Wonders of Chile
Journey the entire length of Chile and venture into a land of extremes. From the driest place on Earth, the lunar-like Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Casablanca Valley and from the bustling capital Santiago to the soul-stirring wilderness of Patagonia. In between lie a series of islands famous for their beauty, folklore, legend and handicraft traditions. Perfectly positioned between the ocean and the Andes, this long narrow strip of land packs an unforgettable punch.
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Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Welcome to Santiago, one of the world’s most spectacularly located cities with the snow-covered Andean peaks as the city’s backdrop. Upon arrival you will be met by your A&K representative who will accompany you on your private transfer to your luxury accommodation. The capital of Chile is a modern cosmopolitan city with many landscaped parks to wander through. Ease into your adventure with a stroll around your neighbourhood and time to discover some of the many cafés and restaurants in this city full of surprises.
Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Santiago, 2 nights
Day 2: Santiago
Today is a day at leisure for you to explore Santiago your way. Perhaps step inside the treasure-filled La Chascona, built by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda for his mistress. Take the funicular railway to San Cristôbal Hill to soak up the spectacular views. And ride the cable car to eclectic Providencia. End at the top of the Sky Costanera, the tallest building in South America at 300 metres with an impressive 360-degree view of the metropolis. Alternatively, leave the city and journey to the heart of Chile’s famous Casablanca Valley, home to a generation of pioneering winemakers. Head to Viña Matetic and learn the artistry of organic and bio-dynamic winemaking. Sample an extraordinary medley of wines before lunch overlooking the vast expanse of plains and valleys. Later, enjoy a tasting and blending experience led by the winemaker and make your very own wine.
Day 3: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
Private transfer to the airport for your flight north to Calama, a mining town with Chuquicamata, the largest open cast mine in the world in the hills behind. On arrival meet your local hotel driver and journey through parched lunar landscapes to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, situated at a height of 2,500 metres and your boutique accommodation. Following time to refresh, meet your excursion leader who will discuss the menu of included shared activities available to you during your stay. Choose from active, moderate or easy; travel by vehicle, bike or on foot – with something to suit all interests and fitness levels.
Hotel: Tierra Atacama, 3 nights
Days 4 & 5: San Pedro de Atacama
Atacama Desert is a perfect destination for those who love nature, adventure and extraordinary landscapes, and has something for all tastes and abilities. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, the 35,000 square kilometre desert is part of a series of arid landscapes that include salt flats, sandy deserts, rocky peaks and active volcanoes. Head out by 4WD, go trekking, ride on mountain bike or horseback and discover steaming geysers, indigenous villages, high altitude lakes and sharply eroded mountains. Spend time at the otherworldly Moon Valley; spot flamingos at the Salar de Atacama salt flats; or be mesmerised by the geysers at El Tatio. Night time brings another opportunity for adventure and the ultimate stargazing experience. The Atacama has one of the clearest night skies on Earth and several top-level observatories have set up home here.
Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago
Leave the desert behind and return to Calama for your flight back to Santiago. On arrival your A&K representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Drop your bags and begin your private walking tour. Start at the grand La Moneda Palace and step back in time in the nearby Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Watch chess players in the Plaza de Armas and soak up the vibrant artistic life of Lastarria. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Santiago
Day 7: Santiago – Castro – Chiloé
Begin with an early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Castro in Chiloé. Chile’s second-largest island is overflowing with timeless traditions, ethereal beauty and surprising wildlife for you to discover. Accompanied by your driver, proceed to your exclusive accommodation and discuss with the team of guides your activities for tailored half-day and full day outings.
Hotel: Tierra Chiloé, 3 nights
Days 8 & 9: Chiloé
Enjoy two whole days immersed in the magic of Chiloé and partake in an amazing range of excursions with fellow guests, which include horse riding, trekking, kayaking and cultural visits to the island’s towns. Sail around picturesque coves. Seek out the antique wooden churches so architecturally unique that UNESCO declared them World Heritage Monuments. Glimpse curlews, Chilean flamingos and cormorants. And step inside the island’s peculiar stilted homes. You can also enjoy local walks or use the hotel’s bikes to explore the rolling coastal landscape by yourself. On your final evening, enjoy an exclusive chef-prepared dinner on board “La Williche” as you cruise Chiloe’s inland waters.
Day 10: Chiloé – Punta Montt – Punta Arenas
Today is a long travel day but the scenic journey is part of the adventure. Begin with a transfer to Puerto Montt airport, about three hours journey, including a short ferry ride. Your flight south brings you to Punta Arenas, the Patagonian city with the richest history. On arrival your A&K representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Step out on your own and discover the heart of this historic town or find yourself a cosy corner and soak in the marvellous views of the Straits of Magellan.
Hotel: Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Day 11: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine
Leave the bustling vibe of Punta Arenas behind this morning as you are transferred by road to the extraordinary Torres del Paine, a vast landscape of lakes, glaciers, granite peaks and big sky tracks. Settle in to your luxurious accommodation, which beautifully integrates its architecture with the landscape and prepare to explore this spectacular wilderness on foot, by boat, or horse, by bicycle or in a van, the choice is yours. Meet with one of the qualified guides and let them discuss with you what excursions would suit your level of fitness and interest.
Hotel: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, 4 nights
Days 12, 13 & 14: Torres del Paine
Spend three whole days exploring soul-stirring wilderness, your way. Trek forest trails and drink in panoramic views of geographic formations that are millions of years old. Spy a variety of animals, including guanaco, condors, foxes and flamingos. Seek out ancient cave paintings and hidden waterfalls. And watch icebergs from the Grey Glacier. Alternatively, relax in the stunning infinity pool with a Torres view, indulge in a sumptuous spa and outdoor hot tub, or follow one of the walking routes to explore the lakeside setting.
Day 15: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas – Depart Santiago
Your journey the entire length of Chile comes to an end this morning when you transfer back to the airport and your flight back to Santiago where your adventure ends. Alternatively, cross into El Calafate in Argentina and discover more of Patagonia.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Santiago:||$17,865.00||Price on Application|
|Meals:||14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Santiago – Calama – Santiago – Castro – Punta Arenas – Santiago|
|Accommodation:||14 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.