Chile & Patagonia
The Magic of the Atacama - Santiago - Torres del Paine National Park. Chile is home to four distinct locations: the northern Atacama region, Santiago and the Central Valleys, the Lakes District and Patagonia in the far south of the country. Capital city Santiago is the key arrival and departure point. Chile Holidays are famous for The Atacama Desert, Valparaiso, Torres Del Paine, Easter Island, Wineries.
Fly UK to Santiago indirect overnight
Arrive Santiago and transfer. Hotel Cumbres Lastarria . 1 night B&B
Transfer from hotel to airport for flight to Calama . Arrive Calama and transfer to your hotel . Hotel Casa Don Tomas -3 nights B&B. In the afternoon take a tour of San Pedro & to The Moon Valley. Making your way to the Catarpe Valley and the flowing San Pedro River whihc gives life to green vegetation. A true contrast compared to he dry surrounding desert. Quebrado Del Diablo is a narrow canyon at the heart of the Sal Mountain Range offering a true glimpse of desert landscape. In the afternoon venture out to the mystifying Moon valley of various stone and sand formations, before returning to your hotel view the sunset over the vast landscape.
After breakfast enjoy a full day of excursions including Toconao and Altacama Salt Lake. Explore the town of San pedro de Atacama - the centre of a Paleolithic civilization that built rock fortresses on the nearby mountain. Visiting the 3000year old pre-Columbian village of Tulor. A visit to Pukara de Quitor fortress completes the morning tour. IN the afternoon visit Toconao, where white volcanic stone sculptures are made by locals. continuing on to the Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago, an impressive sight dominated by rock formations and crystalized salt.
After breakfast enjoy a half day of excursions including El Tatio and Machuca. Departing before dawn head north to the El Tatio Geysers situated high on the Altiplano some 14,108feet above sea level. A drive to the village of Machuca known as the resting place for Ilama caravans that travelled the Inca Highway completes the morning excursion. (due to the high altitude and early departure the recommendation is to have a light dinner the night before and no alcohol) Afternoon at leisure
After breakfast transfer from San Pedro to Calama for flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago transfer your hotel. 3 nights B&B, Hotel Cumbres Lastarria.
After breakfast enjoy a full day explore the historical and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. Walking through the pedestrian streets of Huerfanos and Ahumada. The most famous square if the city Plaza de Armas. Continuing to Santa Lucia hill, where the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. Crossing the Mapocho River to Bellavista, the artistic neighbourhood of Santiago, and continue to San Crisbal Hill, the highest in town. A visit to Providencia, with its designer shop completes the morning excursion. Remainder of day at leisure
After breakfast enjoy a Full Day Casablanca & Valparaiso Tour. Located 80 kms from Santiago, over the past decade the Casablanca Valley has rapidly become Chile's most important grape-growing valley for the production of premium white wines. Enjoy a tour and tasting at one of th emany boutique wineries. Continuing towards Vina del Mar founded in 1874 and onward to Chile's oldest port of Valparaiso. Wine tasting with lunch included.
Transfer from hotel to Airport for flight to Punta Arenas . On arrival transfer from Punta Arena to Puerto Natales visiting the Penguins on the way (seasonal Nov/Mar). Overnight at Weskar Patagonian Lodge, B&B
Full day Torres del Paine National Park Excursion . Your opportuity to Enjoy the first view of the Paine Massif including the famous Torres del Paine and the spectacular Cuernos del Paine, also observe the wild life of the park , guanacos, nandues, condors etc in big numbers. Continuing to the centre of the National Park to the Lakes of Nordenskjold and Pehoewhich . Also, the waterfall Salto Grande. After lunch continue to the west side of the Park and the area of Lake Grey. Walking to the lake shore where many icebergs can be seen coming from the Grey Glacier. returning to your hotel, overnight at Hotel Las Torres Patagonia. B&B
After breakfast transfer from hotel to Puerto Natales. Overnight at Weskar Patagonian Lodge – B&B
After breakfast transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas Airport for flight to Santiago. Transfer to hotel, Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, B&B, for your final night in Chile.
After breakfast Transfer from hotel to airport for return flight to the UK