Magical Chile Itinerary
Day 1: Santiago
Arrival in Santiago, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Santiago
After breakfast, a city tour of Santiago. An
excursion to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful
panoramic view of the city.
Day 3: Santiago
Today a visit via the Maipo Canyon and up to Las
Vertientes, a popular resort at the foothills of the Andes, with a
view of the winding Maipo River. We continue to the Aquitania winery.
Designed by the famous Chilean architect Martín
Hurtado and built in 1998 the winery Almaviva was inaugurated in
2000. Today this first class winery is recognized for its perfect
integration of both aesthetic design and functionality using symbols
and artefacts of the Mapuche culture, the native people of Central
and Southern Chile. While visiting the winery, its vineyards as well
as the wine cellars we will learn about the wine making process and
enjoy a wine tasting.
Day 4: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the
flight to Calama, in the north of Chile. Arrival and transfer to San
Pedro de Atacama, set in the middle of the Atacama Desert.
In the afternoon we will take in the eerily silent
moonscape of Valle de la Luna, with its backdrop of snow-capped
volcanoes. We will see this during sunset, and then return to the
Day 5 San Pedro – Tulor – Toconao & Salar de
After breakfast we visit San Pedro de Atacama. Many
years ago it was the centre of a Palaeolithic civilization that
built impressive rock fortresses on the steep mountains encircling
the green valley. Its colonial church was constructed in 1577. The
village is the centre of the native culture of Atacama, where
mummies and artefacts have been dug up. You can view them in the
unique Father Le Paige Museum. Over 4.000 skulls, innumerable
mummies, weapons, stone tools and pottery are on display. After
visiting the museum we have time to visit Tulor, which is the oldest
evidence of human life in the valley. Lunch before we start towards
Toconao, a village where the local people are devoted to the
manufacture of white volcanic stone sculptures. We proceed to the
huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago.
It’s a unique experience to view the vast plain of the ogtonally
shaped salt crusts in the middle of the driest desert on Earth. The
flat emptiness here is overwhelming. We will observe this prolonged
sunset, and then return to the hotel.
Day 6 El Tatio & Machuca
Today we depart at 4:00 am in order to take
advantage of a visit to El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked
by soaring peaks. At dawn, powerful spurts of steam shoot out from
various blowholes. The steaming ponds are encrusted with brilliant
salt crystals which reflect the metal-blue sky at dawn. By the
rising columns of steam, they make for a breathtaking sight. After
seeing this wonder of nature, we proceed to visit a charming
highland village. In Machuca the ancient llama caravans used to rest
from their travels along the “Inca Highway”. Free afternoon.
Day 7 San Pedro – Calama – Puerto Montt – Puerto
After breakfast, a transfer takes you to board your
departure flight. After arriving in Puerto Montt; Transfer to your
hotel in Puerto Varas.
Day 8: Frutillar
Halfday Tour to Frutillar. Trip along Llanquihue
Lake, the second largest lake in Chile, with gorgeous views of the
volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo and Tronador. Pick-up at your
hotel in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt to travel to Frutillar, a
charming village on the bank of the huge Llanquihue Lake. The
village is noted for the German influence on the architecture
developed by the immigrants who arrived around 1853. Here we will
take a walk to visit some restored colonial houses and see the
strong German influence on the architecture. You will learn about
the history of this picturesque town and about the time of German
settlement. Afterwards we will visit the open-air German museum. In
the afternoon return to your hotel Puerto Varas.
Day 9: Puerto Varas – Petrohue – Lago Todes Los
Santos - Puella
After breakfast, transfer to Petrohue which is the
starting point of the fabulous Vincente Perez Rosales National Park.
Board the catamaran for the wonderful All Saints Lake crossing (Lago
Todos Los Santos) (1 ½ hours), our destination being Peulla, located
within Vincente Perez Rosales National Park itself. Accommodation at
the Peulla Hotel. A choice of tour options.
Day 10: Puella – Puerto Alegre – Bariloche
After breakfast, we leave this beautiful National
Reserve to continue our journey first by bus to the Chilean-Argentinean
border where we must complete custom formalities. Once in Argentina,
we then board another boat for the short ride across Lago Frias with
wonderful views of spectacular waterfalls and Mount Tronador in the
background. Arrival to Bariloche and transfer to our hotel.
Day 11: Bariloche
Free day of leisure to enjoy the beautiful
surroundings of Bariloche. Enjoy the most deluxe ski resort in South
America or simply wander around the shops. Take a cable car ride for
tremendous views of the area or for the more adventurous, choose
from mountain biking and horse riding to fly fishing.
Day 12: Bariloche – Villa la Angostura – Puerto
After breakfast, we shall take a different route
back to Chile driving around the beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake and
heading towards the delightful town of Villa La Angostura (trip with
public bus). Along the journey we shall pass other lakes including
the Espejo or Mirror Lake which is one of the 7 lakes of the famous
7 Lakes route of Argentina. We cross the Argentinean - Chilean
border over the Andes pass and head south back to Puerto Varas.
Transfer to your hotel.
Day 13: Puerto Varas – Chiloe
After breakfast, a visit to the beautiful and
mystical island of Chiloe, the second largest island off South
America. A seafood lunch and some free time before returning to
Day 14: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your
return flight home.
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