This 12-day Latin America adventure travel takes you from Northern Chile’s the Atacama Desert to Santiago, the Lake District, then Torres del Paine. On your way enjoy the hiking, biking, wine tasting, rafting, and other fun activities as you encounter both the metropolitan and natural sides of Chile.
Bike along Casablanca Valley and explore various vineyards along the way
Visit the salt flats of Atacama Desert
Enjoy rafting through Class III rapids along the Petrohue River
Hike the tracks of Torres del Paine to the foot of enormous spires
Experience the highlights of Chile on this Latin America adventure travel starting in the North and ending in the South of this incredibly long, narrow country. Explore the arid Atacama Desert, walk through Santiago's streets, and hike, bike, raft and enjoy more fun in the Lakes District near Puerto Varas. End your Chile tour with hiking in the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world's famous hiking & trekking destinations. Add on an additional visit to Easter Island to round out your Chilean exploration.
After arriving at Santiago airport and clearing customs, you are met by your local guide and driven to your hotel. You have time to take rest after checking into your comfortable hotel before being picked up for a City Walking Tour.
The tour starts with you and your guide traveling downtown via Santiago's subway to visit the popular landmarks including the central fish market and ‘Plaza de Armas’, Santiago’s main square and kilometer zero from where all distances in the country are measured. You explore the ‘Alameda’, the main street of the city center, via the bustling pedestrian walkway ‘Paseo Ahumada’, noted for its crowds, shops, and variety of people. After visiting Chile's presidential palace ‘La Moneda’, a symbol of Chile’s political past and its well-known history, climb Cerro Santa Lucia, where Santiago was established in 1541 by Pedro Valdivia. The tour ends by visiting the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood, lined with cafes, restaurants, small theaters, bookstores, and boutique shops.
The intense yet simple necessary products of the earth provide the main subject of this bike tour through long vineyard-flanked country roads in the valley of Casablanca. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind route on mysterious old tree-lined roads, where you can enjoy the captivating beauty of Chile into your heart and soul, tasting the famous white wines of Casablanca (some of them a real treat!) and relishing our farm-to-table gourmet cooking at a remarkable picnic-lunch under centenary eucalyptus trees.
You are picked up at your hotel and travel to the Valley of Casablanca where you stop at Vina Organicos Emiliana for an excursion and wine tasting. After exploring Vina Emiliana, bike along quiet secondary roads flanked by wide vineyards to reach the main square of the ancient city of Casablanca, one of the first established by the Spanish conquerors. Then, continue biking to reach the road to Las Dichas, where you have a wonderful picnic lunch under old eucalyptus trees.
After lunch, bike 5km to reach the point where the bike tour finishes, from there, return to your hotel.
This morning after a short spectacular flight, reach Calama from where you will be driven to San Pedro de Atacama, in the middle of the desert. The afternoon is at your leisure, you can relax or explore San Pedro on your own
In the evening, set off on a sunset bike tour to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), placed 13km/8 miles west of San Pedro in the Salt Mountain Range. The valley has wonderfully exceptional lunar landscapes and is considered one of the driest places in the world. Cycling towards Valle de la Luna in time to view a dramatic sunset, feel the vastness of the desert stretching out all around you.
Today you drive to the famous Salar de Atacama, a white boundless salt flat with flamingos nesting in the lagoons. Geological research studies recommend this vast salt flat is the most significant lithium reserve in the world.
Visit a neighboring village with ancient architecture and welcoming locals who make fine wool knit products. In the afternoon visit the Altiplano lagoons, Miscanit, and Monique, placed at 4,500m above sea level. Outstanding flora and fauna can be seen and the area is also home to several legends about the Atacama Desert. The tour will be ended in the city of Socaire, where old Andean traditions are still practiced.
Today a very early wake-up will reward you the amazing view of Tatio Geysers in action. From almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam rushes up to 40 meters over the surface of these dramatic geysers. A delicious breakfast is served upon arrival before you walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers exploding nearby. As you drive back, there is a majestic view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes. Return to town in time to have lunch and the afternoon is free to relax after the early start, high altitude, and low temperature you faced in the morning.
Today it’s time to travel from one extreme to another as you start from the dusty Atacama desert to Chile's beautiful Lake District, lined with enormous lakes and active volcanoes. After checking out from the hotel we will transfer you to the airport to board a flight to Puerto Montt, connecting in Santiago. On arrival in Puerto Montt, proceed to nearby Puerto Varas, a charming town with a marked German architectural style placed on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, where you stay overnight.
This morning get ready for white water rafting! We will drive to the Petrohue sector, in Perez Rosales National Park, established at the foot of Osorno Volcano next to the flowing blue-green waters of the Petrohue river. On arrival, skilled guides will equip you with all the rafting gear needed (wetsuit, helmet, paddle jacket, and life jacket) and then brief you through safety instructions. Board the rafts and start paddling down this wonderful class III river, enjoying the rapids and the scenes. After completing the funfilled river section, enjoy a snack on the river banks and then return to Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas.
Get up early today for your spectacular drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, situated in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park, where you spend the next three nights in a standard lodge.
On your way make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, cheerful town on the shores of Seno de Ultima Esperanza, where you can savor a hearty local lunch. The journey is very dramatic, with plenty of wild birds and amazing landscapes to be seen. The day ends with your arrival at EcoCamp Patagonia, placed in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11 pm, so upon arrival, there's a flood of light to cherish the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
Your time at the EcoCamp is flexible and includes a number of guided tours. Pick up your day's activities from a daily menu according to your interests and energy level for the day, options ranging from easy-paced to difficult hikes or even cycling tours. Hikers can try to the foot of the enormous spires of El Paine making an 8 hours roundtrip. You can also choose to relax and stay at the EcoCamp to enjoy the views and tranquility or take a walk apart from the guided group. Horseback riding and spa services can be organized at the nearby Hosteria Las Torres during any free time or as an optional activity.
Early this morning enjoy a spectacular ride back to Punta Arenas and catch the evening flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago, proceed back to your hotel for some well-deserved sleep.
Today after breakfast check out of the hotel and we will transfer you to the airport, where you catch your flight for home.
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