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  • Get to know Patagonia as you trek, horseback ride, and kayak through it.
  • Discover Atacama’s lagoons, geysers, salt mountains, and volcano.
  • Sip on some of Chile’s finest wines during vineyard tours.
  • Take in the historic sights of Santiago on a private guided tour.
  • Featuring Chile’s finest properties.
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Chile from tip to tip takes you on a journey through some of the highlights of this beautiful country blessed with breathtaking sights. Chile is a country with some of the most amazing natural beauty on earth. On this trip, travel across the country from the southern Patagonia, to the snow capped mountains of the Andes mountain range all the way north to the jaw dropping landscapes and skies of the Atacama Dessert. And to top it off, visit the wine region with no need for a flight, just south of Santiago.

Please note that the cost of regional and international air has not yet been included in your quotation. Air experts are standing by to help. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

A real treat for nature, photography and adventure lovers, through a combination of private and small group excursions (8 people at a time) you will discover a number of wonderful sights Chile has to offer. For more of Chile, ask us about Easter Island, Chiloe Island extensions or more!

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Santiago
    Santiago
    • Meet and Greet
    • Chile - Welcome
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Private Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Santiago to Punta Arenas to Puerto Bories
    Santiago to Punta Arenas to Puerto Bories
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Private Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lan Pass (consult if appicable)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Punta Arenas - Puerto Bories [The Singular Patagonia (2.5 hrs) ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(1)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Puerto Bories
    Puerto Bories
    • Included Excursions based on Activity Levels at The Singular Patagonia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Puerto Bories
    Puerto Bories
    • Enjoy the included expeditions at The Singular Patagonia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Puerto Bories
    Puerto Bories
    • Another day to explore Patagonia from The Singular
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Puerto Bories to Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas
    Puerto Bories to Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas
    • Transfer - Shared - Puerto Bories - Punta Arenas [The Singular Patagonia (2.5 hrs) ]
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas [30 min] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Puerto Varas
    Puerto Varas
    • Private - 1/2 Day Frutillar, Puerto Octay & Museum (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Puerto Varas
    Puerto Varas
    • Private - 1/2 Day Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Rapids (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Puerto Varas
    Puerto Varas
    • Chiloe Island: Castro, Dalcahue (with Lunch) (12 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Shared Ferry
  • Day 10 Puerto Varas to Santiago
    Puerto Varas to Santiago
    • Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt [30 min] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (7AM-11PM) - Private Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 11 Santiago
    Santiago
    • Private - A Local's Life in Santiago (6 hrs, w/Lunch) - Guide/Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 12 Santiago
    Santiago
    • Private - “The Houses of Pablo Neruda”, La Sebastiana and Isla Negra - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 13 Santiago to Calama to San Pedro de Atacama
    Santiago to Calama to San Pedro de Atacama
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (7AM-11PM) - Private Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Calama - San Pedro de Atacama [Tierra Atacama (1 hr)] - (1)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 San Pedro de Atacama
    San Pedro de Atacama
    • Tierra Atacama Excursions
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15 San Pedro de Atacama
    San Pedro de Atacama
    • Enjoy the excursions at Tierra Atacama
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16 San Pedro de Atacama
    San Pedro de Atacama
    • Another day to enjoy the excursions at Tierra Atacama
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago to San Antonio Valley
    San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago to San Antonio Valley
    • San Pedro de Atacama - Calama [Tierra Atacama (1 hr)] - (1)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Santiago - San Antonio Valley [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 18 San Antonio Valley
    San Antonio Valley
    • Outdoor Activities at La Casona Matetic (not included)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 19 San Antonio Valley
    San Antonio Valley
    • Private - La Casona, Corralillo Wine Tour- Matetic Vineyards - Wine Tour
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 20 San Antonio Valley
    San Antonio Valley
    • San Antonio Valley - Santiago [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Santiago

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Welcome to Chile!

Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport (B) (Standard )

Located just steps outside of baggage claim at the Santiago International Airport, the location of the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel exudes convenience. Featuring a modern design and equipped with the highest standards of services, all rooms are outfitted with king or 2 queen beds, and flat screen tv's. Moreover, there is a restaurant, bar, room service, heated jacuzzi, 2 single saunas, parking, Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel.

Santiago
Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Day 2: Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Bories

Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.

Lan Pass - At time of booking, there may be a reduced airfare for your flights within Chile. Ask your Sales Consultant who will be able to assist you with this request.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Upon your arrival into Punta Arenas airport, you be met by a driver from The Singular Patagonia for your shared transfer to the hotel. This shared transer is offered as a complimentary service for guests of The Singular only. 

Accommodation: The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia is a five-star luxury hotel located in Puerto Bories, Chile. The hotel is located in the converted “Frigorifico Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. Overlooking the Fjord of Last Hope Sound and the Andes Mountains off in the distance, The Singular’s oversized guestrooms  provide plenty of room to unwind after a day of adventure. Best of all, your appreciation of Patagonia’s beauty can continue once inside your personal haven as each room features floor to ceiling, picture windows. A reminder that Mother Nature still makes the best artwork. This is an environment of simple luxury. It will be your home at The Singular Patagonia—the perfect setting to connect with authentic Patagonia.

The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia

Day 3: Puerto Bories

Choose from a wide range of options during your stay at The Singular Patagonia.  

Basic, Medium and Expert level activities are available, from trekking to horseback riding and kayaking. The following is a list of some of the expeditions available, for more details please ask you Sales Consultant:

Basic Level
Full Day: Trekking Sierra Baguales, Trekking and sailing – Isla Focus, Discovering Torres del Paine National Park
Half Day: Sailing to Punta Jamón, Visit to Shotel Aike Wetland – Cerro Castillo, Visit to Puerto Bories Industrial Museum, Puerto Natales, Land of Pioneers, Cycling around Puerto Natales

Medium Level:
Full Day: Sailing around the Patagonia Fjords: Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers and Lago Azul, Horse riding to Puerto Bories
Half Day: Cycling around Laguna Sofía, Trekking Seno Ultima Esperanza or Last Hope Sound overlooking point, Trekking to the Mylodon Caves, Trekking and Watching Andean Condors, Horse Riding around Laguna Sofía – Las Cuevas, Horseback Riding to Mylodon Cave, Horse riding to Puerto Bories

Expert Level:
Full Day: Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine and The Wonders of Torres del Paine National Park.

Accommodation: The Singular Patagonia
Kayaking
Kayaking

Day 4: Puerto Bories

A variety of expeditions await for you to explore Patagonia today!

Accommodation: The Singular Patagonia

Day 5: Puerto Bories

Another day to enjoy a variety of expeditions included in your package at The Singular Patagonia.

Accommodation: The Singular Patagonia

Day 6: Puerto Bories - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Upon checking out, you'll be met by a driver for your shared transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas. The transfer takes approximately 4 hours. 

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Enjoy a private transfer from Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas with private vehicle and English speaking Driver. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Cumbres Puerto Varas

Escape to a refined haven at Cumbres Puerto Varas and experience the enchantment of Puerto Varas, Chile. With dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, this five-star hotel artfully combines the intimacy and warmth of a Patagonian lodge with contemporary luxury and sophistication. Through its doors, Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas is the perfect reflection of its surroundings, with expansive windows and native wood and stone design elements offering guests a true connection to the breathtaking landscape of southern Chile. Enjoy the personalized attention of a gracious staff and revel in a tranquil and secluded getaway to a truly special place.

Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas
Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel
Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel

Day 7: Puerto Varas

Depart from Puerto Varas with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide for a short drive north to the city of Llanquihue, industrial town where the natural outlet for the waters of the Llanquihue Lake is located (the Maullin River). From this cute town, take a country road mostly used by locals and dairy trucks, on the lakeside, that will provide beautiful sights of the mountains and the bucolic countryside. On the way, you will see some of the main products of their region: sugar beet, potatoes, but above all, the salmon farms that have made Chile the third producer in the world of this delicious fish. By noon, Frutillar is reached. A village settled like many others by German immigrants, but unlike other villages, still keeping its European influence in its architecture and gardens. Frutillar is very famous in Chile as a summer resort, mainly due to its calm waters and its Classic music festival. A good piece of advice would be to visit its German Colonial Museum, an outdoor museum that transports visitors to the 1850s while enchanting them with scents coming from its botanic park, amid which, the museum is located. In such a relaxed atmosphere, lunch awaits. After lunch return trip to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Accommodation: Cumbres Puerto Varas
Frutillar Chile
Frutillar Chile

Day 8: Puerto Varas

We will start our tour from Puerto Varas , known as the “City of Roses”, headin towards the Osorno Volcano, bordering the Llanquihue Lake, enjoying beautiful sceneries decorated by the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. We will drive to “Ensenada” area where we will start to climb the Osorno Volcano until we get to the Ski Centre, located at 1.240 meters over sea level. We will stay at this place for about an hour so you can enjoy the view and take pictures of the Lake and Volcanoes with their eternal snow caps. Lunch on site included. Afterwards, we will continue to the Petrohue area, located at the borders of the lake of Todos Los Santos (All Saints Lake) in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Here you will enjoy a soft hike on trails surrounded by the everlasting green colors of our forests. The majesty of the Osorno Volcano and the turquoise waters of Petrohue River decorate wonderfully this activity. Visit to the Petrohue falls before returning to Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Cumbres Puerto Varas
Osorno Volcano
Osorno Volcano

Day 9: Puerto Varas

Departure from your hotel to the enchanting Chiloe Island. We head first towards Puerto Montt and then take the turn-off to Pargua, a small fishing village whose inhabitants work in the extraction of sea urchins. On arriving in Pargua we board a ferry (shared service) to cross the Chacao Canal and on the way we will have a chance to observe the great variety of marine birds and sea lions that accompany us during the approximately 30 minute crossing.

When we arrive to the Chacao village, we will visit the Main Square and Church. Chacao, founded in 1567, and its church dating from 1710, were visited by Charles Darwin in 1834. In his book The Voyage of the Beagle he describes the town in several passages. We then head towards Dalcahue where we will stop for a coastal walk and visit the craft market, museum and church. Continue your tour to Castro and after lunch visit the ‘Palafitos de Rio Gamboas’, the main square and its church. Our last church visit for today will be in the village called Nercón.

We continue on to Ancud where we stop by the Foundation ‘Friends of Chiloé`s church’. Through the pier street we access to Fort San Antonio, where we learn about the history, customs and legends of this mythical island and we can appreciate an excellent view of the bay of Ancud and Lechagua.

Return to your hotel at day's end.

Accommodation: Cumbres Puerto Varas
Chiloe Island
Chiloe Island

Day 10: Puerto Varas - Santiago

Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt in a private vehicle with a driver guide. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.

Accommodation: Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian

Situated in one of the most prestigious areas of Santiago, Plaza el Bosque San Sebastian is a great choice for families and those who like space. The 84 suites are well-appointed, with a small kitchenette and beautiful views of the city. Breakfast is an array of fresh fruits, dairy, pastries and other morning favorites. Dine at any of the numerous restaurants nearby, which serve everything from Chilean traditional dishes to international specialties. Make use of the abundance of facilities, which include a sauna, fitness room, and a games room with pool tables and chess.

Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian
Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian

Day 11: Santiago

Today is a day when you will experience life as a true local, otherwise known as a “Santiaguino”. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and together you will walk towards the nearest Metro station to board one of the most efficient and clean subways in the world, Santiago’s Metro (Metro ticket is included). In it, you will reach the classic and most important subway station in the city, Universidad de Chile where gigantic murals of local artists are displayed showing a piece of Chile’s rich urban culture. Upon exiting the station you will be in the middle of Santiago’s busy downtown. You will walk about the Stock Exchange and the classic streets, having a Santiago traditional coffee experience, in one of the many cafés called “Café con piernas” translated as coffee with legs…you will see firsthand where the name originates from.  After enjoying coffee (not included) we will walk through the Paseo Ahumada, viewing the different shops and shoe shine stands and all sorts of local characters. We will arrive to the main square or Plaza de Armas which is a meeting point for several immigrants from neighboring countries. We will visit the Cathedral. We will continue walking through Puente Street which is characterized by the large amount of shoe stores where locals shop. We will reach the Mercado Central (local fish Market) where we will see the different types of fish and shellfish that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. In this market we will have lunch at one of the many restaurants enjoyed by locals and generally unknown to tourists. Your guide will be with you at all times explaining local culture and helping you to translate and interact with shop vendors, waiters and anyone you want to meet.

After lunch at Restaurant El Galeon, walk across the Mapocho river to visit the Vega Central (local food market) here you will see the different fruits and vegetables that the fertile lands of Chile offer. After the visit walk through the Bellavista district, also known as the bohemian district where you will enter a local bar to try out a refreshing local drink called “The Terremoto” which translates to the Earthquake (drink is not included). After this stop we continue to San Cristobal Hill. On the way we try out some of Chile’s classic and refreshing snacks such as Mote de Huesillos or any snack that you feel like.

At San Cristobal Hill we will reach the top in the traditional funicular. From the top enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago from which, with your guide, you can track the places visited during the day. Here, your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel after a day of exploring Santiago and being a true “Santiaguino”.

Accommodation: Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian
Praza do Obradoiro
Praza do Obradoiro

Day 12: Santiago

Pablo Neruda, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, is known for his poems, his collections of bric a brac from his journeys and his eclectic houses. The tour begins heading towards Isla Negra, where his house has been turned into a museum and library, stuffed with his manuscripts, collections of bottles, ships prows, shells and other items he collected during his life. Following lunch, return to Viña del Mar and stop at the other house in the port of Valparaíso for a visit to La Sebastiana, on Cerro Bellavista with an amazing view across the bay.

Accommodation: Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian
The Houses of Pablo Neruda
The Houses of Pablo Neruda

Day 13: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Shared transfer by minibus for about 1 hour to Tierra Atacama.

Accommodation: Tierra Atacama

Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Portillo Ski Resort and Hotel, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and service. Tierra Atacama’s rooms all have private terraces and views of the Licancabur volcano. The interior decoration is casually elegant in the neo-minimal style. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama
Tierra Atacama
Tierra Atacama

Day 14: San Pedro de Atacama

Adventures on four wheels

1. Altiplanico Lagoons (Villages of Toconao & Socaire, Miscanti Lagoon) Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the hotel in a vehicle to the village of Toconao. Visit the church in Toconao. Visit the village of Socaire and the church there. Visit the lagoons of Miscanti & Miñiques. Box lunch here. Return by vehicle to the the hotel. Description: This adventure includes the discovery of important facts about the atacameñan culture. In the villages of Toconao and Socaire, life as it is today can be observed. On arrival at the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, (4,200 m/13, 860 feet high) there is time to view the large numbers of birds which live here and admire the beautiful scenery.

2. Salar de Tara Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the hotel and drive to the Salar de Tara. Visit the “nuns” of Tara Lunch. Return to the hotel in vehicle. Description: Heading east from the hotel, we head towards the border with Argentina, befote turning off to the south at a height of 4 200m/13 860 feet approximately) Formations of igneous volcanic rock have formed the “nuns” of Tara, a marvellous sight in the middle o fan amazing plateau. Lunch here before returning on the same road back to the hotel.

3. El Tatio Geisers Duration: 7 to 8 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the hotel and drive to El Tatio. Visit to the Geothermal field where the geisers are found. Return to the hotel by vehicle. Description: The El Tatio Geisers are located at a height of 4 300m /14 190 feet. The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns which reach heights of 12 metres /almost 40 feet. Intense sulphur odors and pools of boiling water and mud make this place seem like the initiation of life. Breakfast is served as dawn breaks. On the way back to the village, there is the opportunity to spot numerous families of vicuñas and if we are lucky, foxes and Andean ostrich. Return to the hotel by vehicle for lunch. ** As this excursion departs early and is 8 hours long, it counts as a full day excursion. Please ensure you have the correct clothing, including gloves and a hat – temperatures can reach -20°C/-4°F in winter.

4. Machuca Duration: 3 - 4 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: By vehicle to the north, passing through Guatin. Visit the village of Machuca. Return to the hotel in vehicle. Description: This journey reaches heights between 3000 and 4000 m. ( 9,845 – 13, 123 feet) and visits typical dwellings, known as “cactaceas”, traditional to the area, they are built of stone and used by the local people today in their tranhumance method of keeping livestock. The village of Machuca has a privileged site surrounded by nature and in its only street we can see the roofs made of cactus and maybe taste barbecued llama, offered by the villagers. The church is of special interest for the cultural significance and many birds can be seen in the area also. Return to the hotel in vehicle

5. Puritama Duration: 3 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart from the hotel in a vehicle heading north. Bathe in the hot springs of Puritama. Return to the hotel in a vehicle. Description: This journey combines a unique pleasure in surroundings where to find water is a complete surprise! Hidden at the bottom of a steep sided gorge, surrounded by vegetation, the River Puritama has 8 natural pools, with water which has an average temperature of 33°C/ 91°F at a height of 3500 m asl. (11, 482 feet) Following a lovely bathe, return to the hotel in a vehicle.

6. Viewpoints in the Salt Mountains Duration: 3 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart from the hotel in a vehicle heading towards the Salt Mountains. Discover different viewpoints of the fascinating geography traveling in a vehicle. Return to the hotel. Description: This journey allows participants to appreciate the beauty of the landscape from the many viewpoints in the Salt Mountains, such as the scenery of Death Valley, Moon Valley and the Andes mountain range. A must for photo buffs!

7. Atacama Salt Flat (Chaxsa Lagoon Flamingo Reserve) Duration: 4 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the hotel in a vehicle towards Toconao. Visit the Chaxsa Lagoon, a flamingo reserve. Return to the hotel in vehicle. Description: The journey starts with a brief visit to Toconao where the main square and the historic church are the main attractions. Also see the handicrafts produced by the local families. Continue to the National Flamingo Reserve in the Atacama salt flat. There are three types of flamingo to be found here, which live off the microscopic lagoon life. The views of the Andes as the sun sets are truly amazing

Archeology

8. Padre Le Peige Museum/Quitor Fortress/Tulor Village Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: By vehicle to the Padre Le Peige Museum By vehicle to the Pucara de Quitor. By vehicle to Tulor Village. Return to the hotel. Description: The history of the Atacama is fascinating, and helps to explain the culture and the idiosyncrasies of the desert peoples to the visitor. The museum displays give a broad understanding of events here and the visits to the archeological sites uncover vestiges which still exist today.

9. Petroglyophs Duration: 3 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: By vehicle to the site Visit to the site of the petroglyphs. Return to the hotel. Description: Rupestrian art displays many forms of expression – man has tried to record experiences, common elements, symbols and signs. The description and understanding of these through a science, archeology, gives rise to a greater understanding of the human race. Petroglyph: an inscription or engraving on rock, fundamentally made by hand and with another hard object. This place is incredible and is witness to the travelers, shamans and merchants of the past who converged here and left evidence of their stories.

Walks & Hikes

10. Cornices Duration: 21/2 hours to 3 ½ hours Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the hotel in a vehicle on the old road to Calama and get out when the tunnel is reached. Walk along the cornices. Descent via the main dune to Death Valley. Return to the hotel in a vehicle. Description: A fun excursion for the morning or afternoon. On arrival at the old road to Calama, the walk starts with a visit to some archeological sites and wonderful views of the volcanoes of the region. At a height of around 2 600m/8580 feet, descend via the huge dune to Death Valley – an unforgettable experience which takes everyone back to their childhood!

11. Kari Gorge Duration: 1½ hours to 2½ hours. Level of difficulty: Easy, but following a narrow path at first. Itinerary: Travel to the Kari Lookout point in a vehicle. Walk along the Kari Gorge. Return to the hotel in a vehicle. Description: An amazing morning or afternoon hike through incredible scenery. At a height of 2550m (8000 feet) enjoy an incredible phenomenom. The water, wind and temperature extremes have joined forces to produce this unique gorge in the Salt Mountain Range. We walk between dried up clay riverbeds, where crystals of salt and lime can be seen. There is a sense of the mountains growing around us. Return to the hotel in a vehicle.

12. Devils Canyon & Vilama Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours. Level of difficulty: Medium. Itinerary: Depart the hotel in a vehicle heading towards the Catarpe Valley. Walk through the Devils Gorge and to the area of Vilama. Return to the hotel by vehicle. Description: A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart the hotel in a vehicle and head to Devil’s Canyon to start the walk. The altitude here is approximately 2450 m.(8038 feet) We walk on flattish ground for about an hour, on the dry river bed through formations of lime which are part of the Salt Mountain Range. The trail then rises to take in amazing views of the surrounding volcanoes, Following an ancient caravan route we pass petroglyphs showing the former commercial activity in the area and finally finish at the old settlement known as Vilama. Return to the hotel in a vehicle.

13. Guatin/Gatchi Duration: 2 to 3 hours. Level of difficulty: Medium. Itinerary: Travel by vehicle to the Guatin Valley. Walk through the valley of the Vilama River. Return to the hotel by vehicle. Description: Depart the hotel in a vehicle heading northeast of San Pedro de Atacama to the Guatin Valley. At a height of 2800m (9 186 feet) The confluence of two rivers takes place here – one coming from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica river, whose waters are from the Andes mountains – this unique mix of warm thermal spring water and cold clear mountain snowmelt gives rise to the new river which supports the unique ecosystem of the Guatin Canyon. We walk here, alongside waterfalls and rocky climbs whilst marvelling at the amazing Candelaria cactus.

14. Guatin/Puritama Duration: 2,5 to 3,5 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: By vehicle to the Guatin Valley. Walk along the northern Guatin valley floor. Bathe at the Puritama thermal springs. Return to the hotel in a vehicle. Description: This excursion is better done in the morning because of the temperature changes. The walk starts at an altitude of 2 800m /9 186 feet to the northeast of San Pedro de Atacama. The walk is a steady uphill climb, through the valley which is scattered with igneous rocks from the volcanic explosions of the past. Passing between the native pampas grass which grows alongside the rivers of the area, we can view typical birds of the area. Accompanied by the gurgle of the water, we eventually arrive at the the Puritama Thermal Springs, 8 pools of limpid warm water where there is a chance to bathe and relax before returning to the hotel in vehicle.

15. Machuca/Rio Grande Duration: 7 to 9 hours. Level of difficulty: Medium. Itinerary: Travel by vehicle to the village of Machuca. Walk from the village of Machuca to the area of Peñaliri. Lunch in Peñaliri. Walk from Peñaliri, to the village of Río Grande. Return to the hotel in a vehicle. Description: This walk takes place at a height of around 4000m / 13 200 feet and is a great way to acclimatize to the altitudes for people who want to climb a volcano during their stay. The walk follows the river bed and on the way we can see llamas, alpacas and birds which are found in this habitat. Stop for lunch in the abandoned mountain village of Peñaliri. Following this well deserved break, discover the abandoned terraces of the gully and continue on to the village of Río Grande, the last in this odyssey of discovery, where typical highland corn and vegetables are grown. Return to the hotel in a vehicle.

Bicicyle Rides

16. Devils Canyon / Catarpe Duration: 2 ½ hours to 3,5 hours. Level of difficulty: Medium Itinerary: ½ hour approx. by bicycle to Catarpe. 1 hour aprox. by bicycle in the Quebrada del Diablo. ½ hour approx. to cycle back to the hotel from Catarpe. Description: Depart from the hotel on bicycles heading towards the amazing Salt Mountain range, and the beautiful Devil’s Canyon. The ride takes place at an average height of 2400m / 8000 feet) approximately. To the north of the San Pedro river the surrounding countryside is a mix of the stark landscapes of the Salt Mountains and the Oasis of San Pedro. The trail through the Devil’s Canyon is flanked by clay cliffs and is sometimes sandy, with a constant gentle climb until the final labyrinth. The return journey follows the natural course of the San Pedro River until we reach the village and the hotel.

17. Sejas Lagoons Duration: 4 hours approx. Level of difficulty: Medium Itinerary: Cycle from the hotel across the Atacama Salt Flat to the lagoon. About an hour for a bathe and a rest in the heavily salted water of the lagoon. Return by vehicle to the hotel. Description: This is a morning excursion to make the most of the temperature at this time of day. Depart the hotel heading south by bike to the Salt Flat to the lagoons of Sejas. The terrain is mainly flat and slightly uneven in places. On arrival at the lagoon, the view of the thick salt crust which has formed around the water hole is amazing. The salt concentration is incredibly high here and one floats in the spectacularly clear waters. Following time for a swim and a rest, return to the hotel by vehicle.

18. Windy Lookout Point (Death Valley, the Dune) Duration: 2 to 3 ½ hours. Level of difficulty: Medium with some technically more challenging parts Itinerary: Depart the hotel towards the Salt Mountain Range. Ride for 30 minutes to an hour along the cornices. 20 minutes to descend in to Death Valley. 20 minute ride through Death Valley. Return to the Hotel via the paved highway. Description: A morning or afternoon excursion. Depart from the hotel heading northeast then head north towards the Salt Mountain Range enjoying marvellous views of the Andes and the volcanoes. Continue along the cornices viewing the formations of Death Valley from above, before descending via the old trails into the valley itself. Once at the bottom, continue on to Death Valley and cycle through the amazing scenery before returning to the hotel.

19. Bike Ride through the Ayllus (Atacmeñan Communities) Duration: 1,5 to 2,5 hours. Level of difficulty: Easy. Itinerary: Depart the Hotel on bicycles. Visit the local villages and communities “ayllus” of Sequitor and Solor. Return to the hotel. Description: Depart the hotel in the morning or early afternoon. The nearby oases villages are typical of the local culture and in many ways their inhabitants still follow the same way of life as their distant ancestors. View the local agriculture and the unique irrigation system. This is a great way to be introduced to the village and the climate of San Pedro.

Volcanoes

20. Toco Duration: 5/7 hours. Level of difficulty: Medium. Itinerary: 1 hour 30' approx. by vehicle to the foot of the volcano. Hike of 2 hours to 4 hours uphill to the summit. Half an hour on the peak. Descent of 1 to 1 ½ hours. Return to the hotel in vehicle, a journey of 1 hour. Description: The journey starts from the hotel, traveling in a vehicle for 1 hour 30 minutes to the starting point of the walk at a height of 4800m approx (16,500 feet) The peak of the volcano is at 5650 m. /18,645 feet and from the top there are great views of the Bolivian altiplano and the Atacama Salt Flat to the west. After time for a break and a rest, the descent is taken slowly and safely down the same route until the vehicle is reached. Return to the hotel by vehicle. This excursion requires previous acclimatization to the altitude and the appropriate clothing (gloves, hat, windbreaker, good hiking boots and warm clothing. NOT appropriate for people under the age of 18 years. Guests who wish to participate in this excursion should allow a minimum of 5 days in the area with previous hikes of a strenuous nature to get used to the altitude. If their time and the weather permits we can arrange more challenging volcano walks once Toco has been successfully conquered!

Bird Watching

21. Altiplano and gullies of the Atacama Description: Places such as the Nacimiento and Guatin canyons, the Atacama Salt flat and the northern Chilean Altiplano are habitats which house a wide variety of differing species of birds. For example, the Salt Flats are home to the Chilean flamingo, Andean flamingo, Andean avocet and Puna Plover. The open altiplano wetlands houses Andean geese, Rufous bellied seedsnipes, Golden Spotted Ground Doves and Ochre Naped Ground Tyrants amongst others. Other species to be found in the area include the Chiguanco Thrush, cordilleran canastero, Scale Throated Earthcreeper, Andean Negrito and Horned Coot amongst many others. The time of year, migratory cycles, availability of food, temperature, altitude, etc., are all determining factors when birdwatching.

Flora & Fauna

22. Altiplano and gullies of the Atacama Description: The altiplano is a huge plateau at an altitude of 4000m/13 200 feet. It is an area of vast expanses of land cut into by deep channels and valleys, spotted with high salt lakes and where dark masses of lava from volcanic eruptions change the terrain. Rain is rare, temperatures vacillate wildly and the atmosphere at this altitude is transparent and luminous. Although the conditions are harsh, many plant and vegetable species exist here and have adapted to the demands of the climate and terrain – this voyage of discovery of the local flora and fauna is fascinating.

Horse rides

23. Atacama on horseback Descriptión: We can arrange a selection of rides with Atacameñan horses. Our saddles are Chilean (Western) style. The horses are mounted at the entrance to the hotel and we travel with our guide to discover the desert scenery. Depending on experience and wishes of the participants, the rides can take between 2 and 5 hours.

Accommodation: Tierra Atacama

Day 15: San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy the many excursions at Tierra Atacama including:

Adventures on four wheels, archeology, walks & hikes, volcanoes, bird watching, flora & fauna and horse rides!

Accommodation: Tierra Atacama

Day 16: San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy another day of excursions at Tierra Atacama!

Accommodation: Tierra Atacama

Day 17: San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago - San Antonio Valley

A shared transfer to the airport is provided for Tierra Atacama guests only. The minibus transfer takes about 1 hour to the Calama aiport.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Enjoy a private transfer from Santiago to the San Antonio Valley with an English speaking guide.  

Accommodation: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a colonial country home featuring seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste the fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley. Come and enjoy the incomparable personalized service, comfort and exceptional hospitality. La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is located in Rosario Valley, a subdivisión of San Antonio Valley, 120 kilometers from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

Day 18: San Antonio Valley

 A variety of outdoor ctivities are avialble at La Casona Matetic. Ask your Sales Consultant about pre-booking any activities or book them localy at arrival in La Casona.

These activities seek to connect the visitor with the natural wonders of the Rosario Valley through contemplative circuits or action filled activities. Some of the highlights include: Walking on the Huayun trail, the “Trail of the senses” or simply enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful valley while observing the local flora and fauna. Following is a list of the activities available:

Hiking - Trails, which cut through native forests, mountains, hills, valleys, ravines, and plains, are all well-marked, perfect for self-guided walks ranging from 1½ to 2 hours in duration.

Biking - Choose from short to longer circuits:

Standard bike: A 20-to 30-minute circuit through the property. The path, approximately 3,000 meters long and two meters wide at its narrowest, runs past small farms, through prairies and over bridges, with periodic rest stations. The bikes are standard, model 1939.

Mountain bike: A 1½- to 2-hour circuit through different types of terrain such as valleys, mountains, and river beds. There are also ramps for jumping, security fences, equilibrium trails in the gorges and a lookout and tunnel for more expert riders. Beautiful lookouts are located within both the native and introduced forests. The path, 5,000 meters in length, is 50 cm wide.

Horseback Riding - Horseback-riding experience is recommended. Short rides last one to two hours, with a 30-minute break; long rides last three to four hours with a break for either lunch or snacks. Terrain includes ravines and hilltops and spectacular views of Rosario Valley. Five or six guests per ride.

Accommodation: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

Day 19: San Antonio Valley

From La Casona Hotel, tour of the wine cellar with a view of the organic vineyards, and an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour, visitors will taste two wines from the Corralillo premium line, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.

Wine Cellar Tour + wine tasting 1 reserve and 1 premium wine

Tuesday to Sunday - Tours: 10:30 - 12:30 - 15:30. Restaurant: 12:30 to 16:00 hrs

Accommodation: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
Wine Tour
Wine Tour

Day 20: San Antonio Valley

Enjoy a private transfer from San Antonio Valley to Santiago with an English speaking guide.  

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport (B) (Standard ): Santiago

Located just steps outside of baggage claim at the Santiago International Airport, the location of the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel exudes convenience. Featuring a modern design and equipped with the highest standards of services, all rooms are outfitted with king or 2 queen beds, and flat screen tv's. Moreover, there is a restaurant, bar, room service, heated jacuzzi, 2 single saunas, parking, Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel.

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

The Singular Patagonia: Puerto Bories

The Singular Patagonia is a five-star luxury hotel located in Puerto Bories, Chile. The hotel is located in the converted “Frigorifico Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. Overlooking the Fjord of Last Hope Sound and the Andes Mountains off in the distance, The Singular’s oversized guestrooms  provide plenty of room to unwind after a day of adventure. Best of all, your appreciation of Patagonia’s beauty can continue once inside your personal haven as each room features floor to ceiling, picture windows. A reminder that Mother Nature still makes the best artwork. This is an environment of simple luxury. It will be your home at The Singular Patagonia—the perfect setting to connect with authentic Patagonia.

The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia

Cumbres Puerto Varas: Puerto Varas

Escape to a refined haven at Cumbres Puerto Varas and experience the enchantment of Puerto Varas, Chile. With dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, this five-star hotel artfully combines the intimacy and warmth of a Patagonian lodge with contemporary luxury and sophistication. Through its doors, Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas is the perfect reflection of its surroundings, with expansive windows and native wood and stone design elements offering guests a true connection to the breathtaking landscape of southern Chile. Enjoy the personalized attention of a gracious staff and revel in a tranquil and secluded getaway to a truly special place.

Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel
Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel

Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian: Santiago

Situated in one of the most prestigious areas of Santiago, Plaza el Bosque San Sebastian is a great choice for families and those who like space. The 84 suites are well-appointed, with a small kitchenette and beautiful views of the city. Breakfast is an array of fresh fruits, dairy, pastries and other morning favorites. Dine at any of the numerous restaurants nearby, which serve everything from Chilean traditional dishes to international specialties. Make use of the abundance of facilities, which include a sauna, fitness room, and a games room with pool tables and chess.

Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian
Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian

Tierra Atacama: San Pedro de Atacama

Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Portillo Ski Resort and Hotel, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and service. Tierra Atacama’s rooms all have private terraces and views of the Licancabur volcano. The interior decoration is casually elegant in the neo-minimal style. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Tierra Atacama
Tierra Atacama

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards: San Antonio Valley

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a colonial country home featuring seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste the fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley. Come and enjoy the incomparable personalized service, comfort and exceptional hospitality. La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is located in Rosario Valley, a subdivisión of San Antonio Valley, 120 kilometers from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • MaryBurchenal — December 12, 2014 — South America

    We are back. We did have a wonderful time with our daughter and I certainly had no reason at all for being at all nervous that things would not go smoothly. Everyone associated with our time in Iguazu Falls was helpful, more than pleasant and always on time. I thought originally that we could manage such a trip on our own. But when we got there and saw the hassles we would have run into with the visas, border crossings, transportation and such, I realized that going the way we did was the wise choice. Absolutely we would travel with you again. And if anyone asks about the best way to see that part of the country, I would not hesitate to recommend KT.

  • Janet Huebert — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure.

  • Ann Schiller — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond.

  • WendyRobinson — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Wow! All my life, I have planned and organized our trips, requiring considerable research and contact time--not to mention, most significantly, all the stress involved at each destination to make sure all connections are made. This time, I put it in the hands of some extremely capable people--and sat back and relaxed. And relax I did! We were booked into full-service, quality accommodations at all times; our transport and tour guidance were all on an individual, private basis, except where public transportation was in order; and--most valuable to us--we were met and assisted through all travel/hotel connections. We truly felt pampered. At one point, in fact, we had a problem with an immigration paper that we had lost, and a Kensington representative personally accompanied us through the whole process of replacing it--even though we were officially "on our own" that day. That's what makes the difference--the responsibility and accountability toward clients. Kudos to Kensington and to our representative, Brandi Merchant. We are already planning more travel and see no reason to look any further than to an agency that has earned our trust.

  • LorettaCappuccitti — December 12, 2014 — South America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip. The accommodations were all great. The guides and drivers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our choice of destinations and with the way the trip was organized. It was a lot of flying in two weeks but well worth it. Erika was able to accommodate a short-notice addition (Nazca Lines) to our trip which we appreciated. Thank you Erika for your help. Great trip!!

  • Christina Adams — April 21, 2014 — South America

    I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams

  • Frank  Manna — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic.

  • Vivian Jennings — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon.

  • Daniel More — April 21, 2014 — South America

    All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip.

  • Marlin Barad — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad

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