Experience the highlights of Chile on our favorite vacation package starting in the North and ending in the South of this impossibly long, narrow country. Explore the arid Atacama Desert, stroll Santiago’s streets, and hike, bike, raft and more in the Lakes District near Puerto Varas. Finish your Chile tour with hiking in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world’s premier hiking & trekking destinations.
Day 01: Arrive Santiago | Walking Tour
After landing at Santiago airport and clearing customs, you are met by your local representative and driven to your hotel for a private transfer. You have time to relax after checking into your cozy hotel before being picked up for a City Walking Tour.
The tour begins with you and your guide traveling downtown via Santiago’s subway to explore the famous landmarks including the central fish market and ‘Plaza de Armas’, Santiago’s main square and kilometer zero (the point from which all distances in the country are measured). You visit the ‘Alameda’, the main street of the city center, via the busy pedestrian walkway ‘Paseo Ahumada’, famous for its crowds, shops, and diversity of people. After visiting Chile’s presidential palace ‘La Moneda’, a symbol of Chile’s political past and its famously turbulent history, climb Cerro Santa Lucía, where Santiago was founded in 1541 by Pedro Valdivia. The tour finishes by visiting the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood, lined with cafés, restaurants, small theaters, bookstores, and boutique shops.
Day 02: Casablanca Valley Bike & Wine Adventure
The profound yet simple essential products of the earth provides the main course of this bike tour through extensive vineyard-flanked country roads in the valley of Casablanca. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind route on magical old tree-lined roads, where you can absorb the captivating beauty of Chile into your heart and soul, tasting the renowned white wines of Casablanca (some of them a real treat!) and enjoying our farm-to-table gourmet cooking at a memorable picnic-lunch under centenary eucalyptus trees.
You are picked up at your hotel and head to the Valley of Casablanca (1.5h drive) where you stop at Viña Orgánicos Emiliana for a tour and wine tasting. After visiting Viña Emiliana, bike along quiet secondary roads flanked by extensive vineyards to reach the main square of the quaint town of Casablanca, one of the first founded by the Spanish conquerors. Then, continue biking to reach the road to Las Dichas, where you have a sumptuous picnic lunch under old eucalyptus trees.
Bike 5km (3.1 miles) to reach the point where the bike tour ends; from there, drive back to your hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Atacama | Moon Valley Tour
This morning check out of the hotel for a private transfer to the airport. After a short scenic flight, arrive in Calama and be driven to San Pedro de Atacama, in the middle of the desert. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore San Pedro on your own.
In the late afternoon, visit the giant sand dunes and polychromatic rock formations of the Valley of the Moon. Located 13km/8 miles west of San Pedro in the Salt Mountain Range, the valley has beautifully strange lunar landscapes and is considered one of the driest places on the planet. Explore Valle de la Luna in time to witness a spectacular sunset, and feel the immensity of the desert stretching out all around you.
Day 04: Salt Flats of Atacama
Today you drive to the great Salar de Atacama, a white endless salt flat with flamingos nesting in the lagoons. Geological research studies suggest this great salt flat is the most important lithium reserve in the world.
Visit a nearby village with ancient architecture and inviting locals who produce fine wool knit products. In the afternoon visit the Altiplano lagoons: Miscanit and Meñique, located at 4,500m above sea level. Unique flora and fauna can be seen and the area is also home to many legends about the Atacama Desert. End by visiting the town of Socaire, where old Andean traditions still exist today.
Day 05: El Tatio Geysers
The very early wake-up call from the hotel is well worth it when you arrive at the amazing Tatio Geysers and see them in action. From almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of these spectacular geysers. A scrumptious breakfast is served upon arrival before you walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. As you drive back, there is a magnificent view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes. Afternoon is free to rest after the early start, high altitude, and low temperature you faced in the morning.
Day 06: Fly to the Lakes District
Today travel from one extreme to another as you head from the dusty Atacama desert to Chile’s luscious Lake District, lined with vast lakes and active volcanoes. After checking out from the hotel head to the Calama airport and board a flight to Puerto Montt, connecting in Santiago. Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, continue on to nearby Puerto Varas, a beautiful town with a marked German architectural style located on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, where you stay overnight.
Day 07: Perez Rosales National Park | Trek though Desolation Pass
With Volcano Osorno as your backdrop, today trek close to Chile’s famed Todos Los Santos Lake. On the way, stop to admire the region’s rivers and waterfalls at Ensenada and Saltos de Petrohué. On your three hour ascent take in some of the most exquisite views of the Andes mountain range, with three volcanoes and the expansive blue of Todos Los Santos Lake sprawled at your feet. Enjoy a boxed lunch, included today on your trek.
Day 08: Raft Petrohue River | Fly Punta Arenas
This morning head out for white water rafting! Drive to the Petrohue sector, in Perez Rosales National Park, located at the foot of Osorno Volcano next to the flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue river. Upon arrival, meet skilled guides who equip you with all the rafting gear needed (wetsuit, helmet, paddle jacket and life jacket) and then talk you through safety instructions. Board the rafts and start paddling down this beautiful class III river, enjoying the rapids and the views. After completing the designated river section, have a snack on the river banks and then return to Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas (must be a flight departing after 4:00 pm from Puerto Montt).
Day 09: Arrive at Ecocamp Patagonia
Get up early for your scenic drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park, where you spend the next three nights in a standard dome.
En route make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Seno de Ultima Esperanza, where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
For the next two days you have the choice between active or easy excursions. EcoCamp Patagonia provides you with a chart of excursions offered each day of the week. The excursions vary depending on weather and the season.
Day 10-11: Torres del Paine Excursions
Your time at the EcoCamp is flexible and includes a menu of guided excursions. Choose your day’s activities from a daily menu based on your interests and energy level for the day, options ranging from easy-paced to strenuous hikes or even cycling tours. Click here for the weekly excursion schedule. Hikers can venture to the foot of the gigantic spires of El Paine (8 hours roundtrip). Weather permitting, witness the most famous sight of the Torres del Paine – the three granite monoliths reaching 9,400 feet- a testament to the massive glacial forces that carved them out of the earth. Some travelers prefer to relax and stay at the EcoCamp to enjoy the vistas and tranquility or take a walk apart from the guided group. Horseback riding and spa services can be arranged at the nearby Hosteria Las Torres during any free time or as an optional activity.
Day 12: Return to Santiago
Early this morning enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago (must be a flight departing after 3:00 pm from Punta Arenas). Once in Santiago head back to your hotel for some well-deserved sleep.
Day 13: Fly Home
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport by private transfer, where you board your flight home.
|Atacama||03||Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa|
|Puerto Varas||02||Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas|
|Punta Arenas||02||Hotel Ilaia|
|Torres del Paine||02||EcoCamp|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 12 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance Fee: Torres del Paine National Park
– Wine Tasting
– Entrance Fee: Perez Rosales National Park
– Park Entrance Fee – Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.