362 - Amazing Chile

12 nights visiting Santiago, Atacama, Torres del Paine and Easter Island!
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Enjoy the most amazing destinations in Chile in 12 nights

Yes, because our 363 tour Amazing Chile, is a complete collection of best four destinations you can visit in Chile, in a 12-night itinerary including Santiago, Torres del Paine in Patagonia, San Pedro de Atacama in the north, and the remote Easter Island. The visit includes 3 nights in Santiago de Chile, to discover the rich local culture and delicious dishes, enjoy the wine country in Maipo and Colchagua Valleys, and taste some unique wines, continue in Patagonia with the visit to Torres del Paine National Park, a must-see in Chile, then go to the north portion of the country to see the Atacama Desert and visit from San Pedro de Atacama, places like Tatyo Geysers, Puritama Hot Springs, Mars and Moon Valley, and more unique dry landscapes. Finally, we will go to the remote Easter Island, to learn more about the local culture and the incredible Moais.

This is a 12-night program, but an extra night could be necessary due to flight connections. Are you ready to enjoy the Amazing Chile_

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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 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 5

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 6

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 7

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.

 

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 8

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 9

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 10

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!

EASTER ISLAND: Welcome to Rapa Nui

Arrival to Rapa Nui in the Easter Island. This is one of the most amazing destinations in Chile.  Of course it`s in Polinesia, so a necklace of flowers greets you on arrival. Easter Island is world famous for its Moai, giant sculptures carved in stone which are  unique. After airport reception, transfer to hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest, walk the island at your own, or take any of the optional ativities available. Take a look to our options below.

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Day 11

EASTER ISLAND: Full day Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura and Anakena Beach

After breakfast, we will start a full day to enjoy the incredible Easter Island. Our full day trip will visit Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura y Anakena.
We will discover five different and unique archeological sites in the island. First, we will go to Akahanga, Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki, three important places for the Rapa Nui culture, located in the south portion of the island. We will enjoy a box lunch and after that, we will continue our tour, visiting the next area. We visit Te Pito Kura, through the internal highway of the island. This archeological site is well known as the navel of the world, with a platform that until today has maintained intact with the unique moai. Then, we continue to the famous Anakena Beach, which is one of the most important beaches in the history of Easter Island. We will find two ahus and their respective moais. Take many photos, and enjoy the unique landscape.

Return to Rapa Nui and accommodation.

Day 12

EASTER ISLAND: Visit to Ana Kai Tangata, Rano Kau and Orongo

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Today we will make two half day tours, starting first with a visit to another great area in the Easter Island. We visit Rano Kau, an incredible fresh water crater which is one of the main volcanoes in the island and offers a privileged view of the Pacific Ocean and of the interior of the volcano. The show of nature is incredible! After that, we will continue to visit the Orongo ceremonial village, very important cultural place. Following with our tour, we will visit VInapu, a ceremonial center which is one of the most important in Easter Island.

Return to Rapa Nui and free time for lunch at your own.

In the afternoon, we continue our visit in the island with three archeological sites. First, we visit Ana te Pahu, a large underground cave which is one of the most visited. It is located in the interior of the island, on the Roiho area. We will continue our tour to go to Ahu Akivi, with one of the best locations in the island, with incredible majestic views. It`s a great platform decorated with 7 restored statues. Be ready to take photos and enjoy this unique place. We continue to visit the Puna Pau quarry, the crater of an old volcano located 15 kilometers in north directio of Hanga Roa, next to Ahu Akivi.

We return to the hotel in Rapa Nui for accommodation.

Day 13

EASTER ISLAND: Good bye incredible Moais!

After breakfast, free time until transfer to airport. If your flight leaves in the afternoon, you may be can add an optional and enjoy the morning. Take a look to our list of optional activities below.

Good bye Easter Island!

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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BUENOS AIRES EXTENSION!

Welcome to Buenos Aires! The Argentina capital city and one of the most important cities in South America and the world. Add this package to enjoy a 3-night stay and visit La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, the Obelisk… taste a typical “asado criollo”, enjoy the unique Tango Dance, and taste the famous malbec wine:

DAY 1 – Arrival to Buenos Aires!
DAY 2 – City Tour visiting the best of Buenos Aires & Dinner Tango Show
DAY 3 – Choose from visit to a typical estancia or farm in the Pampas, visit the Tigre Delta, enjoy a walking tour, or take a polo lesson.
DAY 4 – Transfer out. Good bye Buenos Aires!

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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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