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Chile - Patagonia and Atacama Desert in Style

11 days

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This itinerary combines two of the most scenically stunning areas of Chile, the lunar landscape of the Atacama Desert with the finger-like granite peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park. Stay each night at the beautiful Explora properties with their exceptional service and attention to detail. 

  • Explore in and around the impressive Torres del Paine National Park on guided excursions
  • Marvel at the lunar terracotta landscapes of the Atacama Desert
  • Stay in the Explora hotels, with high-end service and large selection of daily excursions
  • Visit Santiago, the Chilean capital, a cosmopolitan city with a stunning backdrop of the Andes


Begin this Chile holiday in the capital city, Santiago. A cool city with an eclectic mix of buildings, great food and wine, galleries and markets and with an incredible back drop of the Andes mountains.

Torres del Paine

Travel to the far south of Chile to the iconic and impressive Torres del Paine National Park. A park with varied scenery from meandering rivers, ice-blue lakes and huge glaciers to tussock grasses, beech forest and the open Patagonian steppe. The centre piece is the steep granite peaks of the Cordillera Paine, which stand rugged, mighty and proud. The park is not only scenically beautiful but an amazing place for trekking, wildlife and photography. Stay at the Explora Patagonia hotel with stunning views over the Paine Massif. The property has a great list of guided excursions to choose from each day, so you can explore all corners of the park.

Atacama Desert

From Southern Patagonia, journey to the opposite end of the country, to the other-worldly Atacama Desert. An area of rich vibrant colours, the bright blue sky, the pink flamingos, the turquoise lagoons and the dry earth a myriad of oranges, reds and browns. An amazing area for those that love photography. Stay at the Explora Atacama hotel, an adventure spa which combines active exploration with rest and relaxation. Discover the area on horse-back, bikes or on foot with expert guides to explain and enthuse.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
- £ 1000

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Santiago overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Santiago

Santiago de Chile enjoys a striking setting sandwiched between The Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city with much to keep the discerning traveller occupied.

Cable car rides offer panoramic views, while art museums both classic and modern vie for your attention. As a modern city, it is easy to explore and any visitor will delight in wandering the bohemian district of Lastarria, home to high quality boutiques and restaurants.

Readily accessible from the city are horse riding, white water rafting or skiing excursions and the region's much celebrated vineyards.

You will be staying at Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Fly Santiago to Punta Arenas

Road Journey from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park

A scenic journey of approximately five to six hours.

Explora all inclusive services
Explora Patagonia operates on an all inclusive basis, all meals are included and local wines with meals. There is a large variety of different half and full day activities and excursions to choose from, also included in the price. Each evening you will discuss with your guide, what you wish to do for the following day in small shared groups, whether riding, trekking, wildlife experiences, visiting the surrounding glaciers, waterfalls and lakes or local traditional experiences.

Torres del Paine National Park is an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of stunning beauty, located on the southernmost tip of the Patagonia Ice Cap. Electric blue icebergs float on vividly coloured lakes of turquoise and aquamarine, while golden beech forests cling to the base of colossal granite pinnacles - this is a landscape of rare beauty.

The National Park also supports a fragile eco-system of fauna including the guanaco, fox, condor, rhea and elusive puma. Without question, Torres del Paine and its captivating scenery and ultimate remoteness, is one of the highlights of South America.

You will be staying at Explora Patagonia, full board

Day 4

Explore Torres del Paine National Park in a small group with an English speaking guide

You will be staying at Explora Patagonia, full board

Day 5

Choose another area of the national park and surrounding area to explore today with your guide

You will be staying at Explora Patagonia, full board

Day 6

Road journey from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas

A journey of approximately five to six hours.

Fly Punta Arenas to Santiago

You will be staying at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Fly Santiago to Calama

Travel from Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama

A journey of approximately one and a half hours.

Sitting at 2,400 metres above sea level, San Pedro de Atacama is a charming oasis town in the heart of the Atacama Desert. The climate in San Pedro is pleasant throughout the year and the clarity of the nightsky is fantastic for stargazing.

The small, dusty, oasis town with unpaved streets serves as a base from where to explore the absolutely outstanding, natural, geographic beauty of the area.

You will be staying at Explora Atacama, full board

Day 8

Explora choice of activities
There is a large choice of daily small group activities to choose from, which are either on foot, horseback or bike with an English speaking guide. Each evening discuss with the guides what you would like to do the following day, the excursions vary in length and difficulty based on your how you are feeling.
Explora provides return airport transfers, accommodation on a full board basis with wine and soft drinks. 

You will be staying at Explora Atacama, full board

Day 9

Further exploration of the Atacama desert with an Eng;ish speaking guide in a small group

You will be staying at Explora Atacama, full board

Day 10

Travel from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama airport

A journey of approximately one and a half hours.

Fly Calama to Santiago

Fly Santiago to London overnight


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Explora Atacama

Explora Atacama

Purposefully designed to blend seamlessly with the natural colours and materials of the surrounding desert, Explora Atacama uniquely combines contemporary architectural design with old stable yard-style accommodation blocks....

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Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel

Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel

Set within an elegantly converted mansion that dates back to 1927, Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel is a home from home nestled within the heart of Santiago’s chic Lastarria neighbourhood....

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Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia

Benefitting from unrivalled views of the looming, snow-capped peaks of the Paine Massif mountain range, Explora Patagonia is a sleek base for exploration set amongst an isolated and silent landscape....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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