Discover this amazing 10-day tour and explore what Chile has to offer. Enjoy these wonderful destinations: In Chile, adventure awaits on every corner! Stroll through the modern and cosmopolitan city of Santiago.
San Pedro de Atacama is a town set on an arid high plateau in the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile. The driest place in the world offers a variety of otherworldly landscapes and attractions.
Also, you will explore Puerto Natales, it´s one of the most important urban centers in Patagonia. Located on the north side of the region, between the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Natales has marvelous geography with different geographic formations such as valleys, fjords, archipelagos, and millenary ice fields.
Let us do everything and enjoy a pleasant stay at hand-picked hotels, with transfers included and 24/7 support. Authentic Latin American expertise to live the culture at the maximum.
Day 1: Arrive - Santiago - City Tour.
Day 2: Santiago - Calama & San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley.
Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama: Altiplanic Lagoons.
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama: Tatio Geysers.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago City Tour
Day 6: Santiago Viña del Mar & Valparaiso
Day 7: Santiago, Punta Arenas & Puerto Natales
Day 8: Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 9: Puerto Natales: Day at Leisure
Day 10: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customized to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Argentina & South America.
Arrive - Santiago - City Tour
Welcome to Santiago! How exciting! Upon arrival, 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, we will accompany you to your hotel to assist you with check-in.(Private Transfer)
Santiago - Calama & San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley.
After a nice breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel in Santiago to the airport to board a flight to Calama and later transfer to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama Town.
We leave San Pedro de Atacama to take the highway number 23 and then, after 19 kilometers (12 miles), reach the Salt Mountain Range, one of the main attractions for tourists visiting this pre-Andean oasis. Within this mountain range, between the Andes and Domeyko, we find the "Dinosaur Valley", the "Death Valley" full of interesting stories, dunes for some fun sandboarding and lookouts with views of the mountain range and its volcanoes. We also find the "Moon Valley", previously called Las Salinas because of its mining past, where we will have the opportunity to learn about its canyons formed by water millions of years ago, while rock salt, selenite, and clay will show us the essence of the Moon Valley. We will be in one of the seven sites that make up Los Flamencos National Reserve, since such beauty that is admired by visitors from all over the world must also be protected. We will visit the Central Crater to have a better view of the valley, the amphitheater and, of course, the best photo opportunities. We will then go on to visit the Three Mary's, geological formations named so by famous Father Gustavo Le Paige many years ago. Finally, from the Kari lookout, one of the highest in the Salt Mountain Range, it is ideal to see how the sun hides giving way to a beautiful and colorful sunset.(B.)(Shared Guide)
San Pedro de Atacama: Altiplanic Lagoons.
Good morning! today you will explore the Salar de Atacama & Toconao Town.
Your tour will begin with a tour on the vast plain area, allowing you to reach “Gran Salar de Atacama”, white and rough surface where shallow lagoons are home to a large number of flamingos that choose this water as a nesting place, allowing you to observe these wonderful birds. Geological studies consider this salar flat as the most important reserve of lithium of the planet, requiring it on a 40%.
Under weak water furrows small villages are born. One of the most picturesque of these is Toconao, where you can appreciate an original architecture made of Liparita stone, highlighting the ancient church. It is a town that will motivate you to walk the streets and meet the local people who dedicate their days to handicrafts in fine wool. You can buy a souvenir if you wish. (B.)(L.)(Shared Guide)
San Pedro de Atacama: Tatio Geysers
After a nice rest of great adventures, today you will explore Tatio Geysers and Machuca Town!
On this excursion you will visit the Tatio Geyser - located at 4,300 meters above sea level - steam fumaroles, which reach 50 meters high, mix with the imposing beauty of the Andes, enjoy an exquisite breakfast prepared in the Geysers. After returning to San Pedro de Atacama, you will be delighted with copper-colored lands, incredibly blue and clear skies, vegetation at first sight almost non-existent but offering all kinds of surprises and plague of other shades of color such as straw brave , where vicuñas move and live, the lone culpeo fox and variety of birds. Continue the trip to the village of Machuca, place of shepherds of ancestral llamas, llareta extraction and sulfur. Currently, this town of houses made of adobe, straw and cactus wood is dedicated to tourism offering local products such as Andean crafts, llama meat, sopaipillas and empanadas (B.)(Shared Guide)
San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago City Tour
This morning, you will be transferred from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to the Calama airport to board a flight to the city of Santiago.
We invite you to discover Santiago, a Cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs. Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. We will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city center. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia hill, named Huelén by the natives. It is a real urban oasis in the center of the city. There we will learn more about Chile’s history and enjoy some of the best views in the city. After knowing Santiago, we will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer. The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings, impressive glass skyscrapers and its impressive sculptures designed by prominent national architects. There, you will see exactly why this area is known as “Sanhattan” among the locals. (B.)(Shared Guide)(Private Transfer)
Santiago - Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
This morning after a delicious breakfast, passengers will be picked-up from their hotel to enjoy an exciting tour in this unmissable destinations, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
Known as the “Garden City”, for originally being surrounded by largely green areas and for now preserving its extensive and beautiful urban gardens, with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, Viña del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile’s unmissable destinations. Viña del Mar stands out for its beautiful architecture, its impressive palaces and famous Flower Clock, photographed by tourists from all over the world. During the tour, you will have the option to have lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in the city, with a variety of delicious sea food on offer. We will travel along the sea front, and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean, before arriving at the most important ports in Chile; Valparaiso. It was listed as a Unesco World Heritage site thanks to its colorful beauty and the uniqueness of its location on the hills, which create a natural Amphitheatre with the ocean as its stage. We will visit Cerro Alegre, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city, with its picturesque funiculars, multi-colored neighborhoods and unforgettable sea views. We will then head to the Sotomayor Square, to see the Monument of the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, there will be the option to take a boat out around Valparaíso’s bay to enjoy the views of the colorful hills from a different perspective.(B.)(Shared Guide)
Santiago, Punta Arenas & Puerto Natales
Today you will be transferred from your hotel in Santiago to board a flight to Punta Arenas.
Upon arrival you will be assisted at the Punta Arenas airport and then transferred to the bus terminal to board a bus to Puerto Natales and upon arrival you will be transferred to your selected hotel.(B.)(Shared Guide)(Private Transfer)
Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park
Discover today the National Park Torres del Paine and the Milodon Cave in a full day tour.
This trip will know 2 natural monuments First, the Milodon Cave, one of the most important paleontological sites in South America, consisting of three caves where remains of "milodones", extinct prehistoric herbivorous mammals of great dimensions were found. Then continue to Torres del Paine National Park, considered by specialized publications among the most beautiful on the planet. On the way you will enjoy magnificent views of Laguna Sofia, the Cordillera Prat, Lake Porteño, among other places. A short walk will take you to a point where you will see the Cuernos del Paine to continue to the sector of Lake Gray. After a tasty lunch (not included in the rate), you will visit the viewpoint of Lake Nordenskiold and then you will visit the Laguna Amarga, without first visiting the Paine Waterfall, a beautiful place where you can see the discharge of milky waters coming from the glaciers and that drain finally in the Seno of Ultima Esperanza. (B.)(L.)(Shared Guide)
Puerto Natales: Day at Leisure
You will have a free day to go and explore more wonders of this incredible Puerto Natales. Day at leisure to relax and explore. It's impossible to be bored in a city like Buenos Aires. (B.)
You can also find at the 'Inclusions' section on top, all our recommended activities, and options that you can include on your package to plan ahead your day.
Depart Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
After a good rest and at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the bus terminal of Puerto Natales to board bus to the airport of Punta Arenas.(B.)(Private transfer)
The below hand-picked properties feature a good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for your comfortable stay:
- Novotel ***
- Intercontinental ****
- The Ritz Carlton *****
- Altiplanico ***
- Remota ****
- The Singular *****
San Pedro de Atacama
- Altiplanico ***
- Cumbres ****
- Tierra *****
- 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 transfers, transport, sightseeing, and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:
(Private Transfer / Transport) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers/transport are 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 planned activity. The typical group size is 10 travelers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all.
- Parks and monuments entrance
- Professional English speaking local guides throughout
- Service charges and taxes.
EXTRA OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
City tour by Condor.
You will start this tour with the best panoramic view of the city from the San Cristóbal Hill, which you will ascend by funicular to the summit station, in this place you can taste the typical drink of Chile, known as “mote con huesillos” and watch Santiago from binoculars installed on the site, you can also visit the shops for the purchase of souvenirs, food trucks and cafeteria that are on site. Then we will go down by cable car from the summit to Oasis Station round trip, and we will go back down by funicular, after this we will visit the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by magnificent buildings such as the Post Office, the National Historical Museum, the Municipality and the Cathedral, landmark Architectural city. Finally, you will visit the Palacio de la Moneda, headquarters of the presidency and civic center.
Full day Navigation Balmaceda & Serrano glaciers
Once you embark, the navigation into Última Esperanza Fjord towards Bernardo O’Higgings National Park begins. The destinations are Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. During the voyage the history of Puerto Natales is narrated (Frigorífico Bories National History Monument) and we will head then to Condores Cascade and cliffs. The voyage continues to Balmaceda Mount, where you will see the Glacier. We then continue along the route and disembark at Puerto Toro to begin a walk through a native forest of coigües, ñirres and ciruelillos until almost reaching the Serrano Glacier wall. Once on the vessel, you will enjoy an aperitif with ice taken from the glacier. On our way back, you will enjoy the typical spit-roasted lamb at Consuelo ranch.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International and internal air-tickets. We have access to wholesale fares and work closely with LATAM Airlines, contact us before organize your flights independently.
- Reciprocal fees and tourist visas are not included.
- Travel insurance
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone call, laundry, tips, etc.
- Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events
- You should ensure you have travel insurance in place to cover the possibility of unforeseen circumstances which result in the inability to participate in the tour
- All routes are subject to change without notice due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions
- Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization (a visa) before entering the country. It is your responsibility for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific country and nationality of the traveler
- South America Tours Pty Ltd does not provide visa services.