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Desert Dreams: Santiago & Atacama

Chile in 9 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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Jump from Chile’s urban landscapes to its deserts in one go. Experience the energy of major cities, Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, before losing yourself in the awe-inspiring vastness of San Pedro de Atacama.

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    San Pedro de Atacama
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    Santiago de Chile
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    Valparaiso
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    Viña del Mar

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Fall in love with Chile’s eclectic variety of landscapes as you navigate cities and deserts. Starting in the country’s capital, Santiago de Chile, known for its Gothic and Baroque architecture, make your way through tourist favorites, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, before embarking on a desert adventure through San Pedro de Atacama to admire its stunning salt flats.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

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It's time to explore the diverse landscapes, cultures and breathtaking natural beauty of South America. Arrive at your Canadian departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Night on board.


If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Santiago

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Arrival at the airport in Santiago de Chile. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps you can use this time to familiarize yourself with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city; why not sample the local cuisine or enjoy cocktails in the trendy neighborhood of Bellavista? Overnight stay in Santiago de Chile. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Torremayor Lyon or similar
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1295 Reviews

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3rd Day: Santiago

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Breakfast at the hotel. Start your adventure by taking part in a guided city tour where you will acquaint yourself with Santiago’s main attractions—everything from the ‘Sanhattan’ skyscrapers to the old-world colonial architecture in a captivating fusion of old meets new. 

Begin the tour walking down the city’s main avenue and learn about its history and surroundings. 

Visit the cobblestoned streets of Lastarria, a neighborhood characterized by its open green spaces and 19th century style mansions, now used as cafes, restaurants, bookstores and museums. Next, get lost in the beauty of Santa Lucia Hill as your guide recounts the Mapuche/Spanish conflict before stopping by a panoramic viewpoint to gaze at Santigo in all its splendor, including relics and constructions of the colonial era, such as the Hidalgo Castle. 

From here, stop by emblematic locations of the city such as Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Santiago as well as the former national congress, the imposing government house called La Moneda and the Plaza de la Constitución where you will learn about its historical significance.

The tour will continue with a visit to the Central Market, one of the most well-known gastronomic points of Santiago, and then continue to the upper sector of the capital. On the way, you will stop by a Lapis Lazuli store where you can purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry and unique handicrafts to take back home with you. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Santiago de Chile.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Torremayor Lyon or similar
tripadvisor rating

1295 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Santiago

Light

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4th Day: Santiago

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to Valparaiso, passing through the lush agricultural valley of Curacavi and the Casablanca Valley, famous for its innovative wineries that are producing Chile's best white wines and cool-climate reds. Arrive in Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique architecture and cultural significance and embark on a guided city tour starting by its downtown area and learn about the history of "Valpo" and its importance in the trade and commerce of South America. 

To get to the top of the city’s steep hills, hop on a funicular and enjoy a maze of streets revealing brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes, elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the port. From here, make your way to Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre, two of Valparaiso 's most eclectic neighborhoods. 

Next, stop by La Sebastiana, one of the three houses converted into museums dedicated to Pablo Neruda (entrance and lunch not included). Finally, continue the tour to the city of Viña del Mar where you will visit its main attractions, including the Flower Clock, the Fonck Museum, the Quinta Vergara, and Los Cañones Beach. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you see fit. Overnight stay in Santiago de Chile.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Torremayor Lyon or similar
tripadvisor rating

1295 Reviews

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Activities

included
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar Excursion

Active

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5th Day: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport in Santiago de Chile for a flight to Calama. Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Take this time to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Why not quickly browse the remarkable natural landscapes of this truly magical location? Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
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1230 Reviews

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6th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

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Breakfast at the hotel. Leisurely time for you to enjoy yourself at your own pace until the early afternoon. Later, visit the Valley of the Moon which contains a variety of stones and sand formations that resemble the moon’s landscape, part of the National Reserve Los Flamencos (entrance fees not included*).

You will make your way to the Cordillera de la Sal and Valles de Marte y Luna, which are salt flats with a stunning view into the distance that will truly leave you speechless. Later, enter the Death Valley to enjoy one of the best views of the Andean Mountains and its volcanoes.

Finally, at sunset, you will get to experience the unforgettable moment golden and red tones cover everything in sight, making this magical moment one you will take with you forever. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama.


* To visit the Valley of the Moon, you must pay a fee to access the National Reserve Los Flamencos.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
tripadvisor rating

1230 Reviews

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Activities

included
Excursion to the Valley of the Moon

Moderate

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7th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the entire day at your leisure. Take this time to relax and move at your own pace. Alternatively, we recommend taking part in one of two of the following optional activities: either a full day excursion to Tatio Geysers and the village of Machuca* or a full day excursion to Altiplanic Lagoons**.  Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama. 

*Optional Excursion to Tatio Geysers and Machuca village: Embark on an exciting journey to beautiful Altiplano early in the morning to get a glimpse of the immaculate sunrise over the geothermal field of the Tatio Geysers where 70 fumaroles emerge from the ground in jets of steam and water. Later, take a stroll through the village of Machuca, home to traditional straw houses and artisans selling Andean crafts and delicacies. 

**Optional Excursion to Altiplanic Lagoons: Get to know the stunning lagoons of Altiplanic including Miscanti and Miniques which are surrounded by volcanoes as well as the magnificent Salar de Aguas calientes, most famously known for its red stones. Later, head to  Chaxa Lagoon and the Andean town of Toconao where you can feast your eyes on a variety of exotic wildlife including flamingos. Lunch included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
tripadvisor rating

1230 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion

Active

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Optional
Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion

Active

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8th Day: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago

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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, you will be picked up from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and taken to Calama airport to board a flight to Santiago de Chile. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax and spend it as you see fit. Overnight stay in Santiago de Chile.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Torremayor Lyon or similar
tripadvisor rating

1295 Reviews

See our full selection

9th Day: Santiago - Canada

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Breakfast at the hotel*. It’s time to bid farewell to magical Chile. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board a flight back home to Canada. 

*Depending on the time of your departure flight you might not be able to enjoy breakfast this morning.

Included activities

Included

City Tour of Santiago

Included activity for day 3 in Santiago de Chile

Get to know Santiago from the skyscrapers of "Sanhattan" to the colonial-style architecture. Climb the Cerro de Santa Lucía and visit La Moneda, among other places, to finish at the Central Market.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Valparaíso & Viña del Mar Excursion

Included activity for day 4 in Valparaiso

Valparaiso, Chile's vibrant port city, captivates with its colorful hills, street art, and bohemian atmosphere. Viña del Mar, adjacent, offers elegant beaches, gardens, and a lively cultural scene.

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, the activity will end at Plaza Turistour.

Excursion to the Valley of the Moon

Included activity for day 6 in Luna Valley

Head to the Valley of the Moon to gaze at the stunning geological formations, salt extraction mines and views over the Cordillera de la Sal, the Andes and its volcanoes, as you enjoy a delicious cocktail.

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, the activity will end at Plaza Turistour.

Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion

Suggested activity for day 7 in San Pedro de Atacama

Head to the Altiplano, setting off early to see the sunrise over the geothermal field of the Tatio Geysers, where 70 fumaroles emerge from the ground. Later, explore the Machuca and Putana wetlands, home to a variety of birds.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 04:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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Optional
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Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, the activity will end at Plaza Turistour.

Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion

Suggested activity for day 7 in Chilean Patagonia

Visit Chaxa Lagoon, home to flamingos and exotic birdlife, and the lagoons of Miscanti and Miñique, surrounded by volcanoes. You will also see the red stones of the Salar de Aguas Calientes with lunch included.

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Santiago de Chile - Canada.
  • Internal flights: Santiago - Calama, Calama - Santiago. *
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  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Meals and beverages not specified in the program and entrance fees to National Parks.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Maximum checked baggage limit on internal flights is 15kg.

  • Entry requirements

    Your passport must be valid must be valid for the duration of your stay in Chile.

  • Visa

    Visa not required.

  • Currency

    Peso

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Electricity

    220V. Adapter required in certain parts of the country.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations.

  • Time zone

    UTC - 05:00.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://chile.travel/en

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category.

The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.


Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Booster seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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