San Pedro de Atacama, Valparaíso and Santiago
7 Days / 6 Nights - per person in double room - Code VIS001
Day 01: Santiago Airport - Santiago - City tour Santiago
Reception at the Santiago Airport and transfer to your hotel.
City tour in Santiago visiting the main tourist attractions.
Regarded as an amazing destination by international media, Santiago is a cosmopolitan and vibrant capital which combined perfectly tradition and modernity. This tour will allow you to meet the origins of the city and its main spots such as the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Post Office and the City Hall of Santiago. You will also visit the La Moneda Government Palace and the most traditional neighborhoods of the historical downtown. The excursion also includes a visit to the Santa Lucía Hill, called Huelén by the native people, an urban oasis in the middle of the capital. There you will learn more about the Chilean history and you will enjoy privileged views of the city. After knowing the historical Santiago, we will go to the Lastarria Neighborhood, known by its cultural, patrimonial and gastronomic offer. The second part of the tour will lead us to the Eastern part of the capital, where lies the financial heartland of Santiago, known by its modern buildings, imposing crystal towers and works made by notable Chilean architects.
Time permitting, you will have the chance to take a optional excursion (not included):
Concha y Toro Vineyard
This tour start from your hotel in Santiago towards Maipo Valley, in a 45-minute trip. The visit begins in Don Melchor square where the guests will be received by a bilingual guide, who will invite you to enjoy a panoramic visit to the vineyard, accompanied by a white wine glass of “Casillero del Diablo” wine, enjoying the aromas and flavors in your walk throughout this hundred-year wine cellar. With your glass in hand, you will participate in a long walk by the old park, travel back in time watching the manor of Pirque, residence of the Concha y Toro family. In this place the greatest wine company was born more than 100 years ago. In the vineyards of Pirque you will be able to know the grapevines development, cultural and technological handling that is responsible for a highest quality performance. Once in the wine cellar you will taste an excellent Merlot Casillero del Diablo wine, while the guide shows and explains the methodology and materials used in the wine production. In order to know the oldest facilities and to be a witness of the worldwide known wine legend, Concha y Toro Vine offers you a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon Casillero del Diablo, the wine that made famous the Chilean wine.
Return to hotel and lodging.
Day 02: Santiago - Valparaíso - Viña del Mar
We begin the route from your hotel, in a trip of 120 kilometers to the Pacific Ocean with a brief stop at the Veramonte Vineyard.
Our "Garden city", Viña del Mar, will charm us with its architecture, its streets, palaces, and Quinta Vergara. We ´ll have the possibility to know a Moai from Easter Island and a handcraft store of lapizlasuli (Faba). We'll drive the coastal border and visit the port city of Valparaiso which goes back to 1536. The city was declared World Heritage by Unesco and it´s currently the site of the legislative power of Chile. It´s a magical place of unique and unforgettable landscapes with colorful neighborhoods and picturesque funicular elevators. We fishish our visit at the Sotomayor Square and the port, where we can navigate through Valparaiso. Return to your hotel in Santiago.
Day 03: Santiago – Calama - Moon Valley - San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast. Transfer to Santiago Airport to take the flight to Calama. Reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. At 03:30 pm, departure from the hotel to The Moon Valley. In the way joining San Pedro with Calama, we will stop to take photos of the Salt Mountain Range from a viewing point. Later, in the Moon Valley, we will visit the “Las Tres Marías” salt statues, the salt mine, the salt caverns and we will watch the evening from a big sand dune. Return to the hotel. Lodging.
Day 04: San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons - Atacama Salt Flat - San Pedro de Atacama
Departure at 08:30 hrs. from the hotel. Visit to the Toconao town, typical handicrafts in Atacama, also the San Lucas Tower (National Monument). The travel includes the visit to the Atacama Salt Flat, entering the Los Flamencos National Reserve (Chaxas Lagoon area). We will continue our trip to the altiplano to get to the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons (4,150 m.o.s.l.). In the middle of our route we will have a stop in the Socaire town (3,200 m.o.s.l.) to get acclimatized and take photos of the San Bartolomé church. Return to San Pedro at 7:00 pm approximately.
Day 05: San Pedro de Atacama - Archaeological Tour - San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 hrs. we will depart to visit the Pukará de Quitor, the Salt Mountain Range (Cordillera de la Sal) and the Catarpe (Incas) ruins. Arrival in the 3,000 years old Tulor ruins. Return to San Pedro through the Séquitor Ayllu. Return to the hotel at 1:00 pm. Afternoon at leisure. Lodging.
Day 06:San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers and Towns
Departure at 5:30 am from the hotel. Breakfast and trekking to the different geysers and thermal swimming pool. Visit to the Caspana Town (old town and church), the Lasana Pukará, and the petroglyphics in the Loa River valley, the Coya Inca lagoon and the church in Chiu-Chiu town. Return to San Pedro de Atacama. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation.
Day 07: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport in Calama.
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