Chile - The Atacama to Patagonia

From £5,839
Duration 16 Days
Departures from Oct 2020 - Nov 2021
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From £5,839
Duration 16 Days
Departures from Oct 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

The Atacama Desert, lakes and lagoons, mountains, volcanoes and wildlife – this full-on tour of Chile doesn’t miss out a thing!

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Highlights Included
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM Airlines via São ​Paulo
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 13 nights in 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 22 meals: 13 breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 dinners including a welcome drink & dinner​
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage
  • All highlights included

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Santiago walking tour
  • Salt Mountains, Death Valley & Valley of the Moon
  • Chaxa Lagoon in the Los Flamencos National Reserve
  • Miscanti & Meniques lagoons
  • Sunrise visit to the Geysers del Tatio
  • Puerto Varas tour
  • Boat trip to Peulla & visit Petrohue Falls
  • Chiloé Island, where local people will invite us into their homes
  • Travel by boat to Magdalena Island, home to a large colony of penguins
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Balmaceda & Serrano glaciers
  • Casa Isla Negra visit
  • Vina del Mar tour
  • Santiago Central Market culinary tour & cookery class

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Santiago

​Today we'll fly to Santiago, Chile's capital city.​

Day 2 Santiago

​On arrival in Santiago, which boasts a stunning setting beneath the majestic Andes, we'll transfer to our hotel. After time to freshen up, we'll walk through Santiago's historic centre, ticking off sightseeing highlights such as Santa Lucia Hill, the Moneda Palace (Government Palace) and the Plaza de Armas, where the cathedral and National History Museum are located, as we go​. Get to know your travelling companions this evening over a welcome drink and dinner.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama

​We'll fly to Calama today, transferring on arrival to the village of San Pedro de Atacama, set amidst the other-worldly landscape of the arid Atacama Desert. During an afternoon of sightseeing we'll visit the Salt Mountains, Death Valley and the Valley of the Moon to see exceptional rock sculptures formed by the elements. As the sun sets we'll experience a wonderful natural light show as the rays are reflected on the mineral-rich rocks.​

Meals included: B

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama

​We'll explore this incredible destination further today, starting at the picturesque village of Toconao and the salt-crusted Chaxa Lagoon – part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve – where three varieties of this pink-hued wading bird breed. Next, we'll visit the village of Socaire, which overlooks the Atacama Salt Flats. This is our gateway to the intensely blue lagoons of Miscanti and Meñiques, surrounded by impressive volcanoes formed when the Andes rose from the sea. After a simple lunch in Socaire, we'll return to our hotel.

Meals included: B,L

Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago

There's a very early start today, but it's sure to be worth it when you see the Geysers del Tatio – a field of more than 80 active geysers. As we eat our picnic breakfast we'll enjoy the breathtaking sight of steam rising from the ground as the sun comes up over the Andes.

En route back to San Pedro de Atacama, we'll stop at the picturesque village of Machuca, and in the afternoon we'll fly back to Santiago for an overnight stay.​

Meals included: B

Day 6 Santiago - Puerto Varas

​Today we're heading to Puerto Varas, a charming town on the shores of Lake Llanquihue founded by Swiss and German settlers in the 19th century. Known as the 'city of roses' thanks to its flower-lined streets, you'll also see unmistakable German-style architecture during an included tour. We'll ascend Calvario Hill for marvellous views of the lake and the Osorno Volcano. We'll also visit Puerto Montt, the capital of the region, and the beach resorts of Pelluco and Chinquihue, before enjoying an included dinner in a local restaurant.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Puerto Varas

​Take in more exceptional views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes today, but this time it will be from the water on a boat trip to Peulla. This ecological village is located within Vincente Pérez National Park, where we'll have lunch after viewing the emerald-green waters of the Petrohué Falls and sailing on the Todos los Santos Lake (subject to weather conditions).​

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Chiloé Island

​Today's destination is Chiloé Island, just off the coast of Chile. After a ferry crossing we'll step ashore to admire evergreen forests, more than 150 wooden churches, timber houses perched on stilts over the water and the 560-metre-long hanging bridge which connects the island to the Aucar islet. In the fishing village of Tenaún, we'll visit the farmers' fair and meet local people who'll invite us into their homes and share lunch with us.

Meals included: B,L

Day 9 Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas

​Our tour continues as we fly to Punta Arenas. Chile's southernmost city is where your exploration of Patagonia begins.​

Meals included: B

Day 10 Puerto Natales

​We'll start the day early with a visit to Magdalena Island. Our journey by boat takes us along the Strait of Magellan, following the same route as famous explorers including Sir Francis Drake, Charles Darwin and Hernando de Magallanes. On arrival at this designated national nature reserve, we'll be greeted by a large and curious colony of Magellanic penguins – the population here is estimated at 60,000 pairs. This afternoon, we'll travel by road to Puerto Natales.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Torres del Paine

​Torres del Paine National Park is an area of spectacular natural beauty, home to granite peaks, sparkling lakes and glistening icebergs. On our full-day visit we'll travel through Patagonia's rugged steppe, home to many species of mammal including foxes, llama and even the rarely seen puma, with the Salto Grande waterfall and Pehoé and Grey Lakes among the scenic highlights. Our day ends with a visit to the Milodón Cave, where pre-historic animal remains were discovered in the 19th century​.

Meals included: B,L

Day 12 Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers

​An included excursion today takes us on a thrilling cruise on the Última Esperanza Sound. We'll sail through exceptional scenery to view the 1,000-year-old Balmaceda Glacier, where we might spot cormorants and sea lions. We'll then disembark for a short walk to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, which is a remarkable sight surrounded by snow-capped peaks and thick walls of ice.
We'll enjoy dinner at a restaurant this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Puerto Natales - Santiago

​After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport and fly back to Santiago.​

Meals included: B

Day 14 Santiago - Valparaiso

​A full day of exploration begins with a visit to a former home of the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, now a museum. Next, we head to Vina del Mar, the 'Garden City', where we will enjoy lunch. Afterwards, our tour includes sights such as the unique Flower Clock, the Municipal Casino and pretty Wulff Castle, which juts out to the sea from a rocky outcrop.  Finally we head to the coastal city of Valparaiso to explore​.

Meals included: B,L

Days 15 & 16 Santiago - UK

​In the morning, we will have a culinary tour of the city's Central Market in the company of a chef. Here, we'll purchase all the ingredients we need to rustle up some traditional dishes, which we'll learn how to prepare during a cookery class. We'll then eat what we've prepared for lunch.​ We'll then transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 16.​

Meals included: B,L

Additional Information

Please note: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 10000ft where altitude sickness can occur. If you suffer from heart or respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns, please consult your doctor.​

  1. Memorable Moment

    Sail the route navigated by Sir Frances Drake, with penguins greeting us on Magdalena Island.

Accommodation

Hotel Director Vitacura

The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.

Explora Hotel

Hotel Director Vitacura

The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.

Hotel Cabana del Lago

Hotel Cabañas del Lago is situated on the shore of Lake Llanquihue and offers panoramic views of Puerto Varas and nearby volcanoes. Spacious rooms are coming with en-suite facilities, cable TV, minibar and safety deposit box.

Guests can relax in the heated swimming pool and sauna or try various spa procedures. On-site restaurant offers local and international dishes, while drinks and refreshments are offered at the hotel's bar.

Hotel Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas

All rooms in Hotel Diego de Almagro are coming with en-suite facilities and a minibar. They also further benefit from air conditioning, cable TV and telephone. Guests can relax and enjoy themselves in indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. Traditional Chilean and international cuisines are offered in on-site restaurant.

Hotel Costaustralis

Hotel Costaustralis is a chateau-style designer hotel, situated in the real heart of Puerto Natales. All rooms feature either sea or city views, come en-suite and have separate work desks and LCD and cable TV. The Paine restaurant, located in the hotel, offers delicious Patagonian gastronomy, while pisco sour cocktails and wide wine selection can be tasted at the Dickson bar.

Hotel Director Vitacura

The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.