(Santiago, Puerto Varas)
Chile - the ultimate destination for lovers of ice! Arrive into Santiago and live life "as a local" on a comprehensive city tour highlighting local life in Santiago. Travel south to the lakes district of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. Enjoy a private guided city tour as well as a visit to the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue. Board the Skorpios II for a five night cruise through some of the most pristine fjords in Patagonia. The Northern Ice Fields are home to the San Quintin and San Rafael Glaciers. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to view whales in their natural habitats, dip in natural hot springs and snap photos of truly magestic scenery. Return to Santiago and depart.
Patagonia is a seasonal destination, best visited between September and February. With limited hotel & lodge space, and because of this relatively short travel window, we strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.
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Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
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”.
Fly direct from Santiago to Puerto Montt. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 2 hours.
Enjoy a half day private tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas in the company of your own vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. You will visit Puerto Montt, the capital of the tenth region of Chile, and the town of Puerto Varas - the tourist capital of the Lake District. Begin at the viewing platform overlooking the whole Reloncavi Sound and the city of Puerto Montt. Then, depart for downtown, coastway, and the monument to the first German settlers; in the main square we will visit the redwood (alerce) Cathedral built in 1856. Then we will visit the city beach at a place called Pelluco and thence go to the place called Angelmo on the other side of the city, where the souvenir and seafood markets are placed. Then, after reaching the Pan American highway, head for the small town of Puerto Varas located on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, where you will see the major tourist attractions: the Church of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Philippi Park, the main square, and the handicraft market. Return to Puerto Montt or end 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
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt in a private vehicle with a driver guide. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.
Embarkation tax of $28 USD per person has been prepaid for you for the Skorpios cruise.
Departure from the port at Puerto Montt at 12:00pm. Sail through the Llanquihue Archipelago, the Gulf of Ancud and the Chiloé Archipelago. Crossing the Corcovado Gulf at midnight.
Depart 08:00 Spend the morning navigating through the Moraleda and Ferronave channels. Arrive to the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre around 11:00am. At 12:30 continue sailing through the Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Costa channels. Anchor at Hualas Cove or Punta Leopardos (20 nautical miles from the San Rafael Glacier) around 21:30.
Please note that schedules may change to due weather conditions.
Depart 07:30 Crossing of the San Rafael Lagoon entrance and Tempanos channel. At approximately 09:00 we will enter the Lagoon and anchor only 2 kms from the glacier. Enjoy boat excursions amoun multicoloured icebergs, weather permitting. Depart at 17:00 for the Quitralco fjord.
Arrive at 08:00 to Quitralco pier. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to soak in the natural hotspring baths where water temperates sit between 32-38 Celcisus! Hot pools are covered and outdoor for you to choose from. Weather permitting boat excursions will be offered through the inside of the fjord. Depart at 19:00 sailing towards Chiloe Island, navigating through the Moraleda and Perez Norte channels.
Begin crossing the Corcovado Gulf around 08:00. Pending weather conditions there is the possibility to observe both humpack and blue whales in their natural habitats (seasonal). Continue sailing through the oriental coast of the Chiloe Island, Yal channel and Castro stream arriving to the beautiful city at approximately 15:00. You will have time to disembark and visit the area. At 22:00 we set sail towards Puerto Montt through the channels of Lemuy, Dalcachue and Quicavi. Enjoy a Captain's Farewell party tonight with dinner and dancing!
We will be docked at the Skorpios pier by 08:00 (weather permitting). After breakfast at 09:00 disembarkation will begin. We hope you've enjoyed your cruise!
Frutillar is 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. Museum entrance fee included. Return to the hotel in Puerto Varas.
Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle and driver guide.
Fly direct from Puerto Montt to Santiago. Fights are subject to availability. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
After being met by your guide and private vehicle at your accommodation, you'll be brought towards Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you'll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewellery shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to "Handicraft Los Dominicos town " where you'll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel is situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, cinemas, theatres and innovative restaurants, this boutique Hotel offers guests the chance to discover the tremendous diversity of the city on their doorstep. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is an offering for guests seeking premium accommodation in Santiago de Chile. Its principal characteristics are the refined architecture with which this historic house was originally built, its garden with an outdoor swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and the private areas that help make you feel so at home. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is committed to offering a personalized and friendly service that ensures their guests experience an unforgettable stay within the utmost comfort.
Hotel Patagónico was founded in 2009 with the idea of enhancing and strengthening the roots of the country, mixed with the German traditions of the area. It is a unique hotel that meets the highest international standards of quality and excellence. Located in the Province of Llanquihue in the in Chile's Los Lagos Region, Puerto Varas is nestled in a natural setting formed by Lake Llanquihue and Osorno Volcano. The Hotel has 91 accommodations and offers a warm and welcoming service characteristic of the south of the world, inviting guests to experience a unique world of sensations. Hotel Patagónico's spa and gastronomy are of the highest level and activities and events are designed for every occasion and every family member.
Aboard M/V Skorpios II, you'll find a friendly, personalized service, always with the exceptional hospitality provided by the Kochifas family and their experienced and well-trained crew who will offer warmth and efficiency in a unique and unforgettable cruise. Skorpios II is designed to cruise the icy waters of Chile's fjords, its open decks provide a magnificent view of magnificent landscapes. It has five decks, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, Olympo and Athos. All cabins have private baths, heating, international phone system, TV, ventilation system, background music. All decks except the Athens have windows. You will be pampered with fine onboard dining in the spacious dining room. International menus are complimented by fine Chilean wines.
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