17 days in Chilean Patagonia & Stanley Itinerary

17 days in Chilean Patagonia & Stanley Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  26 h
1
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
3
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Coyhaique, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online travel route builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Muelle Historico ©
Muelle Historico

2
nights
Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley ©
Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Stanley is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Cove Lagoon, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, appreciate the history behind 1982 Liberation Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial Wood.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Stanley trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Stanley in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Falkland Islands Standard Time (FKT) is 1 hour. November in Stanley sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Stanley

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bluff Cove Lagoon
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Bluff Cove Lagoon ©
Bluff Cove Lagoon
Falkland Islands Museum ©
Falkland Islands Museum
Gypsy Cove ©
Gypsy Cove

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, then appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Stanley to Punta Arenas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Stanley in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Punta Arenas, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

3
nights
Coyhaique, Chile

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Marchant and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, and then identify plant and animal life at Coyhaique National Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Coyhaique travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Punta Arenas to Coyhaique takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in November, you will find days in Coyhaique are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve
Mirador Marchant ©
Mirador Marchant

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nights
Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

Puerto Rio Tranquilo ©
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Glaciar Exploradores and then explore the activities along Bayo Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael and then explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Rio Tranquilo road trip planning tool.

Take a bus from Coyhaique to Puerto Rio Tranquilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Rio Tranquilo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marble Cathedrals
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Marble Cathedrals ©
Marble Cathedrals
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael

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