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BEST OF CHILE – 12 Days

Impressive views at Atacama Desert

Travel to Chile to explore Santiago de Chile

Are you ready to live an adventure in Torres del Paine?

FROM 3120 USD 12 Days/ 11 Nights
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Travel to Chile
Explore Atacama Desert
Santiago de Chile Tours
Puerto Montt Town
Torres del Paine National Park

BEST OF CHILE – 12 Days

Tour Atacama Desert, Patagonia & Santiago

From the world’s longest mountain range to one of the driest deserts on the planet, discover destinations beyond your imagination when you travel to Chile. Begin your trip in the north, in the strikingly beautiful San Pedro de Atacama Desert. Then venture south for Santiago de Chile tours, from the country’s capital to the seaside cities of Viña del Mar and Valparíso. Continue your adventure in Puerto Varas, where you will enjoy the lush landscape of the Chilean lake district. Finally, journey south to Torres del Paine and discover the wilderness of Patagonia. From north to south, our Chile tours will show you the most impressive sights of this beautiful country.

Day 1 – San Pedro de Atacama

Welcome to San Pedro!

 

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses, cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries.

 

Upon arrival you will have a transfer to your hotel (shared service).

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Day 2 - San Pedro De Atacama - Moon Valley Tour

In the afternoon, you will be picked up (shared service) for your excursion to the impressive Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).

 

The trip will take you to unique forms of salt and clay, as you will see in the “Three Marias” area. There you will be visiting the geological shapes located in one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones, the Atacama Desert.

 

You will appreciate the great molding power of the natural forces of our planet, be amazed with the delicate work of nature over thousands of years, contemplate and photograph incomparable sculptures. Enjoy an exciting experience in the Salt caves , surprising shapes in the middle of the salt mountain range. The highlight of your adventure will be waiting for the Atacama sunset, opening your senses to the wonderful landscapes and colors of the mountains, with the Licancabur Volcano as the age-old witness of a new evening in the desert.
Duration; 3/ 4 hours.

 

You can combine the tour with an optional mountain bike excursion.

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Day 3 - Atacama - Tatio Geysers Tour & Machuca - Fly to Santiago de Chile

Very early in the morning (about 4am) you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) to go for more than 100 kilometers from San Pedro of Atacama into the Andes mountain range. There you will participate in one of the most astonishing phenomenon produced by nature, see contrasting colors produced by the steam columns in the highest Geothermal field in the world.

 

Take the most impressing photographs walking across the tracks over the field. Here you will have the unique opportunity to swim in the Tatio spring waters, rich in minerals.

While enjoying the views and the complete magnificence of the area you will enjoy a complete breakfast.

 

On the return you’ll go along the imposing Andes mountain range, and participate in the adventure of observing native plants and animals in their natural habitat, as well as visiting a local village. All this with an incomparable volcanic background in one of the most pristine places in the world. Arrive back at San Pedro for lunch time.
Duration; 8 hours approx.

 

In the evening, you will have a shared transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile.

 

Welcome to Santiago!

 

Home of Pisco Sour, variety of seafood and marvelous Cavernet Sauvignon, Santiago is considerate as the safest city in South America- capital of Chile, the country of the extremes, it is the perfect base to explore the country, or just enjoy a few days between the mountains and the ocean.

 

Upon arrival you will have a transfer to your hotel (private service).

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Day 4 - Santiago De Chile - FD Viña del Mar & Valparaiso Tour

Discover the quirky town of Valparaíso and stroll through bohemian neighborhoods that offer spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque city was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit Viña Del Mar, known as The Garden City, a nice place to enjoy a short walk along the beach.

 

Included: shared transportation, bilingual guide
Note: 2 passenger minimum

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Day 5 - Santiago De Chile - HD City tour

Discover the vivid capital of Chile and learn more about its eventful past through the most important sites of Santiago de Chile. Admire the Hidalgo castle and have incredible views of the city from Santa Lucia hill. Pass through the Constitution Square and the palace “La Moneda”, the current seat of the government. Walk to “Plaza de Armas”, the main square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the palace of the Royal High Court, the Main Post Office and other buildings of historical interest. Visit the financial area located in the neighborhoods of Las Condes and Vitacura, ending the tour one of the most prestigious craft shop to taste a Pisco Sour (the national drink). Shared Service.

 

Note: Minimum 2 passengers. AM departure only.

 

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport (private service).

 

Upon arrival to Puerto Montt, you will have a transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas (private service).

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Day 6 - Puerto Varas - Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls

After breakfast, enjoy a drive to Ensenada, visiting the enchanting Laguna Verde, Spanish for “Green Lagoon,” at the foot of Osorno Volcano within Vicente Perez Rosales National Park before heading to the slopes of the towering Osorno. The conical Volcano, soaring steeply overhead, has an appearance resembling Mount Fuji outside Tokyo, Japan. Enjoy a short hike over lava fields to reach the spectacular views over Llanquihue Lake and the Chilean Lake region.

 

Hike in the woods through Chile’s oldest National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales to the impressive Petrohue waterfalls with its beautiful crystal green waters and gaze at the famous Osorno volcano.

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Day 7 - Puerto Varas - Day at leisure

Day at leisure to enjoy one of the many activities that Puerto Varas has to offer, like kayaking at the National Park, horseback riding through Lake Llanquihue or a Farm day tour at one of the beautiful local Estancias.

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Day 8 - Puerto Varas / Punta Arenas / Torres del Paine National Park

At appropriate time you will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport to take your flight to Punta Arenas (private service).

 

Upon arrival, a shuttle transfer will drive you to Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Welcome to Southern Patagonia!

 

Torres del Paine is one of the most beautiful protected areas of South America, and for sure the best way to explore it is by foot. If you like hiking and nature, this should be one of the highlights of your trip. From owls to deers, from condors to guanacos, from orchids to blueberries, with the back of the impressive granite massif, this magnificent place is breathtaking.

 

Some of the trekking options include the full day to the base of the magnificent Torres del Paine, ideal for trekkers, the intense blue of the Grey Glaciar or the unforgettable view of the French Valley.
Depending in which area of the Park you are staying, you will be able to explore different paths. We will provide you with complete trekking information of the park, so that you can decide the best plan to make the best of your day.

 

***Please check with our travel Advisor which are the best options from your hotel location.

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Day 9 - Torres del Paine National Park

Today you can choose from the lodge tour list the tour you like most.

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Day 10 - Torres del Paine National Park

Today you can choose from the lodge tour list the tour you like most.

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Day 11 - Torres del Paine / Santiago de Chile

At appropriate time, a shuttle transfer will drive you to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago.

 

Upon arrival you will have a transfer to your hotel (private service).

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Day 12 - Santiago de Chile

At appropriate time, you will have a transfer to the airport (private service).

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Included

– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

– 2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Puerto Varas & 3 nights in Torres del Paine. – Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.

– Tours described in the itinerary.

– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.

National Park Entrance fees

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

 

 

Accommodation & Prices

BEST OF CHILE – 12 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 3120

COMFORT

USD 3715

SUPERIOR

USD 3740

Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2019 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Santiago de Chile - Calama - Santiago - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Santiago de Chile

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

– 2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Puerto Varas & 3 nights in Torres del Paine. – Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.

– Tours described in the itinerary.

– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.

National Park Entrance fees

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

 

 

Trip Reviews

BEST OF CHILE – 12 Days

Joe Brash

Joe Brash

(4 / 5)

I don’t want hassle and you ensured that wasn’t any

We went on the web looking at trip adviser and other websites to see which companies had organized tours for people. Your name came up fairly frequently along with several others so I emailed all of them. You were the first to reply and your answers seemed sensible so we decided to work with you.

Everything worked ok. We were always met at the airports on schedule, the hotels were always ready etc. I don’t want hassle and you ensured that wasn’t any

Mendoza was lovely – small, excellent service, relaxed. Buenos A was also very good – also excellent service. We liked the hotels.

There were many excursions – so to choose one is difficult. But memorable ones include – the boat trip, walking with the penguins nr Ushuaia (you didn’t book that for us but we did), fossil valley at estancia Christina from el calafate, the walks in torres del paine. Horse riding in torres del paine was unfortunately cancelled due to illness of horses – but that would have been a favourite.

On the negative side the guide in Puerto montt/varas was not an enjoyable experience – he was very late at the airport (30 minutes) and said he had been there all the time – I get annoyed by people who lie to me. He was inflexible. But all other guides were good – the standard was very good.

Some friends want to do a tour similar to us and we have suggested a number of modifications which I think your team could have suggested to us:

- renting cars a bit more – we could have rented in Puerto montt and driven ourselves to various places including chiloe, we could have rented in Atacama etc

- some tours we should have been booked on and we added them as we travelled – in Atacama we were not booked on a tour down south to the lake – which is one major reason for going to that area. In Ushuaia we were not booked on the penguin tour but again that is a major reason for going there.

- Chiloe was the most disappointing stay – having read the book where so many people say it is wonderful, we thought we could have skipped it and visited other places – if the timetable was limited.

- you should have suggested to us that there are tours of cities – walking tours – toursfortips.com for example. That would have been good for several of the cities – Atacama, Santiago, Mendoza. We did join the tours because we know about them from USA but you should have mentioned them as an option.

- all the hotels were fine – however probably you could have warned us that Atacama was hot and that we should choose a hotel with a pool!! The hotel we had was ok but a pool would have made life better.

- in hindsight there are some days when we could have caught a flight instead of staying at a hotel. But that is my fault I should have studied the flight times in more detail – for example going from Atacama to easter island we had to stay a night in Santiago but there must have been a way to save this?

- places not included which should have been – Salta, the wetlands, an estancia somewhere, we should have stayed another couple of days in BA. We will come back to visit Brazil and pop down to see some of these.

Thanks for everything – now back to reality of grandchildren and gardening!!


02.04.18

Laurie K

Laurie K

(5 / 5)

Easter Island - Definitely different !

We went from Lima to Santiago to Easter Island before returning to Santiago where we will fly to Punta Arenas to catch the ship. Here are some shots from Easter Island. Some of them show the moai (statues) face down because that is how they were found by the later day explorers. They had been pushed over by raiding groups who had attacked. Several countries (Japan and USA included) have helped finance the restoring of many of them to the way they would have stood. There are about 3000 natives on the small island, and seem to be more Polynisian than anything else. Definitely different than the Chileans.


24.11.17

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Tina Bernsen

Tina Bernsen

(5 / 5)

Thank you for all your help before and during my trip, which was really an unforgettable experience!

Hi Yuna, hi Vanesa!

I am now back home again and wanted to thank you for all your help before and during my trip, which was really an unforgettable experience! On my last day we went to a Milonga in Buenos Aires, which was I think a perfect finish =).
I really enjoyed Valle de la Luna, so thanks again for arranging this for me, which probably wasn't easy, but I can really recommend this to other travellers who want to see a different side of Argentina.

I hope you have some more warm days in Buenos Aires, here in Frankfurt it is now getting warm and sunny as well :)

Thanks again and all the best,
Tina


31.03.17

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Atacama & Uyuni, Buenos Aires, Chile

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BEST OF CHILE – 12 Days
Testimonials

Joe Brash

I don’t want hassle and you ensured that wasn’t any

Laurie K

Easter Island - Definitely different !

Tina Bernsen

Thank you for all your help before and during my trip, which was really an unforgettable experience!

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