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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. 
Atacama MoonThe salt flats of the Atacama Desert stretch as far as the eye can seeEnjoying the view from aboveThe cracked terrain of AtacamaA magnificent sunset over Atacama's ValleyPuerto Varas and Volcan OsornoExplore the stunning beauty of PatagoniaBreathtaking view of Torres del Paine
Highlights
  • Bike Casablanca 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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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 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 2: Casablanca Valley Bike & Wine Adventure

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
They will pick you up at 9:00 AM to start the journey to the beautiful Casablanca Valley, not far from Santiago. The meandering, tree-lined country roads of the enchanting Casablanca Valley are the backdrop for this easy, relaxing bike tour through one of Chile's premier wine-growing regions. We'll bike leisurely along tree-lined roads through some of central Chile's finest vineyards, stopping to learn about the fascinating history of wine in Chile and why the soil and climate here is perfect for production, sample some of the area's superb white wines and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch underneath the swaying eucalyptus trees.

Day 3: Fly to Atacama

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.

Day 4: Salt Flats of Atacama

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  • 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: Moon Valley Tour | Fly to the Lakes District

Today 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. 

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: Raft Petrohue River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning it's time for a white water rafting adventure! We'll head 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. Once we arrive we'll meet our skilled guides who will equip us with the rafting gear needed (wet suit, helmet, paddle jacket and life jacket) and then talk us through safety instructions. We board the rafts and start paddling down this beautiful class III river, enjoying the rapids and the views. After finishing our adventure, we'll have a tasty snack on the river banks and then return to Puerto Varas to spend the afternoon.

Day 8: Perez Rosales National Park | Trek though Desolation Pass

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
With Volcano Osorno as our backdrop, today we'll trek close to Chile's famous Todos Los Santos Lake. On the way, we'll stop to admire the region's rivers and waterfalls at Ensenada and Saltos de Petrohué, before starting your three-hour ascent. At the top, the prize is clear: one 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. What a treat!
 

Day 9: Fly to Punta Arenas | Arrive at Ecocamp Patagonia

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today you'll check out of your hotel and board a flight to Punta Arenas in the South of Chile. You are picked up from Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park.

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.

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

Day 10-11: Torres del Paine Excursions

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  • 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 (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

  • 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!

Accommodations

EcoCamp

Wild flowers at EcoCamp
Las Torres EcoCamp
Hike to Los Cuernos

Poblado Kimal

Poblado Kimal
Poblado Kimal

Casa Kalfu

Hotel Casa Kalfu
Hotel Casa Kalfu
Hotel Casa Kalfu

Maison Italia

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Based on staying in standard domes at EcoCamp. Upgrades available.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 1 Snacks, 3 Box Lunches
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Entrance fee to  Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Entrance Fee: Perez Rosales National Park 
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Entrance Fee: El Tatio Geyser
  • Wine Tasting
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flights : Santiago - Calama - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Santiago

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