|Purpose:||Culture, History, Ecotourism, Wildlife|
|No. of days:||10 days - 9 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Santiago de Chile|
|Other cities:||Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Puerto Natales, Torres de Paine National Park|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Your:
|Santiago (Day 5)||Hotel Holliday Inn Airport||4.5|
|San Pedro de Atacama||Hosteria San Pedro||3.5|
If hotel and lodges indicated above are not available they will be replaced by another one of same category
Santiago de Chile
Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a sophisticated modern city that still conserves its colonial charm found on the central square and surrounding streets. The city was founded in 1541 by Spanish Conquistadors led by Pizarro. Today the city caters to all kinds of travelers. Offering a great selection of historic sites, excellent restaurants, museums and art galleries, having the imposing Andes Mountains as a backdrop.
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama, is the most popular town in the Atacama Desert for its geological formations such as the salt flats, geysers and hot springs. Formerly the center of the Atacama culture, today San Pedro's population is about 2.500 people. Nowadays this small town has a gained great importance and recognition. It is considered the archeological capital of Chile and it enchants all visitors for its extreme geographic position, the extraordinary landscapes, and eternal blue sky.
Puerto Natales - Torres de Paine National Park
Puerto Natales is a small city located in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia. It is home to many comfortable hotels and lodges and it is the gateway to the famous Torres de Paine National Park.
The Torres de Paine National Park is named a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. The park is home to soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs, hundreds of different birds and many species of mammals, and it is the third largest ice field on the planet. Some of its most iconic sites are the 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos Del Paine. The national park is open all year round but the best season to visit is from October to April: spring and summer in the southern hemisphere
This program may be operated as a private tour both during 2016 and 2017 on dates of your choice and First class or Deluxe hotels. Just let our Destination Specialists know your preferences and they will quote the program for you
Day 1: Santiago
Your guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy a panoramic tour of Santiago. Your tour starts with a visit to the Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. Continue to Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the catholic Cathedral, the City Hall, the Post Office Building and the National Historic Museum. Your next stop will be at Cerro San Cristobal, where at 2400 feet high, you will have a breathtaking view of the whole city. The experience continues with a scenic ride through the elegant Providencia neighborhood and finally, along the Costanera Highway until reaching the fashionable Vitacura district, before heading back to your hotel. Round trip transfers and dinner are included at a local restaurant. [D]
Day 2: Santiago (Viña del Mar & Valparaíso)
Depart from our hotel in Santiago to the Pacific coast, crossing the coastal mountain range and the Casablanca and Curacaví Valleys. Your first stop will be Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City; due to the great amount of parks and nice gardens scattered throughout the city. Stop at the Quinta Vergara: the park features three major landmarks: the Palacio Vergara, the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and a beautiful garden. Continue along the bay and get to know the city’s famous flower clock. Next, drive to Valparaíso. Located just 5 miles from Viña de Mar, Valparaiso is a World Heritage Site, Chilean’s main commercial port, and has been the headquarters for the Chilean National Congress since 1990. Valparaiso is home to multi-colored houses, parks, diverse historic monuments, and traditional bars and restaurants. Savor lunch at a typical seafood restaurant and get to know the Plaza Sotomayor, the most important civic square of the city. Then sail across the bay, and appreciate the best views of Valparaíso. At the end of the day you go back to Santiago. [B/L]
Day 3: Santiago, Calama, San Pedro de Atacama (Atacama Desert)
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Calama. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon, enjoy one of the most popular tours in San Pedro de Atacama: the Valley of the Moon. Depart from your hotel and head to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range), to visit the incredible Valley of the Moon (“Valle de la Luna”). The valley is part of the National Flamingo Reservation. This unique place is famous for its natural mineral sculptures like “Las Tres Marías” (The three Marys) formed by the wind erosion, resembling a lunar setting. At the end of the day you will be greeted by an unforgettable sunset at the Kari Viewpoint; one of the highest points of the Salt Mountain Range before returning to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Later your dinner is included at a local restaurant walking distance from your hotel. [B/L/D]
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama (Altiplanic Lagoons & Atacama Salt Flat)
Early morning departure from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. The climb up to the lakes from the valley floor is amazing, with the salt flats to the west and the Andes to the east. Within the Salt Flat, in the area known as Soncor and the Chaxa Lagoon, you will be delighted with the three species of native pink flamingos. After seeing the wonders of the flamingoes, travel further within the Altiplano, reaching over 120 feet high to see the Miñique and Miscanti lagoons. Enjoy the sight of the ultramarine blue water and scruffy terrain and flora, with volcanoes as backdrop. .The tour continues towards the little town of Socaire where you will have lunch at a restaurant run by the Atacamenos (local people). They still use the resources cultivated from the ancestral agricultural terraces. Finally, make a stop at the village of Toconao, where we will visit the main square, the bell tower built in 1750 made of cactus wood, mud and straw, and the church of San Lucas, both declared National Monument since 1951. In the afternoon you go back to San Pedro de Atacama. [B/L]
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago* (Tatio Geysers & Machuca)
You will be picked up at your hotel in the very early morning for a 65 mile ride to the Geysers. Arrive at Tatio Geysers at dawn, when the fumaroles can be best appreciated. After watching this delightful spectacle, it is time to enjoy a delicious breakfast and relax at the natural hot pool with an average temperature of 96.8F. Following, visit Machuca, a little village where the friendly and simple people will give you a nice glimpse of the local culture. There is also a good chance to observe a flock of flamingos, ducks and gulls in the nearby wetlands. After lunch drive back to San Pedro de Atacama.
Later this afternoon, transfer to Calama Airport* to board your flight to Santiago. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel [B/L]
*Important note:The departure flight from Calama to Santiago must be after 5 pm in order to take the Geysers tour
Day 6: Santiago, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales (Patagonia)
Assistance at Santiago airport for checking in for your flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival transfer to the bus station for a picturesque 3 hour ride to Puerto Natales. Arrival in Puerto Natales and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the area on your own. [B/L/D]
Day 7: Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine National Park)
Visit one of the most beautiful natural places in the world, recently chosen as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Your first stop today, on route to the park, is at the Milodón cave. The site is comprised of several caves where a diverse elements of human habitation were found including fire-fractured rock, lithic tools and human remains. Human habitation at the Milodón Cave is dated as early as 6000 BC. Once in the park your trek includes the main attractions, such as Amarga Lagoon, with clear blue water (on a sunny day) and with spectacular surroundings overlooking the Horns of Paine, the Salto Grande falls, with its bluish/green water; and the Grey Lake. At noon enjoy lunch in the park. Then continue your journey for more picture perfect sites. Later this afternoon you go back to Puerto Natales. [B/L]
Day 8; Puerto Natales (Balmaceda Serrano Glaciers)
The two glaciers, Balmaceda and Serrano, are hidden near Puerto Natales. It will take a full day trip by boat to reach these glaciers, including the wonderful view of the bay and the mountains.
In the morning, sail the emerald waters in Patagonia towards the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. As you go, observe in the nearby islands colonies of cormorants and sea lions. Upon arrival hike through a narrow mountain path; at one side, a woody, mountainous area enhances the view, on the other an icy fjord. The hike lasts about 20 minutes, but the scene that unveils in front of you is spectacular. The glacier slowly descends into the fjord, and occasionally breaks off generating huge waves. Then enjoy a delicious “Asado al Palo” (typical Magellan barbecue) at a local Hacienda. Then set sail to Puerto Natales where we will disembark and get back to our Hotel in Puerto Natales. [B/L]
Day 9: Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Santiago
In the morning, transfer from your hotel to the bus station to board your bus to Puerto Punta Arenas. Upon arrival transfer to the airport to board your flight to Santiago.
Reception in Santiago, transfer to your hotel. [B]
DAY 10: Santiago, USA
Morning at leisure. At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home or to your next destination [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
|2017 Departures - Fixed departures|
Rates are per person, based on the number of people indicated on the brackets
Price for single is for passenger traveling alone, staying in a single room.
Single supplement based on 2 or more pax traveling together is available upon request.
All hotels are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
Rates are valid from August1, 2016 through December 2016 and do not apply to the following holidays: Christmas and New Year’s (December 23, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Other blackout dates may apply.
Tour Code: CL01SCL17ADS
Some flights in your programs require specific times of departure or arrival in order to be able to take advantage of the complete program. For this reason these flights must be booked by Holidays with Downtown.
|SCL CJC (Santiago /Calama)||3||Arrival in CJC no later than 12 pm|
|CJC SCL (Calama /Santiago)||5||Departure no earlier than 5:00pm|
|SCL PUQ (Santiago/Punta Arenas)||6||Arrival no later than 1:00 pm|
|PUQ SCL (Punta Arenas / Santiago)||9||Departure no earlier than 3:00 pm|
If flights don’t match the recommend schedules, passengers may lose part of the excursions and additional charges might apply due to extra transfer needed