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Chile's Mountains, Glaciers and Colonial CitiesChile

From £5,070 per person for 9 nights
This southern slice of South America scores full points for its variety of attractions – from the immense, unforgettable landscapes of the far south to its unique wildlife and complex, cosmopolitan cities. Then you have three days to relax in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park

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Summary

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Our Patagonia and Santiago experience is a fast-paced introduction to one of South America’s most diverse countries. Explore the cosmopolitan cities of Santiago and Valparaíso, visit islands where vast penguin colonies huddle for warmth, and scale the heights of Torres del Paine National Park, where llamas roam across epic mountain scenery and condors circle overhead. 


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Hike through the jaw-dropping scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, home to iconic South American wildlife including condors and guanacos
  • Journey on foot through thick forest towards the spectacular Serrano glacier
  • Wander through the barrios of lively Santiago
  • Navigate the Strait of Magellan by boat, visit Magdalena Island and walk among 150,000 penguins
  • Discover the rainbow-hued buildings of lively, seaside Valparaíso, once home to the poet Pablo Neruda
  • Relax in luxe lakeside comfort in the Torres del Paine national park


Your journey starts in Santiago, Chile’s sophisticated capital, where old colonial barrios rub up against hip bars, cutting edge restaurants and a superb array of museums and galleries. Then it’s time to hit the coast, driving through sun-dappled vineyards and fruit plantations to colourful Valparaíso. This lively port city has a bohemian vibe with a kaleidoscope of rainbow-hued houses, striking murals and alleyways tumbling down towards the sea. 

Flying south from here you’ll arrive in a very different Chile, a wild and unspoilt landscape of jagged mountains and craggy coastlines. Take in the views of the Strait of Magellan, the treacherous channel that separates the mainland from Tierra del Fuego, and travel by boat to the Marta and Magdalena Islands. Its thriving ecosystem includes elephant seals, dolphins and some 150,000 penguins. Then head high into the wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park; vast glaciers, crystalline lakes and ice-encrusted peaks are the backdrop as you explore by boat and on foot, on an adventure in one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. 

You’ll finish your time in Chile with three nights at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel, which sits beside tranquil Lake Sarmiento, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. After your action-packed week, its crackling fires, sheepskin rugs and welcoming atmosphere provide the perfect place to relax on an all-inclusive basis. Soak in the spa’s indoor, glass encapsulated pool with views of Paine Massif, enjoy the sauna and steam rooms or relax in the outdoor whirlpool – where you might spot some of Patagonia’s rare wildlife including guanacos and ñandús. In addition, you’ll get the chance to choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion from the hotel’s impressive range of activities. There’s hiking, biking and horse riding through the national park as well as sailing to the Grey Glacier, kayaking on Lake Grey, fishing, and geological and archeological excursions. 


TDPNP Summary


Santiago Summary


Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia is the stuff of dreams for nature-lovers, adventurers and wildlife-enthusiasts. It has azure lakes to rival Banff, soaring mountains to rival the Alps and glaciers to rival Iceland, so it’s no wonder that Torres del Paine is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

The Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits right beside Lake Sarmiento and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, blending seamlessly into the wilderness around it. The setting is truly stunning, and after several days exploring the national park, the crackling fires, sheepskin rugs and warm atmosphere of Tierra will be the perfect home-away-from-home for you to relax. 


Your stay here will be all inclusive, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a wide selection of drinks included every day of your stay. In addition, you’ll get the chance to choose either two half day excursions or one full day excursion from the hotel’s impressive range of activities. There’s hiking, biking and horse riding through the national park as well as some more unique activities like sailing to the Grey Glacier, kayaking on Lake Grey, fishing, plus geological and archeological excursions. The spa facilities are also included in your stay: soak in the indoor, glass encapsulated pool with views of Paine Massif, enjoy the sauna and steam rooms or relax in the outdoor whirlpool – where you might spot some of Patagonia’s rare wildlife like guanacos and ñandús.


Tierra Patagonia at Night


 


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For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Discover Santiago

Arrive at Santiago airport for a private transfer to your hotel (30 minutes). Then get acquainted with Chile’s complex capital with your private guide. Start on San Cristobal Hill, for knock-out views over the city from 800m up, before moving into its heart at the grand, colonial Plaza de Armas. From there, take in the cobbled streets and crumbling mansions of the old, colonial barrios before exploring Santiago’s modern eastern suburbs. The rest of the day is yours to settle in. Be sure to leave some time for once - a traditional Chilean evening snack.

Overnight in Santiago

Classic - Hotel Novapark 

Premium - Hotel Plaza San Francisco 

Deluxe - The Singular Lastarria Hotel

Meals included: None

Santiago Panorama


Day Two: Lush Country and Coastal Cities

Discover two not-to-be-missed coastal cities, on a drive from Santiago. Your private adventure takes you by car through the lush Curacaví and Casablanca Valleys, filled with vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves, towards lively Valparaíso. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, rainbow-hued homes climb the cliffs. The best way to explore is by foot, passing bright murals and funiculars that slope up steep alleys, as well as landmarks including grand Plaza Sotomayor and the busy, buzzy dockside of Prat Muelle.

Next, it’s time for contrasting Viña del Mar (‘Vineyard by the Sea’), a neatly-landscaped resort city that’s popular with Chileans and packed with pristine parks. You’ll visit some of these, as well as the skyscraper-topped seaside boulevard of Avenida del Peru, home to Chile’s oldest hotel, the del Mar. Then it’s time to return to Santiago for the night.

Overnight in Santiago

Classic - Hotel Novapark 

Premium - Hotel Plaza San Francisco 

Deluxe - The Singular Lastarria Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Valparaiso


Day Three: Gateway to the Strait of Magellan

Transfer to Santiago Airport before flying south to a town that English sailors once called ‘Sandy Point’: Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan (3hrs 25mins). This rich cultural heritage of this city draws on the nationalities of its founders, who came from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany and England, as well as Chile. When you’ve checked into your hotel, you’ll head out to admire the view to the Strait of Magellan from Mirador Hill, before driving to the Nao Victoria museum. Here, Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle, has been lovingly recreated, alongside one used by Shackleton and another by Fernando Magellan.

Overnight in Punta Arenas

Classic - Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas 

Premium - Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Deluxe - Dreams Del Estrecho Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Strait of Magellan


Day Four: Walk with the Penguins

See the Strait of Magellan’s extraordinary wildlife, on a half-day boat trip to the Marta and Magdalena Islands. You’ll circumnavigate Marta Island, where rare seabirds live alongside elephant seals, austral dolphins and more than 1,000 sea lions (landing is forbidden in order to protect the native species). Then make for the shore of Magdalena Island, to walk among its 150,000-strong penguin colony. On the boat back to the mainland, look out for the Overas Tonina (Commerson’s dolphin), a rare black and white dolphin, found in only two places in the world. This trip is reliant on good weather. An alternative will be provided in bad conditions. End the day with a transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine (2hrs 50mins).

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel 

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

Magdalena Penguins


Day Five: Glacier Country

Explore the incredible landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park, a protected area of Patagonian mountains, glaciers and lakes, which spans 700 square miles. After an early start, the hour-long drive towards the jade green Nordenskjold Lake will take you past lagoons and lush pastures where wild flocks of guanacos (llama) can be seen. From Nordenskjold Lake, walk to the Salto Grande waterfall and a viewpoint offering photogenic vistas over the Paine range. Then you’ll continue higher into the mountains by car, stopping to tramp across to Pingo River and catch your first glimpse of icebergs, followed by the dramatic Grey Glacier.

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel 

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel 

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast

Torres del Paine


Day Six: On the Water

Take a boat trip past fishing cormorants, gliding condors and basking sea lions en route to the Balmaceda Glacier and the mountain of the same name, which soars to 6,675 feet. Then make an hour-long hike around the Tempanos lagoon, wandering through dense forest towards the immense Serrano glacier, before returning to your vessel and heading back to Puerto Natales to disembark.

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast

Torres del Paine Glacier


Day Seven: Patagonian paradise

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Tierra Patagonia. Then, it’s time to settle in, explore the hotel’s facilities and relax.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day Eight & Nine: Time to Relax

The next 2 days are at your leisure and can be as active or as relaxed as you want them to be. Unwind in the hotel’s spa with knockout views of Torres del Paine, enjoy hearty Patagonian cuisine, or book onto an exciting excursion or two (2 half day or 1 full day included in tour price). For the full list of excursions, see https://tierrahotels.com/patagonia/excursions/.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Tierra Patagonia Room

Tierra Patagonia Spa


Day Ten: Homeward Bound

After a final breakfast and dip in the spa pools (dependent on flight time), you’ll be transferred back to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tierra Patagonia Sunrise


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 dinners


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Boat and walking excursions in Patagonia

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


If you would like the thrill but don't have time for the chill, check out our 7-day Patagonia and Santiago experience here!

To check out all our Chile's trips, click here!


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £900 per person and take approximately 16 hours outbound, 22 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular experience, the best option is normally to book return flights from London - Santiago, and book a separate internal flight from Punta Arenas - Santiago for your return journey.  

Experience start point: Santiago (SCL). Arrive by 12.30pm on first day of tour.

End point: Punta Arenas (PUQ). Suggested departure time after 4pm.


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.


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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Bulnes Fort and Punta Arena

Go on an unforgettable excursion for half a day to witness the prestigious Bulnes Fort and Punta Arena.

Horse Riding

Enjoy horse riding in Cerro Dorotea for half of your adventurous day.

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