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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. Add on an extension to Easter Island to round out your Chilean exploration. Contact one of our Chile travel package experts to customize this trip to you specific interests, budget and schedule. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Santiago | Walking Tour
Day 2 : Bike & Wine Adventure
Day 3 : Fly to Atacama | Sunset Bike Tour
Day 4 : Salt Flats of Atacama
Day 5 : El Tatio Geysers
Day 6 : Fly to the Lakes District
Day 7 : Perez Rosales National Park | Trek though Desolation Pass
Day 8 : Raft Petrohue River | Fly Punta Arenas
Day 9 : Arrive at Ecocamp Patagonia
Days 10-11 : Torres del Paine Excursions
Day 12 : Return to Santiago
Day 13 : Fly Home


  • Bike Maipo Valley and visit several vineyards along the way
  • Explore the salt flats of Atacama Desert
  • Raft through Class III rapids along the Petrohue River
  • Hike the trails of Torres del Paine to the foot of gigantic spires

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Breathtaking view of Torres del Paine Atacama Moon The salt flats of the Atacama Desert stretch as far as the eye can see The cracked terrain of Atacama A magnificent sunset over Atacama's Valley of the Moon Puerto Varas and Volcan Osorno Explore the stunning beauty of Patagonia

Day 1 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 driving downtown to 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 2 Bike & Wine Adventure

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning you are picked up from the hotel and driven south to wine country. Once you arrive in the famous Maipo valley, start riding past vineyards and small villages. Stop to visit three vineyards, all varying in history and in the wine they produce.

The first vineyard is a rustic, family-owned estate producing a wide variety of wine including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carmenere (thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in Chile in 1994). The second is a contemporary vineyard started by a wealthy Santiago family to produce high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Cot (Chile’s version of the famous Argentine Malbec). The third is a 100% organic vineyard where you have the opportunity to taste wine directly from the tanks. After the final vineyard, drive to a countryside restaurant for lunch. Satisfied after great food, wine and the scenic bike ride, return to your hotel in Santiago.

*Please note: The bike & wine tour only operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Day 3 Fly to Atacama | Sunset Bike 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 evening, head off on a suset bike tour to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), 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. Cycling towards Valle de la Luna in time to witness a spectacular sunset, feel the immensity of the desert stretching out all around you. Light refreshments and a specialist guide are provided.

Day 4 Salt Flats of Atacama

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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 5 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. Arrive back in town in time to have lunch and the afternoon is free to rest after the early start, high altitude, and low temperature you faced in the morning.

Day 6 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 7 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 volcanos and the expansive blue of Todos Los Santos Lake sprawled at your feet.

Day 8 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.

Day 9 Arrive at Ecocamp Patagonia

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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 couple of stops - first in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Seno de Ultima Esperanza, where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole 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.

(For a detailed description of all excursions please click here.)

Day 10-11 Torres del Paine Excursions

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Once in Santiago head back to your hotel for some well-deserved sleep.

Day 13 Fly Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport by private transfer, where you board your flight home. Hasta la proxima Chile!

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Per person starting at


Based on staying in standard domes at EcoCamp.

We recommend starting on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday in order to do the bike & wine tour on day 2. Alternative options available.


  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
    • 9 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 11 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $900 Santiago - Calama - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Santiago
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $400 Meals not Included
  • $18 Airport Departure Tax
  • $200 Optional Excursions
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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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