Experience the Best of Chile
Explore Chile's wonders: Santiago to Atacama, glaciers to lagoons. An adventure of landscapes, culture, and unforgettable experiences.
Discover the heart and soul of Chile with our unforgettable adventure that showcases the country's most captivating landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and natural wonders. From the bustling streets of Santiago to the ethereal deserts of Atacama, and from the tranquil lakes of Puerto Varas to the rugged beauty of Torres del Paine, this journey is a symphony of experiences that will leave you spellbound.
Explore the mystical Moon Valley, and witness the epic landscapes of the high-plateau Altiplanic Lagoons. Encounter penguins in Chiloé, navigate turquoise waters to witness the magnificent Grey Glacier, and stand in awe of the granite peaks in Torres del Paine National Park.
Indulge in moments of tranquillity at the Azul Lagoon, marvel at the rainbow-hued rocks of the Rainbow Valley, and soak in the serenity of the Andean highlands. On this trip, you will undoubtedly experience the best of Chile, from cultural heritage to ecological paradises.
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Day 1: It's holiday time!
Head to your planned airport for your flight to Santiago.
Day 2: Arrival in Santiago
Welcome to Santiago. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel Le Reve situated in a stylish part of Santiago, where you will stay for one night.
Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through Chile's vibrant capital city. Your afternoon will be filled with exploration as you visit iconic landmarks like "Plaza de Armas," the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard, and the impressive Government Palace "La Moneda."
The evening will take you through the modern allure of Santiago, including chic neighborhoods, shopping districts, and financial centre.
Day 3: Atacama's Enchanting Deserts
After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to Santiago airport for a flight to Calama and road transfer to the magical town of San Pedro de Atacama. Stay at the Hotel Kimal where you will spend four nights.
Take in the captivating landscapes as you're guided through the ethereal Moon Valley, an arid desert valley that feels like another world. Explore unique geological formations shaped by the wind and water and take in the beauty of the Atacama Desert.
Day 4: High-Plateau Wonders
Today, the high-plateau (Altiplanic Lagoons) and Socaire village await your discovery. Delight in the unique vegetation, wildlife, lagoons, and salt flats of the region. The grandeur of Laguna Miscanti will leave you in awe, and a visit to Socaire village will immerse you in traditional Atacameño culture. Return to San Pedro enriched by this unforgettable journey.
Day 5: El Tatio Geysers & Thermal Waters
With the sunrise, experience the awe-inspiring El Tatio Geysers. Traverse through diverse ecosystems, stopping at Machuca village, before reaching the spectacular geyser field "El Tatio." Embrace the chance to immerse yourself in the therapeutic thermal waters amidst this natural wonder.
Day 6: A Rainbow of Beauty
Enjoy a leisurely morning in San Pedro. Explore the village, its charming church, and the vibrant craft market. In the afternoon, embark on a journey to the Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas, two culturally and geologically significant sites. Discover the enchanting layers of ancient rocks in Rainbow Valley, and revel in the mesmerising views from the rim of the salt Mountain range.
Day 7: Andean Highlands to Lakeside Beauty
Bid farewell to San Pedro as you embark on a journey to Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas.
En-route, feast your eyes on the stunning landscapes that transition from the Andean highlands to the shores of Llanquihue Lake. Immerse yourself in the picturesque charm of Puerto Varas, nestled before the majestic Osorno volcano. You will be staying at Cabana del Lago hotel where you will spend three nights.
Day 8: Peulla's Ecological Paradise
Today, embark on a beautiful excursion to Peulla. Traverse the southern shore of Lake Llanquihue and be mesmerised by the Petrohué River Falls. Navigate the emerald waters of to reach Villa Peulla, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Engage in a variety of ecotourism activities and savour the wonders of this ecological haven.
Day 9: Chiloé's Enchanting Charms
Experience the wonders of Chiloé Island, a treasure trove of cultural and natural riches. Encounter the captivating penguins of Puñihuil, a unique natural spectacle where Magellanic and Humboldt penguins coexist. Explore charming towns, striking palafitos, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this coastal gem.
Day 10: Journey to the Southern Wilderness
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Puerto Montt airport to board your next flight to Puerto Natales, where you will be staying at Costaustralis Hotel for two nights.
Day 11: Marvel at Grey Glacier
Today you will head to Grey Glacier and experience the natural wonders of Torres del Paine from the turquoise waters of Grey Lake. Gaze at blue icebergs, towering mountains, and the ever-changing landscape, all while savouring a pisco sour made with thousand-year-old glacier ice.
Day 12: Grey Glacier Adventure
Embark on a 3-hour voyage to Grey Glacier within Torres del Paine National Park. Aboard Grey III, a modern vessel, which will take you on a trip of lush landscapes and towering mountains and dazzling blue icebergs. Take in the grandeur of Cerro Paine Grande, the Paine massif, and snow-clad peaks. Staying at Lago Grey Hotel for two nights.
Day 13: Discover the Tranquility of Azul Lagoon
Embark on a morning journey to the serene shores of Azul Lagoon, where an easy 30-minute walk awaits amidst the incredible backdrop of Las Torres Mountains. These vistas provide a unique and captivating perspective of the granite peaks, setting this spot apart from other areas in the park. The area teems with wildlife, enveloping you in a tranquil atmosphere that naturally encourages contemplation of life, nature, and the enchantment of the present moment.
As you journey back to Puerto Natales, a significant stop awaits: the Milodon Cave, a natural monument that holds the remains of a prehistoric herbivorous animal. After this captivating exploration, return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 14: Homeward Bound via Santiago
After breakfast at the hotel, travel back to Santiago via Punta Arenas, cherishing the memories of your Chilean adventure. Transfer to your hotel in Santiago and enjoy a final night in this dynamic city.
Day 15: Farewell Santiago!
Savour a final breakfast in Santiago before being transferred to the airport for your departure. As you bid farewell to Chile, take with you a heart full of unforgettable experiences.
Duration: 15 Days
Location: Chile Holidays, South and Central America Holidays
From £4,630 based on two people sharing (excluding international flights)
The trip includes all internal flights, accommodation and activities specified above. Rooms and meals as below:
- 2 nights, Le Reve Hotel, Standard Deluxe room - breakfast included.
- 4 nights, Kimal Hotel, Standard room - San Pedro de Atacama, breakfast included.
- 3 nights, Cabanas del Lago Hotel, Standard room, breakfast included.
- 2 nights, Costaustralis Hotel, City view room, breakfast included.
- 2 nights, Lago Grey Hotel, Superior room, Grey Lake sector, breakfast included.
This trip excludes:
- International flights to and from UK (expect these to cost from £800 pp for economy flights. Please note; that pricing can change significantly depending on the time of year and how far in advance flights are booked)
When to visit Chile
Discover the best times to visit Chile with this guide
January is the peak of summer in Chile, making it an excellent time to visit the country's coastal areas, including the vibrant cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. The temperatures during this month are generally pleasant, ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities
Another fantastic month to explore Chile, especially if you're interested in the landscapes of Patagonia. The weather remains warm and inviting, making it an ideal time for hiking and outdoor adventures. In Valparaiso, you can experience the colourful Carnival of Valparaiso, a lively celebration filled with parades, music, dancing, and stunning street art. It's advisable to book accommodation well in advance due to the popularity of this season.
March marks the beginning of autumn in Chile, and the weather starts to cool down. It's still an enjoyable time to visit, with fewer crowds and lower prices compared to the peak summer season. The wine regions of Chile, such as the picturesque Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, are particularly beautiful during this time, as the vineyards display vibrant hues of red and orange.
The weather is mild, and the autumn paints the landscape in impressive array of colours. It's an ideal time to visit the captivating Lake District, which encompasses stunning destinations like Pucon and Puerto Varas. The iconic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is also worth exploring during this time, with agreeable temperatures and fewer tourists. Additionally, Easter Island experiences comfortable weather in April, making it an opportune moment to visit this remote and enigmatic destination.
May marks the beginning of the low season in Chile, as the temperatures continue to drop, and the tourist numbers decrease. It's a quieter time with ample opportunities to explore Santiago's cultural attractions and museums without the usual crowds. If you're a ski enthusiast, you can head to the majestic Andes Mountains, where the ski resorts begin to open for the winter season, offering thrilling snow sports activities.
June brings winter to Chile, making it an excellent time to hit the ski slopes. The ski resorts in the Andes Mountains, such as Portillo and Valle Nevado, offer excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. However, it's important to note that June is the coldest month in Chile, especially in regions like Patagonia and the southern parts of the country. Make sure to pack warm clothing and gear accordingly.
In the northern regions of Chile, such as the extraordinary Atacama Desert, temperatures remain mild during the day but drop significantly at night, creating a unique and captivating atmosphere for stargazing.
It's a great time to visit the renowned wine regions, such as the Maipo Valley and the Casablanca Valley, as the vineyards prepare for the upcoming grape harvest. The cities and attractions are generally less crowded during this time, allowing for a more relaxed and peaceful experience.
September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. It's an excellent time to explore the coastal regions and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and whale watching.
October is a beautiful month to visit Chile, with relaxing temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season. It's an ideal time to explore the stunning fjords, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. In the Casablanca Valley wine region, you can participate in the grape harvest festivals, known as vendimias, and indulge in wine tastings, surrounded by the famous Chilean vineyards.
The temperatures are comfortable, and the landscapes are vibrant and picturesque. In Santiago, you can explore the bustling markets, savour delectable local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's cultural offerings. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking in the scenic Aysén region or visit the picturesque Chiloé Island, known for its distinctive architecture and rich folklore.
It's a great time to visit the country's beaches and coastal cities. The temperatures rise, providing ample opportunities for water sports, sunbathing, and swimming. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores of Arica or explore the vibrant beach towns like La Serena, you can bask in the summer vibes.
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