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Chilean Highlights

Chile is quite a unique country to visit compared to the rest of South America. A country of unforgettable natural beauty, making it an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Here you can explore a diverse variety of landscapes including volcanos, deserts, beaches, lakes, glaciers and forests. It also has amazing natural wonders, culture, food and people.

Discover Chile on this two week adventure.

Summary

Chilean Highlights

Day 1: Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Full day wine region tour
Day 4: Atacama Desert
Day 7: Chilean Lake Region
Day 08: Full day tour
Day 9: Southern Patagonia
Day 13: Santiago
Day 14: Depart Santiago

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Day 1: Santiago
Arrive Santiago Airport and transfer to your hotel
Santiago 3 nights

Day 2: Santiago
A day to relax after your flight and take a half day tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago. This great orientation tour begins with a drive through the main downtown avenues past the historic Presidential Palace and the main square of the city, Plaza de Armas. Visit the old cathedral, see the beautiful and historic building which houses the Post Office. Finally, a stop at the central market is a great opportunity to see a fabulous selection of vegetables, fruit and fish virtually unknown in Britain. Short drive to the top of Santa Lucia Hill and O’Higgins Park before continuing through the newer residential parts of the city to San Cristobal Hill where you will take a cable car ride – the view of the city at the foothills of the Andes is truly spectacular!

Day 3: Full day wine region tour
Today you have a choice of full day tours exploring the Casablanca Valley in the heart of Chile’s wine country. You tour will include a tour and tasting at one of the wineries in the Casablanca valley before continuing on to explore the Pacific coastal area with its beautiful beaches and traditional resorts including Valparaíso, one of the most picturesque ports, beloved by artists.
Alternatively combine your wine tour with a visit to a unique Chilean ranch. Witness a Chilean rodeo – a skilled duet between the Chilean horseman (huaso) and his horse. Admire the Chilean thoroughbreds and the skills of the huasos while you enjoy a glass of wine or a pisco sour.

Day 4: Atacama Desert
Return to the airport for your flight to Calama where your will be transferred to your boutique hotel in the heart of the Atacama Desert for a 3 night stay. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on the earth but it is an area of astonishing beauty and unique landscapes including turquoise-blue high altitude lakes, salt flats, geysers, volcanoes and sand dunes. Your hotel offers a range of private excursions and activities which are customised to suit you. These include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and vehicle tours.
San Pedro de Atacama 3 nights

Day 7: Chilean Lake Region
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to Puerto Varas located on the shores of Llanquihue Lake, surrounded by an amazing Andean mountain chain dominated by two stunning volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco. You hotel has magnificent views of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano. If your flight time allows include a half day tour on arrival.
Puerto Varas 2 nights

Day 08: Full day tour
Today take a full day tour to Todos Los Santos Lake and Osorno Volcano: depart from your hotel and travel along the southern shores of Lake Llanquihue with wonderful views of Osorno Volcano. You will learn about the area’s colonial history and local farming. Continue to Todos Los Santos lake, also known as Esmeralda Lake. Travel by catamaran to Peulla, a tiny hamlet on the other side of the lake. On the way, enjoy views of the Osorno volcano, Mount Puntiagudo and Mount Tronador. There will be time for a walk by the lake or to stop for coffee before continuing to Osorno Volcano where you can ride the ski lift for magnificent views.

Day 9: Southern Patagonia
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Here you will be transferred to your deluxe Patagonian resort for a 4 night stay. Set on the shores of Lake Pehoé, this stunning hotel is located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia and is the perfect base to explore the spectacular surrounding area. A range of exciting activities are included in your stay here. Excursions are offered by foot, horseback, motorboat, mountain bike, boats made of lingue (native wood of the region) or 4WD.
Torres del Paine 4 nights

Day 13: Santiago
Transfer back to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago where you will be transferred to your hotel for your final night.

Day 14: Depart Santiago
Transfer to airport for return flights back to the UK
Or continue your adventure with an extension to Easter Island or elsewhere in South America…

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Such a diverse country deserves a holiday in its own right – wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, explore the length and breadth of the country – particularly the Atacama Desert.  For the more adventurous, consider adding the border crossing to Salta, Argentina, or complete the triangle with a trip into Bolivia.

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