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Wonders of Chilean Deserts & Patagonia

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,851

Discover a new adventure around every corner in Chile. Gaze upon sand dunes and the night sky in the world’s driest desert, the Atacama, visit the colonial centre and modern skyscraper district of Santiago, and venture to Patagonia to hike beneath the granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park.


This 10-day Chilean vacation takes you to Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and Patagonia to explore the country’s diverse landscape. It features first-class accommodations, small group tours, and is perfect for active travellers wanting to experience the best of the outdoors.

Your journey begins in Santiago, the Chilean capital, where you’ll have a night to get situated in this surprising South American city. You’ll then connect to San Pedro de Atacama in the world-famous Atacama Desert. Pass through the Salt Mountain Range and see the large sand dunes of Dinosaur Valley before reaching the Valle de la Luna, formerly known as Las Salinas. This moonlike canyon of dunes and jagged rocks was formed from erosion over millions of years. Today, it’s one of the most astounding landscapes on the planet. Explore the valley and some of its geological landmarks, including the Central Crater and Kari Lookout, where you can admire the canyon come to life with a multitude of colours at sunset.

You’ll have two full days in the Atacama Desert to explore the landscapes around San Pedro de Atacama. Head to the Salar de Atacama salt flat and discover lagoons home to thousands of bright flamingoes. In Toconao, you’ll admire the original architecture carved from volcanic stone before reaching El Tatio geysers, where you can watch geysers explode 50m in the air and spot vicunas and llamas in the countryside.

Return to Santiago and head on a city tour to see some of the city’s most popular sights. Start in the central square, Plaza de Armas, before stopping by Moneda Palace and winding your way up Santa Lucia Hill. Enjoy lunch at the famous restaurant, Barrio Lastarria, before continuing to “Sanhattan,” the financial district of glass skyscrapers that has earned comparisons to downtown New York City. From Santiago, head towards the coast and connect to Vina del Mar to enjoy some local seafood and a visit to the Flower Clock. Connect onward to Valparaiso, the coastal UNESCO-listed city that’s known for its gorgeous location.

Connect south to Patagonia and the town of Punta Arenas, in the far southern reaches of Chile. Transfer to nearby Puerto Natales, which will serve as your base during your time in Patagonia. You’ll spend two days exploring Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most famous parks in all of Patagonia. Learn about giant land sloths at the Milodon Cave before reaching the park and hiking beneath the three famous granite towers that give the park its name. You’ll also explore rugged landscapes alongside Lake Nordenskiold and Laguna Amarga. You’ll have another day to discover the quiet township of Puerto Natales or further explore Torres del Paine.

At the end of your journey, you’ll connect back to Punta Arenas and then to Santiago to transfer home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,851

Itinerary

Day 1

Santiago

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Torremayor Providencia

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    Hotel Torremayor Providencia



    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the ...

    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the heart of Providencia, around restaurants; close to no more than 10 minutes from the largest Mall in Latin America: Costanera Center; tourist centers; and connectivity with transport: Los Leones Metro station. Rooms with modern style, large desk, decoration with a minimalist style, but always with the warmth of Torremayor Hotels. No more than an hour from the ski centers, vineyards of the central area of ​​Chile, beaches and casinos.

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    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Arrival to Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Calama (flight NOT INCLUDED in the trip price). On arrival you are met and transferred to San Pedro de Atacama +/- 2 hours away.

En route you will visit Moon Valley.

After leaving the main highway a good dirt road of about 19 kilometers (12 miles), takes you to the Salt Mountain Range, one of the main attractions in this pre-Andean oasis.

Within this mountain range, between the Andes and Domeyko, we find the ''Dinosaur Valley'' or ''Death Valley'' full of interesting stories and large sand dunes for some fun sandboarding.

Visit ''Moon Valley'', previously called Las Salinas because of its mining past, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the canyons formed by water erosion millions of years ago, while rock salt, selenite, and clay will show you the essence of the Moon Valley.

Visit the Central Crater to have a better view of the valley, the amphitheater and, of course, great photo opportunities. You then move onto visit the Three Marys, a geological formation 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, you have an amazing vantage point to watch the sun set over the valley - creating a stunning vista and pallet of colors.

You are then transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Kimal

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    Hotel Kimal



    Right in the historical centre of San Pedro, at Hotel Kimal, we provide our guests with a true experience of the Atacama thanks to a unique design that fuses the charm of the traditional with the fundamental comforts of the modern. Kimal offers a prime ...

    Right in the historical centre of San Pedro, at Hotel Kimal, we provide our guests with a true experience of the Atacama thanks to a unique design that fuses the charm of the traditional with the fundamental comforts of the modern. Kimal offers a prime location for your stay in San Pedro, just on the corner of the main street as well as all the services and personalised attention to make for a pleasant and relaxing experience.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 3

San Pedro de Atacama

Today head to one of the many salt flats in the region - Salar de Atacama and Toconao town.

First visit ''Gran Salar de Atacama'', a 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.

You then visit one of the local towns Toconao, where you can appreciate an original architecture made of Liparita stone, highlighted by the local church. 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.

Return to your hotel.

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Day 4

San Pedro de Atacama

A very early rise as you head to the Tatio Geysers.

Located at 4,300 meters above sea level - steam fumaroles, which reach 50 meters in height, mix with the imposing beauty of the Andes. Enjoy an exquisite breakfast prepared in an around the Geysers.

The drive back to to San Pedro de Atacama offers vistas of copper-colored lands, incredibly blue and clear skies, sparse but beautiful vegetation where vicunas move and live, the lone culpeo fox and variety of birds. Continue to the village of Machuca, a place of shepherds of ancestral llamas, llareta and sulphur extraction. Local products such as Andean crafts, llama meat, sopaipillas and empanadas are all on offer.

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Day 5

San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago

After breakfast you are transferred to Calama for your flight to Santiago (flight NOT INCLUDED in the trip price) On arrival you head out on a city tour.

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 Huelen 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.

At the end of the day you are transferred back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Torremayor Providencia

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    Hotel Torremayor Providencia



    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the ...

    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the heart of Providencia, around restaurants; close to no more than 10 minutes from the largest Mall in Latin America: Costanera Center; tourist centers; and connectivity with transport: Los Leones Metro station. Rooms with modern style, large desk, decoration with a minimalist style, but always with the warmth of Torremayor Hotels. No more than an hour from the ski centers, vineyards of the central area of ​​Chile, beaches and casinos.

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    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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, Vina del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile's unmissable destinations.

Vina 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.

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. Then visit Cerro Alegre, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city, with its picturesque funiculars, multi-colored neighborhoods and unforgettable sea views.

You 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 Valparaiso's bay to enjoy the views of the colorful hills from a different perspective.

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Day 7

Santiago to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales

You are transferred from your hotel for your flight to Patagonia. (flight is NOT INCLUDED in the trip price).

On arrival in to Punta Arenas you are met and transferred by bus to Puerto Natales (+/- 3 hours) upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Weskar Patagonian Lodge

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    Weskar Patagonian Lodge



    Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cozy lodge 1km from Puerto Natales.

    Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cozy lodge 1km from Puerto Natales.

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Day 8

Puerto Natales

Today you drive to the famed Torres del Paine National Park.

En route you visit 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 size have been discovered.

Then continue to Torres del Paine National Park, considered by many amongst the most beautiful spots on the planet. Enjoy magnificent views of Laguna Sofia, the Cordillera Prat, Lake Porteno, among other places.

A short walk will take you to a point where you can see the Cuernos del Paine, the famed granite towers of the park before continuing to Lake Gray. After a tasty lunch (not included), head to the viewpoint of Lake Nordenskiold and then visit the Laguna Amarga.

Return early evening to Puerto Natales.

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Day 9

Puerto Natales

Today is free to wander the quaint tow of Puerto Natales or journey back into Torres del Paine (extra costs for a return trip to Torres del Paine)

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Day 10

Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas

After breakfast you are transferred to the bus station for your return bus transfer to Punta Arenas to connect with your flight back to Santiago (flight NOT INCLUDED in the trip price)

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Santiago City tour
  • Valparaiso City Tour
  • Valley of the Moon tour
  • Salt Lake Tour
  • Taito Geyser Tour 
  • Meals as indicated by BLD

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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