Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Valparaiso
Day 4: Santiago - Atacama Desert
Day 5: Atacama Desert
Day 6: Atacama Desert
Day 7: Atacama Desert - Puerto Varas
Day 8: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Frutillar
Day 9: Puerto Varas - Chiloe Island
Day 10: Puerto Varas - Torres del Paine National Park
Day 11: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park - Santiago
Arrive into Santiago today, crossing the International Dateline en route.
Upon arrival to Santiago, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in. (Private Transfer)
Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conqueror Pedro de Valdivia who was sent by the conqueror of the Incas, Pizzaro, to establish a new capital in the fast growing Spanish Empire in the New World. Much of the core layout as designed by the master builder Pedro de Gamboa remains to this day. During the half day city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of the city played out. Santiago city is the perfect blend between the old colonial style and modern architecture, characteristics that make the city on of the most interesting in South America. The tour begins with a visit to San Cristobal Hill. Rising 880 mts / 2640 ft over the city – the second highest natural point in Santiago, you are offered panoramic views of the city. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established – hence the name “Plaza de Armas”. Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. You will also visit some the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Then onto the eastern part of the city and the more modern side of Santiago.
End of the tour and transfer to the hotel. (B.) (Private Tour)
SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO
This morning your tour will depart from Santiago to the coastline located 120 kilometers of Santiago, passing through the fertile “Curacaví and Casablanca Valleys”, its vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. During the route, you will visit two important cities, “Viña del Mar”, the main resort of Chile and “Valparaíso”, a port city founded in the XVI century and declared “World heritage by UNESCO”. The promenade includes a panoramic tour by the emblematic places of Valparaíso, such as “National Congress”, “O’Higgins Park”, “Italia Park”, “Victoria Square”, “Sotomayor Square” and “Prat” dock located in the same port. You will then visit the Museum of the famous Chilean poet and writer and Nobel prize-winning in Literature (1971), Pablo Neruda named “Casa Museo La Sebastiana”. In the house, collections of old and navy maps and other paintings are kept. There are many other relics of the port and strange objects, such as music boxes and an antique carved wooden carousel horse. You will then walk through the wonderful viewpoints “Atkinson” and “Gervasoni” located in the most important hills of Valparaíso, “Cerro Alegre” and “Cerro Concepción”. You will also use its old and picturesque cable cars, the trolleybuses, which are still connecting this city. You will continue this beautiful route in front of the sea to arrive at the city of Viña del Mar, which is very well-known as the “Garden City”, fine. You will then walk past the picturesque “Flower Clock” and go through the “Peru Avenue” with its traditional “Casino” and fine “Hotel Del Mar”, which is the first of Chile, founded in 1930. Finally, you will be able to see and take a picture of an authentic Moai from the Easter Island, located on the outside of the important “Museum of Paleontology and Anthropology Fonck”. Return to the Hotel. (B.) (Private Tour)
SANTIAGO – ATACAMA DESERT
Today at schedule time we will transfer you to the airport for your direct flight to Calama.
Upon arrival you be transfer to your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. (B.) (Private Transfer) (Semi-Private Transfer)
The day begins by heading south from San Pedro de Atacama to Cejar Lagoon (the floating lagoon). This small lagoon has impressive white edges of crystallized salt and is intensely turquoise in color, providing a home for flamingos and tagua birds. It's also a nice place for a swim as the salt allows the body to float.
Use this afternoon to get under the skin of thisburgeoning tourist destination. San Pedro’ restaurant scene has grown considerablyover the last couple of year. With a mix of Chilean, French and Italian influence, you’ll be sure to find a great spot for dinner. Perhaps join an astronomical tour once the starcome out. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Morning at leisure.
This afternoon you will take a tour through the amazing Moon Valley one of the most spectacular phenomena in the Atacama Desert. Here you explore the silent moonscape and strange figures that nature has formed. Then we continue to the Sunset spot, located in front of the amphitheater. (B.) (Shared Guide)
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – PUERTO VARAS
At schedule time we will transfer you to Calama airport for your flight to Puerto Montt.
Upon arrival we will transfer you to your hotel. (B.) (Private Transfer) (Semi-Private Transfer)
Join a local expert to visit the port city of Puerto Montt founded in 1850. From a viewpoint high above the town, enjoy a magnificent look at the wide Bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo and the narrow of the same name. Afterward, head to the harbor to visit the Angelmo Fish Market. Besides unusual fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses and meats, there are various arts and crafts for sale. A novel way to have lunch at Angelmo is at a Cocineria or ‘Kitchen Restaurant.’ Look for a line of these mini restaurants where you can watch the kitchen and everything happening inside behind a large window. See how the food is prepared, including Curanto en Olla, a stew made with seafood, smoked meat, fowl and sausage. Afterward drive to the lovely village of Frutillar, to see the historical area where houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens similar to those of the German Black Forest region. Back in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. (B.) (Private Tour)
PUERTO VARAS – CHILOE ISLAND
This morning we will head towards the locality of Pargua, to board a ferry that crosses over to Chiloe. After a 30-minute cruise, visitors get to Villa de Chacao and head to Dalcacue, situated 20 minutes away from Castro. In this magical village there will be enough time to walk around and visit the cove, the main square and church, declared a Unesco Heritage Site. Following is a visit to the Gamboa district and typical crafts fair. On the return trip, a stop at the city of Ancud is planned, to visit the Plaza de Armas square, the Regional Museum, the Municipal Market, Huaihuen Hill and San Antonio Fort. The return trip includes a new crossing of the Chacao Canal towards the continent. (B.) (Shared Guide)
PUERTO VARAS – PUNTA ARENAS – PAINE NATIONAL PARK
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.
On arrival we will transfer you will meet and transferred to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way you will stop at The Ranch Cerro Negro, located 187 km from Punta Arenas, 60 km from Puerto Natales. It is the place where visitors will have lunch and be welcomed by a very special family who has worked at the ranch for several years. They will make you feel like at home. Arrive Laguna Amarga, entry Gate to Paine National Park. Then continue the minibus drive to Hotel Las Torres. (B. L. D.) (Semi-Private Transfer)
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
As a guest at Las Torres Patagonia, you will enjoy an all-inclusive Patagonian experience with excellent guided excursions, delicious and healthy local cuisine. Las Torres Patagonia excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating life of Chilean Patagonia. With the help of expert guides each guest will find the right outing depending on their interest and energy levels. On offer are walks, hikes, and tours by van or vehicle. Difficulty levels are available from easy to very difficult. There are half-day and full-day options. We suggest whilst there that you may enjoy tours by van with some light walks, including lake Nordenskold, Salto Grande, Laguna Azul, Lago Sarmiento and many more. (B. L. D.)
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
As a guest at Las Torres Patagonia, you will enjoy an all-inclusive Patagonian experience with excellent guided excursions, delicious and healthy local cuisine. (B. L. D.)
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK - SANTIAGO
After breakfast we will transfer you back to Punta Arenas airport for your direct flight to Santiago.
On arrival to Santiago your tour comes to an end. (B.) (Semi-Private Transfer)
The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.
- Santiago: Hotel Ismael 312
- San Pedro de Atacama: Altiplanico
- Puerto Varas: Cabaña del Lago
- Torres del Paine: Lodge Las Torres
- Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
- Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary:
(B.) = Breakfast
(L.) = Lunch
(D.) = Dinner
- All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:
(Private Transfer) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport is operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others
(Semi-Private Transfer) = transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only
(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle
(Shared Guide) = Meet other like-minded travelers and share the services of a guide / vehicle during the plan sightseeing activity. Typical group size is around 10 travelers.
- Parks and monuments entrance fees
- Professional English speaking local guides throughout
- Service charges and taxes.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International flights.
- Flight package. Flights needed:Santiago – Calama, Calama – Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas – Santiago. Approximate cost US$ 550 to USD $700. We only use Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN or Avianca Airlines. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- Flight cost is subject to change
- Tourist Visas are not included
- Travel insurance
Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone calls, laundry, tips, alcohol, etc.