The Atacama and Patagonia

From £3,419.10
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Feb 2021
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From £3,419.10
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Feb 2021
Tour Overview

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.

  • Classic Touring
  • Flight Choices
  • Max 25 Group Size
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Highlights Included

Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM via São Paulo
  • 8 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 lunches and welcome drink
  • All highlights included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation, and porterage

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
  • Traditional lamb barbecue at an estancia in Patagonia​
  • Discover Milodon Cave
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park
  • Tour of the Undurraga Winery with tasting

Itinerary

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 Santiago - 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.​

Meals included: B

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!​

Meals included: B,L

Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama - 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 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.​

Meals included: B

Day 6 Santiago - 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.​

Meals included: B

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.​

Meals included: B,L

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.

Meals included: B,L

Day 9 Puerto Natales - Santiago

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

Meals included: B

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. ​

Meals included: B

Day 11 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today.​​

Additional Information

​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.​

Accommodation

Hotel Director Vitacura

The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.

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.

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.

Hotel Costaustralis

Hotel Costaustralis is a chateau-style designer hotel, situated in the real heart of Puerto Natales. All rooms feature either sea or city views, come en-suite and have separate work desks and LCD and cable TV. The Paine restaurant, located in the hotel, offers delicious Patagonian gastronomy, while pisco sour cocktails and wide wine selection can be tasted at the Dickson bar.

Hotel Director Vitacura

The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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.