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Circuit: The Best of Chile : Torres del Paine, Lakes and Atacama Desert

14 days / 13 nights Code: VIS009

The best of Chile in only one full circuit, visiting Lakes district, South Patagonia and worldwide driest desert, the Atacama desert. A travel program with a unique contrast and extreme landscapes.

The best of Chile in only one full circuit, visiting Lakes district, South Patagonia and worldwide driest desert, the Atacama desert. A travel program with a unique contrast and extreme landscapes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago Airport - Santiago - City Tour Santiago

Reception at Santiago Airport and transfer to the selected hotel.
By the afternoon city tour in Santiago.
Santiago is a mixture between the old and the modern, characteristic that we invite you to know. Our tour through Santiago will show the immensity of the city, its varied geography and civility. We will guide you through the Main Square of Santiago, where the Cathedral, Main Post Office and City Hall are located. You will be told about the origins of our city. Next stop is the civic neighborhood and the surroundings of La Moneda Government Palace. After that we will be driven through some of the old neighborhoods of Santiago, such as Republica and Concha y Toro neighborhoods, Later, we will visit the eastern part of the city and we will see the modern buildings and the changes that they have brought to the neighborhood. We finish our tour in a handicraft store, located in an exclusive neighborhood, where we will appreciate with a Pisco Sour, Lapizlazuli masterpieces, made with this stone that only exists in Chile and Afghanistan.
Return tothe hotel and lodging.

Day 02: Santiago - Valparaíso - Viña del Mar

Breakfast buffet served in hotel restaurant.
We will begin our tour from the hotel, in a 120-kilometer trip towards the Pacific Ocean.
Our "Garden city", Viña del Mar, will charm us with its architecture, its streets, palaces, and Quinta Vergara. We will have the possibility to know a Moai statue from Easter Island and a handcraft store of lapizlasuli. We will be driven by the coastal border and visit the port city of Valparaiso dating back 1536. The city was declared World Heritage by Unesco and it is currently the site of the legislative power of Chile. It is a magical place of unique and unforgettable landscapes with colorful neighborhoods and picturesque funicular elevators. We will visit Sotomayor Square and the port, where we can navigate through Valparaiso Bay.
In the evening return to Santiago.

Day 03 : Santiago - Santiago Airport - Punta Arenas Airport - Puerto Natales

Transfer to airport. Flight to Punta Arenas.
Reception at the Punta Arenas Airport (we suggest you to take flights in the morning) and transfer to the city to board the bus to Puerto Natales (249 km / 03 hours of trip). Arrival in the city of Puerto Natales, transfer from the bus station to the hotel. Accomodation.

Day 04: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Breakfast. At 07:30 am departure from your hotel to begin the full day excursion that will drive us first to the Milodón Cave (Natural Monument) and later to Torres del Paine National Park where we will have a panoramic view of Paine mountains as welcome. Also we will admire lakes such as Sarmiento ,Nordenskjold, and Pehoe. Its fauna will be present through guanacos, foxes among others and big variety of birds of easy observation during the trip. A short trek will take us to a big waterfall called Salto Grande which is part of park hidrographical net. Later, retaking the main way, it access to CONAF central office, to continue to the Grey Lake, where after a 30 minutes walk through a millenium forest we will get to its beach to admire a great number leading offs floes from glacier. A box lunch is included.
At approximately 7:00 pm we estimate our arrival in Puerto Natales, lodging.

Day 05: Puerto Natales - Perito Moreno Glacier - Calafate (Very exhausting day)

Breakfast. At approximately 7:45 am we will connect with a regular bus from Puerto Natales. This will be a long day and it will take a 5-hour trip (360 kms) to get to the Los Glaciares National Park. During the trip we will have our first stop at Don Guillermo border crossing (Cerro Castillo), place where Customs procedures are carried out. Once in the Argentinean territory and after a 3-hour trip, we will get to Calafate town, where will have a brief stop. Then, we will continue to the Park located 80 kms away from the town to admire the inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. After 2 hours, we will start our return to a 1-hour visit to Calafate. At approximately 10:30 pm, return to Puerto Natales city. Lodging. Includes box luch y ticket to the Park.
- Do not forget your documentation for the Customs procedures at the border crossing: passport and card entry to the country.
- Children require permission of both parents.

Day 06: Puerto Natales – Sailing to Glaciers - Punta Arenas

Breakfast. At 7:40 am transfer from your hotel to local pier. At 8:00 am sailing to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. This sailing lasts about 4 hours to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. During the trip we will be able to watch the first local estancias, cormorants and sea lions colonies, waterfalls in the middle of forests, and cliffs, the perfect home of the majestic Condor. Once in the park, we will get to the Balmaceda Mountain featuring in its eastern slope the glacier of the same name. Later, we will approach land on the Puerto Toro docking area, from where we will start a short trekking to the Serrano Glacier, crossing a native forest and the lake shore. A box lunch is included. At approximately 5:00 pm. return to Puerto Natales to take the bus heading to the city of Punta Arenas. Transfer to the hotel. Lodging.

Day 07: Punta Arenas – Punta Arenas Airport - Puerto Montt Airport - Puerto Varas

Breakfast. At the according time, we will transfer to the Punta Arenas airport.Flight to Puerto Montt.
Reception in the El Tepual Airport (Puerto Montt) transfer to the hotel in Puerto Varas. Accommodation

Day 08 : Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Chiloé Island - Castro - Dalcahue

Join us to enjoy this full day tour, which will allow us to visit the northern part of Chiloé Island. After a 30-minute trip by ferry, watching a wide variety of birds, we will get to a small village called Chacao to visit the Main Square and the church. We will go to Dalcahue, where we will stop at the promenade to walk and visit the handicraft market, museum and church. Time to lunch. We will continue to Castro city through a coastal road. We will head to the Gamboa River stilt houses, the Main Square and its church. We continue to a small village known as Nercón to visit the last church of our journey.
Return to Puerto Varas.

Day 09 : Puerto Varas - Petrohue - Osorno Volcano

Breakfast. Departure from the hotel.
A lake born in a glacier and an active volcano are two must-see you cannot miss. We will visit the Fundo Playa Venado, countryside and livestock. Once inside the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, we will visit the worldwide known Petrohué Riverfalls, with turquoise colors that delight travelers. Then, we will head to the origin of this river: the Todos los Santos Lake, to visit its volcanic sand beaches and the Museo de los Colonos (Settlers Museum - not included). After that, at the foothill of the Osorno Volcano, we will stop at the village of Ensenada before we continue up to the Osorno Volcano Ski Center, where we will enjoy time for a lunch and the surroundings.
Return to Puerto Varas.

Day 10 : Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt Airport - Santiago Airport - Calama Airport – San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Puerto Montt airport. Flight to Santiago to take the fligh to Calama.
Reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, from the airport to Calama. Lodgging.

Day 11 : San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons - Atacama Salt

Departure at 07:00 am from your hotel. Visit the Toconao town, typical handicrafts of the Atacama area (llama wool, alpaca, cactus wood and volcanic stone), also the San Lucas Tower (National Monument and town symbol). The travel includes the visit to the Atacama Salt Flat in the Los Flamencos National Reserve (Chaxas Lagoon site). We will continue our trip to the altiplano to get to the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons (4150 m.s.n.m.). In the middle of our route, we will have a little stop in the Socaire (3200 mts.) town to get acclimatized and take photos of the small San Bartolomé church. Return to San Pedro at 7:00 pm approximately.

Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama - Archaeological Tour - Moon Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 hrs. Visit to the Pukará del Quitor, the Salt Mountain Range and the Catarpe (Incas) ruins. Arrival in the Tulor ruins with more than 3000 years old. Return to San Pedro through the Séquitor Ayllu. Return to the hotel at 1:00 pm. At 4:30 pm, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley. In the way which join San Pedro with Calama,we will enjoy a photo stop to take photos of the Salt Mountain from a viewpoint. After that, once in the Moon Valley, we will visit the salt statues “Las Tres Marías”, the salt mine, the salt caverns and we will look the evening from big sand dune. Return to the hotel. Lodging.

Day 13: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers - Andean Towns - Calama Airport - Santiago Airport - Santiago

Departure at 05:00 am from the hotel. Breakfast and trekking to the different geysers and thermal swimming pool. Return to San Pedro at 4:00pm. Transfer to the Calama Airport. Flight to Santiago. Reception and transfer to hotel. Lodging.

Day 14 Santiago - Santiago Airport

Breakfast. Transfer to airport

Activities

Today rates(Dec/01/2016 hasta Dec/31/2016)

Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person, per night

OptionAccommodations IncludedSingleDoubleTriple
Option 1$3,474$2,351$2,143
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Next season rates(Jan/01/2017 hasta Mar/31/2017)

Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person, per night

OptionAccommodations IncludedSingleDoubleTriple
Option 1$3,496$2,362$2,150
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Important: Aforementioned hotels or similar.

Includes:
- Transportation
- Lodging
- Breakfast
- 3 nights in Santiago
- 3 nights in Puerto Natales.
- 1 night in Punta Arenas.
- 3 nights in Puerto Varas
- 3 nights in San Pedro de Atacama
- Lunch in Chiloé excursion
- Lunch in excursion to Petrohué
- Lunch in excursion to Torres del Paine
- Lunch in Serrano glacier navigation
- Described excursions in the itinerary
- Entrante fee to parks, except in San Pedro de Atacama
- Transfer in/out
- Bilingual guide English/Spanish

Not included
- Entrance fee in San Pedro de Atacama
- Air tickets
- Extras not described in the itinerary

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