The Best of Chile
Santiago de Chile, Punta Arenas, Moon Valley, Death Valley, Atacama Desert, Salar de Atacama, El Tatio, Torres del Paine NP, Perito Moreno
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- convenient transfers by local flights
- the best locations in Chile
- tour can be customized according to your requirements
Chile is a land of extraordinary beauty and diversity. It stretches thousands of miles from one end to the other, from arid, rain-starved desert in the north to the icy glaciers of the south. In between these two extremes is a land with beautiful lakes and forests, volcanoes, beaches, glaciers, fjords and some fine colonial buildings in pleasant cities and towns. It is a perfect country for both relaxing and some serious activities. Come with us, and discover the country´s charm in our favorite tour The Best of Chile.
Day 1 – Santiago
Welcome at Santiago airport and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon, city tour to the most interesting sites in Santiago, visiting Main Square, Cathedral, Post Office Headquarters, and Santiago City Hall. We will also see the Government House “La Moneda” and some of the older neighborhoods. Afterward, we will take you to East Santiago, where you may appreciate modern buildings, with offices, apartments, shopping centers, and restaurants. Return to hotel and overnight.
Day 2 – Santiago – Calama (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santiago airport for flight to Calama in the Atacama Desert. Reception at El Loa airport in Calama. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, via Domeyko Mountain Range. . In the afternoon, excursion to Moon Valley, passing through the Salt Mountain Range. Visit the great sand dunes, the amphitheater, and the natural salt monument “Las Tres Marias”. This excursion concludes enjoying a magical sunset, with a privileged view of the valley. Return to San Pedro. Overnight.
Day 3 – Atacama Desert (B, L)
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. Lunch in Socaire. Transfer to the Atacama Salt Flat to visit the Chaxa Lagoon, and Flamingos National Reserve, to observe three out of the six different kinds of flamingos existing in the world. Trip continues to the town of Toconao, to visit San Lucas Church, and Campanario Tower. Return to San Pedro. Overnight.
Day 4 – Atacama Desert (B)
Early in the morning, excursion to El Tatio Geysers, the world’s highest geyser field, which erupts each day at dawn, creating unusual mineral formations and spouting high clouds of steam. Trekking to observe various geothermal activities. A light breakfast will be served. You will then have the opportunity to bathe in a pool of thermal waters. Return to San Pedro, visiting the village of Machuca, formerly devoted to grazing llamas and today known for its adobe, cactus wood, and straw buildings and its Andean handicraft products. In the afternoon, visit to Cejar Lagoon, located in the heart of the Atacama Salt Flat, with such a high concentration of salt and lithium that it makes floating easier than on the Dead Sea. You may bathe, swim, and float amidst a beautiful landscape. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Day 5 – Calama – Santiago – Punta Arenas (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas, via Santiago. Reception at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6 – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, we sail through the Magellan Strait towards Magdalena Island. Disembark on the island to interact with the largest colony of Magellan Penguins. Return to Punta Arenas. Afternoon transfer by bus service to Puerto Natales (250 km). Overnight.
Day 7 – Torres del Paine National Park (B, L)
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Torres del Paine, visiting the Cave of the Milodon, where they discovered well-preserved remains of this prehistoric herbivore that existed 12,000 years ago. From here, journey will continue into Torres del Paine National Park, where we will visit Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe Lake, and Salto Grande. Lunch. Trekking through a forest of lenga trees towards a viewpoint of Grey Glacier, with its impressive ice floes. Afterwards, visit to Amarga Lagoon and return to Puerto Natales. Overnight.
Day 8 – Perito Moreno Glacier (B, L)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to El Calafate in Argentina (320 km) and excursion to Perito Moreno glacier with box-lunch and entrance fees to National Park included. Return to Puerto Natales and overnight (Optional: Overnight in El Calafate and the following day transfer by bus line to Puerto Natales, and bus line from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport. In this case, transfer from hotel in El Calafate to bus terminal is not included).
Day 9 – Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport by bus line for flight back to Santiago. Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 10 – Santiago (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santiago airport for international flight. End of our services..
- all services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program
- local English speaking guide during tours
- all nights accommodation in motels / hotels with private bathroom and breakfast
- meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
- entrance fees to the National parks
- local flights
- permanent English assistance by our Operations Department
- international airfare
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- personal expenses
- optional excursions
- single supplemet – 495 USD
- accommodation upgrade to 4* hotel – from 515 USD
- chilean folklore evening with dinner
- optional Grey glacier tour
- Price per person (2 people in double / twin room).
- The program can be customized according to your requirements.
- The price is subject to availability and actual airfare cost.
- Difficulty level of this tour – moderate.
- Program can start also in Patagonia, depending on your flight schedules.
- Visit to penguin colonies from October 15th through March 15th only.
- Visit to the Magellan farm October through March only.