Highlights of Chile

Highlights of Chile

Depart:
Private Tour-Land Only

10 Days/ 9 Nights

Daily January 1-December 31
Price per Person:
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Package Includes:
10 nights accommodation all with private facilities
Round trip airport transfers
Breakfast each morning
3 lunches-drinks not included
6 dinners-drinks not included
English speaking guiding
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Santiago
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a panoramic city tour. Santiago is a city of amazing contrasts. Surrounded by the grandeur of the Andes, showing a blend of colonial and modern architecture, you will have the chance to see the Presidential Palace (La Moneda), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the elegant Club Hipico (Equestrian Club), to stroll on its main avenue: Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, the pedestrian boulevards leading to Plaza the Armas (Main square) full of historical buildings. Then continue with Parque Forestal with the Mapocho River on a side, is an adventure itself. Later you will discover the different neighborhoods such as: Barrio Bellavista with all its bohemian nightlife, the modern commercial district of Providencia and elegant residential areas of Las Condes and Vitacura. Finally, ascent to the top of San Cristobal Hill with a panoramic view of the Santiago city. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.

Day 2 Santiago-Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales
Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas (not included). Arrival to Punta Arenas and transfer to the city where you will visit the most important sites before you board regular bus to Puerto Natales (2- hours). Arrival to the beautiful city of Puerto Natales, reception at the bus terminal and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

Day 3 Puerto Natales-Torres del Paine-Puerto Natales
Breakfast at the hotel. Later you will enjoy a tour to the National Park Torres del Paine which is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. A world biosphere reserve, it has a huge variety of plant and animal species which, with its incredibly beautiful setting has made it an almost unequaled destination for hikers and backpackers, ecology-lovers and adventure sportsmen alike. Snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, glaciers and mirrored lakes: in all respects Torres del Paine national park deserves its reputation. It is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful, unique and uncontaminated places on the planet. Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the park is the Macizo (Massif) of Paine, formed predominately from granite and whose origin dates back millions of years. The most famous peaks of the park are called the "Cuernos" (horns) and "Torres" (towers) of Paine. Both each have three peaks: the North, principal and East horns, and the south, central and north towers. Of the wildlife, it is the guanacos that receive most visitors and they are found in the vicinity of the Porteria Sarmiento. However, it is also possible to see aquatic birds such as black neck swans, amongst others. And the majestic fly of the condors can be also observed. Lunch included. Later return to Puerto Natales for overnight

Day 4 Puerto Natales-Glacier Tour-Puerto Natales
Breakfast at the hotel. 8:00 am. Set off from Puerto Natales to sail across the Ultima Esperanza fjord. Passing by colonies of sea lions the boat will cruise to the inner extreme of the fjord where the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is located. There you can see the thousand-year-old Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers which emerge from the east side of the homonymous mountain. You may descend and walk through a wonderful native forest located on the foot of Serrano Glacier. Lunch is included at the Estancia Perales where you can visit a typical Patagonia house. Return to Puerto Natales for overnight

Day 5 Puerto Natales-Santiago
Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure until your transfer by regular bus from Puerto Natales to the airport in Punta Arenas on time to board the flight to Santiago (not included). Upon arrival to Santiago de Chile, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.

Day 6 Santiago-Calama-San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure until your transfer to the airport and board flight to Calama (not included). Upon arrival, reception at the airport and direct transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour). The oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is located almost 2,500 m above sea level on the northern border of Atacama Salt Flat, in an area of great archaeological and tourist interest in the middle of the arid Atacama desert. The zone was the center of development of the Atacamean culture, and later it was a point of advancement for the Incas. The history of San Pedro de Atacama is found in the Archaeological Museum of Padre Le Paige, in Pukara de Quitor and in the Village of Tulor, near the settlement. But not everything in the area is archaeological. It is flanked by the mountain range of the Andes and Domeyko, the desert climate, the active volcano, and the presence of big and small salt deposits. San Pedro de Atacama's location is ideal for visiting a variety of other surrounding areas and nearby attractions. In the afternoon you will visit the Valley of the Moon, which is a fantastic moon landscape that is a part of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) belonging to the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is a small depression of salt ground, 1,650 feet (500 m) in diameter, that exhibits odd sculptural shapes. These are the result of a sequence of transformations on the earth's crust caused by the folding of the watery ground underneath the salt lake. Because of its lack of humidity, there is no life here, which has turned it into one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. From this site you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see, you will be witnesses of the different colors the desert takes when the sunshine is hidden. Return to San Pedro de Atacama. Dinner and overnight in San Pedro.

Day 7 San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast at the hotel. Your day trip begins with the ascent to the height of 2,400 meters and a peak altitude of 4200 meters in the Andes Mountain; due to the enormous summits that the mountain offers in this place you will feel inserted in an enormous valley surrounded by gigantic hills. During the route you will see a great amount of animals like vicunas, alpacas, foxes, Chilean ostrich, flamingos, vizcachas and a great variety of ducks. Once you reach your goal which is the altiplanics lagoons Miscanti that in its blue waters reflects the white snow that covers the top of the mountains and Milques, located at the foot of beautiful volcanoes. Miscanti and Milique are located between the same hills name to an altitude of 4,100 and 4,350 meters respectively. In addition to the existence of flamingos, the fauna is made up of tagua cornuda, juarjual ducks, chorlos de la puna, playeros Baird and dunces. This landscape is unique of San Pedro and it is not in other places of the world. These lagoons are one of the 7 sectors that make up the Los Flamencos National Reserve. They are located about 10 miles to the south of Socaire, a little town where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. You will also visit its lovely church. After lunch proceed to the Atacama Salt Lake. During the route it is possible to photograph and appreciate the view of Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes among other attractiveness with singular beauty, continue to the town of Toconao until the salt, the route finishes in the Chaxa lagoon which is inhabited by three kinds of flamingos and a great number of migratory birds. The Atacama Salt Lake occupies an extension of 60 miles in length by 50 miles wide. The salt is a product of the underground water outcrop that, saturated with salts, evaporates leaving rich deposits of salt and minerals. The rivers fed by the Andean snows, attend the area allowing the configuration of multiple oasis. This it is the scene where the atacamenan culture was developed. The air is extraordinarily dry here. Proceed to Toconao, a colonial town completely built of liparitas stone of volcanic origin and known for its interesting craft objects of the same material. The word "Toconao" comes from the cunzo "toco" meaning "stone". Located near the Andes, at 2.500 meters above sea level. The Toconao oasis, is known for its imposing bell tower and its streets with small craft workshops. Overnight in San Pedro.

Day 8 San Pedro de Atacama-Santiago
Departure at 4:00 am to the Tatio Geysers. This is a geothermal field located in the Andes mountain range. The fumaroles of these geysers, the highest in the world (4,300 mts), are produced by the high temperatures of their watery craters and offer a unique spectacle of the Chilean desert. You will participate in one of the greater and more spectacular phenomenon that nature offers us; a full scene of colors with special beauty that is produced by the great amount of steam which the geysers have. After breakfast and exploration, the tour heads to the Caspana and Ayquina villages. The latter is a ritual village inhabited just two days a year (September 8th and 9th). Chiu Chiu is the last stop where you can visit the oldest church in Chile and the Inca ruins of Lasana. At leisure until your transfer to the airport in Calama to board flight to Santiago(not included). Upon arrival to Santiago you will be met and taken to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.

Day 9 Santiago-Valparaiso-Vina del Mar-Santiago
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy a tour to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. During the trip to the coast, you will pass by the agricultural valleys of Curacavy and Casablanca, a zone especially devoted to the wine industry. Later arrive to Valparaiso, the main sea port of Chile. There you will visit its picturesque hills and typical corners, walking through the labyrinth of its streets and ascending on its ancient funiculars. Along the coast to the north of the bay, you will visit the city of Vina del Mar, which is the most popular seaside resort in the area. Known as "The Garden City" for its impeccable parks and palm trees, the tour includes beautiful beaches, its famous casino and main avenues. Time for lunch (on your own) and return Santiago for dinner and overnight. At night, farewell dinner on a local restaurant.

Day 10 Santiago-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be met and taken to the airport. You can extend your stay in Santiago or continue to Bolivia, Argentina or Peru.

Additional nights in available



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