31 days in Malawi & Chile Itinerary

31 days in Malawi & Chile Itinerary

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31 days in Malawi & Chile Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  33 h
1
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  35 h
3
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
4
Valparaiso, Chile
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Nassau, Bahamas


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2
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Go for a jaunt from Lilongwe to Dedza to see Chongoni Rock-Art Area about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, pick up some local products at Lizulu Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall, and stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lilongwe online tour planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to Lilongwe is an approximately 33- hour flight. Traveling from Nassau to Lilongwe, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Blantyre.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

3
nights
Blantyre, Malawi

Blantyre ©
As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blantyre: Zomba (Zomba Plateau & King African Rifles Monument) and Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa). The adventure continues: hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, get your bearings at The Society of Malawi Library, take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Blantyre trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Blantyre are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Zomba, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Tiyamike Sewing ©
Tiyamike Sewing
Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau

5
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Varas: Lake Esmeralda (in Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales) and Osorno (Crater Raihuen, Parque Cuarto Centenario de Osorno, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls, get engrossed in the history at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, have fun at In Puerto Varas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Varas trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blantyre to Puerto Varas. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Chile Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Blantyre in March, you will find days in Puerto Varas are little chillier (20°C), and nights are much colder (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osorno, Puerto Montt, Lake Esmeralda
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Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos

5
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valparaiso: Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards & Attilio & Mochi - Passionate Winemakers), Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas) and Costanera (in Vina del Mar). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, learn about winemaking at Casa Marin Winery, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and get great views at La Piedra Feliz.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Valparaiso using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Varas to Valparaiso takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Varas in March, expect Valparaiso to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casablanca, Casa Marin Winery, Matetic Vineyards, Casa de Isla Negra
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Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

7
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

5
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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