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Adventure Life's Chile tours let you explore the deserts of Atacama, the Lake District's active glacier-topped volcanoes deep in the Andes Mountains, and the "End of the world" in Patagonia 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 Chilean 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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6 Favorite Chile Adventure Tours for 2023-2024

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Chile North to South$312513Dec 9, 2022This 13-day tour of Chile takes you from Northern Chile's Atacama Desert, to Santiago, the Lake District, then Torres del Paine. Along the way, …
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Classic W Trek$13928Dec 11, 2022Experience the world's ultimate hiking adventure trekking the W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile. 6 of the 8 days are spent trekking the Paso Los …
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Rapa Nui Private Adventure$23895Dec 9, 2022Explore Easter Island on this 5-day extension! Discover the ancient history of this culturally rich island. Day trips include hiking and visits to …
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Torres del Paine Multisport$35616Dec 9, 2022Explore Torres del Paine in this multisport tour of Patagonia's best while hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking! With EcoCamp as …
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Chile Wine Adventure$45608Dec 9, 2022Hike, bike, taste wine, and enjoy traditional Chilean cuisine on this week-long tour through the Santiago Valley. Your journey includes a city tour …
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Huilo Huilo Reserve Multisport$9254Dec 9, 2022This active tour explores the Huilo Huilo Reserve multisport style! Hike through the reserve, mountain bike along a country road, raft the Fuy River …
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9 Amazing Cruises Exploring Chile for 2023-2024

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Patagonian Explorer: Ushuaia to Punta Arenas$15905Dec 10, 2022Explore Patagonia on an adventurous 5-day journey between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas through some of planet’s most incredible scenery and remote …
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Chonos Route$23206Dec 10, 2022Join the unique Skorpios II on this Chilean small ship cruise. Beginning and ending in Puerto Montt, sail over 800 miles through the magical age-old …
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Darwin's Route from Ushuaia$39969Dec 14, 2022The end of the world awaits you on the expedition cruise ship MV Stella Australis on a journey that retraces much of Darwin’s route through the …
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Darwin's Route from Punta Arenas$28629Dec 14, 2022Join the MV Ventus Australis on a magical adventure. Starting from Punta Arenas and traveling all the way to Cape Horn and back, this voyage has it …
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Darwin's Route from Punta Arenas$39969Dec 10, 2022Join MV Stella Australis on a journey that retraces much of Darwin’s route through the Fuegian Archipelago. This eight-day voyage round-trip from …
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Darwin's Route from Ushuaia$28629Dec 10, 2022The end of the world awaits you on the expedition cruise ship MV Ventus Australis on a journey that retraces much of Darwin’s route through the …
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Fjords of Tierra del Fuego: Punta Arenas to Ushuaia$22205Dec 10, 2022Sail for remote and beautiful corners of the world on this 5-day itinerary on the MV Stella Australis through southern Patagonia. Begin in Punta …
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Patagonian Explorer: Ushuaia to Punta Arenas$22205Dec 14, 2022A five-day trek between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas across some of the most breathtaking scenery and remote places on the planet will take you across …
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Fjords of Tierra del Fuego: Punta Arenas to Ushuaia$15905Dec 14, 2022Patagonia is like no other place on Earth, untamed and pristine land where nature has reigned unchanged for millennia. Enjoy the authentic charm of …
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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 Lakes 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
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 riverfront luxurious lodge in Chile's Lake District with breathtaking vistas of glaciated volcanoes 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:Once you arrive to a regional airport, you'll be transported to your destination in private vans, buses and cars. Note, that flights between Chile and neighboring Argentina only go between the capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires.
Best Chile Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Silversea Cruises - has expedition cruises hand-picked by expedition experts that take you through the magnificent Chilean Fjords and Antarctica on a number of cruises, starting in Buenos Aires, Valparaiso, or Ushuaia. On the way to Punta Arenas, guests of the Silver Cloud and Silver Wind stop in Santiago, Chile, for an overnight hotel stay. Except for those taking advantage of Silversea's Antarctica Bridge, the first ultra-luxury fly-cruise service to Antarctica, guests board the Silver Explorer at Puerto Williams, Chile.
  • Ponant - offers luxury cruises with French crew, expertise, attentive service, fine dining, and more to distant lands at the far side of the world such as the Chilean Fjords and Patagonia aboard the prestigious sister ships Le Lyrial and Le Boreal.
  • Aurora Expeditions - is an award-winning, Australian-owned expedition company that takes guests on perspective-altering voyages in some of the most remote and incredible off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Chilean Fjords. Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle feature the use of the new ULSTEIN X-BOW® to cross oceans more comfortably.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - feature carefully curated expedition that lets you discover the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas that make Chilean Patagonia one of the most lauded nature destinations on Earth. Because National Geographic Resolution has both Zodiacs and kayaks, the entire expedition community can leave at the same time—no waiting around for returning parties. 
  • Antarctica 21 - is the world's premier provider of Antarctic Air-Cruises, which combine a flight from Chile to Antarctica with an expedition cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Ocean Nova Air Cruises and Magellan Explorer
  • Quark Expeditions - focuses its explorations on the Andes Mountains that form the natural divide between Argentine Patagonia and Chilean Patagonia. Located in Chile, the western half of Patagonia is home to glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, lush forests, and an abundance of wildlife. The 172-guest World Explorer is an all-balcony, all-suite expedition ship perfect for polar exploration.
  • Hurtigruten - provides expedition cruises to Chile with an expedition team to help you discover the history and wildlife of the area. Each cruise mixes nature with culture, learning with active exploration, and offers hikes and other activities to explore South America’s Pacific coastline aboard exploration ships MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fram




 
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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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