If you´re looking for the best of Chile, and you have 10 nights, it´s your option
including Santiago, Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine
306 - THE BEST OF CHILE - 11 NIGHT TOUR
The Best of Chile: Santiago, Puerto Natales, San Pedro de Atacama
Season: All the year
Notes: It´s important to make bookings in advance
The City of Santiago de Chile
Torres del Paine National Park
San Pedro de Atacama and Atacama Desert
04 nights of accommodation
03 nights of accommodation
in Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine
03 nights of accommodation
in San Pedro de Atacama
All transfers between airports
and hotels in each city
All excursions detailed in the itinerary
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Arrival to Santiago de Chile Airport. Reception and transfer to your hotel in Santiago. 3 nights of accommodation with breakfast
After breakfast, we will start a traditional city tour of Santiago de Chile.
Santiago is a great city combining a colonial legacy with the modernity of a developed city. We invite you to get to know it, visiting the main tourist attractions such as the oldest neighborhoods, the Church of San Francisco built from 1572 to 1618. Discover La Moneda, our government palace, the civic district, the Main Square, the oldest neighborhood in the city where we will find the Central Post Office, the City Hall ,and after that we will go to the Santa Lucía Hill place where the city was founded on February 12th,1541, located in the center of the city.
Finally, we will tour the most modern district, such as the Alonso de Córdova neighborhood and the Bicentenario Park.
Return to the hotel.
The cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are located only 90 minutes from Santiago; the trip towards them takes you through the central valley, famous for its wines, fruits, and cheese. Valparaíso, declared in 2003 by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its exceptional testimony of the first phase of globalization of the end of the 19th century, is one of the Chile’s main ports, which through its spontaneous architecture –built on 41 hills- shows one of Chile’s most culturally active cities. Viña del Mar, on the other hand, initially was a land of wineries today is Chile’s most important beachside cities. Tour duration time: 9 hours.
Transfer to Santiago de Chile Airport to take flight to Calama. Arrival to Calama Airport and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 3 nights of accommodation with breakfast
After breakfast, start excursion to visit Atacama Desert and Moon Valley. We visit the Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flat) with Chaxas and Barros Negros lagoons. We visit Toconao and Valle de Jeri.
After breakfast, start excursion to visit the Tatyo Geisers, a natural environment with geoterman energy. Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to Santiago de Chile. Arrival and transfer to hotel. 01 night of accommodation with breakfast.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer to Puerto Natales. 03 nights of accommodation with breakfast.
After breakfast, We will start trip to the incredible Torres del Paine National Park. Our firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal.
After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif.
A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande (grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos (horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes.
The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.
After breakfast, we will start the full day trip to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers.
Duration: 9 hrs from Puerto Natales
Visiting them means admiring a majestic place almost never touched by men. The only access to this zone is by sailing through the Seno de Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). The 2,035 meter Balmaceda mountain is part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Travelling to Balmaceda is a pleasure. The journey starts at Puerto Natales pier, going through forests of coigües, canelos, lengas, ñires, chilcos and calafates, and discovering sea wolves, cormorants, quetru ducks, condors and seagulls. When going along the coast, the ship gets closer to sea wolves colonies to finally reach the mountain. There is the Balmaceda glacier, where huge pieces of ice detach falling into the fjord waters and the Serrano glacier, located in the north where you can arrive by land next to a small lagoon formed by the de-icing activity.
The return trip starts around 2:30 PM and it includes one stop at the Perales estancia, where passengers have the chance to enjoy a delicious typical regional lunch. Around 5:30 PM, the tour returns to Puerto Natales.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to hotel. 01 night of accommodation with breakfast.
After breakfast, transfer to Santiago Airport.