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Chile Grand Adventure

This Chile adventure explores the country from north to south. It offers a mix of cultural touring, adventure activities and stunning rural landscapes. Beginning in Santiago, Chile’s capital city, travel north to an arid Atacama Desert. The oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, near the flamingo filled Atacama Salt Lake, is surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. Nearby, Valley of the Moon has a lunar appearance and north of San Pedro, are El Tatio Geysers, are the highest geothermals in the world.   

In central Chile’s Lake District are charming lakeside towns, traditional fishing villages and spa resorts towered by snow-capped volcanoes. Continue to Northern Patagonia landmass, fragmented with multitude of fjords and islands offering boat cruises. Further south, Torres del Paine national park is home to towering granite peaks, crowned by glaciers and surrounded by turquoise lakes. The region is known for the best hiking and trekking routes in Chile.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY TRANS-CHILE ADVENTURE…
And, experience its varied landscapes from north to south.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Experience the splendour of the ‘The Valley of the Moon’;      
  • Discover the raw beauty of Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park.      
  • Encounter penguins on Chiloe Island, a charming enclave in the South Pacific.
  • The tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and includes walking and cruise on rough waters.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Chile Adventure

Santiago, Atacama, El Tatio, Puerto Varas, Chiloe Island, Torres del Paine
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Santiago, Chile Meet and greet on arrival in Santiago and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure.

Afternoon tour (Optional)
If you have time then take an afternoon tour to visit the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, home of Chilean presidents until 1958 and today the seat of the government. Though you may see the best art wandering the cobbled streets of Santiago's older barrios, there's no shortage of ultra-modern cultural centres including the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and Museo National de Bellas Artes.

Towering over the Chilean capital, is Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago’s iconic park. This hill-hugging park is a recreational oasis with public pools, botanical gardens, and breathtaking views of both the city and the Andean peaks – smog permitting. Santiguans come here to jog, bike, and hike. Tourists come to ride the rickety funicular up to the hilltop Virgin Mary statue and sip on mote con huesillo while taking in the panorama.

The historic heart of Santiago, Plaza de Armas continues to pulse with excitement. For better or worse, it has all the makings of a tourist trap – cheap local food, semi-authentic art stands, a soap box atmosphere, and all the excitement needed to make a pickpocket's job easy. Plaza de Armas is certainly a must see, but one needn't linger too long.
Overnight – Plaza El Bosque Park & Suites.

Day 2 – Valle de la Luna Tour
San Pedro de Atacama Transfer to the airport to board our flight to San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is an unusually colourful village at 2,000m above sea level in the middle of a green oasis. In the afternoon we will enjoy the eerily silent moonscape of Valle de la Luna with its backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes- a view which intensifies during sunset. Later, we will return to the hotel.  
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B)

Day 3 – Atacama Salt Lake Tour
San Pedro de Atacama Visit San Pedro de Atacama – the centre of a Palaeolithic civilization which built impressive rock fortresses on the mountains encircling the green valley. The exploration includes a visit to the extraordinary archaeological museum of Padre Gustavo Le Paige which houses several amazingly well preserved mummies, including one known as ‘Miss Chile’.  Later, drive to the pre-Columbian village Tulor (founded approx. 3,000 years ago). The archaeological remains here are the oldest evidence of human settlement in the valley. Travel on to the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago, whose vast emptiness and white salt crusts reach out as far as the eye can see, it is one of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes in Chile.   
Overnight in San Pedro. (B, L)

Day 4 – El Tatio Geysers Tour
San Pedro de Atacama Early departure (at 4 –00am) to see the El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. At dawn powerful spurts of steam shoot up from various blowholes and condensate in the cold air. The steaming ponds are encrusted with brilliant salt crystals that reflect the metal blue sky; along with the rising columns of steam they make for a breathtaking sight. On the way back from the geysers to San Pedro, we will visit the settlement Machuca. Only a few shepherds still live here, at the former resting place for llama caravans travelling the Inca Trail. It is an amazing place in the middle of the highland with a spectacular view of the Andes and the Atacama Salt Lake. In the afternoon we will return to San Pedro.  
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B)

Day 5 – Transfer
Puerto Varas Transfer to the airport of Calama for your connecting flight.  After arrival at Puerto Montt Airport, we will enjoy a short city tour of Puerto Montt. A transfer will then take us to Puerto Varas, also known as the ‘City of Roses’, located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Chiles second largest lake, with the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco reflected in the crystal clear water.  
Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)

Day 6 – Explore the Surrounds
Puerto Varas Enjoy a scenic drive along the shoreline of Lake Llanquihue this morning to Petrohue; in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. We proceed to Petrohue to board the catamaran to navigate across Lake Todos los Santos to Peulla enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding mountains on the way. You will have time for lunch at the Hotel Peulla and/or a walk to the nearby waterfalls.  
Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)

Day 7 – Visit Chiloe Island
Puerto Varas Depart to Pargua today and cross the Chacao Channel by ferry to Chiloe Island. We will either visit Ancud, famous for its traditional market, featuring a wide range of seafood and crafts, or the well known houses built on stilts in Castro and other sights of interest in town.  If weather conditions allow, we will visit the penguin islands, situated on the north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Ancud. During the ride in our zodiac to the islands we will be able to see Humboldt and Magellan penguins.
Overnight at hotel in Puerto Varas. (B)

Day 8 – Explore the Surrounds
Puerto Varas This morning, visit Frutillar, situated on the shoreline of Lake Llanquihue and founded by German settlers around 1850. Here you will visit the outdoor museum dedicated to those pioneers. Afterwards you will be taken back to Puerto Varas with the afternoon at leisure to discover other nearby sights or to relax.  
Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Puerto Natales In the morning, transfer to the airport in Puerto Montt to catch your flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival at Punta Arenas Airport depart to Puerto Natales; on the way visit the penguin colony (high season only!) at Seno Otway.  
Overnight in Puerto Natales. (B)

Day 10 – Explore the Surrounds
Torres del Paine National Park Depart early today to the majestic Torres del Paine National Park. In the Torres del Paine we will pass Laguna Amarga and Lake Pehoe and enjoy the beautiful view onto Paine Massif, Almirante Nieto, and the famous Torres (towers) del Paine. We will be able to observe local wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, skunks, black-necked swans, flamingos, condors, and eagles.
Overnight in the park. (B)

Day 11 – Explore & Transfer
Puerto Natales The morning will be at leisure. There will be time for a stroll in the surroundings of the hotel.  In the afternoon we will leave the park and drive to Puerto Natales. On the way we will visit the Milodon Cave where archaeologists found the 12,000 year old remnants of a giant sloth. Overnight in an authentic Patagonian sheep farm halfway between Puerto Natales and  Punta Arenas.  
Overnight at the Estancia Rio Verde (B, D)

Day 12 – Transfer
Santiago Transfer to the airport of Punta Arenas and flight to Santiago.   Overnight in Santiago de Chile. (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Santiago Transfer to the airport of Santiago for your outbound flight. (B)
 

 
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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There There are currently no direct flights from major UK airports. Most flights are via Europe, Latin America or US; LAN, Iberia, British Airways and Air France are all options. It’s worth paying attention to the routes used by the different airlines; even the shortest and most convenient ones via Madrid or Buenos Aires entail a total travelling time of over 16 hours. Flying via the US is longer still (though sometimes cheaper).

When to go This best (and most expensive) time to visit Patagonia is between Nov to Feb. March is the period for grape harvest and wine festivals and April is fall. Between September and November is possibly the best time to visit Santiago, the temperatures are pleasant and good value for money. Jun to Aug is winter and the best time to visit ski resorts. Between mid-December to end February and two-middle weeks of July is holiday time for Brazilians and Argentines.