Chile’s Lakes, Deserts & Glaciers

Experience four of Chile’s most dramatically contrasting landscapes: the hustle and bustle of the city; verdant forests, glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes; iconic peaks and electric blue glaciers; and vast desert with erupting geysers, high altitude lagoons and salt flats.

14 Days

$4,802

Chile’s Lakes, Deserts & Glaciers - 14 - $4,802

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Enjoy a half day private guided tour of Santiago, experiencing the city's diverse highlights
  • Explore Puerto Varas which sits on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in the Chilean Lake District 
  • Enjoy a day of leisure in Puerto Varas with multiple optional activities to chose from such as a bike and beer ride, kayaking or hiking around the base of the Osorno Volcano 
  • Hike to Laguna Azul with novel views of the Paine massif along the way
  • All-day hike to the base of the mighty Torres del Paine
  • Visit the stunning Death and Moon Valleys with their incredible sand and rock formations
  • Visit the Atacama Salt Flat where you can see two or three different pink species of flamingos at the Chaxa Lagoon

Start from Santiago and end at Calama

Landmarks visited on Chile’s Lakes, Deserts & Glaciers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago & Sensations city tour

Upon arrival in Santiago, a private transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. After a leisurely check-in you will enjoy a half day private guided tour of Santiago, experiencing the city's diverse highlights with all your senses.

Visit historic Santa Lucia Hill, in Barrio Bella Vista. Consisting of parkland, rising 69 metres above the surrounding areas and now adorned with ornate facades, stairways and fountains, it was on this hill that the city was founded in 1541.

Continue to the Paris-Londres neighbourhood, home to some of the most impressive colonial architecture before slowing down to briefly unwind with the locals and take in a curiosity unique to Santiago as you enjoy coffee at one of the notorious and racy "cafe con piernas".

From there, you pass through some of the most interesting streets of the city, filled with history from the different waves of immigrants in this ethnically diverse city. Then wander around the art nouveau Mercado Central (Central Market), considered by National Geographic as one of the top ten food markets in the world and known for both its cuisine and exotic fish stores. You will also visit the Vega Chica Market boasting some of the best flavours, scents and colours of this metropolis where you will try a traditional Chilean drink, the Cola de Mono.

The penultimate highlight is a walk through a renowned flower market filled with colourful displays and beautiful scents before ending your tour by exploring the lovely Lastarria Neighbourhood.

Excursion: Half day private guided tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago


Day 2: Santiago at leisure

You have a day at leisure in Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago


Day 3: Travel to the Chilean Lake District

You will be transferred to the Santiago Airport for your departure flight to Puerto Montt.

Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, a private transfer and guide will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you to Puerto Varas and your hotel.

Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in the Chilean Lake District, overlooked by the conical 2650 metre high Osorno Volcano which rises from the lake on the opposite shore. Explore at your own pace during the afternoon, perhaps taking a stroll along the lakeside shore, enjoying great views of the volcanoes across the lake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 4: Petrohue Falls, Vicente Perez Rosales Park, Peulla

Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning and take a scenic drive along the shore of the Llanquihue Lake, passing beaches and the town of Ensenada before reaching Petrohue which is located in Vicente Perez Rosales park, the first park opened in Chile in 1926.

Enjoy a stop at the beautiful Petrohue Falls where waterfalls cascade through channels formed by a combination of lava flows and water erosion.

From Petrohue a catamaran will be waiting for you to sail across the beautiful Todos Los Santos Lake to the town of Peulla. Located in the center of the Andes, Peulla is a extremely close to the the Argentinean border.

You will have time for lunch and if you would like to, then a walk in the national park before heading back to Puerto Varas in the afternoon.

Excursion: Full day private guided tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 5: Day at leisure in Puerto Varas

Enjoy a day at leisure based in Puerto Varas. Optional activities for your free time (not included): Puerto Varas offers a great base for activities and exploring this beautiful centre of the Chilean Lake District. You could spend time relaxing in and around the town and lake shores or join the the lakes and breweries on a bike and beer ride. Alternatively, hire a car and explore the region at your own pace today. For those looking for a more adventure, perhaps try kayaking or enjoying some of the great hiking to be had around the base of the Osorno Volcano and the surrounding national parks with their abundance of bird life and diversity of vegetation.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 6: Travel to Torres del Paine

After breakfast you will depart to Puerto Montt for a brief city tour including the lively fish market of Angelo before continuing to Puerto Montt Airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to your Yurt camp in Torres del Paine. After a long day of travelling, take the evening to relax in the bar and lounge, enjoy the restaurant, and take a stroll around the area.

Meals: Dinner, Open Bar

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt


Days 7-9: Choice of Excursions in Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, open Bar

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt


Day 10: Travel to Santiago

After a delicious breakfast, prepare for your transfer onward to the airport at Punta Arenas, for your flight to Santiago. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Santiago.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago


Day 11: Calama - San Pedro - Moon and Death Valley

In the morning, a transfer will take you to Santiago airport for your flight to Calama.

You'll be met at Calama airport and take a shared transfer to your hotel in the colourful village of San Pedro de Atacama, past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). San Pedro is located 2,440 metres above sea level in the middle of a green oasis.

In the afternoon visit the stunning Death and Moon valleys (Valle de la Luna) with their incredible sand and rock formations. Later on, take time at a scenic viewpoint from where you will witness one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colours throughout the valley.

Excursion: Half day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 12: Atacama Salt Flat, Flamingos, Altiplanic Lagoons, Socaire, Toconao, Quebrada De Jerez Oasis

This full day starts with you heading towards the Atacama Salt Flat where you can see two or three different pink species of flamingos at the Chaxa Lagoon.

You then visit the stunning Miscanti and Menique Altiplanic Lagoons at an altitude of 4,200 metres. Their intensely blue coloured waters contrast strikingly with the volcanoes which tower above them. You will have lunch at the charming town of Socaire, famous for its agricultural terraces.

The afternoon begins with a visit to the settlement of Toconao, constructed from volcanic rock and enjoying spectacular views of the Atacama Salt Flat.

Finish the day with a brief hike to Quebrada de Jerez, a lush oasis located in the middle of the desert.

Excursion: Full day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 13: El Tatio and Machuca

Before dawn, your guide will collect you to head north to the famous El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. El Tatio is situated 4,300 metres above sea level and is the highest geothermal field in the world. In the dawn light, watch the geyser erupt and brilliant salt crystals reflecting around the steaming pools.

After leaving the geysers, explore the village of Machuca, the historic resting place for llama caravans that traveled the Inca Highway. Return to San Pedro de Atacama before lunch had enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Excursion: Half day excursion with a private guide

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro de Atacama


Day 14: San Pedro - Calama

Shared transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Santiago and on home.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $4,802 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.

The price based on Standard Hotels is USD $4,802 per person 

The price based on Superior Hotels is USD $5,274 per person 

The price based on Luxury Hotels is USD $6,552 per person 

Includes

  • 13 nights accommodation in Santiago (3), Puerto Varas (3), Torres del Paine (4), San Pedro (3)
  • Meals as stated
  • Private airport transfers (Santiago, Puerto Montt)
  • Private, guided excursions (Santiago & Chilean Lake District, Atacama)
  • Shared transfers in and out of Torres del Paine and San Pedro
  • National Park entrance fees (Vicente Perez Rosales, Puella, Torres del Paine, Atacama)
  • Group guided excursions & associated transport (Torres del Paine)

Excludes

  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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