360 - Chilean Patagonia & Atacama Desert

12-night tour visiting Santiago, Puerto Varas, Torres del Paine and Atacama
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Enjoy four amazing destinations in Chile!

A great 12-night tour to visit the most important destinations in the continental Chile. Yes, we include the visit to the capital city, to discover a modern city, make visit to vineyards and wineries and taste the exquisite local wine, visit Viña del Mar and Valparaiso Pier, and enjoy local dishes. The program continues to Patagonia and our first stop is in Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas area, called the Lakes District of Chile, to enjoy National Parks, lakes, mountains, forests and adventure activities. Then, we continue to deep Patagonia, to visit Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the famous Torres del Paine National Park, a highlight in South America. Finally, we will fly to the north of Chile to visit the unique Atacama Desert from San Pedro de Atacama, and discover the Moon and Mars Valley, Puritama Hot Springs, the Tatyo Geysers and unique landscapes in the arid portion of South America.

The order of the destinations can be modified if necessary. Take a look to our day by day itinerary and be ready to enjoy this amazing 12-night program

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Itinerary

Day 1

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Arrival to the capital city

Arrival to Santiago Merino Airport, in Santiago de Chile. The Chilean capital has become a good choice for international business travelers, developing a reputation as a calm and clean city with a good quality of life. It`s one of the most important and populated cities in South America. Most government activities take place in Santiago’s downtown area, which is home to La Moneda (the presidential palace), Plaza de Armas, and the Judicial and Executive Branches. There are also many museums and shopping malls.

Districts such as Providencia, Bellavista, Las Condes, and Vitacura offer a dazzling array of businesses, shops, and restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife.

Santiago is also located near many attractions such as the beach house of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, ski resorts located around 60 km from the city, spots in the Andean foothills like Cajón del Maipo, the port of Valparaíso, which is about an hour from Santiago, and Viña del Mar and other summer resorts on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Options for enjoying the mountains and sea are always right at your fingertips in Santiago.

After arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time for to rest, or may be if you`re interested, you can book any of the optional activities below

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Day 2

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Enjoying the best of the capital city

After breakfast, in the morning, our guide will be waiting for us for our first visit. We will enjoy a city tour to discover one of the most modern capitals of South America.

Santiago is a cosmopolitan and vibrant capital that perfectly combines tradition and modernity. The tour will allow you to know the origins of the city and emblematic places like the Cathedral, the Post Office, the Plaza de Armas, and the famous Palacio de la Moneda, the house of the Chilean government. You will discover the traditional neighborhoods of the historic center. We visit Santa Lucía hill, called Huelén by the natives, a real urban oasis in the heart of the center. Learn more about the history of Chile and enjoy privileged views of the capital and the mountains surrounding the city. The second part of the tour will take you to the east, to see the financial area of Santiago, and watch modern buildings. Duration is around 4 hours. Return to the hotel and free time.
Please note, there are many optional activities available for the afternoon. Check options below

Day 3

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Visiting Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

After breakfast, our guide will be waiting for you to start our visit to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, in the direction to Chile`s coast. We drive through the country’s main wine- producing areas, so we can admire the vineyard-covered landscapes along the way which is fascinating.  We will stop to take some great photos of this important area.  Again in the route we will continue to the coastal road known as the Camino de la Pólvora, arriving at Valparaíso, considered the cultural capital of Chile and full of colors and unique views of the pier and the city over the hill. We will visit the Muelle Prat, a historic dock filled with dozens of colorful boats. From Plaza Sotomayor, the main gateway to Valparaíso from the sea, you’ll immerse yourself in the old quarter, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Place.

We will visit the House-Museum of Pablo Neruda, called as La Sebastiana. You’ll then reach Paseo 21 de Mayo, a natural viewpoint at the bottom of the Artillería Hill, where you’ll be able to take in a panoramic view of Valparaíso’s view from the blue sea to the city and the surrounding mountains.

Our next step is the visit to the city of Viña del Mar, whose name in Spanish means “Vineyard of the Sea”. The coastal town is also often called the Garden City, and you’ll soon see why when you visit sights such as the iconic Flower Clock on the side of Castle Hill. Free time for lunch and then, some free time to enjoy the beach, after return to your hotel in Santiago de Chile.

 

Day 4

SANTIAGO: Good bye Santiago!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy the city until your transfer to the airport. If you leave the city in the afternoon or evening, you can choose any of our optional activities you can see below.

Goodbye Santiago!

PUERTO VARAS: Arrival to the Lakes District

Arrival to Puerto Montt Airport or to Puerto Varas pier and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas. It`s the starting point for many excellent activities in the lakes district of Chile. Free time to rest. Anyway, if you`re an active person, you can choose any of the optional activities available. Check options below!

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Day 5

PUERTO VARAS: Visiting Frutillar and Puerto Octay

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day visit to Frutillar, a city and commune located in southern Chile in the Los Lagos Region. The bay of Frutillar is placed on the banks of Lake Llanquihue, the largest lake entirely within Chile. Frutillar is known as the “City of Music”. The village was founded by Vicente Pérez Rosales in 1856, after a period of clearing up the land and upon the arrival of German settlers from Hamburg in 1852 and other cities of Germany in sailing ships to the ports of Valdivia and Puerto Montt.

Vicente Perez Rosales on a later expedition towards the south of Valdivia changed the course of the incoming colony to Lake Llanquihue. Rosales was searching for more land for the German settlers, south of Valdivia, as many sailing ships were arriving to the port of Valdivia from Germany sent by Bernardo Philippi under the official colonisation program of Southern Chile. This program was granted by President Manuel Bulnes and executed by president of Chile Manuel Montt naming officially Vicente Perez Rosales the head of the German colonisation of Llanquihue, as a continuation of the initial efforts done by Bernard Philippi.

There is an interesting local german museum. Travel back in time as you browse exhibits with your guide and then enjoy free time to wander around the town at your leisure. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas and free evening. Overnight.

Day 6

PUERTO VARAS: Visiting Chiloe Island

After breakfast, we will start our full-day tour to Chiloe Island. We will take the route to the south for about 130 kilometres to arrive to a small town called Pargua. Once in this city, we take a ferry that will allow us to cross the Chacao Canal and reach the Isla Grande de Chiloe. Chiloé Island is the second largest island in Chile, after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, and the fifth largest in South America. We will go to Chacao, one of the oldest villages of the island founded in 1567 which has a typical square where stands a curious and picturesque building of strong color. We will visit the old and interesting church.

The Churches of Chiloé are a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas, and one of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture. Unlike classical Spanish colonial architecture, the churches of Chiloé are made entirely in native timber with extensive use of wood shingles. The churches were built from materials to resist Chiloé Archipelago’s humid and rainy oceanic climate. The churches represent the fusion of European Jesuit culture and local native peoples’ skill and traditions: an excellent example of mestizo culture.

The Churches of Chiloé were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000. The University of Chile, Fundación Cultural Iglesias de Chiloé and other institutions have led efforts to preserve these historic structures and to publicize them for their unique qualities

We will go to the city of Ancud, to visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church, the crafts market, the Museum, the Gulf of Quitalmahue, Cerro Huaihuén and Fort San Antonio, historic site located in the uptown built in the late eighteenth century, all in the midst of stories of customs and myths of one of the larger islands of South America. Ancud is the second largest city of Chiloé Archipelago after Castro. It was established in 1768 to function as the capital of the archipelago and held that position until 1982.

Later we will go to Castro, capital of Chiloé Island. Castro is Chile’s third oldest city in continued existence. Rodrigo de Quiroga as the temporary governor of Chile in 1567 launched a campaign led by his son in-law Captain Martín Ruiz de Gamboa to conquer Chiloé Island, establishing the city of Castro there, and pacifying its inhabitants, the Cuncos. From its founding on 12 February 1576 until 1767 Castro was the administrative centre of Chiloé Island. In 1594 Castro had 8.000 inhabitants most of whom were farmers. Up to the mid of the 17th century the town was looted by Dutch pirates several times. In 1767, during the time of the Bourbon Reforms that sought to modernize the Spanish Empire, Chiloé was separated from the General Captaincy of Chile to which it had previously belonged and made a direct subject of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

The town hall and many of the wooden palafitos houses ( typical constructions made wooden pillars on water), were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake and the tsunami of 1960. Only in 1982 did Castro regain its role as capital in Chiloé Archipelago.

We will visit the local Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, handicrafts market and the Mirador del Barrio Gamboa to appreciate the famous “Palafitos”. We finish our tour visiting Dalcahue, famous for its craft fair on Sundays where locals bring from the outer islands of the archipelagos the most varied handicrafts for marketing. During the tour we will have time for lunch in a typical restaurant Chiloé Island. It`s a full day trip. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas and overnight.

Day 7

PUERTO VARAS: Good bye lakes district!

After breakfst, free time to enjoy  Puerto Varas, until your tranfser to airport or local pier. There are many optional activities you can choose if you leave the city in the afternoon or the evening. Take a look to the list below

Good bye Puerto Varas!

PUERTO NATALES: Arrival to the Ultima Esperanza Sound

Arrival to Puerto Natales bus station or Punta Arenas Airport and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales. The city is located at the opening of Ultima Esperanza Sound, and from here you will visit amazing places sush as Torres del Paine National Park or Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. After check in, free time to enjoy walking the city, or just rest to be ready for the next day.

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Day 8

PUERTO NATALES: Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

After breafkst, we will start one of the best excursions you can do in Patagonia. Yes, it`s the visit to Torres del Paine National Park. So, after picking up all the passengers from their accommodations, the tour starts around 8:00 am ready to take the first pictures. Our first destination is Milodon’s Cave, the place where in 1895were found remains of a prehistoric animal, and nowadays there is a replica of that mammal together with detailed information of the glaciological process of how the cave was formed.
After this, we will go to Cerro Castillo to have a short break and enjoy snack services, coffee shops and souvenir stores.

From that point, we will go to Torres del Paine Park where the first natural sceneries we will see are: Sarmiento Lake Lookout, Paine’s towers, Paine’s horns and Almirante Nieto Hill. Regarding fauna, the most predominant animals you will see are guanacos, lesser rhea and condors, considering that in the park also live foxes, hares, rufous-collared sparrow and the lion of America: the mountain cat.

Inside the park we will know the turquoise lakes such as Pehoé and Nordenskjold, waterfalls and mountains covered in ice. A walk of 15 minutes is necessary to get close to Salto Grande waterfall.

After lunch, the visit continues with a walk along the shore of the Grey Lake from where you can see small icebergs and at the back the great Grey glacier. Depending on the needs, the return can be on the same route or else using the new road and leave you at you accommodation place. Free time and overnight

Day 9

PUERTO NATALES: Choice of activitites available!

After breakfast, we keep the day free, so you can choose any of the optional activities you can find in the list below.

Day 10

PUERTO NATALES: Good bye Ultima Esperanza Sound!

After breakfast, fee time to enjoy Puerto Natales until your transfer to the bus station or Punta Arenas Airport to continue with your itinerary.

Remember to add an unforgettable Cruise Expedition aboard Skorpios III Cruise and visit southern glaciers and fjords in the Chilean Patagonia!

 

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Arrival to the incredible chilean north

Arrival to Calama Airport or San Pedro bus station and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. During the way you will see amazing colorful landscapes, passing through the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Chain). Arrival to San Pedro and transfer to your hotel for check in. Free time. But, if you arrived early, you can choose from any of the following options which are great to start visiting the incredible north of Chile.

 

 

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Day 11

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visting Toconao, the Highland Lagoons and Atacama Salt Flat

After breakfast and early in the morning, we will start one of the most amazing excursions in the area, to enjoy unique landscapes. We leave for the Highland Miñique and Miscanti Lagoons. We will go along the road to Toconao making a brief stop to visit the main plaza and church of this small village. Thenk, we will do a a short visit to the farming village of Socaire to see some agricultural practices. After that, we will continue our tour to ascend the Andes Chain to reach the Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons with an incredible and unique deep blue color and white shores. Be ready with your camera to take hundred of photos. This place is unique. These lagoons are located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Some free time for lunch in Socaire.

After lunch, we will continiue our tour, to arrive to the Atacama Salt Flat located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. This is the largest salt deposit in Chile, and one of the most importants in South America. It was formed into a depression with no water outlet. In Chaxa Lagoon, we have an abundance of bird species, especially the well known flamingos which are a real attraction. After many additional photos and some free time to enjoy the landscape, we return to  San Pedro de Atacama to rest and go to bed early. Next day is one of the largest, starting very early in the morning.

Free time and overnight in San Pedro.

Day 12

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Tatyo Geysers & Puritama Hot Springs

Wake up eary in the morning, for a quick breakfast and be ready around 4 am to start an incredible unique experience in the chilean north. It`s the visit to Tatyo Geysers. We have aproximetely 3 hours to arrive to the area, so arrival to the geysers would be around 7 am in the morning. We arrange a picnic breakfast there. Our guide will lead our trip to discover this geothermal field and see the incredible tatyo geysers and pools of boiling water and mud. We will have free time there to enjoy this unique place on earth.

On the way back we make a stop to visit the small shelters village of Machuca, the attractive of this place are some interesting local meals, like the home made empanadas, sopaipillas, skewers, coffee, tea or coca tea. Then, we will go to the Puritama Hot Springs. Once there, we can enjoy these warms waters that emanate from beneath the rocks and surrounding vegetation. Free time to enjoy the hot springs until return to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 13

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Good bye incredible north!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy San Pedro until your transfer to Calama Airport or San Pedro bus station. If you have some free time in the day, because you leave in the afternoon or evening, you can add any of our optional activities you can find below.

Good bye Atacama!

End of our services. We can personalize your program, by adding or deleting nights, add new destinations, or make any necessary change. Just let us know. Optional activities you can see below each day, are just suggested options. You can add any of these activities to your quotation, or ask for any other available in each destination.

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MENDOZA EXTENSION PROGRAM

Enjoy Mendoza in the wine country, to taste the unique argentinian wine: the malbec. Visit the incredible Andes chain with the highest peak in America, the amazing Aconcagua Mount, and be ready to see unique landscapes and enjoy adventure activities:

DAY 1 – Arrival to Mendoza, gate to the wine country
DAY 2 – City Tour with visits to vineyards and wineries in the area of Lujan de Cuyo
DAY 3 – Excursion to the incredible High Andes, approach the unique Aconcagua Mount!
DAY 4 – Good bye Mendoza!

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EASTER ISLAND EXTENSION PROGRAM

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DAY 1 – Welcome to Rapa Nui, welcome to Easter Island
DAY 2 – Enjoy Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura and Anakena Beach!
DAY 3 – Visit Ana Kai Tangata, Orongo, Ahu Akivi and the 7 moais!
DAY 4 – Good bye Easter Island!

This is a suggested program. We can make any change you need.

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