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From £7,461 per person for 12 nights
Nowhere does epic scenery like Chile, and this trip takes in its most breathtaking parts

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Summary

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Traverse some of the globe’s most dramatic landscapes on this adventure, including the lunar-like Atacama desert and the rugged, ice-capped terrain of the Torres del Paine national park.


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides & private transport included
  • Enjoy sunset overlooking the of the Valley of the Moon
  • Hike to flamingo-filled Miscanti & Miñiques lagoons 
  • Watch dramatic geysers explode whilst breakfasting at El Tatio
  • Explore Torres del Pain & spectacular Serrano glacier
  • Visit Santiago's lively barrios
  • Sail the Straits of Magellan & walk among 150,000 penguins
  • Relax in Tierra Patagonia Spa hotel with views over Lake Sarmiento


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Discover Chile’s staggering landscapes on our extended Head to Toe Chile experience, beginning in the otherworldly desert of the Atacama, where scalding geysers burst from the parched earth and huge volcanoes tower over the sand. You’ll scale mountains encrusted with salt crystals and spend a night stargazing under some of the world’s clearest skies. Enjoy breakfast whilst witnessing the famous El Tatio geyser field erupting at dawn, then soak in healing hot springs and sip cocktails as you watch the sun set over the dramatic Valley of the Moon. 

stargazing in Chile

Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan capital, is a complete juxtaposition to your time in the desert. Take in everything this buzzing city has to offer before flying south to discover a dramatic coastline of plunging fjords, roiling waters and islands teeming with thousands of penguins. Then head high into the wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park, where vast glaciers, crystalline lakes and ice-encrusted peaks provide the backdrop to your explorations. End your holiday at Tierra Patagonia, a luxurious hotel tucked between craggy mountains, where bedrooms come with incredible views over Lake Sarmiento.

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



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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: Salt Flat and Sunsets

Upon arrival in Calama airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the dusty desert town of San Pedro de Atacama – 2,407m above sea level and gateway to the incredible, arid landscapes of the Atacama plateau. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a trip to the Cordillera de Sal, a vast mountain range dusted in white salt crystals. See the sweeping dunes of Death Valley before ending your first day in Chile by watching an unforgettable sunset among the sculptural sand formations of the Valley of the Moon, with a cocktail in hand.

Overnight in San Pedro

We offer a variety of hotel classes to suit different budgets. You can choose the style that’s right for you.
Select from Classic, Premium or Deluxe when booking, and click hotel name below for more details.

Classic - La Casa de Don Tomás

Premium - Altiplanico San Pedro Hotel

Deluxe - Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama Hotel

Meals included: None

Valley of the Moon


Day Two: Adventure through Atacama

Spend the day exploring the lunar-like mountains and plains of the region. Your first stop is the Gran Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile, where flamingos perch in plate-glass lagoons. You’ll break for lunch in Socaire, a tiny mining village with incredible views of the salt flat. Over a meal in a local house, you’ll learn about the ancient traditions of the villagers, who still revere Pachamama, the Inca ‘Mother Earth’ goddess. Then it’s on to the serene Altiplanic lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, 4,000m above sea level and backed by green and purple mountains. At this height, you feel incredibly close to the peaks and volcanoes that inspired ancient legends. After your tour, you will transferred back to your hotel for the night. 

Salar de Atacama

During your time in the Atacama, there’s the chance to book an optional two-hour ‘Big Bang’ experience on any night, beginning at 9pm under an unpolluted sky lit up with stars (please see Extras tab). The region is renowned as one of the best places in the world to stargaze and, over the course of two hours, you’ll learn more about the night sky from an incredibly knowledgeable guide who’ll help you spot stars with your naked eye and by telescope, as well as tell you more about the Big Bang, life and the universe. You’ll keep warm with a typically Chilean poncho and mug of hot chocolate, and you’ll finish your evening with a photo taken with the star-studded sky as a backdrop. Transfers to and from the hotel are provided.

Stargazing Chile

Overnight in San Pedro

Classic - La Casa de Don Tomás

Premium - Altiplanico San Pedro Hotel

Deluxe - Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Three: Hot Springs and Geysers

It’s an early start, as you make your way to the vast geyser field of El Tatio, 4,320m above sea level. Here, fumaroles soar up to 50m from huge craters backed by unique fauna and mesmerising mountain scenery. The geysers are at their most dramatic in the early morning, when you’ll also see some of the region’s captivating wildlife – llama-like vicunas, nandues (which resemble ostriches), and cute viscacha rodents. You’ll savour a breakfast made and served at the geysers, then journey onwards to the Puritama Hot Springs, eight staggered natural pools packed with minerals, 3,475m above sea level. Navigate between them on wooden walkways through a rambling, rocky landscape: the water is a comforting 25-35 degrees. After your soak, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel for the night.

Overnight in San Pedro

Classic - La Casa de Don Tomás

Premium - Altiplanico San Pedro Hotel

Deluxe - Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

El Tatio


Day Four: Welcome to Santiago

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Calama airport, ready for your onward flight to Santiago. Once you’ve landed, you’ll take 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: Breakfast

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Day Five: 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 Six: 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 Seven: 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: Breakfast

Magdalena Penguins


Day Eight: 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 Nine: 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. Upon return to Puerto Natales you will be transferred to your hotel in Torres del Paine.

Overnight in Torres del Paine

Classic, Premium, Deluxe - Tierra Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Torres del Paine Glacier


Day Ten and Eleven: Time to Relax

The next two days will be at your leisure to do as much or as little as you want. If you just want to relax and take in the beautiful views Tierra's spa has that covered with a selection of amazing treatments, yoga and meditation programs, alternative therapies and facilities like the outdoor whirlpool, sauna and steam rooms, hydro massage and relaxation spaces. If you fancy a bit more activity, there's plenty to choose from. The hotel runs daily hike, bike and horse riding excursions as well as so much more. You could kayak across Lake Grey, gliding between the imposing arctic ice blocks, spend some time fishing or go on a birdwatching excursion. There's also walking tours giving you an insight into the local indigenous history and geological formations. After 3 days here, you'll feel deeply connected to the natural environment.

Overnight in Torres del Paine

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Classic, Premium, Deluxe - Tierra Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner



Day Twelve: Homeward Bound

After a final breakfast overlooking the mountains, you'll be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for your flight home. 

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights within Chile
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Watch the sunset in the Valley of the Moon with a cocktail
  • Hot springs relaxation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Optional Extras


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £1000 per person and take approximately 22 hours outbound, 22 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times.

For this experience, we have found that the best option is normally to book a multi-stop international flight from London - Calama then Punta Arenas - London. 

Experience start point: Calama (CJC). Arrive by 12pm on the first day of the tour. If travelling internationally we suggest arriving earlier to acclimatise to the altitude before the trip starts.

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


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Extras

 

 

Optional Extras

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

Two-hour ‘Big Bang’ Experience

Starts at 9pm for 2 hours. The region is renowned as one of the best places in the world to stargaze and you’ll learn more about the night sky from a knowledgeable guide who’ll help you spot stars with your naked eye and by telescope, as well as tell you more about the Big Bang, life and the universe. You’ll keep warm with a typically Chilean poncho and mug of hot chocolate, and you’ll finish your evening with a photo. Hotel transfers included.

Sky Costanera

Visit the tallest skyscraper in South America for incredible views across Santiago and the soaring Andes mountains beyond the city. The 360-degree vistas are especially impressive at night, when Santiago’s lights make vast scribbles across the city.

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. (Min 2 people)

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