Tailor-Made Holiday

Highlights of Chile

Perfect for a first vist - Atacama Desert, Lake District and Torres del Paine

12 days

from £3,950pp (excluding flights)

Chile is a country of vast and varied landscapes, this Chile holiday takes in some of the highlights, from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Torres del Paine National Park in the south. A great trip for the first time visitor.

  • Travel the length of Chile visiting diverse and visually stunning landscapes
  • Witness unforgettable scenes in the vast Atacama; the driest desert on earth
  • View the towering granite peaks of the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park
  • Explore the lakes, national parks and snow-capped volcanoes of the Lake District

Chile is the longest country in the world, knowing where to go and what to see can be daunting. This itinerary includes some of our favourite areas to give a taste of what this country has to offer. If time is not an issue plenty more regions can be added.

Begin in the beautiful, yet stark Atacama Desert. A striking landscape where volcanoes, geysers, flamingo filled lagoons and moon-like landscapes abound. Armed with a camera, spend days exploring the remarkable scenery and by night gaze up at the incredible night sky.

In contrast, head south and spend time in the lush green Lake District, an area of snow-capped volcanoes, glacial lakes and endless outdoor activities.

At the bottom of the country find the majestic Torres del Paine National Park. This park in southern Patagonia offers breathtaking vistas. Whether on foot, horse-back or by car, the eye is always drawn back to the huge granite massif.

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 
£ 3950 £ 1000
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid overnight

Day 2

Fly Madrid to 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.

Fly Santiago to Calama


You will be staying at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half day Valley of the Moon trip
A half day visit to the Moon Valley, one of the most spectacular phenomena in the Atacama Desert because of its geological formations over thousands of years by erosion and climate. You will have time to explore this amazing place with its peculiar rock formations. There will also be an opportunity to take a short hike into the sand dunes to enjoy the lunar landscape.

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, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Atacama Activities
The Atacama Desert can be explored on foot, on horseback, by bicycle or jeep from San Pedro. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time:

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in the eerie desertscape of The Moon Valley.

Take a trip to the impressive Atacama salt lake, the largest in Chile, home to migratory birds including flamingos.

Watch steam rising in the early morning from the El Tatio geysers.

Visit the striking Menique and Miscanti Lagoons.

Explore the emerald green waters of Laguna Verde, just over the border in Bolivia, and admire mighty Licancabur Volcano.

Visit San Pedro de Atacama’s excellent archaeological museum and adobe church.

Hike or mountain bike into the surrounding desert wilderness and stunning mountain scenery.

Trek and climb up some of the surrounding mountains: Lascar 5,591m, Licancabur 5,916m, Aguas Calientes 5,924m, Sairecabur 6,010m.

4x4 jeep excursions into the desert.

Hot air balloon over the Atacama Desert.

Astronomical tours in the evening.


You will be staying at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Fly Calama to Puerto Varas


Puerto Varas, on the southwestern corner of stunning Lago Llanquihue, is a popular destination and base for those that want to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Chilean Lake District. Overlooked by the impressive snowcapped cone of the Osorno Volcano, this pretty resort town is a good jumping off point for a wide variety of excursions in the surrounding area. These include walking amongst 4000-year-old alerce trees in Alerce Andino National Park, climbing Osorno Volcano, rafting down Rio Petrohue, fishing in Lago Llanquihue, bird watching and lake boat cruises.


You will be staying at Estancia 440, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Choice of Activities and Excursions
Day at leisure to explore this beautiful area. There are a wide variety of activities and excursions available from Puerto Varas, the highlights of which include:

- Visit the pretty lakeside villages of Frutillar & Puerto Octay
- Go walking in stunning Alerce Andino National Park, home to 4000 year old alerce trees
- Venture up snow-capped Osorno Volcano and visit the impressive waterfalls in the Perez Rosales National Park
- Take a trip back in time and visit the archaeological site of Monte Verde, where remains of early man have been discovered
- Fly fishing (rainbow and brown trout, steelheads in season)
- Drive or climb up the perfect snow-capped Osorno Volcano, or ski in the winter months
- Boat trip on the milky glaciated waters of Lake Todos los Santos
- Choice of riding, kayaking and mountain biking trips


You will be staying at Estancia 440, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Fly Puerto Varas to Punta Arenas


You will be staying at Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Torres del Paine activities
Days to spend exploring Torres del Paine National Park. There are many excursions offered by the lodge whether by boat, on foot, on horse back or by jeep:
- Visit the iceberg cemetery at the southern tip of Lake Grey
- Hike up to the tarn at the base of the Torres del Paine, the near vertical granite spires that give the park its name; this is perhaps the parks most photogenic spot
- Sail across Lake Nordenskjold and hike up Valle de Frances for views of the Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine), an amphitheatre of majestic granite peaks
- Trek or ride to Lake Pingo, Salto Grande (waterfalls) or Mirador Nordenskjold, all three boast superb views
- Traverse the Up and Over route passing saline lakes and stunning views
- Look out for condor and it is often possible to walk to their craggy nests
- Ride from one estancia to another.

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 Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

You will be staying at Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Punta Arenas to Santiago


You will be staying at Hotel Orly, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Day at Leisure with Optional Sightseeing
Time to yourself. You may like to consider some of the following excursion ideas:

- Explore the charming port city of Valparaiso with its original funiculars and winding, multi-coloured streets.

- Wine-tasting with a vineyard tour in the Maipo or Colchagua Valley.

- Visit Pablo Neruda’s house at Isla Negra, Chile’s Literature Nobel Prize winner.

- Go riding for the day in the Andean Foothills on little-used mule trails.

- Travel by car southwards out of the city through local towns and villages to the tranquil El Yeso Reservoir

Fly Santiago to Madrid overnight

Day 12

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

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

Estancia 440

Estancia 440

Estancia 440 is a charming boutique B&B close to the centre of town and the lake front....

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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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Hotel Orly

Hotel Orly

Hotel Orly has 26 rooms, all tastefully decorated with country manor furnishings, pine floors and wooden windows....

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Hotel Las Torres Patagonia

Hotel Las Torres Patagonia

Located at the base of the Almirante Nieto Mountain near the Eastern entrance to Torres del Paine National Park, Hotel Las Torres is at the start of some of the best walking trails the area has to offer....

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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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