Tailor-Made Holiday

Chilean Lake District and Atacama Desert

Hot air ballooning over the Atacama Desert and exploration of the Lake District

9 days

from £3,750pp (excluding flights)

Visit the beautiful Chilean Lake District, an area of snow-capped volcanoes, hot springs and glacial lakes, staying at the Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira. End this Chile holiday in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on earth. Stay at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge to explore the towering volcanoes, shimmering salt flats and powerful geysers. 

  • Explore with a guide the lake district, either on foot, horseback, bike or boat
  • Stay at the Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, a working organic farm with personal high end service
  • Visit the other-worldly Atacama Desert, an area of surreal beauty
  • Witness the sunrise over the Moon Valley from a hot air balloon, a memorable experience

Lake District

Begin this Chile holiday in the Lake District, an area of stunning beauty and endless outdoor activities. Daily guided excursions are included when staying at the Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira. Everything from sailing and kayaking on one of the lakes in the area, biking or horse riding in the national parks or trekking up the Villarrica volcano. The Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is a beautiful riverside property surrounded by volcanoes, lakes and forest.

Atacama Desert

End this Chile holiday in the Atacama Desert, an area like no other with coloured lagoons, snow-capped volcanoes, flamingo filled salt flats and an incredible night sky brimming with stars. Stay at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge, a property designed to blend into the surroundings, with top quality service and every detail thought through. Daily guided excursions are included so the whole area can really be explored. Take to the sky one morning by hot air balloon to watch as the sunrises over the lunar-like Moon Valley, a special way to end this holiday.

This itinerary is just a suggestion of what you can do and has been created to maximise an exclusive offer available to Steppes Travel.

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 
£ 3750 £ 1000

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Santiago overnight

Day 2

Fly Santiago to Temuco

Road transfer from Temuco to Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira


A scenic journey of one hour 20 minutes.


Pucón in the Chilean Lake district, has an idyllic setting right on the edge of Lago Villarrica, beneath snowcapped Villarrica Volcano. It offers a great base for a variety of outdoor activities or a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. Activities include sailing on the lake, mountain biking, horse riding, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing or walking through the National Parks. For the adventurous it is possible to climb and ski the Villarica volcano.


You will be staying at Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, Full board

Day 3

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira Activities
Included in the stay at Hacienda Vira Vira are a superb range of activities.

- Horse ride or hike in Villarrica National Parak, Huerquehue National Park or El Cani Sanctuary.

- Explore the volcanoes, lakes and glaciers in the area.

- Experience some of the best fishing in the country.

- Sail or kayak on one of the many surrounding lakes and rivers.

- For the more adventurous there is an opportunity to white water raft on grade II to IV rapids or mountain bike along some scenic trails.

As well as exploring the area there is plenty to do on the hacienda itself. Spend a day on the farm learning about harvesting, the animal breeding programme or visit the cheese dairy and make your own yogurt, butter or cheese.


You will be staying at Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, Full board

Day 4

Day to Explore the Area or Hacienda
Choose more activities on offer to explore the hacienda or surrounding area.


You will be staying at Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, Full board

Day 5

Road transfer to Temuco airport


A journey of one hour 20 minutes.

Fly Temuco to Santiago

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 tiny, 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 Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, All inclusive

Day 6

Alto Atacama Inclusive Services
Included in the price at Alto Atacama - shared return transfers from the airport, buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and dinner and all drinks (premium are extra). Choose from a huge range of small group excursions exploring the Atacama Desert with an English speaking guide.

Choose from over 35 guided excursions on foot, by vehicle or bike exploring the salt flats, lagoons, mountains, geysers and breath-taking scenery. There are also climbing options, spa treatments and astronomy on offer.


Excursions at Alto Atacama
Choose from over 35 guided excursions on foot, by vehicle or bike exploring the salt flats, lagoons, mountains, geysers and breath-taking scenery. There are also climbing options, spa treatments and astronomy on offer.


You will be staying at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, All inclusive

Day 7

Morning Hot Air Balloon Tour
Early start this morning for the sunrise hot air balloon trip, a once in a lifetime experience to marvel at the fascinating landscape that is the Atacama Desert floor. After collection from the hotel travel 15-30 minutes by car to the take-off point, this is dependent on wind direction. There will be time for a light breakfast of pastries, fruit and hot drinks before the flight begins. It will be cold so lots of warm clothes are needed including gloves and a hat.

Soaring high above the Atacama, be the first to witness the sun rise over the driest desert on earth. Drift above salt plains and multi-coloured rock formations, absorbing the serenity of the surrounding geography. All this against the backdrop of many snow-capped volcanoes in the distance. This rewarding excursion culminates with sparkling wine to celebrate a successful flight and the chance to reflect upon an unforgettable morning.

The flight will last about one hour and the whole excursion approximately three hours.


Exploration of Atacama
Another day of exploration of this fascinating area.


You will be staying at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, All inclusive

Day 8

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

Accommodation

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

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is located five minutes from the centre of San Pedro, at the foot of the ruins of Pukara de Quitor....

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Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is on 23 hectares of native park along the Liucura River, close to Pucon in the Chilean Lake District....

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