See more: The perfect itinerary for one week in Bolivia (including info on border crossing)
Two weeks in Chile: an awesome itinerary…
San Pedro de Atacama
First stop: desert town <3. If you’re beginning your two weeks in Chile after arriving from Bolivia, you’ll be arriving into San Pedro. This little gem is one of my favourite towns in South America, plus there are so many tours that you can take from here as it’s location is perfecto. There are so many things to see and do from here that you could easily spend a week or more in San Pedro alone.
Valle de la Luna
This is a must, imagine walking the moon and you’ve got Valle de la Luna. Tickets can be booked easily through your hostel in San Pedro and cost around £10.
As Chile is one of the best places in the world to stargaze, you should definitely check out the astronomy trip from San Pedro. Make sure you take an early trip (around 8pm) as if you go later on there is less chance of seeing planets / moon through the telescope.
Perfect trip for anyone into scenery and geysers (oh and llamas).
Onward connection: Fly from Calama airport (the closest airport at around an hour away from San Pedro) to Santiago with SkyAirline, JetSmart or Latam – check for cheap flights on Momondo.com (my fave).
Santiago is Chile’s capital, and a cool place to base yourself for a few days. However as far as cities go, it’s pretty average – other cities in South America do it more for me (Buenos Aires, Rio) so don’t worry too much about spending tonnes of time here (only my opinion!). Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint is worth a trip.
Onward connection: take the bus from Pajaritos – you’ll need to jump on the metro to get here. Buses run pretty regularly (like every 20 mins or so) so no need to prebook. Bus is around 1.5 hours in total.
This little town is super colourful, definitely worth spending a day or two here.
Onward connection: You will need to head back to Santiago before heading down to Patagonia. Head back to Santiago, and take a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas.
This is your stop for Patagonia, and the nearest place to fly to if you’re flying down rather than bussing. Most people fly to Punta Arenas then head straight to Puerto Natales (the town you need to be in if you want to do Torres del Paine) however if you have longer and you fancy staying a night or two then there are a few cool things to do.
Onward connection: book your bus online at Buses Fernandez. The bus takes around 3ish hours
Cute little town that is your base for Torres Del Paine. I stayed at Wild Hostel which I would definitely recommend.
Torres Del Paine
The most popular way to see Torres Del Paine is to hike the W trek. This needs to be booked in advance usually, especially if you’re staying in Refugios. I can’t help with trekking but head to AdventureAlan’s post for more info here. If you’re just not that into walking (like me) you can also take a day tour that takes you to all the best spots or do a day hike to the base of the towers. I’m sure the best experience is to be had from hiking however the day trip hit the spot too. If I’d have had longer I would have also done the day hike to the base of the towers. I feel like for non hikers, both the day hike and the tour are a good balance. 🙂
How many nights should I spend in each place?
If you have two weeks, I would recommend spending 4 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 3 nights in Santiago, 2 nights in Valpariso, 5 nights in Puerto Natales (assuming you are trekking). If you have longer I heard of people bussing between San Pedro and Santiago and stopping in at La Serena for a few nights in between. I’ve heard the stars are amazing here.
More info on Patagonia please?
Patagonia posts coming soon…
Other posts you may enjoy if you’re planning a trip to South America:
The perfect itinerary for one week in Bolivia (including info on the Amazon)