OverviewThis full 11-day tour of Chile begins in the heart of the capital, Santiago, where you will explore all this magnificent, bustling city has to offer. A expert guide will take you around some impressive buildings with a range of architecture. Get a feel for the city with local cuisine and wine and a stay at a luxury hotel. With colonial neighborhoods mixed in with modern buildings Santiago is a great place to be.
You will then take a short flight North to the world famous San Pedro de Atacama. The Atacama desert is the driest desert in the world which has resulted in it being an incredibly arid and spectacular landscape, that's like nothing else on earth! The environment consists of salt flats, volcanoes, geysers, the Cejar Lagoon, 'Death Valley' and 'Moon valley' and hot springs, all of which you will explore in the next few days of this tour by foot, bicycle and car.
A visit to a small town called Machuca is a real off-the-beaten-track treat for any visitor as this sparsely populated farming village is hardly visited by tourists. You can chat with the locals and learn about Chilean farming here.
Finish off your trip with a visit to a vineyard where you will learn all about Chilean wine-making as well as tasting!
Day 1: Santiago
Upon arrival to Santiago you will be taken to your hotel and have time to relax after your flight. Our guide will give you a good introduction of what can be expected for the next couple of days and some good tips. Overnight stay in the vibrant capital Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago City Tour
Today you will explore Santiago from its colonial neighborhoods to the modernity of the new financial centre. Beginning in the city’s old residential area, passing by beautiful residences that today are part of the Barrio Universitario (university area).
In the evening you will be greeted by a local chef who will invite you to participate in a cooking class using some of the local products!
Day 3: Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama
This morning, you will be driven to Santiago’s airport and fly North to Calama. On arrival, you will be taken to San Pedro de Atacama- an amazing oasis located amid the driest desert in the world, located at 2430 meters above sea level.
In the evening you will depart for Death Valley and the Moon Valley. You begin with Death Valley, also known as Mars Valley, where you can experience one of the most desolated and arid landscapes on the earth, a natural wonder that is not to be missed. Moon Valley is an amazing landscape full of beautiful shapes and colours. Walk around the breath-taking surroundings of this geological spectacle that is like walking on the surface of the moon!
Just before the sunset you will take a short visit to the incredible salt caverns before climbing the mayor sand dune in time for the Andes sunset, displaying a kaleidoscope of colours, this is a truly magical experience. You will then return to San Pedro de Atacama for dinner and a well-deserved rest!
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama
This morning, you travel approximately 1 hour from San Pedro de Atacama to Cejar Lagoon. By far the best way to see the lagoon and the desert is by bike. Take some time to pedal across this natural environment of amazing beauty and see if you can spot the pink flamingo!
Ride back to the hotel just in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can relax a little and explore the area in your own time, or we suggest you turn your hand to sand-boarding down the dunes; fun and easy, it’s a great activity for everyone.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers
Leave the hotel early and arrive at the geysers around 7:00am, where you can enjoy a picnic style breakfast. Take a guided stroll through the geothermal field to see the geyser and pools of boiling water and mud. This is a perfect time to be here as the area takes on an almost surreal look at sunrise.
Then enjoy a rejuvenating soak in 40°C hot springs water before the return towards San Pedro. On the way back you will have a chance to see the Tocorpuri and Sairecahur volcanoes. Right on the border with Bolivia, these majestic giants are a sight to behold.
Later you stop in a small town called Machuca for lunch. Virtually uninhabited due to the drastic migration to nearby towns, its few inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, grazing and dairy production- you have the opportunity to enjoy a walk with the people while they graze their animals and visit an old church of the colonial times, before heading back to San Pedro.
Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama
Today you go on a real adventure! After breakfast enjoy an excursion on a specially designed all-terrain vehicle, crossing the oasis at full speed riding a north road of the Salar de Atacama. Arriving at Ojos del Salar – the highest active volcano in the world, standing at an impressive 6,873 m it is an incredible sight poking up out of the clouds.
Laguna Tebinquinche is the next stop, another gorgeous natural lake where you can relax and paddle your feet in the water. On the way back, stop at Laguna Cejar where, because of the waters’ high saltiness, you float like a cork! A blissful experience – a perfect end an exciting days adventure.
Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama – Santiago – Viña Matetic
It’s time to leave San Pedro, you will be taken to Calama for your connecting flight to Santiago. From there, a short drive takes you into one of the most authentic properties within Chile, Casona Matetic. Located amid a spectacular valley and within a fabulous vineyard/estancia the place has a lot to offer for everybody – maybe engage in some activities such as hiking, horse riding or biking or just relax in the beautiful surroundings with a glass of the finest Chilean wine.
Day 8: Matetic Vinyard
Today you can choose from some of the activities on offer - such as horse riding, biking or trekking. Or just take a gentle stroll around the properties through organic fields where llamas and geese roam, a truly fantastic experience. You have the whole day to enjoy at your leisure, so take some time to enjoy the local wine, cuisine and stunning landscape.
Day 9: Matetic Vineyard – Huilo Huilo
This morning, you will be transferred back to Santiago for a flight to Valdivia, where you make your way up to the Valdivian rain forest and into the Huilo- Huilo Biological reserve. This amazing place is dedicated to sustainability in an effort to preserve the area, so offers an abundance of exotic animals and plants as well as jaw dropping landscapes and fun activities. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this extreme habitat and enjoy all nature has to offer!
Day 10: Huilo Huilo – Puerto Varas
From Huilo Huilo continue your travels into the Lake District Capital of Puerto Varas. Known as ‘the city of roses’ this picturesque area is located on the shores of the Llanquihue Lake (the second largest in Chile). With a perfect view of Osorno volcano as a backdrop, enjoy the scenery and just relax.
Day 11: Puerto Varas
A great day at a local farm awaits: a short walk takes you to the shore of the Maullín River, where you learn about the wetlands, its inhabitants and many species of endemic birds. The trail continues onward to lead you underneath a beautiful tree canopy in the local forests. Later that day, visit the conservation center for wild animals where you can see pudu, güiñas, pumas, foxes, and learn all about the animals whilst surrounded by an amazing, wild habitat.
Here, you will then be served a delicious Patagonian lunch, prepared with organic products from the orchard and vegetable garden! You have the evening to relax and enjoy the area.
Day 12: Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to Chile, as you are transferred to the airport in Puerto Varas for your connecting flight, but we know you’ll be back!
Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.
Getting to Chile is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available. Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your tour. As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that flight tickets are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.
As with international flights, Tango Tours' friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to book your internal flights for you if required. For some itineraries, you need to arrive at a particular destination at a required time/date therefore, it is vital that you book the correct flights and times of arrival. Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that flights are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.
To confirm your booking with Tango Tours, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flights. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.
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