(Santiago, Puerto Bories, Puerto Varas, San Pedro de Atacama, San Antonio Valley)
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.
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!
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Please note: Upon arrival by air, American and Canadian visitors to Chile are required to pay a reciprocity fee of US$131 for American and US$132 for Canadian. Other nationalities will vary. Upon payment, cash, credit card or travelers checks, a receipt will be stapled at the back of passport and is valid for the duration of the passport. Subject to change without notice. Please consult with the Chilean consulate for full details.
Located at the Airport of Santiago with easy access to several areas of the city, this hotel features a modern design and is equipped with the highest standards of services. The hotel offers 112 rooms distributed on five floors. All rooms have 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, and seven conference rooms to accommodate up to 170 persons.
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.
Fly direct from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking
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.
The hotel is located in the converted “Frigorifico Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. This industrial complex was originally built by the “Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego” to process and export frozen meat to Europe. The cattle came from all over the Patagonia, including across the Andes in Argentina. The factory was in operation for 70 years, generating work and contributing to the development of the region. After a long period of neglect, the building was restored to its former industrial grandeur and as a result of the meticulous conservation, was declared a National Monument in 1996.
Choose from a wide range of options during your stay at The Singular Patagonia.
Basic, Medium and Experts level activities are available at your disposal; from trekking to horseback riding, to kayaking, you are sure to have a fantastic day exploring this beautiful landscape! Following is a list of some of the expeditions available, for more details please ask you Sales Consultant:
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
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
Full Day: Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine and The Wonders of Torres del Paine National Park
A variety of expeditions await for you to explore the Patagonia today!
Another day to enjoy a variety of expeditions included in your package at The Singular Patagonia.
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.
Fly direct from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt.
Enjoy a private transfer from Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas with private vehicle and English speaking Driver. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.
They are a concept hotel aiming to blend the highest level of service in the region with the warmth and comfort of home, nestled in the natural beauty of Puerto Varas, in the heart of southern Chile. They invite you to be moved by the amazing views from our world class rooms, while you experience their unique style of service, designed to complement the awe-inspiring surroundings.
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.
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
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.
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt in a private vehicle with a driver guide. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.
Fly direct from Puerto Montt to Santiago. Fights are subject to availability. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Situated in one of the most prestigious areas of Santiago, Plaza el Bosque Suites 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.
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”.
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.
Fly directly from Santiago to Calama airport. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Shared transfer by minibus for about 1 hour to 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. Our decorators scoured local villages looking for the unique hand-made textiles and crafts to add authentic desert cultural pieces to each room.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Enjoy the many excursions at Tierra Atacama including:
Adventures on four wheels, archeology, walks & hikes, volcanoes, bird watching, flora & fauna and horse rides!
Enjoy another day of excursions at Tierra Atacama!
A shared transfer to the airport is provided for Tierra Atacama guests only. The minibus transfer takes about 1 hour to the Calama aiport.
Fly from Calama to Santiago. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Enjoy a private transfer from Santiago to the San Antonio Valley with an English speaking guide.
The Matetic Vineyard "Casona", guest house was built in 1900, with seven Chilean style and luxury rooms well situated in the heart of the Vineyard in a quiet area surrounded by colored gardens and finely decorated, creating a cozy and stylish atmosphere. During your stay you will discover state of the art winery of Matetic Vineyards that has developed the most modern techniqes to produce organic and world class wines.
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.
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
Enjoy a private transfer from San Antonio Valley to Santiago with an English speaking guide.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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