๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NORTHERN CHILE

Valparaiso, Chile - Northern Chile itineraryBeaches, vineyards, mountains and fascinating cities – what more could you ask for? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Northern Chile itinerary:

Luxury Vineyard, Chile
1 โœˆTo Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐Ÿจ In flight!
2 Arr: Morning ๐ŸจThe Aubrey (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up theย Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visitย Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 ๐Ÿš—Santiago to Cajon del Maipo drive (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 10:30 ๐ŸจCascada de las Animas (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 ๐Ÿš—Cajon del Maipo to Santa Cruz drive Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจPosada Colchagua (Book >) All hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 ๐Ÿš—Santa Cruz to Valparaiso drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 ๐ŸจHotel Boutique Acontraluz
(Book >)
All hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 ๐Ÿš—Valparaiso to Zapallar drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจCasa Zapallar (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 ๐Ÿš—Zapallar to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจEnjoy Coquimbo (Book >) All hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histรณrico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 ๐Ÿš—Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจThe Aubrey(Book >) All hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3 of this Northern Chile itinerary. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 โœˆSantiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Near La Serena, Chile
1 โœˆTo Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐Ÿจ In flight!
2 Arr: Morning ๐ŸจHotel Plaza San Francisco (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 ๐ŸšŒSantiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo bus (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 ๐ŸจLodge Andino El Ingenio (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 ๐ŸšŒCajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

๐ŸจHotel Boutique Vendimia (Book >) All hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 ๐ŸšŒSanta Cruz to Santiago bus (Book >)
๐ŸšŒSantiago to Valparaiso bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

๐ŸจHotel Fauna
(Book >)
All hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 ๐Ÿš—Valparaisoย  to Zapallar drive (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจCasa Zapallar (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 ๐Ÿš—Zapallar to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจPrimera Hacienda Hotel Boutique (Book >) All hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histรณrico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 ๐Ÿš—Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจHotel Plaza San Francisco (Book >) All hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 โœˆSantiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Take the bus to the airport.
Budget View of the moon froman Atacama observatory
1 โœˆTo Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐Ÿจ In flight!
2 Arr: Morning ๐ŸจEco-Hostal Tambo Verde (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 ๐ŸšŒSantiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 ๐ŸจHostal Los Peรฑones
(Book >)
All hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring a filter water bottle and cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 ๐ŸšŒCajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

๐ŸจCasa Suiza (Book >) All hostels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 ๐ŸšŒSanta Cruz to Santiago bus (Book >)
๐ŸšŒSantiago to Valparaiso bus (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

๐ŸจLa Galerรญa B&B (Book >) All hostels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 ๐Ÿš—Valparaiso to Maitencillo drive (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:10 ๐ŸจHostal Maitencillo Norte (Book >) All hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in nearby Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 ๐Ÿš—Maitencillo to La Serena drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:20 ๐ŸจHostal El รrbol (Book >) All hostels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histรณrico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 ๐Ÿš—Zapallar to Santiago drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจEco-Hostal Tambo Verde (Book >) All hostels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 โœˆSantiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Southern Chile itinerary with the Northern Chile, Argentina, Bolivia or Peru itinerary
Take the bus to the airport.

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