Backpack & Snorkel - Making Memorable Moments
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A Detailed Itinerary for Two Perfect Weeks in Chile

Our plan was to spend a few days in the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and on Easter Island.  I found a good flight deal from the US to Chile about 5 months before our trip.  After booking, the flight to Chile I started looking for flights to Easter Island and, to my surprise, I found that all Easter Island flights were booked solid from October to the end of January.  Even the airline could not help.  So, if you want to go to Easter Island, my advice is to verify seat availability before you book the international flight to Chile.

As we have plans to do more travelling in South America, I exchanged Easter Island with a trip through the Chilean wine region to Valpariso and extended our stays in the Atacama desert and Patagonia.

 

Here is our itinerary:

Vina del Mar

Our first destination was Castelo Wulff, which was converted into a German-style castle in 1917.  

From there, it is an easy walk to Flower Clock and Playa Caleta Abarca.  Playa Caleta Abarca is a nice sandy beach right in town and my first chance to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean in Chile. 

Castelo Wulff in Vina del Mar, Chile
Playa Caleta Abarca in Vina del Mar, Chile

Valparaiso

Downtown Valparaiso is a busy place with lots of cars, narrow roads, many one-way roads and construction. 

Plaza Sotomayor

This plaza is in the center of busy Valparaiso, but somehow it felt relaxing.  After an exhausting parking spot hunt, we sat down at a Starbucks in the plaza and did some people watching.  While sitting there, we saw many colorful buses drive by and several of them painted in the German national colors and we saw typical German fire trucks with German writing on it. 

From there, we took a vernacular (Ascensor Peral) that up a steep hill to the top of Cerro Alegre.  Up on the top, after exiting the building, you come to an overlook with a great view of lower Valparaiso and the ocean.  Walk along Passeo Yugoslavo to Palazio Baburizza.

Change of Guards at Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago de Chile, Chile
President Allende's Monument in front of Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago de Chile, Chile
Flower Clock in Vina del Mar, Chile
Artificial Beach near Avenida Marina in Vina del Mar, Chile
Plaza Sotomayor in Valparaiso, Chile
Passeo Yugoslavo in Valparaiso, Chile
Street Art in Val Paraiso, Chile
Street Art in Val Paraiso, Chile
Atacama Desert, Chile
Patagonia, Chile

Our hotel in Santiago: Hotel Casa Zañartu (book now)

Hotel Casa Zañartu is a nice historic hotel in close walking distance to many of Santiago’s attractions incl. the subway.  On the downside, it has no parking and they advise their customers to park at one of the parking garages a few blocks away.  We arrived after midnight and at that time, all parking garages were closed.  They advised me that I could park in a side street close to the hotel but that I would need to move the car before 8am or risk getting a parking ticket.

Well, I got up early and moved the car to a parking garage and did not get a parking ticket.

The hotel itself is in a historic building and the decoration goes along with the historic charm.  A small breakfast was included in the price.

Herschel Suitcase

Day

Night

Sat

Flight from the US to Mexico City

Courtyard Mexico City Airport

Sun

10:15am MEX - 9:10pm SCL

Casa Zañartu, Santiago

Mon

Santiago de Chile (Parque Metropolitano de Santiago; La Chascona; Plaza de Armas; Catedral Metropolitana; Basilica de la Merced; Mercado Central; Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino; Palacio de la Moneda)

Casa Zañartu, Santiago

Tue

trip to Casablance Valley (wineries: Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana, Casona Veramonte); Valparaiso (walking tours, beach)

Hotel Tres Poniente, Vina del Mar

Wed

Viña del Mar (Castelo Wulff; Flower Clock; Playa Caleta Abarca; Museo Arquelogia e Historia Francisco Fonck; Playa Renaca; Dunas de Concon); drive to Santiago de Chile

Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto, Santiago

Thu

8:10am SCL - 10:15am CJC, drive to San Pedro de Atacama (explore town, Pukará de Quitor)

Hostal Casa Flores, San Pedro de Atacama

Fri

Atacama Desert (Aldea de Tulor; Laguna Sejar)

Hostal Casa Flores, San Pedro de Atacama

Sat

Atacama Desert (Geysers del Tatio)

Hostal Casa Flores, San Pedro de Atacama

Sun

Atacama Desert (Valle de la Luna, stargazing)

Hostal Casa Flores, San Pedro de Atacama

Mon

Atacama Desert (Salar de Atacama; Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons)

Hostal Casa Flores, San Pedro de Atacama

Tue

1:55pm CJC - 4:00pm SCL; 6:45pm SCL - 10:10pm PUQ

Best Western Hotel Finis Terrae, Puntas Arenas

Wed

Exlpore Punta Arenas

Keoken Patagonia, Puerto Natales

Thu

Torres del Paine (Lago Sarmiento Laguna Amarga, Cascada Rio Paine, Laguna Azul, Mirador Nordenskjöld, Salto Grande, Lago Pehoe

Keoken Patagonia, Puerto Natales

Fri

Drive back to Puntas Arenas

Hotel Lacolet, Puntas Arenas

Sat

11:59am PUQ - 3:21pm SCL; Costanera Center; depart 11:25pm SCL

Plane

Sun

Arrive 5:10am MEX; 7:15am MEX - 11:44am ATL; flight home

Home

Here are the Highlights of Santiago de Chile

 

Santiago - Palacio de la Moneda

On our first morning we did a walking tour and one of the first stops was the Change of Guards at Palacio de la Moneda.