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10 Days in Chile: Our Recommendations

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While a minimum of two weeks is ideal for a Chile tour, if you have less time, there’s still so much you can pack into a shorter trip. With proper planning – and around 10 days in Chile at your disposal – many exciting options are available to explore the country and the attractions it has to offer. If you are looking for ideas on how to spend your time there, here are 3 recommendations for Chile itineraries of 10 and 12 days that will help you get inspired.

Self-Drive Through Chile in 10 Days

Blue lake surrounded by green hills and snow-capped mountains
Dotted with blue lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, green valleys and hills, the Lake District in Chile is a delight for hedonists and adventurers alike
View of Santiago from the top of one of its hills
The cultural hub of Chile, Santiago is usually the first city most tourists visit 
Colorful houses build on wooden struts over a lake
Chiloe is a lesser-visited destination in Chile, but those who head to this magical place will not regret it
Chilean wine region in Casablanca valley
For a wine-lover on a trip to Chile, a visit to Casablanca Valley is a no-brainer
Day 1 Transfer from Santiago to Puerto Montt, drive to Puerto Varas by Lake Llanquihue
Day 2 Explore Petrohue Falls in the morning, optional nearby excursions in the afternoon
Day 3 Drive to Puerto Montt, take ferry to Chiloe Island
Day 4 Explore Castro on Chiloe Island, visit UNESCO churches, drive to Puerto Varas
Day 5 Fly to Santiago, drive to Santa Cruz Valley, visit museum or vineyard
Day 6 Free day in Santa Cruz, recommended to visit vineyards and explore the area
Day 7 Drive to Isla Negra and then Casa Marin Winery in afternoon
Day 8 Drive to Valparaíso, free afternoon for optional activities
Day 9 Drive to Casablanca Valley, continue on to Santiago
Day 10 Head to the airport and on to your next destination

With ten days and a thirst for adventure, this self-drive tour will give you the chance to experience a wide range of Chile’s myriad attractions. Highlights include the capital Santiago and the bohemian town of Valparaíso, natural wonders such as Petrohue Falls and Lake Llanquihue as well as unique sights like the UNESCO-listed churches in Castro on Chiloe Island. However, perhaps the best part of this 10-day Chile itinerary is the freedom you will have to explore as much or a little as you choose, all at your own pace. See tour.

Chile in 10 days: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Lake District

Moon Valley in Atacama Desert
The Moon Valley in Atacama Desert closely resembles the surface of the moon
Things to do in Chile Lake District
Chile's Lake District offers equal opportunities for both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts 
Day 1 Half-day city tour of Santiago
Day 2 Day trip to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, return to Santiago
Day 3 Fly to Calama, transfer to San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama Desert
Day 4 Half-day tour of Tatio Geysers, Machuca, the Valley of the Moon and more
Day 5 Half-day tour of Cejar Lagoon in the Atacama Salt Flats
Day 6 Fly to Puerto Montt, transfer to Puerto Varas
Day 7 Half-day tour to Osorno Volcano, Lake Llanquihue and Petrohue Falls
Day 8 Free day in Puerto Varas with optional activities available
Day 9 Fly to Santiago
Day 10 Head to your next destination

For those who love the great outdoors and the wonders of nature, this 10-days in Chile itinerary which takes in the desolate Atacama along with Chile’s sublime Lake District could be the ideal option. After spending time in the compelling capital of Santiago as well as UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, make your way north to witness the hostile and alien landscapes of the world’s driest desert. Next, head to Puerto Varas for a couple of days exploring a lush region that could hardly be more different. This tour is the perfect option for anyone wanting to sample two of Chile’s most enticing destinations in one trip. See tour.

12 days in Chile: From North to South

One can travel either from a bus or a car from Santiago to Valparaiso
Besides being the bohemian cousin of Santiago, Valaparaiso is also famous as the home of the Noble Laureate Pablo Neruda
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
A stunning glimpse of Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park
Day 1 Spend the day exploring San Pedro de Atacama after arrival
Day 2 Tour Valley of the Moon, including Three Marias, Salt Caves and Licancabur volcano
Day 3 Early morning tour of Tatio Geysers and Machuca, transfer to Santiago
Day 4 Day tour of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
Day 5 Half-day Santiago tour, fly to Puerto Montt, transfer to Puerto Varas
Day 6 Visit Laguna Verde, hike to Osorno volcano and Petrohue Falls
Day 7 Free day in Puerto Varas with optional activities
Day 8 Fly to Punta Arenas, transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
Day 9 Explore Torres del Paine National Park
Day 10 Another day tour in Torres del Paine National Park
Day 11 Fly back to Santiago
Day 12 Head back home or to another destination

If you are determined to see as much of Chile as possible in under two weeks, this whirlwind tour that takes in all the major highlights could be just what you are looking for. Start in the north with a trip to the Atacama Desert to see the most important sights there. Next, head to Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most unmissable towns, and nearby Viña del Mar where you can sample the country’s famous wine. After a short stop in Chile’s stunning Lake District, head to the Torres del Paine National Park for a couple of days exploring the country’s premier outdoor wonderland. This lively itinerary is one of the best ways to see all of Chile’s major attractions in only 12 days. See tour.

An overview map of different itineraries in Chile
An overview map of 10-day itineraries for Chile

Many may not think it is possible to travel to Chile in just 10 days, but the above itineraries go to prove that it is. In fact, many explore Chile in 7 days too. However, if you can invest some more time, 2-week and 3-week itineraries in Chile are truly worth it. For more on how many days to spend, head to our guide on Chile itineraries. If you are inspired by the 10-day Chile itineraries above and would like a customized trip for yourself, talk to our travel experts in Chile today!

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