Chile End to End

If you want to experience the huge variety that Chile has to offer over 3 weeks then here it is. Explore the Atacama desert & wine tasting in the north and trekking Torres del Paine and cruising amongst fjords and glaciers in the South, plus geysers, volcanoes and more.

18 Days

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit Valparaiso and Vina del Mar vineyard
  • Choice of walks to discover Torres del Paine National Park
  • Sail to Puerto Montt, passing fjords and glaciers along the way
  • Explore San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding areas

Start from Santiago and end at Calama

Landmarks visited on Chile End to End

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

If you are arriving on the group flight you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. Otherwise, make your own way from the airport (refer pre-departure information for instructions) to the group hotel. The rest of the day is for rest and personal exploration of this buzzing city (pick up a tourist map from your hotel foyer). An arrival briefing will be held in the hotel before dinner. 

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago

Day 2: City tour of Santiago and Vina Concha y Toro

This morning we enjoy an opportunity to see Santiago and take in the sights of this bustling Chilean city with a half day guided city tour. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the famous vineyards of Vina Concha y Toro and do some touring and wine tasting before heading back to our accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Today we depart to Valparaiso, set on the beautiful azure Pacific coast. Our guides will enlighten us about Valparaiso's historical past and present, as Chile's largest and most important sea port. We will then visit Vina del Mar and spend the day exploring this coastal city before heading back to our accommodation in Santiago for the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Fly to Punta Arenas

Transfer to Santiago airport for the 4 hour flight to Punta Arenas. You will be met on arrival at Punta Arenas airport and transferred to our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Punta Arenas

Day 5: Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

We head north to Puerto Natales (about a 4 hour drive, and after a short visit, continue towards Torres del Paine National Park. Tonight will be spent in a comfortable hosteria (lodge) just on the boundary of the National Park.

Accommodation: Hosteria, Puerto Natales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7: Day walks Torres del Paine National Park

When we first see the great granite pinnacles of Paine it is worth remembering that the Andes is the youngest chain of mountains in the world. One can imagine the great pressures and movements of the earth that created these spectacular peaks. The walking we do will depend on your level of fitness, bearing in mind that many of the highlights of this park, including the base of the towers, require a 6-8 hour walk (round trip). There are other walks we can choose which are easier and provide excellent views of the park. The whole experience of walking in the Torres del Paine National Park will leave you awe-inspired by the wonderful scenery.

Accommodation: Lodge, Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Boat to Puerto Natales via Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

We begin today on a zodiac along the Rio Serrano, leaving behind the glacial blue lakes and perhaps passing herds of guanaco and rhea as the towering peaks recede. On reaching the Esperanza Fiord, we join a larger boat to view Balmaceda glacier, and perhaps spot seals and the abundant bird life for which this area is renowned. Our stop tonight is at the fishing village of Puerto Natales situated on the Ultima Esperanza Fiord. Overnight in hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Natales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Free day in Puerto Natales, board boat in the evening

You are free today to explore Puerto Natales with its thriving cafes, restaurants and sights surrounded by local culture and mountains. In the evening you will board our ferry that will be commencing our cruise the next morning. 

Accommodation: Cabin aboard ferry

Meals: Breakfast

Days 10-12: On board boat to Puerto Montt, visiting fjords and glaciers en-route

After our trek in Torres del Paine, you might think things cannot continue to be as impressive. Well upon boarding the ferry Magallanes? at Puerto Natales, we will be rewarded by a fabulous journey through the fjords and channels of Western Chile during the summer months when the days are long and nights are short. From the ferry, we will be spectators of a wild landscape where the evergreen forests, glaciers and mountains with eternal snows meet the sea. A voyage accompanied by seals and dolphins, passing close to national parks with untouched mountain masses and of visiting places such as Puerto Eden, where the heritage of the aboriginal forefathers can still be recognized. The friendly staff on-board will prevent useful information and keep you abreast of developments during the journey. The majority of the cruise is through fjords and channels where the sea conditions are generally calm, however for one night the journey heads out into open water, where the conditions can sometimes be quite rough. This ship is a ferry which is reasonably comfortable but quite basic. Please do not expect deluxe accommodation. We include as standard the AA class category with private bath and window (4 berths per cabin - twin upgrades are available for additional cost). Some of the highlights of the journey include: Ultima Esperanza Fjord, Sarmiento Channel, White Channel, Glacier Amalia Sightseeing (November to March), Puerto Eden, Messier Channel, San Pedro lighthouse, Sailing out to sea in the evening into the Golfo de Penas, Ana Pink Bay, Pulluche Channel with abundant vegetation, seal colony and cormorants, Brieva Strait and Pen Blanco, Sailing past Melinka, Corcovado Gulf and Ancud Gulf Route from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt.

Accommodation: Cabin aboard ferry

Day 13: Arrive Puerto Montt and drive to Petrohue

This morning we arrive in Puerto Montt the end of our voyage and after a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Petrohue. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Day walk at Volcan Osorno

After breakfast we begin a relaxed day walk to Volcan Osorno. We start off following the beach, skirting Lake Llanquihue, with superb views to the volcanoes of Llanquihue and Calbuco. We then enter the National park Perez Rosales and on to the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). This gorgeous body of water gets its emerald colour from minerals and algae. Next we begin an ascent towards the foot of Osorno Volcano and then start winding down through typical Andean woodlands with terrific views of the river valleys of Petrohue and the Sierra Santo Domingo range. In the late afternoon we return to our lodgings for a well deserved rest and evening meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Puerto Montt and fly to Calama, transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

Drive to Puerto Montt and fly to Santiago arriving at Calama airport where we will commence the 95km drive to San Pedro de Atacama (2400m/7484ft). San Pedro de Atacama is considered the archeological capital of Chile. It was the main center of the Atacama culture and was formerly named El Oasis for the rare desert springs nearby that have supported life here since the 11th century. Today, San Pedro is a delightful colonial town connected by small narrow streets. In the late afternoon we'll take an excursion to the Valley of the Moon which reveals a fantastic moonlike landscape that forms part of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range). Because of the lack of humidity, there is no life here, rendering it into one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. However, at sunset the play of light creates a sublime scene that we plan to experience during our scheduled visit. Return to San Pedro de Atacama and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast we head downtown for a guided tour which includes the church and archaeological museum, boasting an important anthropological collection of the Atacama culture. We also visit Quitor a native fortress before heading to the archaeological village of Tulor. We head south toward the Atacama saltpan to enjoy Lake Chaxas, a favorite nesting place of the unique pink flamingo. The view is breathtaking. We continue onwards to Socaire, whose inhabitants herd their animal and cultivate their beautiful terraced fields at an altitude of more than 3,200 metres. We ascend higher to 4,000 metres to admire the Miscanti and Me????iques lakes in an unforgettable setting of high volcanoes. Heading back to San Pedro, there will be time to stop en-route to visit the village of Toconao, one of the many Indian villages in the Atacama Desert that has been built using liparita stones from a nearby quarry. Life in these villages follows the old traditional ways. Finally, the fertile Jerez canyon completes the day before returning to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: El Tatio Geysers

This morning we depart at dawn to ensure we are at the high geyser field at El Tatio (4300m) on daybreak to witness the geysers as they produce explosive vents of steam that reach up to 8 metres in height. In the early morning light it is quite a mystical scene. After this impressive start to the day we continue with an easy guided walking tour around the geothermal fields to watch how these spectacular jets of steam shoot up. We will return through the Andes Mountain Range with an impressive view of Putama Volcano and Tocorpuri Mountains where native flora can be appreciated. We visit Machuca village before returning to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Trip concludes

After breakfast our trip concludes in San Pedro where you will be transferred to the Calama airport. 

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

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