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Chile Tour Exploring Nature's Legacy from Atacama Desert to Patagonia

12 Days Similar tours from £5440

    Untamed Beauty of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia

    Embark on a 12-day odyssey through Chile, where each moment immerses you in the essence of the country. Explore Santiago's historic heart and wander the coastal charm of Valparaíso. Indulge in the vineyard delights of Bodega Re and experience surreal landscapes in San Pedro de Atacama. Dive into hidden turquoise lagoons, traverse Devil's Throat, and witness the natural wonders of Tatio Geysers. Encounter penguins in Punta Arenas before venturing into Torres del Paine's majestic landscapes.

    Sail through the icy symphony of Los Glaciares National Park and conclude with an authentic Gaucho experience in El Calafate. This tour is your passport to a Chilean immersion, where nature, wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes intertwine to create an unforgettable exploration of the country's heart.


    Nature, Culture & Adventure

    Tour Highlights

    Cultural Encounters: Connect with local communities, gaining a deeper understanding of the traditions and lifestyles that make each destination unique.

    → Off-the-Beaten-Path Discoveries: Unearth hidden gems during your journey, promising extraordinary discoveries that go beyond typical tourist attractions.

    → Expert-Guided Stargazing: Embark on a celestial journey with expert astronomers, exploring South America's night sky at an astronomical observatory, and unravelling the mysteries of distant galaxies, planets, and constellations.

    → Breathtaking Natural Wonders: Witness surreal landscapes, from turquoise lagoons and majestic waterfalls to the captivating beauty of glaciers and serene lakes.

    → Gourmet Culinary Experiences: Delight your taste buds savouring local flavours and specialities at each destination, creating a unique and memorable gastronomic journey.

    Tour Itinerary and Essentials

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      • Day 1 Santiago Unveiled and Historic Wonders

        Touch down in Santiago, where our dedicated driver awaits to whisk you away to your hotel in a private service, ensuring a smooth and comfortable arrival.

        Embark on an exploration of Santiago's historical heart as we depart from the hotel at the agreed-upon time. Our two-hour walking tour immerses you in the rich tapestry of the city, starting with a visit to the iconic Plaza de Armas. Here, marvel at the Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Municipality of Santiago, each bearing witness to the city's historical legacy.

        Continue the journey to La Moneda Palace, the distinguished seat of the Chilean Government. Wander through the surrounding streets, where every cobblestone holds stories and secrets, providing a glimpse into Santiago's vibrant past.

        As the tour unfolds, let the city's history come alive through each step, building a connection to its cultural heritage.

        Overnight: Le Rêve

      • Day 2 Valparaíso Exploration and Bodega Re Winery Adventure

        Leave Santiago behind as we set our course northwest towards the Chilean coast to reach the vibrant city of Valparaíso, hailed as the cultural capital of Chile. Immerse yourself in the city's unique charm with a guided tour starting at the historic Muelle Prat, a dock adorned with a kaleidoscope of colourful boats. Wander through Plaza Sotomayor, the principal gateway to Valparaíso from the sea, and delve into the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old quarter.

        After absorbing the rich cultural tapestry of Valparaíso, we'll set out on the road back to Santiago. Along the way, we make a noteworthy stop at Bodega Re for an illuminating guided tour through their variety of gardens, vineyards, winemaking process, storage, and bottling facilities. Taste exceptional wines: Pinotel, Chardonnoir, Cabergnan, Vigno and enjoy culinary delights with a selection of bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, olives, and cheese.

        Overnight: Le Rêve
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 3 Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama and Moon Valley Exploration

        Upon arrival at the local airport of Calama, a driver awaits to transfer you to your hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your San Pedro de Atacama adventure.

        In the afternoon, embark on a captivating tour of the Moon Valley. Traverse these renowned valleys, marvelling at the impressive Kari’s ravine, and gain insights into the unique geological structure that shapes the Atacama salt flat.

        Explore the salt caverns and visit a salt mine, gaining a deeper understanding of the Moon Valley's significance. The journey extends to the Mars Valley, offering a surreal landscape that adds to the otherworldly charm of the region. As the sun begins its descent, witness a breathtaking change of colours that transforms the surroundings before your eyes.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 4 Vilama Waterfalls and Sandboarding Adventure

        In the morning, embark on a short trek through the enchanting Vilama river ravines, leading you to discover hidden waterfalls nestled amidst the mountain range. Revel in the serenity of these secluded cascades and indulge in a refreshing freshwater bath—an unforgettable experience that connects you with the pristine beauty of nature.

        Explore the unique nooks, crannies, and extraordinary passages of Valle de Marte in the afternoon. Venture through this Martian-like landscape until you encounter its captivating dunes, where the real excitement begins. Equip yourself with specially designed boards for an exhilarating session of sandboarding—a thrilling sport that lets you slide down the dunes, creating memories of pure adrenaline and joy.

        As the night falls, gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert with an expert astronomer on a stargazing tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit South America’s largest astronomical observatory and gain insight into the secrets of the night sky. Stare at stars through powerful telescopes, unravelling the mysteries of distant galaxies, planets, and constellations.

        Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of San Pedro de Atacama and let the adventures unfold in this extraordinary corner of the world.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 5 Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache and Devil’s Throat

        This morning adventure invites you to revel in the breathtaking beauty of the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache. Encounter seven lagoons adorned in intense hues of turquoise and emerald, creating a mesmerising spectacle in the heart of the world's most arid desert. Two of these lagoons offer the unique experience of passive flotation, allowing you to indulge in a refreshing bath. The water, enriched with minerals from the Puritama River, holds medicinal and therapeutic properties, making this oasis a remarkable exception in the arid expanse.

        As you immerse yourself in this natural wonder, embrace the tranquillity and vibrant colours that defy the desert's arid reputation.

        Embark on an unmissable journey through the San Pedro River basin, navigating the intricate passages and columns amidst the astonishing formations of the salt mountain range. This expedition promises an extraordinary experience as you explore the captivating landscapes of Catarpe Valley and Devil's Throat, unveiling the unique geology and natural wonders that characterise this exceptional corner of the world.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 6 Tatio Geysers Expedition and Natural Hot Springs Oasis

        Embark on a morning journey to the foothills of the Andes mountain range, where a fascinating encounter with various types of geysers awaits. Explore these natural wonders set in diverse landscapes, culminating in a rejuvenating bath in natural hot springs—an oasis of energy nestled amidst the mountains.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 7 Flight to Punta Arenas and Magdalena Island Exploration

        Embark on a seamless journey, starting with a flight out from Calama and transfers from your San Pedro hotel to Calama airport. Upon your arrival at Punta Arenas airport, our dedicated driver will greet you and transport you to the pier for a captivating navigation experience.

        Embark on an enriching visit to the Natural Reserve Los Pingüinos on Magdalena Island. The expedition begins on the pier of Punta Arenas, where you board a boat destined for Magellan Strait. After an approximately one-hour journey, you'll arrive at Magdalena Island, where you disembark on the island's dock. Spend an hour exploring the penguin colony before heading back to Punta Arenas.

        Following the navigation, our driver will transfer you to your hotel in Puerto Natales, a scenic three-hour drive that promises breathtaking views and the anticipation of the adventures that await.

        Overnight: Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 8 Exploring Torres del Paine National Park

        Embark on a captivating journey from our hotel in Puerto Natales, with the first stop just 24 km away at the Milodon Caves. This natural monument comprises three caves and the rocky complex known as the Silla Del Diablo (The Devil's Chair). According to ancient Patagonian tales, the devil would manifest to visitors during the darkest nights, adding a touch of mystique to the landscape.

        Continuing our route towards the majestic Torres del Paine National Park, our eyes are treated to a visual feast. We pass by Laguna Sofia, the Prat, Lago Porteño, the Mesa and Ballena hills, immersing ourselves in the incredible panoramas that unfold along the way. Our journey culminates at the shores of Lago Grey, where weather permitting, we take a leisurely walk along the lake's edge before pausing for a delightful lunch.

        Refreshed and rejuvenated, our exploration of the national park continues as we head to the Salto Grande area. Traverse the beauty of Nordenskjold Lake, marvel at the Paine waterfalls, and venture towards the enchanting Amarga Lagoon area. This day is a continuous spectacle of nature, promising an immersive experience before our return to Puerto Natales.

        Overnight: Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Lunch & Breakfast

      • Day 9 Breathtaking Navigation to Balmaceda and Serrano

        Embark on a captivating journey as we set sail into the Señoret Channel, guiding us towards Guanaco Island—a potential sighting spot for the charming Commerson's Dolphins.

        Our adventure unfolds at Estancia la Peninsula, where we explore the rocky walls housing a significant Cormorant population. Progressing to Punta de Lobos, encounter sea lions basking in their natural habitat. The voyage continues to the Cascade and cliffs, offering opportunities to spot majestic condors. Throughout the excursion, the boat will pause at each point of interest, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the scenery and marvel at the attractions.

        The expedition then takes us to Mount Balmaceda, standing proudly at an altitude of 2035m, showcasing the impressive Balmaceda Glacier. Disembarking at Puerto Toro, we embark on a one-hour hike along the shores of Tempanos Lagoon, guided by our bilingual expert through a native forest adorned with coihues, ñirres, and Chilean firetrees.

        Heading towards the Serrano Glacier, we are treated to the fascinating spectacle of vibrant vegetation against the backdrop of the imposing icy giant. The return journey includes a visit to a ranch, where a typical creole lunch awaits. After immersing ourselves in the wild and untouched landscapes, our remarkable adventure concludes in Puerto Natales.

        Overnight: Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Lunch & Breakfast

      • Day 10 Tranquil Transfer to El Calafate and Authentic Gaucho Experience

        Embark on a private transfer from your hotel in Puerto Natales to the enchanting town of El Calafate, where a unique Gaucho Experience awaits at Estancia 25 de Mayo.

        Estancia 25 de Mayo offers a glimpse into the essence of Patagonian life. Located near the heart of El Calafate, this sprawling estancia spans 17,000 hectares of countryside, stretching from the shores of Lake Argentino in the north to the southern border with Chile.

        Learn the rich history of the estancia, delving into the tales of Calafate's first settlers and the early 20th-century activities that shaped the region. Witness a captivating demonstration of the traditional shepherd activity of sheep herding with skilled dogs.

        Following the talk and sheep herding, explore the estancia with a guided walk along the Arroyo Calafate, visiting the old shearing shed and corrals. Experience a live demonstration of sheep shearing with scissors and tour the organic garden that contributes to the fresh vegetables used in the barbecue area for dinner.

        Savour a delightful dinner at "El Quincho" restaurant. The menu features a creole turnover and an aperitif for starters, Patagonian lamb with chorizo, blood sausage, and salads from the organic garden for the main course, and a dessert of your choice.

        Overnight: Hotel Kosten Aike
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 11 A Glacial Symphony in Los Glaciares National Park

        Enter the realm of the Patagonian ice field, the second-largest concentration of ice on Earth after Antarctica. Cascading from heights of 1,500 to 200 meters above sea level, these glaciers offer a unique and unparalleled spectacle.

        Los Glaciares National Park unfolds as a masterpiece of nature, combining lush forests, pristine lakes, towering mountains, expansive ice fields, and vast steppes adorned with over 200 glaciers. 
        In the morning, embark on a sailing adventure across Lago Argentino, navigating northwest to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, unveiling the impressive Spegazzini Glacier. Touching land at Las Vacas Station in the Spegazzini Canal Bay, our guides lead a trek with views of the old Settlers’ Station, providing insights into the region's flora and fauna. Continue the journey to explore the Upsala Canal, navigating to Herminita Peninsula for a panoramic view of the glacier. In the afternoon, sail through the Canal de los Tempanos, culminating in the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. Return to La Soledad private port, relishing a delightful lunch amidst the glacial wonders.

        Overnight: Hotel Kosten Aike
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 12 Buenos Aires Bound - Homeward Journey

        Embark on a private transfer to the airport as your unforgettable South American adventure concludes. From Buenos Aires, your journey extends to the next destination, marking the end of our dedicated service.

        As you prepare for your international flight, take with you the cherished memories of the diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and extraordinary experiences that defined your time in South America.

        Meal Plan: Breakfast

    • What's Included

      • 11 nights' accommodation 
      • Private ground transportation 
      • Meals as defined in the itinerary
      • Local English-speaking tour guide
      • Domestic flights
      • Activities mentioned in the itinerary


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