Santiago and the
Santiago de Chile, the country‘s capital, is located in the centre of Chile. Because of its proximity to the Andes the snow-capped peaks offer a great stage for the happenings in this modern, clean and bustling city. Despite its size and liveliness it still offers a colonial atmosphere due to its architecture, streets and small squares. The „Valle Central“, a fruitful valley between the Coastal Range and the Andes, has an extension of 500 kilometres / 310 miles from north to south and many exciting places worth visiting.
- Close to Santiago on the eastern mountain side, several world-class ski resorts open their slopes during winter.
- On the seaside the Chilean central region awaits with numerous attractive cities and charming towns; Viña del Mar with its precious gardens and lively beaches, the historical port city of Valparaiso with its colourful houses or the tiny town Isla Negra, just to name a few.
- The „La Campaña National Park“, a reserve of one of the last remaining forests containing endangered Chilean Palms, offers ideal hiking possibilities with beautiful and interesting trails.
- The central region is also known for its rich wine valleys. Chilean wine is recognized internationally for its body and aroma. Some of the most famous vineyards are located between Santiago and Talca and are open to the public – some of the wineries offer lodging in their beautiful colonial guesthouses and hotels.
Magic of Central Chile
DAY 1: SANTIAGO
Upon arrival we will take you to your hotel accommodation. You will have some time to relax before joining a city tour through Santiago Chile. This metropolis shows great contrasts between modern skyscrapers and old adobe buildings dating back from the early 18th century; the perfect backdrop as your first approach to this lovely country. We will visit the old quarter where some of the most important buildings are located such as La Moneda and the presidential palace. Overnight in Santiago.
DAY 2: VALPARAISO AND CASABLANCA
Today we will head over to the coast and explore one of the most fascinating cities in Chile; Valparaiso. With rolling hills and one of the most colorful layouts, Valparaiso reminds us of its importance during the colonial times as one of the most significant ports in South America. The architecture combined with a fantastic cultural atmosphere offers one of the best urban experiences in Chile. On the way back to Santiago we will briefly explore the Valley of Casablanca; the second biggest wine producing region of Chile. We will be able to stroll around a local vineyard, taste its fantastic products and have a great countryside lunch. (B, L)
DAY 3: MOUNTAINS OF THE MAIPO CANYON
Our day will begin by heading east towards the Andes, the second biggest mountain range in the world and a prominent scene when visiting the central valley of Chile. We will follow the Maipo basin up to the agricultural town of San Jose. This location is also known as a gateway for locals and offers a variety of activities. Here we can walk around and learn more about the famous Huasos and their unique lifestyle. We will then have lunch at a local vineyard and relax enjoying the silence of the countryside. Overnight in Santiago. (B, L)
DAY 4: SANTIAGO AND TRANSFER OUT
Transportation will take us to the airport to continue with our travels and adventures. (B)
Rates per person in US$ for Oct. 2014-April 30, 2015:
|Bonaparte||Oct. 26 - Nov. 30||$634||$253|
|Dec. 1 - April 30||$583||$202|
|Oporto||Oct. 26 - April 30||$526||$143|
Program includes: 3 overnights with breakfast. Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, LB= Lunch Box). Regular transfers and excursions with driver and english speaking guide.