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Activities & Transport
- Wildlife Watching
- City Tour
- Boat | Sailing Boat
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Explore Northern & Southern Chile
- Day 4: Geysers blowing at sunrise
- Day 8: The sublime Perito Moreno glacier
- Day 2: Walking through the Moon and Death Valleys
- Day 6: Walk among the world's largest Magellan penguin colony
From one extreme to the other, this trip will show you the true magnificence of Chile. Be amazed by the open space of the bewildering Atacama desert, and gaze at the spurting geysers, before heading down to be awestruck by the beauty of the massive ice sheets and windswept mountains of Patagonia. On either side of these natural wonders, you'll even have time to explore the cultural treasures of the Chilean capital, Santiago, a charming, yet bustling town with a rich colonial heritage. All in all, you'll have the chance to see what makes this country so unique.
- Lodging at selected hotels with breakfast
- Regular transfers and excursions with English/Spanish-speaking local guides
- Visit to penguin colony in Magdalena Island from October - March (subject to weather)
- Entrance fees to parks
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- Voluntary tips
- Overnight in El Calafate, Argentina
Example Trip to customize
From the airport, you'll head into town to check in to your hotel. Once settled in, it will be time to head out for a captivating city tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, Post Office Headquarters, and Santiago City Hall. Along the way, you'll also see the Government House La Moneda as well as visit some older, historical neighborhoods. Finally, you will pass on to the more modern East Santiago, before making your way back to your hotel for a well deserved rest.
Out in the desert
After breakfast it will be time to board your plane for the trip up to Calama, in the middle of the Atacama Desert. From there you will head past the spectacular Domeyko Mountain Range on your way to San Pedro. After settling in to your hotel there, it will time to venture out of this world, and into Moon Valley. This afternoon's journey will also take you past the Salt Mountain Range, from where you'll have a terrific panorama of Death Valley. Finally, you'll have a chance to climb up to a towering dune to say gaze upon the Tres Marias, and the magnificent sunset over the valley, after which it'll be time to head back to San Pedro for the night.
The endless Atacama Salt Flats
After your breakfast, you'll head on out to visit the Atacama Salt Flat, Chaxa Lagoon, and the Flamingos National Reserve, where you'll spot three of the six different kinds of flamingos found anywhere on earth. Afterwards, you'll head on up to the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, where you can stop over for a luscious lunch in Socaire. It will then be on to the spectacular town of Toconao, San Lucas Church, and Campanario Tower, before travelling back to San Pedro for the night.
Sunrise with the Geysers
You're best advised to wake early this morning to view the beauty of the El Tatio Geysers, located in the world’s highest geyser field. These old geysers burst up into the atmosphere every day at dawn, causing beautifully unusual mineral formations and spouting towering clouds of steam. After a short trek around the area, you'll be treated to a welcome breakfast, before having a chance to soak your bones in the nearby natural hot springs. Once you've have enough relaxation, it's back to San Pedro, from where you'll head out on an afternoon visit to Cejar Lagoon, located in the middle of the Great Salt Flat. The high concentration of salt and lithium in this lagoon is comparrible to the Dead Sea. Finally, it's time to head back to your hotel for a well earned sleep.
North to South
Enjoy the last of your time in the North, for today it will be time to head down to the other extreme. You'll be taken our to Calama to board your flight down South, heading to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, you'll head on to your hotel for a good night's sleep.
Visit the Magellan Penguins!
After a hearty breakfast, grab your things and head out to board your boat through the Magellans to Magdalena Island. This isle is the home to the largest colony of Magellan Penguins in the world. After plenty of time to become accostomed with these delightful creatures, you'll be taken back to Punta Arenas in time for your bus to Puerto Natales, where you'll arrive before nightfall.
Torres del Paine
Today you'll be blown away by the beauty of Torres del Paine, where you'll explore the Cave of the Milodon, where 12,000-year-old remains of this mysterious prehistoric herbivore were discovered. Venturing on through the National Park, you'll be taken to Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe Lake, and Salto Grande. After a small trek through a forest of lenga trees you'll reach a viewpoint of the impressive Grey Glacier. Finally, you'll make a stopover at Amarga Lagoon, before returning to Puerto Natales for a nice rest overnight.
Perito Moreno glacier - Argentina
It's time to cross the border to Argentina today, as you travel over on a day trip to view to awe inspiring Perito Moreno glacier. After spending time in the presence of the giant ice formation, you'll be taken back to Chile for another night in Puerto Natales. (Optionally, you could choose to spend the night in Argentina's El Calafate and then catch the bus back to Puerta Natales and the airport the next day. If this is the adventure you decide, the transfer from the El Calafate hotel to the bus terminal isn't included).
Back to the Capital
After a final breakfast in the South, it'll be time for you to be taken out to the aiport for your flight back to Santiago. Once there, you'll be transferred to your hotel, and left to enjoy the delights of this wonderful city on your own.