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Wonders of Chile

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,761

This Chile tour uncovers all that’s cool about this dramatic country. Enjoy the energy, art and history of its cities, and stand awed by the Atacama Desert.


This 6-day Chile trip starts in Santiago, the underrated capital city, then takes in the splendid natural sights of Atacama before returning home.

Too many visitors bypass Santiago, but some time here is crucial to understanding Chile’s dynamic history and booming arts and intellectual scene. Of course, language is a slight barrier, but your guide will help put things in perspective on an afternoon tour that takes you to the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, National Historical Museum, and the Presidential Palace. End your day by exploring chic Bellavista, where Chile’s free thinkers come out to play. The following day, take a day trip to the surrounding towns, including UNESCO listed Valparaiso, the colourful port city characterised by its ‘elevator’ cable cars and naval monuments. You’ll also visit Vina del Mar, a favourite seaside holiday spot for locals.

The surreal Atacama Desert is your next stop, home to otherworldly sights such as the Salt Mountain Range and Moon Valley. Watch its vibrant colours change with the light, and ponder the rich array of wildlife that inhabits this deceptively barren-looking area. You’ll also visit San Pedro de Atacama, a town with a long mining history that’s also the gateway to Chile’s largest salt lake, and home to ALMA, the largest astronomical project in the world. Think nothing can live off a salt lake? How about the vast flock of flamingos at Salar de Atacama? Finally, start your day early by visiting the Tatio Geysers, which spout only during the very early morning to heights of over 164 feet.

Fly back to Santiago for one last night before your homeward flight.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,761

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Day 1

Arrive Santiago

On arrival into Santiago you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

As most flights arrive into Chile in the morning, after checking in and refreshing the afternoon is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Eurotel Providencia

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    Eurotel Providencia



    Eurotel Hotel is located in Providencia, walking distance from Pedro de Valdivia and Los Leones subway station. The hotel offers panoramic views of the mountains, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Eurotel Providencia has comfortable rooms, all equipped with a work desk, air conditioning and cable ...

    Eurotel Hotel is located in Providencia, walking distance from Pedro de Valdivia and Los Leones subway station. The hotel offers panoramic views of the mountains, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Eurotel Providencia has comfortable rooms, all equipped with a work desk, air conditioning and cable TV. Suites are spacious, with luxury furnishings. There is a well-equipped gym and hot tub. Eurotel has a restaurant and bar, as well as room service. There is al fresco dining.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Cable TV
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Mini Bar
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • TV

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Day 2

Santiago at leisure

Today is free to explore Santiago and the nearby wine district. (Tours not included in the trip price).

Visit the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where Santiago has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city, big or small, has a plaza de Armas as when cities were founded in colonial times, the center was also were the armory and military base was established - hence the name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). You can visit some of the more important buildings of the city, such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. Continue to the Presidential Palace "La Moneda" the current seat of the government. You will wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. It is then onto the bohemian and gourmet district of Bellavista with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colorful antique homes.

Wander the street and rub shoulders with some of Santiago's intellectuals and artists who call the neighborhood home. Visit the Forestal Park, which runs along the Mapocho River that flows from the Andes and cuts the city of Santiago in two.

Day 3

Santiago to San Pedro

An early rise and a transfer to the airport for the flight north to Calama (Flights not included in trip price). On arrival into the desert and mining town of Calama you will be met and transferred via a scenic road, with volcanos as a back drop, to San Pedro de Atacama and your hotel.

After refreshing in your hotel you will travel to the Salt Mountain Range approximately 19km / 12 miles from San Pedro and home to the famous Moon Valley. Declared a nature sanctuary and the area consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. Eons of erosion have left an amazing selection of rock formations and sand dunes. One could almost imagine themselves in a scene from Interstellar, so "other worldly" is the area.

You will also visit Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the entire region of San Pedro de Atacama. Towards dusk, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities and leaving a lasting impression of how beautiful a desert region can look.

Return to your hotel early evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

La Casa de Don Tomas

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    La Casa de Don Tomas


    Located in the intriguing archeological area of San Pedro, the charm of Atacamenan architecture was applied to La Casa de Don Tomas, resulting in a refined inn, cozy and welcoming, where visitors find maximum comfort and quality service in spacious rooms.

    Located in the intriguing archeological area of San Pedro, the charm of Atacamenan architecture was applied to La Casa de Don Tomas, resulting in a refined inn, cozy and welcoming, where visitors find maximum comfort and quality service in spacious rooms.

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Day 4

San Pedro De Atacama and Tatio Geysers

Today is a VERY early start as we are up at about 4:00 AM to head to one of the highest geothermal areas in the world. Located at 4300 meters / 14,107 feet above the sea level in the Andean Range the Tatio Geysers, dormant during the daylight hours, spring - pun intended - to life early morning with towers of hot water driving from deep below the earth to heights of over 50 metres / 164 feet.

The water originates in the high Andes as snow melt. It seeps its way deep into the earth through cracks eventually dropping down to the interior magma fields. It is heated and begins its return journey to the surface.

As the sun rises the Geysers subside in activity. It is then time for a soak in the numerous natural hot springs in the area before heading back to San Pedro.
The drive to and from the geysers are as equally spectacular as the geysers themselves. Bordered by the ubiquitous volcanoes that border Chile and Bolivia, the Andes Mountains put on display amazing presentations of the rich geological deposits in the region, which each mountain offering a different palate of rainbow colors. Highlighting this are crystal blue or green lakes at their base.

As your day started early it ends somewhat early back in San Pedro around lunch time. You can now enjoy a nap, a walk through the town and a visit to one of the many cafes or restaurants or simply relax at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago

Today is a day of travel where you go from one the north back to the capital of Chile, Santiago. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago. (Flights not included in trip price) On arrival into Santiago you are transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Eurotel Providencia

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    Eurotel Providencia



    Eurotel Hotel is located in Providencia, walking distance from Pedro de Valdivia and Los Leones subway station. The hotel offers panoramic views of the mountains, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Eurotel Providencia has comfortable rooms, all equipped with a work desk, air conditioning and cable ...

    Eurotel Hotel is located in Providencia, walking distance from Pedro de Valdivia and Los Leones subway station. The hotel offers panoramic views of the mountains, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Eurotel Providencia has comfortable rooms, all equipped with a work desk, air conditioning and cable TV. Suites are spacious, with luxury furnishings. There is a well-equipped gym and hot tub. Eurotel has a restaurant and bar, as well as room service. There is al fresco dining.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Cable TV
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Mini Bar
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • TV

    More Details

Day 6

Depart Santiago

Onward Travel. Please enquire about the many add ons for your Chile trip.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Dec 19
2018: Jan 30; Mar 20; May 22; Jul 24; Sep 25; Dec 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
  • Shared transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary unless specified otherwise
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum group size is 30.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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18 Dec 2018
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