Magic of Chile Tour
We have created an independent 12 day highlights of Chile tour with mostly group day tours. We also offer an 11 day group tour with fixed departures
Independent 12 Day Tour
Group 11 Day Tour
Day 1: Santiago
After arriving to Santiago you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon we will start our trip leaving the hotel behind and visiting La Moneda, the Government Palace, where we will learn about the historical and current importance of this place. Following this, we will enjoy a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, where the main commercial activity of the city is concentrated. Afterwards, we will visit the main square of the city called Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral and other beautiful buildings. Today we will also visit the Santa Lucía Hill,the mount upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. It is a lone steep rock, with many plants and an antique building rising steeply from the city below. Later, we will cross the Mapocho River to get to Bellavista, the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Santiago. Bellavista lies at the foot of the San Cristóbal Hill, the highest in town, in the middle of the Metropolitan Park. Here we will have the chance to climb this hill up in one of the typical cable cars to explore the surroundings. Finally, we will visit Providencia with its top restaurants, elegant shops and modern high-rise buildings. After this amazing tour we will call it a day and return to the hotel.
Day 2 - Full Day Viña/Valparaiso with Sebastiana Museum
Breakfast. Today we will visit the wonderful city of Valparaiso (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) where we will fall in love with its natural beauty and Chilean charm. There, we will take a ride on one of the town’s typical cable cars that will lead to a magnificent lookout point. Afterwards we will stroll along the Atkinson and Gervasoni boardwalks; full of history from when this important port city was considered “The Jewel of the Pacific” (before the opening of the Panama Canal). From there we will head to Plaza Sotomayor a significant landmark honoring the heroes of Iquique and the Pacific War. Last but not least we will visit the La Sebastiana Museum (*Closed on Mondays), a place of inspiration for the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Nobel Prize winner for Literature, 1971). After a full morning we will then make our way to Viña del Mar (the garden city), a well-known Chilean seaside town with fascinating natural beauty, cuisine and lifestyle. We will walk the waterfront and visit the city’s major attractions including the parks, statues and gardens.
or Full Day Casas del Bosque & Matetic Wineries
This excursion will take us to the Casablanca Valley. Today we will go through an important agricultural valley, Curacaví, which is known for its fruits and for its broad variety of restaurants offering typical Chilean food. Located approximately 80 kilometers away from Santiago, during the past decade the Casablanca Valley rapidly became Chile’s most important grape-growing valley for the production of premium white wine. As part of this excursion, you will enjoy a tour and tasting at one of the many boutique wineries that are part of this flourishing wine route. We will visit two vineyards: Casa del Bosque and Matetic.
Notes: Private service with English speaking guide, wine tasting.
*Depending on the schedule of this service, additional costs may apply.
Day 3 - Fly to Calama - San Pedro de Atacama - Moon + Death Valley
Breakfast, they you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Calama. After arriving at the airport you will be transported to the town of San Pedro de Atacama. This colorful village is located 2.440 m / 8.000 ft. above sea level in the middle of a green oasis. Later that day, in the afternoon you will adventure out to the mystifying Death & Moon valleys boasting incredible stone and sand formations. There at sunset you will have the opportunity to view the beautiful fading light over the vast landscapes.
DAY 4 - SAN PEDRO, ARCHEAOLOGICAL TOUR TOCONAO AND THE ATACAMA SALT LAKE
After breakfast you will explore the town of San Pedro de Atacama – the center of a Paleolithic civilization that built impressive rock fortresses on the nearby mountains encircling the green valley. From there you will take brief drive to reach the 3000 year old pre-Columbian village of Tulor. The archaeological remains that can be viewed here constitute the oldest evidence of human settlement of the valley. After your visit you will then continue the morning tour to the Pukara de Quitor a fortress, which has seen many battles. In the afternoon you will visit Toconao: a village where white volcanic stone sculptures are made by locals. Afterwards you will continue on to the Atacama Salt Lake; an inland sea formed millions of year ago and an impressive sight dominated by rock formations and crystalized salt. (B, L)
DAY 5: EL TATIO AND MACHUCA
Before dawn break you will depart from San Pedro and head north to the famous El Tatio Geysers; a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. El Tatio is situated at 4.300 m / 14.108 ft. above sea level on the Altiplano. It is the highest geothermal field in the world and boasts spectacular scenery. Make sure to bring warm clothes as temperatures at this altitude are considerably low this early in the morning. At dawn you will observe powerful spurts of steam that shoot out from various geyser blowholes and steaming ponds that are encrusted with brilliant salt crystals reflecting the metal-blue sky. After this nice visit to El Tatio you will drive to the village of Machuca known as the resting place for llama caravans that traveled the Inca Highway. Afterwards you will return to San Pedro de Atacama to enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)
DAY 6: SAN PEDRO - CALAMA - PUERTO VARAS
After breakfast, a transfer will take you to the airport to board your departure flight. Upon arrival at Puerto Montt Airport you will be taken to Puerto Varas, known as the „City of Roses“, located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue - Chile‘s largest lake. Here you can stroll along the shore and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco and the lively beach in the summer months. Overnight in Puerto Varas.
Day 7: Peulla
Driving along the shores of the Lago Llanquihue past various beaches and Ensenada to Petrohué, you will reach the National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales. You can make an optional stop at the famous Petrohué Falls with their emerald colored water. Then you will proceed to Petrohué where the catamaran awaits you to sail across the beautiful lake Todos los Santos to Peulla. You will have time for lunch at Hotel Peulla and/or walk to nearby waterfalls. Return to Puerto Varas to stay the night. (B)
Day 8: Chiloé Island
Departure to Pargua and crossing of the Chacao Channel by ferry to reach Chiloé Island. You will visit the little village of Chacao, with it's main square and wooden church, right in front og one of the first Spanish settlements on the island. Then you continue to Dalcahue, which features a colorful market and a typical Chiloé style wooden church built in 1858. Time to walk along the waterfront. Then you will stop in Castro, famous for its houses on stilts and the San Francisco Church, completely built from native wood. Don't miss the local fish market! Return to Puerto Varas and overnight stay. (B)
Day 9: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
After breakfast, you will depart to Puerto Montt for a brief city tour including the lively fish market of Angelmó, before you are taken to the airport of Puerto Montt.
After arrival to Punta Arenas we will be picked up and whisked away to explore the cultural and natural wonders of this southern city. We will learn about its history and follow the footprints of brave polar explorers. We will also visit a variety of monuments and points of interest including the main square, the navy and maritime museum, the famous Roca Street, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute and of course the city’s coastline. After our city tour we will then be transferred to Puerto Natales where we will spend the night.
Day 10: Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
Today you will head to the Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way, you will stop to visit the Mylodon Cave where a giant sloth lived about 12,000 years ago. As you make your way through the Pampa steppes you will pass the Amarga Lagoon and have the opportunity to look for local wildlife of the region including rheas, guanacos, foxes, black-necked swans, condors and eagles. You will also observe the beautiful views of the Paine Massif, Almirante Nieto, and Torres del Paine. (B, BL)
Day 11: Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
After breakfast, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure. Enjoy a hike near the lodge or one of the optional excursions offered by the lodge; please, ask at the reception of your hostería upon arrival on Day 10 which tours they offer. In the afternoon, you will return to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (B)
Day 12: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
After a breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to Punta Arenas Airport for your afternoon flight back to Santiago. (B)
2016-2017 rates per person in US$ (valid till April 30)
Single supplement: $791 (also applies to 1 person)
Included: 11 overnights with above mentioned meals, transfer and excursions with driver and bilingual English speaking guide, entrance fees.
Not included: International and national flights.
Hotels we quote for in this program:
(Indicated hotels are merely references and only to be confirmed at the time of booking). You can request different hotels if you want cheaper or better
Santiago: Bellas Artes Altiplanico
San Pedro: Altiplanico
Puerto Varas: Solace
Puerto Natales: Costaustralis
Torres del Paine: Lago Grey
DAY 1: SANTIAGO
After our arrival at the Santiago airport we will be transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we will go on a tour around the Chilean metropolis; recognized worldwide as a must-see city. Overnight in Santiago.
DAY 2: SANTIAGO – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
After breakfast, a transfer will take us to the airport for our flight to Calama. Once we arrive we will head to the oasis town of San Pedro. In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful Moon Valley and enjoy a snack and cocktail while observing our beautiful surroundings of snow-capped volcanoes and breath-taking rock formations. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)
DAY 3: SAN PEDRO – ATACAMA SALT LAKE
Today we will visit nearby archaeological sites illustrating the development of the Atacama culture. We will start with a tour of an ancient Inca fortress followed by a visit to the remnants of a 2800 year-old village of Tulor. From here we will make our way to the Catarpe Valley located only a few kilometers north. There we will find the flowing San Pedro River giving life to lush green vegetation. A true contrast compared to the dry surrounding desert. Right around the corner also lays the Quebrada del Diablo. This narrow canyon is located in the heart of the Sal Mountain Range and offers us a glimpse of true desert landscape. In the afternoon we will head to Toconao; a village made of white volcanic stones. After a brief exploration we will head to our final destination the huge Atacama Salt Lake. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)
DAY 4: EL TATIO & MACHUCA
Today we will depart early to the Tatio geysers located at more than 4,000 m / 14,000 ft above sea level. The steam hurling up from the geysers in the early morning light plus the stunning scenery make it a memorable experience. Afterwards we will head to Machuca; a highland town boasting traditionally built houses. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)
DAY 5: CALAMA – PUERTO MONTT – PUERTO VARAS
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport of Calama to board our flight to the stunning Lake Region. We will arrive to the Puerto Montt airport and then embark on a tour of the historical Felmer Museum in Nueva Braunau. Afterwards we will head to Puerto Varas located on the shores of the Llanquihue Lake. In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk through the city, visiting the old German colonial houses and having a traditional afternoon lunch known as “once”. Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B, L)
DAY 6: OSORNO VOLCANO & PETROHUÉ
Today, we will first travel from Puerto Varas to the Osorno Volcano for an up-close visit. Once at the volcano we will have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the spectacular views. Afterwards we will continue our journey to Petrohué leading us through picturesque landscapes and farm houses until reaching the native forest of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Once we have arrived, we will go on a short hike and have the opportunity to explore the regions beautiful flora and observe the nearby waterfalls. Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)
DAY 7: CHILOÉ, ANCUD & PENGUINS
Today’s adventure starts with a trip to the mythical Chiloé Island. We will need to leave in the morning in order to arrive at the coast in time to catch a ferry that will take us cross the Chacao Channel. During the course, if lucky we might see dolphins and sea lions. After arriving to the Island we will visit the bay of Ancud, the local market and the historical San Antonio Fortress. From there we will then navigate to the Penguin Colony of Puñihuil; the only place in the world where Humboldt and Magellan penguins breed together. Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)
DAY 8: PUERTO MONTT – PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES
In the morning we will travel to Puerto Montt and visit the famous Angelmó market. Afterwards we will head to the airport to catch our flight to magical Patagonia. After our arrival we will take a public bus to Puerto Natales where we will spend the night. (B)
DAY 9: TORRES DEL PAINE
After breakfast we will depart for Torres del Paine National Park. On the way we will visit the well-known Mylodon Cave, famous for the giant sloth that once lived there. Once at the park, we will explore the Amarga Lagoon and the Pehoé Lake while enjoying outstanding views of the Paine Massif and the famous mountain peaks. From there we will travel a bit further to reach Grey Lake where we will have amazing lookout points and observe the nearby glacier. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (B, L)
DAY 10: PUERTO NATALES – PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO
We will take a public bus to Punta Arenas where we will then embark on a private city tour. Afterwards we will arrive to airport for our flight out to Santiago. After a long day, our driver will be waiting for us to take us to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation. Overnight in Santiago. (B)
DAY 11: SANTIAGO DEPARTURE (WITH OPTIONAL TOUR)
On this day we will either have the day at leisure and then be transferred to the airport as our journey concludes, or take a small shared excursion before leaving Chile. The optional tour includes a half day to the famous Santa Rita Vineyard located in the high Andean foothills. Along the way we will pass through extensive vineyards and crops. Once having arrived to the vast estate we will enjoy a wine tasting as well as have time to explore our surroundings, the winery, its bottling plant and cellars. In addition the grounds are home to a museum which features a fantastic collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant accompanied by peaceful views. Our journey ends as we arrive back to Santiago and are transferred to the airport to catch our flight out. (B) or (B, L)
2016-2017 Departure Dates: Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12
Rates per person in US$: $2159. Single supplement is $750
Based on half twin. Single supplement also applied for one pax
Included: 10 overnights with above mentioned meals, transfer and excursions with driver and bilingual English/German speaking guide, entrance fees.
Not included: International and national flights, porter, beer, wine or liquor.
Hotels we use in this program:
ACCOMMODATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE, indicated hotels are merely references and only to be confirmed at the time of booking!
Santiago: Hotel Torremayor
San Pedro: Hosteria San Pedro / Casa Don Tomas
Puerto Varas: Hotel Cabaña de Lago
Puerto Natales: Hotel Lady Florence
To enhance your visit and experiences of Chile we offer a special selection of optional pre/post itineraries for you to choose from. Please contact us for more details.
NOTE: To enhance the visit, an additional night in Santiago is recommended with a shared excursion to the seaside city of Valparaiso and the Casablanca Valley.