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Puerto Natales
San Pedro de Atacama
Santiago Chile
Torres del Paine National Park
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Activities
Some meals
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Embark on a once in a lifetime adventure through Chile's magical landscapes, from the dusty plains of the Atacama Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Torres del Paine. Touch down in vibrant Santiago, explore the mythical Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama and navigate the great lakes of the Andes from Puerto Varas to Peulla. Conclude your experience in breathtaking Puerto Natales.

16 days trip including flights*

14 days and 13 nights in destination

1

LON - SCL

2

LON - SCL

Santiago

3

Santiago

4

San Pedro Atacama

5

San Pedro Atacama

6

San Pedro Atacama

7

Santiago

8

Puerto Varas

9

Puerto Varas

10

Puerto Varas

11

Puerto Natales

12

Puerto Natales

13

Puerto Natales

14

Santiago

15

SCL - LON

16

SCL - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

It's time to explore the diverse landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty of Chile. Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Santiago. 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

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the beautiful city which is surrounded by Andean mountains and boasts a charming historic centre. We recommend strolling around the colonial centre and people-watching in one of the many cafe terraces. Overnight stay in Santiago.

3rd Day: Santiago

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a fascinating panoramic tour of Santiago. Begin your discovery on the main avenue, soaking up the atmosphere and history. Head to the cobblestoned neighbourhood of Lastarria, filled with green spaces and 19th-century mansions. Continue up to Santa Lucia Hill where you'll have some time to take photos of the amazing views and the Hidalgo Castle. Next up, explore the most emblematic sights in the city such as the Plaza de Armas, Santiago Cathedral, the La Moneda government house and the impressive Plaza de la Constitucion. See local life in action at the Central Market before stopping at a Lapis Lazuli store to admire the beautiful crafts and jewellery of local artisans. Return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore or relax as you please. Join the locals in the historic plazas of the city for an evening drink! Overnight stay in Santiago.

Included
City Tour of Santiago
4th Day: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Calama. On arrival, transfer to San Pedro de Atacama situated in the dusty plateaus of the Andean mountains. Arrive at the hotel and, depending on your arrival time, begin exploring this town at your leisure, set within the breath-taking natural scenery. Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama.

5th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure to relax or take an optional excursion to the Tatio Geysers and Machuca.* This afternoon, set off to the famous Moon Valley, situated just outside of the town, between the hills of the Cordillera de la Sal. One of Chile's most astonishing natural spectacles, discover the moon-like landscape, unusual rock formations and the unique geological environment. Continue to the Death Valley, home to the best views of the Andes Mountains and it's towering volcanoes. As the sun sets, enjoy the atmospheric red and golden tones over the landscape, an unforgettable moment to feel at one with nature. Return to the hotel and spend the evening at your leisure, recounting the amazing afternoon with your fellow travellers! Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama.

* Optional Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion: Take an excursion to the beautiful Altiplano, seeing off early to see the sunrise over the geothermal field of the Tatio Geysers, where 70 fumaroles emerge from the ground in jets of steam and water. Also visit the village of Machuca, home to traditional straw houses and artisans selling traditional Andean crafts and delicacies. Breakfast included.

Included
Excursion to the Valley of the Moon and Death Valley
Optional
Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion
6th Day: San Pedro de Atacama

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a free day to relax at your own pace or get out into the other-worldly landscapes of the Atacama desert to explore further. We recommend visiting the beautiful Altiplanic lagoons, a true natural spectacle. Overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama. 

* Optional Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion: Climb to the magnificent Salar de Aguas Calientes, famous for its red stones and visit the Altiplanic lagoons of Miscanti and Miniques, home to a multitude of wildlife. Afterwards, explore Chaxa Lagoon and the Andean town of Toconao to get to know local life in this unique environment. Lunch included.

Optional
Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion
7th Day: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Calama Airport to catch a flight back to the capital of Santiago. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the city atmosphere, go shopping for souvenirs or simply soak up the beautiful views of the Andes, visible from most parts of the city. Overnight stay in Santiago.

8th Day: Santiago - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to continue your Chilean exploration today with a transfer to the airport for a flight to Puerto Montt. On arrival, transfer to the sleepy city of Puerto Varas, known as the 'City of Roses' and famed for its German influence, evident in its charming architecture and local cuisine. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend exploring the plentiful artisan shops, visiting the beautiful churches of Sacred Heart and Iglesia Lueterana or simply grabbing a warming mug of coffee and watching the landscape of snow-capped volcanoes and glass-like lakes. Overnight stay in Puerto Varas.

9th Day: Puerto Varas

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off on a full-day cruise excursion to Peulla, a small eco-village situated in the iconic Andean Crossing tourist circuit. Set sail on Lake Todos Los Santos, passing by pretty villages and coming face-to-face with the beautiful Petrohue River Falls. Continue cruising on the lake as you continue towards its eastern edge, travelling deeper into the vast Andean landscape. Enjoy breathtaking views of three volcanoes: Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador, icons of the region. Stop in Peulla and explore this quaint village at your leisure. Many adventure tourism activities are on offer in the village. As this memorable day comes to a close, return to Puerto Varas. Overnight stay in Puerto Varas.

10th Day: Puerto Varas

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure in Puerto Varas, exploring at your own pace. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Greater Island of Chiloe. * Overnight stay in Puerto Varas. 

* Optional Excursion to the Greater Island of Chiloe: Transfer to Pargua to board a ferry, crossing the Chacao Channel, which separates the mainland with the Greater Island of Chiloe. Along the way, look out for sea lions, pelicans and seabirds. Spend the day exploring the island and its sights, including the iconic wooden churches, built by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the characterful Palafitos, stilted over-water houses. Visit the cities of Dalcahue, Ancud and the capital of Castro, and get to know the local gastronomy at the local gastronomic market.

Optional
Greater Chiloe Island Excurson (Ancud, Castro & Dalcahue)
11th Day: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Puerto Montt airport for a flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival, transfer to Puntas Arenas Bus Terminal to catch a regular bus into the city of Puerto Natales, a journey of approximately 3 hours. On arrival, transfer to the hotel, situated in stunning Puerto Natales, and if your flight allows, take some time to explore this once modest fishing port. Make sure to see the pretty corrugated tin-roof houses and cosy old-style lodgings as well as enjoying the international restaurants and cafes. Overnight stay in Puerto Natales.

12th Day: Puerto Natales

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is the day you explore the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park, an icon of Chile's natural beauty and loved by adventurers around the world. Set off into the landscapes, stopping at the Milodon Cave, an amazing natural monument where the fossilised remains of an extinct ground sloth were discovered in the 19th-century. Continue into the national park observing the picturesque Sofia Lagoon, Cordillera Prat, Porteno Lake and pristine natural landscapes. Take in the views and snap some photos at the Gray Lake Viewpoint, and walk along the shore of Gray Lake. Continue into the Salto Grande sector of the park to visit the Nordenskjold Lake Viewpoint and the Paine Waterfall, a beautiful place where you can see the milky waters that drain from the glaciers across the Paine River. Enjoy the amazing untouched wilderness and soak up the fresh air. The last stop, at dusk, is the Sarmiento Lake Viewpoint, for an unforgettable view as the sun begins to set. Return to Puerto Natales. Overnight stay in Puerto Natales.

13th Day: Puerto Natales

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and spend the day at your leisure. We recommend visiting the local public museum and enjoying the sea views across the islets and inlets from the unique Hand Monument. Take some time to stroll along the waterfront and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of this unique city. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous we recommend an optional excursion to Base Torres del Paine.* Overnight stay in Puerto Natales.

* Optional Full-Day Base Torres del Paine Viewpoint Excursion: Set off in the morning to the Las Torres Sector of the national park to begin the guided trail to the Base Torres del Paine Viewpoint. Cross the old Ascencio River Bridge and follow the zigzag path as you climb higher, taking in the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you. Hike up slopes and through the wilderness until finally reaching the much-loved Base Torres del Paine viewpoint, from where you can enjoy views of the iconic Three Towers. Lunch and rest stop before returning to Puerto Natales. Please note: this excursion is physically challenging and involves hours of walking. You should have a good level of fitness to participate.

Optional
Full-Day Base Torres del Paine Hiking Excursion
14th Day: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Puerto Natales Bus Station today to catch the regular bus to Puntas Arenas Airport, a journey of approximately 3 hours. From the airport, catch your flight back to Santiago. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santiago.

15th Day: Santiago - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

16th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your unforgettable Chilean adventure. 

Accommodation: 13 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 3

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

Physical rating:

Light

City Tour of Santiago

Discover the top landmarks and history of Santiago on this guided tour to better understand Chilean culture.

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Included

Included activity for day 5

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Excursion to the Valley of the Moon and Death Valley

We head to the driest desert in the world to see the geological spectacle of the Valley of the Moon. We continue to the Valley of Death, where we admire the impressive golden and reddish tones of the sunset over the desert

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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.
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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

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

Physical rating:

Active

Tatio Geysers & Machuca Excursion

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 in jets of steam and water.

What's included: Breakfast and entrance fees included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 6

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

Physical rating:

Active

Altiplanic Lagoons Excursion

Visit Chaxa Lagoon, home to flamingos and birdlife, and the lagoons of Miscanti and Miñique, surrounded by volcanoes. Also see the red stones of the Salar de Aguas Calientes. Lunch included. Entrances not included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 10

Greater Chiloe Island Excurson (Ancud, Castro & Dalcahue)

Spend the day exploring the island and its sights, including the iconic wooden churches, built by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit the cities of Dalcahue, Castro and Ancud.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

Full-Day Base Torres del Paine Hiking Excursion

Enjoy an unforgettable full-day hiking excursion to the iconic Torres del Paine Viewpoint to enjoy amazing views of the famous Three Towers. This excursion includes a number of hours hiking through beautiful landscapes and requires a good level of fitness.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departure from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Santiago, Santiago - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Santiago - Calama, Calama - Santiago, Santiago - Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas - Santiago. *
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  • 13 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 13 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Cruise excursion to Peulla.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Park Entrance Fees - approximately £47, drinks, tips and anything not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html 

* 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.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport required for stays of up to three months.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country. Tourist Card issued on arrival.
  • Currency
    Peso
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    220V. Adapter required in certain parts of the country.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the UK.
  • 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 cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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