NEW DATES - 29TH February 2024 with Easter Island add on -
We begin this fabulous tour of Chile in the capital city of Santiago.
From Santiago, we head to Calama where we will discover together the incredible landscape of the Atacama Desert. Surrounded by the volcanoes in the Andes Mountain range. We will see the largest Salt deposit in Chile, the geysers of El Tatio and the Moon and Death Valley near to our base for the next three nights in San Pedro Atacama.
We then head down to Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas - the lake district of Chile.
From Puerto Varas we will journey for one of the days to Punihiul where, if we are lucky, we will get the chance to see the Magellen and Humboldt penguin.
The oysters on this island are also well worth a taste - which we shall do when we visit one of the local farmer's houses for lunch.
Next, as we head south towards Patagonia we fly in to Punta Arenas where the ships set sail to Antarctica from. Punta Arenas sits at the very southern most tip of Chile - the end of the world.... OR - is it the beginning!
From Punta Arenas, we will view the Straits of Magellan and after a typical lunch at a ranch, we will head to Puerto Natales in the heart of Patagonia.
Puerto Natales - from here we will visit the National Park of Bernado O'Higgins where we will (subject to weather conditions) take a boat trip to see the largest ice field in Chile and one of the 4th largest in the world.
We will visit a local ranch for an included bbq lunch before heading back to Puerto Natales for the night.
At the end of the tour - we really have saved the best until last - we visit the iconic Torres del Paine where we stay overnight overlooking the iconic peaks in the luxury hotel Rio Serrano & Spa. It's here we can enjoy the magnificent sunset and sunrise under Patagonia's vast skies - something that will be etched in your memory forever.
We then fly back to Santiago for the last night of our trip before we return to the UK.
This tour encompasses the best of Chile and spends the right amount of time in all the right places.
Santiago - Atacama Desert - Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine National Park.
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Is this trip right for me??
Extent your stay and visit Easter Island ....
3 nights in Easter Island - visiting all of the highlights.
Hotel Altiplanico - 4*
Expert local guide on the island - to inform about the magical history of this mystical island
Fully escorted - The Director of Experium Travel will be accompanying this extension
1 night in Santiago before flying back to the UK
This unmissble highlight...... Join us !!
It's so easy to be swept away with the dream of visiting somewhere new - but please take the time to read through the itinerary. We try to be as honest as possible with the details of the tour and if you aren't sure whether the trip is right for you - please ask before booking.
We will never intentionally sell our tours to someone who we believe is not fit enough to do the tour and all of our tours are quite different in terms of physical ability required. We always try to offer choices - for example - some people want to walk more than others - and we try as much as possible to give options within the tour for those who like more of a challenge.
We have now begun to classify the tours in terms of physical fitness required. But please remember - if you don't feel up to one aspect of the trip, then quite often you will have the option to opt out of the day if you wish.
PATAGONIA - MEDIUM / EASY
This tour is classed as Medium / Easy - nothing too strenuous. However, we do visit altitudes of 4500m (approx 14200 ft) in San Pedro Atacama and the surrounding region. Whilst most people may suffer slight shortness of breath and a headache - we do recommend you consult with your Doctor prior to booking the trip to ensure staying at this elevation will be comfortable for you.
We recommend you walk slowly, stay hydrated, abstain from alcohol at higher elevations and eat relatively small portions until you acclimatise.