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From top to bottom Chile will enchant and inspire with its spectacular breathtaking natural landscapes. This trip explores Chile's awe-inspiring natural scenery and experiences its authentic delicious cuisine.
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14 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing with local English speaking guides and transfers and flights as specified.
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Delight your palate with diverse flavours and sample local wines, or experience lost civilisations in a land that time forgot. From the stark other-worldly beauty of the soaring mountain peaks to the most arid desert on earth, the contrasts of Chile are beguiling.
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Explore remote Patagonia, one of the world's last true wilderness areas, and see large glaciers and soaring mountains.
Discover the Atacama Salt Flat, the third largest in the world, and Chile's most famous archaeological site.
The famous stacked hills and winding stairs of the World Heritage City of Valparaiso takes you back in time.
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Upon arrival into Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today you will experience this bustling, modern city on a walking excursion. No matter which way you turn, walking the streets and neighbourhoods of Santiago will leave you awed by its architecture and inspired by the art and culture.
Your four hour walking tour starts at the nearest metro station and the first stop will put you right in front of the presidential palace, La Moneda. You then continue to the Plaza de Armas, at the heart of the city. Dating back to the Spanish conquerors, this is where you will find the Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office and National Historical Museum.
You will also visit the colourful "Mercado Central", a typical Santiago market where many locals do their regular shopping for fresh vegetables, fruit and seafood. Take a walk inside to appreciate the beautiful French architecture.
Continue on to the lively Lastarria neighbourhood filled with cafes, bars and restaurants, and home to the Fine Arts Museum, built in neoclassical style, and the pleasant "Forestal" riverside park. A stop will be made in this area at one of the traditional local cafes, to enjoy an ice cream or delicious coffee, before returning to your hotel. (B)
You will begin your tour heading inland to the Casablanca Valley for wine tasting at the Veramonte winery. Veramonte was established in 1996, and has since earned international critical acclaim for its Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Primus. After your wine tasting you'll have the option to stay and enjoy lunch at Veramonte restaurant or to lunch in Valparaiso.
The colourful port city of Valparaiso is famous for its hilly neighbourhoods, winding stairs and colourful street art. This UNESCO World Heritage city takes you back in time, yet has a modern feel. As you climb the stairs or head up in one of the funiculars you'll be greeted by German-style homes, indicative of earlier residents, and incredible views of the bay. Visit a local art gallery, jewellery workshop, "Portena" candy store and the highlight of the tour, the home of Chile's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. In the heart of the Atacama, Calama is the gateway to the geological wonders of the central desert. The town of San Pedro de Atacama sits in the driest desert in the world and is the main base for exploring the area.
This afternoon visit The Valley of the Moon, an ideal introduction to the Atacama landscape. The countless peaks, rock formations and canyons are a bewildering natural spectacle. You’ll venture to uncrowded locations to contemplate the awesome surrounds in an eerie silence and enjoy a cocktail in the soft light of the setting sun. (B)(L)(D)
Today explore the high Andean Lagoons. On the way you’ll pass traditional terraces growing quinoa and purple potatoes. You’ll stop to visit the town of Toconao, notable for its typical colonial architecture made from volcanic rock. The church, built in 1744, is a fine example of the use of this material. From here you ascend to the high Andean lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. The deep blue waters and white shores welcome a large variety of birds and provide a magical contrast with the snow-capped hills that surround them. The scenery is spectacular and the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious lunch, before the return journey. (B)(L)(D)
Depart before dawn on an excursion to witness the magical Tatio Geysers, one of the world’s most impressive geothermal sites and an icon of the Atacama Desert. The fumaroles of more than eighty active geysers expel enormous columns of white steam, creating an astonishing spectacle. You will enjoy breakfast with the geysers as your backdrop. As you leave the area you will often spot wildlife including vicuñas, foxes, vizcachas and Andean ostriches. You will stop at the picturesque village of Machuca with its wooden church and handicraft stalls, a charming interlude on the return journey. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological sites of Quitor and Tulor. (B) (L) (D)
This morning you will transfer back to the airport in Calama for your flight back to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in Puerto Varas. With distinctive Chilean-German traditions and a truly stunning natural setting, Puerto Varas is an enchanting town with a sweeping lakeside promenade and magnificent views of the distant volcanoes. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Your day starts with a visit to Llanquihue. The city lies on the western shore of Lake Llanquihue, where the Maullín River starts, and features parts of the ancient Settlers Route. You will visit the German Settler’s Memorial and continue the beautiful journey along the calm lake to Frutillar.
Frutillar is a captivating town that recalls the old Bavaria, from where the first settlers arrived to this part of the country. Its underlying German tradition invites you to taste a delicious apple strudel known as kuchen. As you walk along the charming streets, be taken away by the German-style wooden buildings, the beautiful gardens and the striking views of the Osorno volcano.
Frutillar also enjoys a well-deserved reputation among classical music lovers for its excellent year-round program of events. The Teatro del Lago is a magnificent lakeside concert hall which plays host to top international orchestras and artists. (B)
Today embark on a journey of natural beauty to Peulla. Board a catamaran to sail across the stunning lake Todos Los Santos, also known as the ‘Emerald Lake’ due to the striking blue-green colour of its waters. You will sail for approximately 2 hours while enjoying the imposing mountain scenery, until you reach the settlement of Peulla. Disembark and enjoy lunch at this picturesque town surrounded by forests and lakes, before returning to Puerto Varas. (B)(L)
This morning you will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Set on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is an enticing coastal city with many attractions to be discovered, all within an easy stroll. Explore the main plaza Munoz Gamero, take a tour to Isla Magdalena, visit the Nao Victoria Museum or enjoy the sunset at Mirador Cerro de la Cruz. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Travel by road to your hotel located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, your home for the next three nights.
Located in southern Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the world’s most spectacular national parks. A place of rugged natural beauty, Torres del Paine is home to jaw dropping landscapes, from towering granite peaks and dramatic glaciers, to turquoise lakes and emerald green forests. The park is most popular during the summer months when the long hours of daylight offer the best opportunity to explore. (B)(L)(D)
Choose from an array of half day or full day excursions including trekking, horseback riding and guided vehicle excursions. The excursions are designed around a variety of themes to enjoy the national park: from the flora, fauna and geology to the heritage and culture of the gauchos and the indigenous people of the region. They vary from easy to difficult depending on your physical condition and experience.
A haven for trekkers, there are day hikes to the base of the Torres del Paine massif, the French Valley, the Enchanted Valley or more challenging uphill climbs that offer stunning views across the Southern Ice Fields. (B)(L)(D)
A number of options are available today. Cruise on Lake Grey to admire the immense Grey Glacier. Learn the Patagonian cowboy way by spending a morning riding along trails with the local gauchos, descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches in this remote region more than a century ago. Hike on one of the many forest trails and look for condors soaring overhead, guanacos grazing on the hillside or, if you’re lucky, spot the reclusive puma. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport where your Chile journey ends. (B)
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