Exploring Chile on a Budget

16 Days from £4339 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Budget

Explore a good deal of Chile’s highlights in this well-priced tour full of contrasts. From the Moon Valley watch the beautiful fading light as the sun sets over the vast Atacama desert, and visit the famous El Tatio Glaciers, at 4,300 metres the highest geothermal field in the world. Fly to Chile’s beautiful Lake District, hike on snow-capped Osorno volcano, and visit Chiloe Island, home to a combined colony of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. Then fly to the far south and Torres del Paine National Park, one of South America’s most iconic protected areas. Enjoy the magnificent landscapes and varied flora and fauna during a full day tour of the park, and enjoy a day hike to the famous base of the Towers. This is a truly varied, value-for-money itinerary and we wholeheartedly commend it to you.

Itinerary

Price from £4339 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Evening departure from London and fly overnight to Santiago.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Santiago

Met on arrival in Santiago and transfer to hotel. Afternoon guided exploration (shared) of the historical and modern sights of Santiago. This will include La Moneda, a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huerfanos and Ahumada, the Plaza de Armas, and Santa Lucia Hill where the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. Continue on to the cultural and artistic neighbourhood of Bellavista, explore San Cristobal Hill, and finish in elegant Providencia before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Staying at Hotel Bonaparte. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer to Santiago Airport. Fly to Calama and transfer by road to San Pedro de Atacama at an altitude of 2440 metres. In the afternoon, explore the stone and sand formations of Moon Valley, and later on marvel at the beautiful scene as the sun sets over the vast desert.

Staying at Hotel de Poblado de Kimal. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast explore (shared) the town of San Pedro de Atacama, visit the 3,000 year old pre-Colombian village of Tulor, and continue to the Pukara de Quitor fortress. In the afternoon visit Toconao village (known for its white volcanic stone sculptures) and Atacama Salt Lake before returning to San Pedro de Atacama.

Staying at Hotel Poblado de Kimal. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - San Pedro de Atacama

Before dawn head north the the famous El Tatio geysers situated high on the altiplano at 4,300 metres elevation. At dawn observe the powerful jets of steam that shoot out from various blowholes, and steaming salt-encrusted ponds. Then drive to the village of Machuca which was once the resting place for llama caravans that travelled the Inca Highway. Return to San Pedro de Atacama in the late morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Staying at Hotel Poblado de Kimal. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Lake District

After breakfast transfer to Calama Airport and fly to Puerto Montt via Santiago. Met on arrival and transfer to Puerto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Casa Kalfu. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Lake District

Head towards Vicente Perez Rosales National Park (shared), stopping at viewpoints along the way to enjoy the landscape and wildlife. Once inside the park look out for entertaining torrent ducks on the lagoon then continue to the Petrohue River and Petrohue Waterfalls. Afterwards, continue to Todos Los Santos Lake and a boat ride across the emerald water to the town of Ensenada at the base of Osorno Volcano. Weather permitting, trek on the volcano or explore the lake before returning to Puerto Varas in the afternoon.

Staying at Casa Kalfu. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Lake District

In the morning drive to Chiloe Island, crossing the Chacao Channel by ferry. Explore the Bay of Ancud including the local craft and fish market, and San Antonio Fortress. Afterwards continue towards the Pacific west coast and the small cove of Punihuil with three small islands where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins breed together. Board a Zodiac for a close view of the penguins and other fauna including sea lions, pelicans and cormorants. Return to Puerto Varas in the late afternoon.

Staying at Casa Kalfu. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Torres del Paine National Park

Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport and fly to Punta Arenas. Met on arrival and transfer north to your hotel just outside Torres del Paine National Park.

Staying at Hotel Rio Serrano. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Torres del Paine National Park

Spend the day enjoying the landscapes and wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park in a small group accompanied by a bilingual guide. The National Park is home to 26 species of mammals including guanaco, puma, the endangered South Andean deer (the Huemul, Chile’s national symbol), two species of fox, and the Patagonian skunk. Bird species number 118 and include wading birds such as the Chilean flamingo which live in the numerous lakes and lagoons across the park, 15 species of birds of prey including the Andean condor, and South America’s largest bird, the flightless rhea, which lives on the Patagonian steppe.

Staying at Hotel Rio Serrano. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Torres del Paine National Park

Today head to the eastern sector of Torres del Paine National Park and hike to the base of the famous Towers for a thoroughly rewarding view.

Staying at Hotel Rio Serrano. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Valparaiso

After breakfast return to Punta Arenas and fly back to Santiago. Met on arrival and transfer to Valparaiso on the coast.

Staying at Hotel Fauna. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Valparaiso

In the morning visit the waterfront, parks and status of the seaside town of Vina del Mar then return to Valparaiso to explore the city’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride a cable car, stroll along Atkinson and Gervasoni boardwalks, visit Plaza Sotomayor and finish with a visit to La Sebastiana Museum.

Staying at Hotel Fauna. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Valparaiso

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Staying at Hotel Fauna. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Santiago

After breakfast transfer to Santiago Airport in time for the flight back to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes No Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
From January 2017 British Airways will operate four direct flights per week from London Heathrow to Santiago. Other flight options from the UK to Santiago include Air France via Paris, Iberia via Madrid, LATAM via Madrid or Sao Paulo, and Avianca via Bogota.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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When visiting the eastern sector of Torres del Paine National Park, look out for puma which are often seen close to the roads and trails.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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