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Adventure Life's Chile tours let you explore the deserts of Atacama, the Lake District's active glacier-topped volcanos deep in the Andes Mountains, and the "End of the world" in Pagagonia where the breathtaking Torres del Paine impress travelers with some of the world's top hikes & treks. One of the best ways to visit Chile is on a cruise exploring the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia, or even taking a flight-cruise to Antarctica from Punta Arenas. Your Chile tour normally begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago whose surrounding valleys' vineyards produce world class wine. From there, you have complete flexibility, and we can help you design your ideal trip combining your precise interests, schedule and budget. Contact one of Adventure Life's Chile experts to start planning your dream tour of Chile today. 

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Favorite Chile Adventure Tours

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Torres del Paine Multisport$40457ModerateExplore Torres del Paine in this multisport tour of Patagonia's best while hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking! With EcoCamp as your home base, explore magnificent Patagonian mountains, glaciers lakes and rivers spotting guanacos and ostrich-like rheas.
Huilo Huilo Reserve Multisport$9584ModerateThis active tour explores the Huilo Huilo Reserve multisport style! Hike through the reserve, mountain bike along a country road, raft the Fuy River and zipline at Huilo Huilo Falls all on our 4 day Huilo Huilo Reserve multisport tour. This Patagonia adventure is geared towards the active traveler.
Discover Aysen$29906ModerateHike, raft, and kayak your way through Aysen, Chile on our active 6-day adventure. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts this tour offers an array of optional excursion including horseback riding, fly fishing, and visits to San Rafael National park.
Chiloe Island Adventure$19757ModerateSpend a week exploring the Chilean Lakes District active style on this Chiloe Island adventure! Bike, hike, kayak, and raft as you experience the local hospitality and indigenous culture that has been preserved through the centuries.
Active Easter Island$14955ModerateActively explore the historical sites and untouched landscape of Easter Island on this 5 day guided tour. Hiking, biking, and snorkeling are all built in to your itinerary and allow you to easy access all parts of the island. Learn about the history of the Moai statues and how they were constructed.
Torres Del Paine Kayaking$10703ModerateAn active Chile kayaking adventure offering a great add-on to your Torres del Paine hiking tour. Enjoy a 3 day/2 night river kayaking and camping trip along the Serrano River. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife during this fully supported Chile tour.

Chile Active Adventure Trips

The dramatic landscapes and expansive wilderness of Chile beckon to be explored. Here's some of our favorite activities & experiences:

Trekking & Hiking - The Torres del Paine in Chile's Patagonia are one of the world's most spectacular hiking destinations and have countless hiking opportunities for all levels of fitness and experience. The "W Circuit" is an epic 6-day trek through the most scenic areas of the National Park.

Horseback riding - Ride in the shadow of active glaciated volcanoes and explore historic haciendas in the Lake District of Chile

Sea Kayaking - Paddle the gentle rivers and glacier-fed lakes of Torres del Paine or even kayak along the frozen shores of Antarctica.

Whitewater rafting - The Futaleufu River offers some of the world's premier white water rafting. Sample some of the best rafting in Chile on this 9 day trip on Futaleufu, Espolon, Rio Azul, and Inferno Canyon. 

Bicycling  - pedal from vineyard to vineyard on our 8-Day Bike & Wine Adventure, or a shorter one day pedal around the Colchagua Valley or ride the mysterious shores of Easter Island.

Can't decide between activities and want to do them all? Try our Torres del Paine multisport tour.

Tired from all that physical activity? Take the edge off with wine tasting in Chile's wine country

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Deals on Antarctica Cruises from Chilean Patagonia

Trip NameSaveFromDaysLevelSummary
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle20%$1539511RelaxedImmerse yourself in the Antarctic environment and experience a roller coaster of emotions on this 11-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Visit King George Island and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula. Cross the Antarctic Circle and reach 66º33´ S; feel the pride in knowing you have made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake20%-25%$144958RelaxedFly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest and most direct way to Antarctica in this 8-day cruise to the 7th continent. Set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula and keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds, penguins, and icebergs.
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake20%-25%$116957RelaxedBegin your 7-day exploration crossing the Drake Passage by flight and land at South Georgia Island. Board the Island Sky and sail for the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Enjoy daily land excursions and Zodiac cruising in search of whales, penguins, and icebergs.
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake20%$94958RelaxedExplore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, skipping the Drake Passage on this 8-day polar experience. Zodiac cruise in search of whales, seabirds, and astounding icebergs, and enjoy daily landing excursions in the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.
Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn5%$1394014RelaxedDiscover the breadth of Patagonia’s wildness on a 14-day land-and-sea expedition on the NG Orion. Savor the grandeur of Torres del Paine’s iconic landscapes and profusion of wildlife. Then, explore the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas of Patagonia’s coast and waterways, including Isla De Los Estados, Yendegaia and Karukinka, and Cape Horn.
Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific5%$1799017RelaxedFrom remote and enigmatic Easter Island, to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands through the “low islands” of the Tuamotu Archipelago to Tahiti, visit islands that are virtually inaccessible and untouched. Explore lost civilizations and paradisaical forgotten isles on this 17-day Polynesia cruise.
Chile has an excellent reputation among luxury-class travelers due to combining breathtaking landscapes and natural settings with classy lodges and accommodations serving fine cuisine and Chilean wines. Here are our favorite Chilean lodges and luxury experiences:

Awasi Patagonia - The lodge is inside a private reserve with expansive views of the Torres del Paine peaks and Lake Sarmiento. Days are spent exploring Patagonia by horseback, on foot or kayaking nearby lakes. In the evening, relax in luxury as you retreat to your ranch style outpost.

Awasi Atacama - in San Pedro de Atacama lets you explore the mystical beauty and inspiring geology of the Atacama Desert in style and comfort. 

Vira Vira Hacienda - A riverfont luxurious lodge in Chile's Lake District with breathtaking vistas of glaciated volcanos and pristine forests. 

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Transportation & Getting Around Chile

Nearly all travelers arrive to Santiago's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, just 20 minutes from downtown. Distances traveled going north and south in Chile are extensive and domestic flights on LATAM (formerly LANChile) and Sky Airline fly into smaller airports throughout the country such as these:
  • Punta Arenas is the largest city in the Patagonia region.
  • Lake District is frequently Puerto Montt, the the major port in this region.
  • Atacama Desert is accessed via the Calama Airport and a one hour land transfer.
  • Easter Island's Mataveri International Airport flies direct from Santiago to this isolated island far off Chile's Pacific coast.
Once you arrive to a regional airport, you'll be transported to your destination in private vans, buses and cars. 
2017 Official Holidays in Chile - Plan your trip...

January 1:                New Year’s Day
January 2:                New Year (recognized)
April 14:                   Good Friday
April 15:                   Holy Saturday
April 16:                   Easter Sunday
April 19:                   Public holiday for the national census
May 1:                     Labor Day               
May 21:                   Navy Day
June 26:                  Celebration of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
July 16:                   Celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
August 15:              Celebration of the Assumption of Mary
September 18:        Independence Day
September 19:        Army Day
October 9:               Columbus Day
October 27:             Reformation Day
November 1:           All Saints Day
November 19:         Public Holiday for the presidential election
December 8:           Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25:         Christmas Day

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Frequently Asked Questions 
Do I need a visa to travel to Chile?

Most travelers can enter Chile with just a current passport. However, if you are traveling from Australia or Mexico and flying through the international airport in Santiago, there is a Reciprocity tax that must be paid before you enter Interpol. For Australia it is $117; for Mexico, it is $23. If you are not flying in, this tax does not apply.

Is tipping customary in Chile?
Tipping is never required on an Adventure Life trip, however it is always appreciated. It is common to leave an additional 10% on restaurant bills for excellent service and $2-$10/day for your guide and $3/day for your driver. If and how you choose to tip is entirely up to you.

Do I need power adapters?
Plugs are two round prongs and run on 220-volt, 50 cycle electricity. You will need a power converter for 110-volt devices.

What is the internet access like in Chile?
Most hotels have wireless internet, and you won’t have trouble finding a cyber café in the major cities. However, as you get into the more rural areas, it can be harder to find cyber cafes, and some more remote hotels may not have internet access. Check with us while planning your trip and we’ll let you know.

Can I use my cell phone while in Chile?
It’s possible. You will need a GSM phone with a SIM chip that is either unlocked or has a plan that allows for roaming. Check your phone's compatibility here. Then once you arrive in Chile, you can purchase a pre-paid chip from the major carriers, which are Claro, Movistar, and Entel. In some of the more isolated parts of the country, especially in the southern provinces like Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, it can be impossible to get a signal.

What are the toilets like in Chile?
Chile is a very modern country and toilets are standard flushing units in hotels, restaurants, and nearly all bathroom facilities. If you are camping or trekking in the backcountry, it is possible that you will only have access to squat toilets.

What will it cost for a… ?
Local Bus fare: $0.50
Cup of coffee: $0.50
Beer: $1.50
Simple lunch: $4.00/ person
Dinner in a decent restaurant: $15/ person

Can I drink the water in Chile?
You can drink the water in most of Chile’s major cities and provinces, however it is very mineral rich and can cause upset stomachs if you’re not used to that. We make sure that there is always bottled water available to you if you prefer. In some of the more remote parts of Chile, especially in the northern and southern regions, you should not drink the tap water, and we advise against brushing your teeth with it either.

Are credit cards accepted in Chile?
Credit cards are accepted in most businesses like hotels, restaurants, and bigger stores in the major cities. However, small stores, stalls, and places in the rural parts of Chile might not accept credit cards. It’s always a good idea to have some cash in US dollars and some pocket money in Chilean Pesos on hand.

What is ATM access like in Chile?
In the big cities and tourist destinations like Santiago or Punta Arenas, you will find ATMs from which you can withdraw money. Rural areas tend not to have ATMs, so it’s best to be prepared.
 
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before heading to Chile?
You definitely should! We highly recommend buying travel insurance before heading out on your vacation, and we work with TravelGuard Insurance company to provide you with the best deals. They offer fair prices for comprehensive insurance packages. Our Once You’re Booked page has more info.

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