I wish to travel to Puerto Natales, Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar on my 11-15 days tour to Chile. I am travelling with my spouse. I am interested in Adventure Sports, Beaches, City Life, Cultural Visit, Heritage, Monument, Mountains, Nature, Village Life and Wildlife.

asked on 07 Dec 2014
Mirela Mitroi
Romania
Interest: Nature, Mountains, Adventure Sports, Heritage, City Life, Village Life, Beaches, Cultural Visit, Monument, Wild Life
Ridhima
Travel Expert
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Hi
Chile being a small country has so much to offer to its guests. I would try my best to suggest best of Puerto Natales, Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar so that it leads to a memorable trip of yours.

Basic Travelling Information


Chile

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Flights

There are many flight options available as per your trip, but I would suggest you to travel via Tarom, Aeroline Argentinas and Sky Airline. The total budget of your flights from Bucharest (nearest International Airport to Galati) to Santiago, Santiago to Punta Arenas (nearest airport to Puerto Natales), Punta Arenas to Santiago and return flight from Santiago to Bucharest will cost 1, 288.53 Euros per person.
 

Flights Schedule

 
Flight 1
The flight from Bucharest to Santiago will have two flight changes in between, one at CO Rome, Italy and the other at EZE Buenos Aires, Argentina. The flight no. 403 of Tarom will take off from Bucharest at 09:20 hours and will land in Rome at 10:30 hours. After waiting for seven hours and fifty five minutes the flight no. 1141 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off at 18:25 hours from Rome and will land in Buenos Aires at 05:00 hours. Further waiting for one hour and forty five minutes the flight no. 2280 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off at 06:45 hours and land at 09:00 hours in Santiago
 
Flight 2
The flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas is a nonstop flight. The flight no. 23 of Sky Airline will take off at 19:30 hours and will land in Punta Arenas at 23:59 hours. 
 
Flight 3 
The flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago is a nonstop flight. The flight no. 22 of Sky Airline will take off at 06:00 hours and will land in Santiago at 10:20 hours. 
 
Flight 4
The return flight from Santiago to Bucharest will also have two flight changes in between, one at EZE Buenos Aires, Argentina and the other at MAD Madrid, Spain. The flight no. 2287 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off from Santiago at 18:50 hours and will land in Buenos Aires at 20:45 hours. After waiting for three hours and ten minutes the flight no. 1132 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off at 23:55 hours from Buenos Aires and will land in Madrid at 16:10 hours. Further waiting for twenty hours and five minutes the flight no. 416 of Tarom will take off at 12:15 hours and land at 16:50 hours in Bucharest.

Time Difference

Romania is 5 hours ahead of Santiago, Chile.

Currency

The currency of Chile is Chilean Peso (CLP)
 
1 CLP= 0.00133 Euro
 
1 Euro= 751.521 CLP

Day 1 - Santiago


Santiago

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Santiago is a big city; you could spend weeks discovering new sites. But here are three days' worth of sites to see in this rich cultural city.
 
 
There are numerous options for hotels that includes Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes, Gen Suite and for more options you can visit here
 
On the first day of your tour you can visit Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and La Moneda Palace.

Plaza de Armas

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This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured. Plaza de Arms is the heart and soul of Santiago de Chile. It is the centrepiece of the initial layout of Santiago, which has a square grid pattern.

Mercado Central

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The Mercado Central de Santiago is the central market of Santiago de Chile. One can find a series of seafood restaurants of all levels and prices. The visitors can visit this market any time of the day.

La Moneda Palace

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Palacio de La Moneda, or simply La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government.
 
After this you can head back to your hotel to refresh yourself for the next day.

Day 2

The itinerary of the second day should include Cerro Santa Lucia, Feria Artesanal Santa Lucia and Barrio Lastarria.

Cerro Santa Lucia

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Cerro Santa Lucia is a natural, 230 foot hill offering panoramic views of the city. There is a web of trails and steep stone stairs leads you up through terraces to the Torre Mirador at the top.

Feria Artesanal Santa Lucia

Feria Artesanal Santa Lucia is a craft and souvenir market located in Santiago downtown. It was founded in 1989 originally as a Christmas market and it end up staying in the same location since then. The 150 vendors paid for the site in 1998 becoming owners of the market. The place has kept the same simplicity for more than thirty years. The market has wide range of handicrafts as well as souvenirs and it is visited for both locals and foreigners.

Barrio Lastarria

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Barrio Lastarria is an historical Bohemian neighbourhood in the center of Santiago, Chile. Now a popular tourist hub, Barrio Lastarria is a center for cultural activity, with cinemas, theaters, museums, restaurants and bars.
 
You can enjoy your evening here and then return to your accommodation.

Day 3

On the third day of your tour you can visit El Morado Natural Monument, Cerro San Cristobal and Barrio Bellavista.

El Morado Natural Monument

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El Morado Natural Monument is a Chilean Natural Monument located in the Cajón del Maipo, Santiago Metropolitan Region. The monument is a glacial cirque and is part of the El Volcán River basin.

Cerro San Cristobal

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Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in central-northern Santiago, Chile. It rises 880 m. AMSL and about 300 m. above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca.

Barrio Bellavista

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Barrio Bellavista is known as Santiago's bohemian quarter, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colourful antique homes. Many of the city's esteemed intellectuals and artists live in Bellavista, following in the footsteps of its most famous denizen, Pablo Neruda.
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel as the next day you will head to Valparaiso.

Day 4 - Valparaiso


Valparaiso

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Valparaiso is situated about 120 km northwest of Santiago, Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile and has so much to offer to its guests. It is just a two hours and thirty minutes’ drive from Santiago.
 
On the first day of your visit you can visit La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House), Palacio Baburizza / the museum of fine arts, Cerro Alegre and Plaza Matriz.

La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House)

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La Sebastiana, is one of the three houses in Chile of Pablo Neruda which is now a four-story museum that offers impressive views of the city. Make sure to check out Neruda’s crow’s nest study and model ships.

Palacio Baburizza / the museum of fine arts

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The former Palacio Baburizza is nowadays used as the museum of fine arts. This great Art-Nouveau-building was built in 1916 for the family Zanelli by the architects Renato Schiavon and Arnaldo Barinson and some years later it was bought by Don Pascual Baburizza.

Cerro Alegre

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The Cerro Alegre is a hill in the city of Valparaiso, Chile. Its name comes from the beautiful gardens that adorned the houses of the sector, mainly inhabited by immigrants English. It was these who also founded on the hill The Mackay School.

Plaza Matriz

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Plaza Matriz is the historic heart of the, which is watched over by Iglesia La Matriz. In the middle of the square lies the Monumento a los Héroes de Iquique, a tribute to Chile's naval martyrs, who are buried in a crypt beneath. Where Prat and Cochrane converge to become Esmeralda, the Edificio Turri narrows to the width of its namesake clock tower, the Reloj Turri.
 
After this you can head back to your accommodation.

Day 5

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On the second day of your tour in Valparaiso I would suggest you taking a walking tour of the city. To get a good overview of what the city has to offer, it’s a good idea to take one of the many daily walking tours on offer. You will spot some Street Art as many any renowned artists have come to paint on its walls, and murals reflect a lot of the city’s bohemian character; with some of them depicting scenes from Valpo’s past. Its streets are a true open air gallery.
 
There is so much to see in this amazing city. After this you can head back to your accommodation as the next day you will head to Vina Viña Mar.

Day 6 - Vina del Mar


Vina del Mar

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Viña del Mar, is a city and commune on central Chile's Pacific coast. Its long stretches of white sandy beaches are a major attraction for national and international tourists. It is just a twenty minutes’ drive from Valparaiso.
 
There are very less but amazing place here that includes Reñaca Beach, Quinta Vergara, Wulff Castle and Quinta Vergara Amphitheater.

Renaca Beach

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Reñaca is a popular area of beaches and balnearios. The beach is one of the most popular in the region, with white sand and wonderful waves. It has six areas, with important tourist services and a coastal walking path. One can try adventurous sports like hiking, swimming, sailing, surf, windsurf and much more.

Quinta Vergara

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Quinta Vergara is a park located in Viña del Mar, Chile. The park features three major landmarks: the Palacio Vergara, the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and a garden. Every year the park serves as the venue for the Viña del Mar International Song Festival.

Wulff Castle

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Wulff Castle is the current headquarters for the Unidad de Patrimonio de la Municipalidad de Viña del Mar. It is located on 37 Marina Avenue, it is almost hanging over the sea.

Day 7

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You can spend this day at the beach and by afternoon you can head back to Santiago as you have your flight to Punta Arenas by the evening.
 
The flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas is a nonstop flight. The flight no. 23 of Sky Airline will take off at 19:30 hours and will land in Punta Arenas at 23:59 hours.
 
To reach Puerto Natales you need to catch a bus from Punta Arenas. As per the flight schedule you will reach late in the night so you can rest here as in the morning you need to catch your bus to Puerto Natales.

Day 8 - Puerto Natales


Puerto Natales

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Puerto Natales is a city in Chilean Patagonia which was formerly modest fishing port on Seno Ùltima Esperanza, Puerto Natales has blossomed into a Gore-Tex mecca. The gateway to Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine.
 
The bus from Punta Arenas will depart at 08:00 in the morning and after a journey of approximate 5 hours you will reach Puerto Natales
 
On the first day you can visit the Milodon Cave Natural Monument.

Milodon Cave Natural Monument

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Milodon Cave Natural Monument is a Natural Monument located in the Chilean Patagonia, 24 km northwest of Puerto Natales. The monument is situated along the flanks of the Cerro Benitez Mountains. It comprises several caves and a rock formation called Silla del Diablo (Devil's Chair). The monument includes a cave which is notable for the discovery in 1895 of skin, bones and other parts of a giant ground sloth called Milodon (Milodon Darwini).
 
You can spend some hours here and then head back to your accommodation.

Day 9

On the second day of your stay you can visit the Museo Histórico Municipal and Mirador Cerro Dorotea.

Museo Historico Municipal

The Municipal Historical Museum shows an important collection of objects that give evidence of the origins of these southern communities. This modern museum was created in April 1990 by the Carabineros. The building, which rescues elements of the architecture of the British pioneers from a modern design houses an interesting collection last of the Magellan region, where vestiges of the refrigerator Bories, the Operating Society of Tierra del Fuego and personal effects are highlighted Captain Eberhard.

Mirador Cerro Dorotea

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You can take a local short hike up the nearby Cerro Dorotea which looms over the town to the north east. It's about 5 km outside of town. Getting there is easy by cab (approx 4, 000 pesos), or you can hire a bike to get to the entrance. Don't walk - it would take too long, and it's down roads and so is an entirely unpleasant walk.
 
With this you can call it a day and then head back to your accommodation.

Day 10

The tenth day should be spared for the most famous attraction of Chile that is Torres Del Paine National Park.

Torres Del Paine National Park

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Torres del Paine National Park or the Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine) is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. Torres Del Paine is located almost two hours’ drive from the Puerto Natales. The Cordillera del Paine is the center piece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic sub polar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales.
 
You can spend a whole day experiencing this major attraction and then head back to your accommodation.

Day 11

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This is the second last day of your tour you can spend some time at leisure and explore this city on your own and make sure you head to Punta Arenas as you got your flight back to Santiago.
 
You can catch the bus by 14:30 hours from Puerto Natales so that you can reach by the evening.

Day 12

This is the last day of your stay in Chile first you will catch your flight to Santiago from Punta Arenas which is scheduled early morning. Make sure you pack all your belongings and reach at least three hours before flight timings.
 
The flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago is a nonstop flight. The flight no. 22 of Sky Airline will take off at 06:00 hours and will land in Santiago at 10:20 hours. 
 
You still have some time between your final departure flights to Bucharest. You can take a rest as you got your flight in the evening, but reach atleast three hours prior to your flight. 
 
The return flight from Santiago to Bucharest will also have two flight changes in between, one at EZE Buenos Aires, Argentina and the other at MAD Madrid, Spain. The flight no. 2287 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off from Santiago at 18:50 hours and will land in Buenos Aires at 20:45 hours. After waiting for three hours and ten minutes the flight no. 1132 of Aerolineas Argentinas will take off at 23:55 hours from Buenos Aires and will land in Madrid at 16:10 hours. Further waiting for twenty hours and five minutes the flight no. 416 of Tarom will take off at 12:15 hours and land at 16:50 hours in Bucharest
 
I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life.
 
Wishing you an amazing trip!
 
Ridhima Arora

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