Classic Chile

This 15 day holiday to Chile takes in the principal highlights of the country, for such a long and thin country its diversity is incredible. This tour takes in the Atacama Desert to the North, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Lake District down to the wilds of Patagonia in the far south. Chile has so much to offer those travellers looking for incredible experiences, stunning landscapes and excellent properties.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arriving at Santiago Airport, Chile, you will be greeted by a representative who will transfer you to The Aubrey, an excellent boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s bohemian Bellavista District.

Stay: The Aubrey

Day 2: Visiting Santiago

This morning your guide will show you the highlights of cosmopolitan Santiago from the impressive Pre-Columbian Museum for an insight into the interesting history of Chile to a walk to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia for fine views across the city. This afternoon you may like to head to the coastal city of Valparaiso with is pretty colourful houses or head into the Andes.

Stay: The Aubrey

Day 3: From Santiago to the Atacama Desert

This morning take a flight north to Calama from where you transfer to San Pedro de Atacama in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

Spend the next three nights at Tierra Atacama which offers incredible views towards the volcanoes of the Andes Mountains. Your stay is on a full board basis including all meals, house drinks, transfers and a superb selection of excursions on a shared basis.

Stay: Tierra Atacama

Day 4 -5: Exploring the Atacama Desert

Choose from are a wide variety of guided excursions on four wheels, foot, horseback or bicycle. Photograph the stunning multi-coloured Altiplanic Lagoons often teeming with flamingos, float in the salty waters of Cejar Lagoon after a biking trip, stargaze or for the more adventurous climb one of the nearby 4,000 m+ volcanoes for unrivalled views across the Atacama and into Bolivia.

Stay: Tierra Atacama

Day 6: From Atacama Desert to Lake District

Today fly south to the Lake District via Santiago, a region of beautiful evergreen forests, snow-capped volcanoes and crystal clear lakes. Spend the next three nights based in Puerto Varas at Los Caiquenes, a comfortable and cosy guesthouse on the edge of town with fine views across Lake Llanquihue.

Stay: Los Caiquenes

Day 7: Lake District

Spend your day visiting the Vicente Perez National Park with a short hike through the native forest to the crystal-green Petrohue waterfalls. Drive part way up the slopes of Osorno Volcano from where you hike across lava fields for superb view of the Andes.

Stay: Los Caiquenes

Day 8: Lake District

Day to further explore the Lakes, we can arrange exciting trips to nearby Chiloe Island with its penguin colonies and UNESCO-listed historic sites, rafting trips along the Petrohue River or hike the trails of the many nearby national parks.

Stay: Los Caiquenes

Day 9: From Lake District to Puerto Natales, Patagonia

Fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas where you begin your journey to Chilean Patagonia. Drive around three hours to Puerto Natales for an overnight stay at The Singular.

Stay: The Singular

Day 10: From Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

This morning’s adventure begins with a cruise through the Last Hope Sound to the remote Balmaceda hanging glacier, which tumbles into the sea below, before a hike to the spectacular Serrano glacier with an iceberg-filled lagoon beneath it. After a tasty Patagonian lunch, board a rib-zodiac boat for a truly exhilarating ride up the Serrano River, passing huge glaciers of the Southern Ice Cap before ending in the Torres del Paine National Park. Road transfer to your hotel on the edge of the National Patagonia

Spend the next three nights at Tierra Patagonia, set in a privileged location on the edge of the vibrant-blue Sarmiento Lake towards the Torres del Paine. Your stay is on a full board basis including all meals, house drinks, transfers and a superb selection of excursions on a shared basis.

Stay: Tierra Patagonia

Days 11 - 12: Torres del Paine

With a wide range of exciting excursions on offer included in your stay, discuss your preferences with the local guides, poring over the maps whilst you decide.

Stay: Tierra Patagonia

Days 13: From Torres del Paine to the Chilean Winelands

Travel by road the 5 hours to Punta Arenas airport where you fly up to Santiago. Take a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Chile’s San Antonio Valley.

Spend two nights at La Casona Matetic, a very comfortable, small and historic boutique hotel. A half board stay including dinner with wine and a tour of the winery.

Stay: La Casona Matetic

Day 14: Chilean Winelands

Relax beside the pool in the very pretty gardens and enjoy a tasting session at the winery. Other activities you can organise locally include horse rides, hikes, more extensive winery tours and perhaps a visit to colourful Valparaiso on the coast.

Stay: La Casona Matetic

Day 15: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival The Aubrey
Day 2: Visiting Santiago The Aubrey
Day 3: From Santiago to the Atacama Desert Tierra Atacama
Day 4 -5: Exploring the Atacama Desert Tierra Atacama
Day 6: From Atacama Desert to Lake District Los Caiquenes
Day 7: Lake District Los Caiquenes
Day 8: Lake District Los Caiquenes
Day 9: From Lake District to Puerto Natales, Patagonia The Singular
Day 10: From Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Tierra Patagonia
Days 11 - 12: Torres del Paine Tierra Patagonia
Days 13: From Torres del Paine to the Chilean Winelands La Casona Matetic
Day 14: Chilean Winelands La Casona Matetic
Day 15: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Full board at Tierre Atacama and Tierre Patagonia
  • Half board at La Casona Matetic
  • Mentioned excursions
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa if applicable
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- The Aubrey, Santiago 2- Tierra Atacama 3- Los Caiquenes, Lake Districs The Singular, Patagonia 4- Tierra Patagonia 5- La Casona Matetic, Winelands

From 7100 USD per person based on two guests travelling (excluding flights)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant