My dream Chilean adventure

I haven't been to #Chile, but I'm dreaming of going. Here's my day by day itinerary - including a couple of side trips to #Bolivia and #Argentina. From the Atacama desert to the icy southernmost tip of South America - feedback welcome!
Day 8 – San Pedro de Atacama – Bolivia side trip.  It’s a Chilean adventure, yes, but I can’t resist the idea of visiting the Bolivian salt flats. So another early start on the way to Bolivia in a 4x4. First stop is Laguna Verde, an emerald colour, and Laguna Blanca (yes, you guessed it – white coloured!). Then passing the Volcan Licancabur and the Dali desert, with its intricate rock formations. Finishing the day at Laguna Colorada, with its deep red sediment, home to all types of…

Day 8 – San Pedro de Atacama – Bolivia side trip. It’s a Chilean adventure, yes, but I can’t resist the idea of visiting the Bolivian salt flats. So another early start on the way to Bolivia in a 4x4. First stop is Laguna Verde, an emerald colour, and Laguna Blanca (yes, you guessed it – white coloured!). Then passing the Volcan Licancabur and the Dali desert, with its intricate rock formations. Finishing the day at Laguna Colorada, with its deep red sediment, home to all types of…

Day 3 – heading from Santiago to Valparaíso. This morning I’d head out from Santiago and take the bus to Valparaíso, taking around 1.5 hours. Valparaíso is a chaotic mess of hills, brightly painted houses, alleys and acensores, the cultural hub of Chile. The first thing I’d do? Ride those creaky ascensores, tempted by this great line on Wikitravel: “Going to Valparaíso and not going on the ascensores (inclines) is like going to Venice and not taking a ride on a Gondola”. Enough said!

Day 3 – heading from Santiago to Valparaíso. This morning I’d head out from Santiago and take the bus to Valparaíso, taking around 1.5 hours. Valparaíso is a chaotic mess of hills, brightly painted houses, alleys and acensores, the cultural hub of Chile. The first thing I’d do? Ride those creaky ascensores, tempted by this great line on Wikitravel: “Going to Valparaíso and not going on the ascensores (inclines) is like going to Venice and not taking a ride on a Gondola”. Enough said!

Day 23 – a side trip to the end of the world… Punta Arenas – Ushuaia. Another sidetrip out from my Chilean adventure today – this time to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world in the Tierra del Fuego – how could I resist that? However, to get there an 11 hour bus journey is required, so time to catch up on my beauty sleep.

Day 23 – a side trip to the end of the world… Punta Arenas – Ushuaia. Another sidetrip out from my Chilean adventure today – this time to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world in the Tierra del Fuego – how could I resist that? However, to get there an 11 hour bus journey is required, so time to catch up on my beauty sleep.

Day 6 – San Pedro’s Lagunas Altiplanicas & the Valle de la Luna. An early start this morning to visit the Atacama salt pan, home to surreal landscapes, before heading back after lunch. Then I’d hit up one of the more famous sites of San Pedro de Atacama – the Valle de la Luna (or Moon Valley in English). The rocks are twisted into fantastic formations and as the sun sets, the colours of the sand-dunes come alive – so I’d get myself up into a high point and ready for some camera-clicking…

Day 6 – San Pedro’s Lagunas Altiplanicas & the Valle de la Luna. An early start this morning to visit the Atacama salt pan, home to surreal landscapes, before heading back after lunch. Then I’d hit up one of the more famous sites of San Pedro de Atacama – the Valle de la Luna (or Moon Valley in English). The rocks are twisted into fantastic formations and as the sun sets, the colours of the sand-dunes come alive – so I’d get myself up into a high point and ready for some camera-clicking…

Day 5 – San Pedro de Atacama’s night sky. The other reason I want to visit San Pedro de Atacama? The stars. Being at such a high altitude, with virtually no light pollution, the stars shine so brightly here that you can see countless shooting stars. Every night unless it’s the 6 days around the Full Moon, tours run in the desert to go stargazing – but it gets pretty cold in the desert, so I need to remember to bring warm clothes with me.

Day 5 – San Pedro de Atacama’s night sky. The other reason I want to visit San Pedro de Atacama? The stars. Being at such a high altitude, with virtually no light pollution, the stars shine so brightly here that you can see countless shooting stars. Every night unless it’s the 6 days around the Full Moon, tours run in the desert to go stargazing – but it gets pretty cold in the desert, so I need to remember to bring warm clothes with me.

Day 12 – Santiago - Puerto Montt, Patagonia. After spending the morning in Santiago, I’d take a flight to Puerto Montt, in Chilean Patagonia. In the afternoon, I’d have a walk along the beachfront and take it easy after such a long day of travelling the day before. Hopefully seeing a llama like this one waiting to cross the road!

The Big Picture photography competition: round 191

Day 12 – Santiago - Puerto Montt, Patagonia. After spending the morning in Santiago, I’d take a flight to Puerto Montt, in Chilean Patagonia. In the afternoon, I’d have a walk along the beachfront and take it easy after such a long day of travelling the day before. Hopefully seeing a llama like this one waiting to cross the road!

Day 21 – Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales. After waking up early to see Las Torres at sunrise, I’d trek back to the park entrance and take the bus back to Puerto Natales this morning – no doubt exhausted!

Day 21 – Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales. After waking up early to see Las Torres at sunrise, I’d trek back to the park entrance and take the bus back to Puerto Natales this morning – no doubt exhausted!

Day 13 – cruising the Patagonian fjords. Today I’d embark on a Navimag ferry at Puerto Montt with the final destination of Puerto Natales, the jumping off point for the Torres del Paine national park, a 4 day sailing.  The scenery is astounding, and traveling by water allows you to see sights that you cannot see by land.

Day 13 – cruising the Patagonian fjords. Today I’d embark on a Navimag ferry at Puerto Montt with the final destination of Puerto Natales, the jumping off point for the Torres del Paine national park, a 4 day sailing. The scenery is astounding, and traveling by water allows you to see sights that you cannot see by land.

Day 15 – cruising the Patagonian fjords. We’d wake up to the sights of the fjords this morning and stop briefly at Puerto Eden, on Wellijngton Island, part of the Bernard O’Higgins National Park and only accessed by ferry. We’d then continue through the Patagonian channels.

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Day 15 – cruising the Patagonian fjords. We’d wake up to the sights of the fjords this morning and stop briefly at Puerto Eden, on Wellijngton Island, part of the Bernard O’Higgins National Park and only accessed by ferry. We’d then continue through the Patagonian channels.

Day 1 – Arrive into Santiago, Chile. First stop – taking the funicular up Cerro San Cristóbal and admiring the view – and memorising the different areas of Santiago. If I’m feeling energetic, then hiking back down to stretch my legs after that long plane ride.

Day 1 – Arrive into Santiago, Chile. First stop – taking the funicular up Cerro San Cristóbal and admiring the view – and memorising the different areas of Santiago. If I’m feeling energetic, then hiking back down to stretch my legs after that long plane ride.

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