Chile: North to South Vacation
12 Days / 11 Nights
$2775P/P Double Occupancy
Visit Atacama Desert, considered the archeological capital of Chile, with its mountains, deserts, salt deposits, towns, lagoons, volcanoes, and geysers. Also Explore the Lake District (Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas/Osorno/Chiloe) that features several volcanoes which rise above sceneries of singular beauty, where the crystal-clear waters of the rivers and lakes,and end your trip at Chile's Patagonia at Torres del Paine is one of Chiles most attractive national parks. For its spectacular scenery, it is definitively a must visit. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Day 01 Santiago
Santiago airport meeting and transfer to you selected hotel. Santiago City Tour Regular service Santiago classic city tour (Panoramic tour) The guide will show and tell you the history of the Santa Lucia Hill -Place where Santiago was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conquistadors-, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Post Office and the City Hall of Santiago, The National Library, the La Moneda Government House, and the old and historical neighborhood of downtown Santiago. To the east you will be able to see some modern buildings and the changes that they have brought to the neighborhood, ending this excursion in a handicraft store, where you will enjoy a Pisco Sour and pieces of works made of lapis lazuli, a stone that exists only in Chile and Afghanistan HOtel TORREMAYOR 4* Accommodation in the selected hotel with buffet breakfast
Day 02 Santiago / Calama / San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Transfer to the Santiago Airport in order to take your flight to the north. (flight Santiago-Calama is not included, can be booked upon request) Calama Airport reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Visit the famous Moon Valley at sunset.A very special place to see the sunset is the Moon Valley, just few kilometers away from San Pedro. Here it is possible to carry out a nice walk through this spectacular desert landscape to watch Death Valley's magnificent colors and shapes where dunes and mountains can be trekked; you will also see sites eroded by wind and water. Accommodation in double occupancy with breakfast.
Day 03 Atacama Salt Flats/Toconao & Socaire/Lagoons (B, L)
Today will visit the Atacama Salt flat and Andean villages of Toconao and Socaire. Moreover visit to the lagoons of Miscanti, Minique and Chaxa. Lunch included: Set menu no beverages Today we are driving even deeper into the desert, going to the Atacama Salt flat to visit the lagoons and tiny quaint villages as Toconao and Socaire will be visited on route to the Salt. Toconao is well known for its construction in Liparita, a volcanic stone, which is used for house construction. Socaire is other small village in the route to the salt flat. To reach to the lagoons, it is necessary to drive up the mountain ranch where Miscanti and Minique are, with an intense blue color and surrounded by white edges. These lagoons are inside the Flamingos National Reservation, which are surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, making this area a unique place to be visited. Once in the Atacama Salt Flat, you will see the famous Chaxa Lagoon, where flamingos and other birds can be seen. CASA DE DON TOMAS Accommodation in double occupancy with breakfast.
Day 04 Tatio Geysers/Santiago (B)
Visit to the Tatio Geysers before sunrise. The Tatio Geysers are located 121 kilometers away from San Pedro with an altitude of 4300 Mts. Here you will enjoy the overwhelming vapor columns and fumaroles sight, where water boils at hundreds degrees. Arriving at the geysers before sunrise is a must, which is why the main part of the route has to be done during night. During the afternoon, transfer back to Calama airport to fly back to Santiago. (flight is not included) HOLIDAY INN Accommodation near the Santiago Airport
Day 05 Santigo / Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas (B)
Transfer to the Santiago Airport.(flight Santiago-Puerto Montt is not included) Arrival to Puerto Montt airport and transfer to the hotel in Puerto Varas. City tour Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas This afternoon we invite you for a Puerto Montt City tour, a visit to this colorful sea port includes one of its highlights: the Fish Market, where classic specialties of the chilote cuisine such as the Curanto, the Pulmay and the Cancato, are offered. Tasty fish and shellfish as well as a visit to an interesting handicraft market blend in to provide the best example of the striking local colorful lifestyle that provide such an ambience even today attracts painters and photographers. Visit to Puerto Varas, known as the City of Roses thanks to its beautiful gardens. We will visit its downtown area and then the shore of Llanquihue Lake, visiting Philippi hill, and its German-style colonial architecture. Overnight at CABANAS DEL LAGO,Puerto Varas with breakfast
Day 06 Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano (B, L)
Visit to the Petrohue area. Lunch in a local restaurant (set menu) Visit to the Osorno volcano After breakfast we will have a morning departure by bus toward Petrohue area along the southern side of the Llanquihue Lake with the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as a majestic background. Arrival at the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park where you will visit the beautiful Petrohue Waterfalls, enjoying the impressive views of the Osorno Volcano and the Todos los Santos Lake. Then you will have lunch at a local restaurant (set menu). Afterwards you will continue touring, but this time, you will visit the Osorno Volcano, a perfect-shaped cone volcano located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, crowned the Lake Region landscape. We will drive you up to the ski center; here you will have the chance to take the lift discovering an astonishing panoramic view. Overnight in Puerto Varas with buffet breakfast
Day 07 Chiloe Island (B)
Full day excursion to Ancud in the Chiloe Island Note: Lunch included only in private service. In the Southern part of the continent where geography breaks down into countless islands and archipelagos, after a placid crossing of the Chacao channel, we are taken by the culture of the Chiloe island so strongly matriarchal, where Catholic and pagan beliefs mingle to give birth to legends and myths, and the result of community Mingas can be seen on the colorful architecture and the artistic hand-made shingles. A simple but very scenic road takes us to Ancud where the history of the island becomes real in its museum and the landscape springs out from its hills. Overnight in Puerto Varas with buffet breakfast
Day 08 Puerto Varas / Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales (B)
Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport to take the flight to Punta Arenas.(flight is not included) Transfer to Puerto Natales. MARTIN GUSINDE Accommodation in double room with breakfast
Day 09 Torres del Paine Natl Park (B)
Visit to the Milodon Cave Natural Monument on the Benitez Hill Stop at Cerro Castillo village. Visit to Torres del Paine National Park. RIĀO SERRANO Accommodation at the hotel inside the Park.
Day 10 Grey Glacier Navigation (B)
Visit to the Grey area and sailing to the Grey Glacier. RIĀO SERRANO Accommodation in double room with buffet breakfast
Day 11 Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers/Pto Natales (B)
Sailing down the river from the Serrano area, passing by the Serrano Glacier with lunch at the HosteriĀa Monte Balmaceda, to Puerto Natales. Transfer from pier to hotel in Puerto Natales
Day 12 Punta Arenas/Santiago (B)
After breakfast, transfer back to Punta Arenas Airport(flight Punta Arenas-Santiago not included)