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Although we recommend a two-week Chile itinerary to cover the country’s main highlights, travellers intending to spend just an extended weekend or one week in Chile don’t have to be disappointed. With careful planning and prioritization, even visitors on a time crunch can make the best of their short trip to Chile. Below, we have listed a handful of Chile itineraries for around one week, lasting from four to seven days, each featuring a different pursuit to fit your personal taste.
|Day 1||Visit Puerto Tranquilo en route to General Carrera Lake|
|Day 2||Stop at the confluence of the Baker and Neff rivers on the way to Caleta Tortel|
|Day 3||Boat trip to the ‘Island of the Dead’ before reaching Puerto Bertrand|
|Day 4||Stunning scenery on the final day before returning the vehicle|
Have less than a week in Chile? Don’t want to follow the beaten track? Try getting behind the wheel and exploring the best of the country in a four-day road trip. Start at Balmaceda and drive south on Chile’s Route 7, known more evocatively as the Carretera Austral. Uncover some of Chile’s hidden gems — stop off to visit sleepy lakeside towns like Puerto Tranquilo, kayak the General Carrera lake to witness the Marble Caves, appreciate stunning landscapes and marvel at exquisite viewpoints. See tour.
|Day 1||From Puerto Natales, take a bus to Torres del Paine|
|Day 2||Enjoy some of the best views of the park from Las Torres base|
|Day 3||Hike at Nordenskjold Lake and see incredible hanging glaciers|
|Day 4||Appreciate the majestic views of French Glacier|
|Day 5||Trek to Grey Glacier lookout points|
For those looking to skip the hustle of Santiago, and dive straight into the heart of Chile, this five-day trek in Torres de Paine National Park is an ideal choice. Head straight to Puerto Natales to start off your Chile trip. Trek the famous ‘W’ trail as you marvel at the sparkling lakes, mighty glaciers and sublime scenery of the park. The highlight of the trek is the hike to the base of the Paine Towers, the three geological formations that give the park its name. Also, try to spot some of the region’s abundant wildlife, including guanacos, foxes and even pumas during your stay. See tour.
|Day 1||In San Pedro de Atacama cycle to the Valle de la Luna|
|Day 2||Cycle through the Atacama Salt Flats and visit flamingo lagoons|
|Day 3||A long bike ride downhill to Caspana|
|Day 4||Bike to see the views of Atacama Salt Flats and Licancabur Volcano|
|Day 5||Visit Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs and ride in the little-known Rainbow Valley|
|Day 6||Transfer to airport|
If you’d like to venture into an off-beat trip but are short on time, this six-day mountain bike adventure in the Atacama Desert is hard to resist. Kick off in San Pedro de Atacama and cycle to the otherworldly Valle de la Luna. Explore the arid desert on mountain bikes every day. Pedal through the hostile terrain of the Atacama Salt flats and observe flamingos in their harsh natural habitat. Experience exhilarating long downhill rides and stunning vistas on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. See tour.
|Day 1||Arrive in Santiago and take a guided tour of the city|
|Day 2||Travel to Valparaíso and sample local products including Chilean wine|
|Day 3||Start a four-day skiing trip at Portillo Ski Centre|
|Day 4||Spend your time skiing and enjoying the facilities at the resort|
|Day 5||Try yoga, sauna, swimming and other activities|
|Day 6||More skiing|
|Day 7||Transfer to airport|
This seven-day Chile itinerary is perfect for the active traveler who is looking for a winter getaway in the country during winter. Explore the exciting attractions of Santiago before heading to the unmissable town of Valparaíso, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. A trip to the region’s famous vineyards is the highlight of the journey. Do not miss the opportunity to sample wines and try some delicious food. Next, head off to the Portillo Ski Centre for the last four days of the tour. Enjoying some of the best skiing experiences the country has to offer, before pampering yourself at the facilities in the resort after dark. See tour.
As seen in the itineraries provided above, just one week in Chile or even less is enough to make a memorable trip to country. If you’d like to plan a similar holiday or something completely different for yourself, connect with our Travel Experts in Chile. For other recommended itineraries and possible trip durations, check out our guide on how long to spend in Chile.
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