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The Atacama and Patagonia

11 Days from £3,499

Chile's scenic wonders are like nothing you've seen before, so take them all in on this South American adventure. Starting in the capital, Santiago, marvel at sensational views of the Andes, before heading to the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. Explore a lunar-like landscape of bizarre rock formations and at the Atacama salt flat feast your eyes on turquoise lagoons where exotic pink flamingos feed. Volcanoes, glaciers and geysers add further touches of drama on a truly unforgettable journey into the unknown, and why not tailor your trip with our Easter Island add-on. This intriguing destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is scattered with imposing stone statues known as moai, and is as mysterious as it is remote.

Departure from: Nov 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM 
  • 8  nights in 3-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage

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Included holiday highlights

  • Santiago city tour
  • Visit Mars Valley in the Salt Mountains and see the sun set over Moon Valley
  • Look out for pink flamingos at Chaxa Lagoon
  • Discover the high-plain lagoons of Meñiques and Miscanti
  • Sunrise visit to the Tatio Geysers, with a chance to bathe in the waters
  • Cruise along the Última Esperanza Fjord 
  • Walk through forest to the Serrano glacier
  • Enjoy a lamb barbecue at an estancia
  • Discover Milodon Cave
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park
  • Tour of the Undurraga Winery with tasting

Please note: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 14,000ft where altitude sickness can occur. Simple measures, such as eating light meals and drinking lots of fluids can help to alleviate the symptoms. If you suffer from high blood pressure or respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns please consult your doctor.​

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Santiago

Today you'll fly to Chile's capital, Santiago, via São Paulo.​

Day 2 Santiago

On arrival in Santiago we will transfer you to your hotel, and after time to freshen up your sightseeing will begin. We'll start with a walking tour downtown, taking in the main square, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the ornate façade of the Presidential Palace. Continuing by coach, we'll enjoy panoramic views of the city from San Cristóbal Hill, before driving through Santiago's modern quarter, with its chic neighbourhoods and glitzy shopping malls.​​

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama

​We're heading to the Atacama Desert today. We'll fly north to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a village set amid scenery you won't see anywhere else on earth. 
You'll be keen to start exploring straightaway, so this afternoon our sightseeing begins at Salt Mountain. We'll also visit Mars Valley, where the dunes and sculpted rock formations are nothing short of breathtaking. Then we'll make our way to Moon Valley in time to watch the sun set over the red lunar-like landscape. As the light fades the rocks appear to change colour – a truly incredible sight.​

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama

​Our first stop today will be in the town of Toconao. Most of the buildings here are made from local white stone and the bell tower dates from 1750. Next we'll visit the little village of Socaire, before heading to the vast Atacama salt flat. The surface of this salt plain is covered by a hard white crust, and turquoise lagoons create the perfect habitat for birds. We'll head first to the tranquil Chaxa Lagoon, where pink flamingos can often be seen feeding in the shallow waters. Next we're going to visit the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, which are located more than 4,000 metres above sea level. Set against a backdrop of volcanoes, the landscape here is simply spectacular and it's another great spot for birdwatching – don't forget your binoculars!​

Day 5 Santiago

​You've a real treat in store today, a visit to the remarkable Tatio Geysers. Sunrise is the best time to view them, so we'll be setting off early and will enjoy a picnic breakfast before our guided walk around the geothermal field. Surrounded by volcanoes, there are more than 80 geysers and around 100 steaming fumaroles here. If you wish, you'll also have a chance to take a dip in one of the natural pools and bathe in the warm the thermal waters. We'll return to San Pedro de Atacama later, a journey which gives us spectacular views of the Torcopuri and Sairecabur volcanoes. Spend some time at leisure in San Pedro before we fly back to Santiago this afternoon. We'll stay at an airport hotel overnight.​

Day 6 Puerto Natales

​After breakfast your adventure continues as we fly south to Chilean Patagonia. We'll arrive in Punta Arenas and then transfer to Puerto Natales, gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park.​

Day 7 Puerto Natales

​Your day begins with a cruise along the beautiful Última Esperanza Fjord. We'll sail to the 1,000-year-old Balmaceda glacier, where you might be lucky enough to spot cormorants and sea lions. Then, when we reach the end of the fjord, we'll step ashore and walk through a forest to the foot of the Serrano glacier. This immense natural wonder is an incredible sight, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. On our way back we'll stop at an estancia – a ranch - for a traditional lamb barbecue.​

Day 8 Torres del Paine National Park

​Today's the day we explore the impressive Torres del Paine National Park, a wilderness of lakes, forests, rivers and glaciers. An array of wildlife lives in the park, including large herds of guanacos, llama-like creatures which can often be seen grazing on the open steppes.
Our first stop will be at the 30-metre-high Milodon Cave, where the partial remains of an enormous extinct animal, the ground sloth, were discovered in the late 19th century. Continuing our journey we'll drive into the national park and visit the Salto Grande, a thundering waterfall on the Pehoe River. Next we'll take in the scenic beauty of Lake Pehoe and Lake Grey, and you'll see the magnificent Grey glacier in the distance.

Day 9 Santiago

After breakfast we'll return to the airport and fly back to Santiago.​​

Day 10 Santiago/UK

This morning we're going to take a tour of the Undurraga winery. Located in the Maipo Valley, it was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest in Chile. During our tour we'll learn about the winery's history, take a walk through the vineyards and visit the underground cellars for a tasting. 
Later we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home. ​

Day 11 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today.​​



Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 :

Hotel Providencia
This hotel has been noted for its contemporary style and fantastic location. It is rated as being situated in the best area of the city. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a TV and complimentary WiFi. Room service is also available until 11pm.

Day 3 - 4 :

Iorana Tolache
Hotel Iorana Tolache is a wonderful property that only adds to a guest’s experience in the Atacama Desert. Rooms at the hotel have private facilities and a charming simplicity to them. There is a restaurant that offers a range of cuisines and has garden views. There is an outdoor swimming pool from which there are beautiful views of the surroundings. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the communal areas and there is also an in-house wine cellar.

Day 5 :

Holiday Inn Santiago
This Holiday Inn provides some great facilities and services to its guests. For those looking to exercise or simply relax there is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a gym on offer. There is an in-house restaurant and bar, whilst room service is also available. Complimentary WiFi is also available.

Day 6 - 8 :

Altiplanico Sur
This property is truly in a stunning location, surrounded by the natural beauty of the region and facing the mountain back-dropped bay, this hotel is one guests will never forget. The heated rooms are furnished with private facilities and a safe. The in-house restaurant offers a range of sea food dishes as well as a selection of regional options. Other fantastic aspects of the hotel include a hot tub, free WiFi and room service.

Day 9 :

Hotel Providencia
This hotel has been noted for its contemporary style and fantastic location. It is rated as being situated in the best area of the city. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a TV and complimentary WiFi. Room service is also available until 11pm.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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MON 18 NOV 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,499

Available (Only 2 places left)

Outbound
Lan Airlines

Monday 18 November 2019

Departs

20:10 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

05:40 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Airlines

Lan Airlines

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Departs

06:45 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

09:50 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Operated by

Lan Airlines

Inbound
Lan Airlines - LA

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Departs

15:55 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Arrives

21:00 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Airlines

Lan Airlines - LA

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Departs

23:50 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

13:15 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Lan Airlines

MON 24 FEB 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,549

Available

Outbound
Lan Peru

Monday 24 February 2020

Departs

20:10 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

04:55 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Lan Peru

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Departs

07:25 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

11:40 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Inbound
Lan Peru - LP

Wednesday 04 March 2020

Departs

15:20 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Arrives

20:30 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Lan Peru - LP

Wednesday 04 March 2020

Departs

23:40 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

13:15 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Lan Peru

MON 16 NOV 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,499

Available

Outbound
Lan Peru

Monday 16 November 2020

Departs

20:10 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

04:55 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Lan Peru

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Departs

07:25 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

11:40 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Inbound
Lan Peru - LP

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Departs

15:20 Santiago (A M Benitez)

Arrives

20:30 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Lan Peru - LP

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Departs

23:40 Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)

Arrives

13:15 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Lan Peru

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

The Atacama and Patagonia with Easter Island Add - on

Extend your holiday to 15 days from £1,749

Nov 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

Spend three nights on Easter Island, an intriguing destination in the South Pacific Ocean. During your stay we include two full days of explorations including visit to the iconic giant stones figures, or Maoi, that the island is famous for. You will also stay in Santiago for one night.

 

Your Extension includes
Scheduled flights, transfers & other transportation
4 nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
Picnic lunch
Poterage
The services of a Travelsphere Toru Manager

Your Hotel
You will stay in hotels such as the 3-star Iorana Hotel on Easter Island and 4-star Hotel Providenciea in Santiago. Facilities include a restaurant and swimming pool. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities.


 

Itinerary

Day 10 Easter Island

This morning we're going to take a tour of the Undurraga winery. Located in the Maipo Valley, it was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest in Chile. During our tour we'll learn about the winery's history, take a walk through the vineyards and visit the underground cellars for a tasting. Later we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Easter Island.

Day 11 Easter Island

Isolated and remote, Easter Island floats in the Pacific, 2,300 miles off the western coast of Chile. It is known for the hundreds of fascinating moai, stone statues which are scattered across the landscape. The moai are believed to have been created by the native Rapa Nui people between 1400 and 1650AD. They depict human-like figures with large heads and are thought to honour chiefs and important ancestral figures.
We're going to begin our sightseeing with a visit to the temple ruins of the Akahanga. The moai here lay where they fell when the platform they stood on was destroyed. We'll then continue to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater where most of the moai are said to have been carved. Many remain at this site in various stages of construction and we'll see them as we peer over the edge of the crater. We'll stop at Ahu Tongariki, an incredible site where 15 imposing restored statues stand on a 220-metre-long ceremonial platform, and then continue to Anakena beach. Enjoy some free time here to relax on the fine white sand and swim under the watchful eye of the nearby moai. A picnic lunch is included today.


Day 12 Easter Island

Our sightseeing this morning takes us to Rano Kau. This extinct volcanic crater is almost a mile wide, and has a freshwater lagoon at its base. Afterwards we'll admire rock carvings in the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo and visit the archaeological site of Vinapu.
This afternoon we're going to head inland and visit four further sites, including Puna Pau. It's thought that the red volcanic rock used for the pukaos, or moai headdresses, was quarried here.

Day 13 Santiago
After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Santiago, where you will stay overnight.

Day 14 Santiago/UK
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your fight home.


 Day 15 UK
You'll arrive in the UK today.

The Atacama and Patagonia with Easter Island Add - on

Extend your holiday to 15 days from £1,599

Feb 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

Spend three nights on Easter Island, an intriguing destination in the South Pacific Ocean. During your stay we include two full days of exploration including visits to the iconic giant stone figures, or moai, that the island is famous for. You will also stay in Santiago for one night.