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CHILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile is a fascinating land of contrasts. From the high Andes to the remote Atacama Desert, it has towering fjords, glistening glaciers and idyllic Lake District with vineyards by the sea, all trimmed by an incredibly beautiful 4260 km coast line. 

Nestled in the very heart of central Chile and standing upon a broad valley plain 474mtrs above the sea is the historic capital of Santiago. First settled in 1541, Santiago is a pleasant blend of the colonial and modern, where one of the world's newest subways runs beneath 16th century buildings. The city itself stands before an immense wall of the Andes that soars 5485 metres high. Few world capitals have a more dramatic setting. 

Beyond Santiago and the Chilean coastline lies the most mysterious place in the world, Chile's enigmatic Easter Island. Chile boasts world class skiing, fine wines, superb seafood and unmatched scenic beauty, as well as offering the traveller a hearty welcome in a purely Chilean manner. 

 

SANTIAGO

3 days / 2 nights 

Day 1: Santiago

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2: Santiago

Your morning city tour will take you through "La Moneda Palace", the Cathedral, the popular Central Market, Santa Lucia Hill, Providencia area and finish at San Cristobal for an overview of the city and surrounding Andes. (B) 

Day 3: Santiago

Transfer for onward travel. (B) 

 

VINA DEL MAR 

2 days / 1 night 

Day 1: Santiago - Vina del Mar

Departure transfer from Santiago on a regular bus tour to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, situated some 150 kms from Santiago. Vina del Mar is Chile's main seaside resort city. Visit the main points of interest and transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2: Vina del Mar

Morning at leisure prior to your afternoon return to Santiago and your hotel or airport. (B) 

 

EASTER ISLAND

Easter Island, or "Rapa Nui", is situated some 3,800 kms west of Chile, making it one of the most distant and remote inhabitated islands on Earth. This small 115 sq. kms peculiarly shaped island was named Easter Island by its Dutch discoverer who found it on an Easter Day in 1722. There is no inhabited place in the world that differs so much from other human communities. Its volcanic landscape is dotted with more than 600 giant statues, volcanoes with totora covered lakes, a mysterious cave with impressive pictures, figures carved into the rocks; all silent witnesses of a never fully interpreted civilisation. 

How primitive man achieved such startling perfection is one of the many unanswered questions about Easter Island. Why seemingly superhuman stone cutters once made 90 tonne monoliths from the sides of volcanoes is a spellbinding archaeological puzzle. There are more questions here than answers, but there is just one thing we know that is certain, people who visit Easter Island will remember it for the rest of their lives. 

Note that due to the infrequency of flights to this area (only two or three flights a week), please look at the flights first and then select the program that fits your length of stay. Packages include round trip transfers airport/hotel, bus sightseeing to the most important archaeological sights and meal plans to suit your needs. 

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    SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

    3 days / 2 nights 

    Day 1: Calama

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

    Day 2: Calama - San Pedro

    Early morning departure to the fantastic Tatio Geyser. During sunrise it is an unforgettable sight, with magnificent vapour flushes surrounded by the majestic Andean volcanoes. After breakfast the tour proceeds to the famous oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama for a visit to the Museum, which exhibits some magnificent artifacts of ancient mummies, Stone Age tools, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and weapons that were found by the Jesuit Father Le Paige during his excavations in this dry desert. Rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D) 

    Day 3: San Pedro - Calama

    This morning proceed through the desert salt-eroded Valley of the Moon and the colonial oasis of "Chiu Chiu" to visit its fascinating church (built in 1540), and the Inca fortress of Lasana. Return this afternoon to Calama where you will visit the impressive open pit copper mine of Chuquicamata. Late transfer for onward travel. (B,L) 

     

    ARICA 

    3 days / 2 nights 

    Day 1: Arica

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

    Day 2: Arica

    Your city tour today will show you the San Marcos Church, the Customs Building built by the Eiffel Works in Paris, the Colon Square, El Morro, Azapa Valley and the Archeological Museum. Remainder of the day free. (B,L) 

  • Day 3: Arica 
  • Transfer for onward travel. (B) 
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    PUNTA ARENAS - TORRES DEL PAINE

    4 days / 3 nights 

    Day 1: Punta Arenas

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon drive down the last leg of the Panamerican Highway, viewing the Straits of Magellan, to Port Famine (founded in 1584), before visiting the Museum at Fuerte Bulnes prior to your return to Punta Arenas. 

    Day 2: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

    This morning's drive will take you through the Chilean Patagonia, passing huge sheep and cattle farms, the Morro Chico and the imposing rocky bastion overlooking the Rubens River. (B) 

    Day 3: Torres del Paine National Park 

    A full day devoted to one of the most spectacular nature reserves at the end of the world, the Torres del Paine National Park. Your tour includes the marvellous Grey Glacier, a massive river of ice. The imposing grandeur of the mountain ranges and surrounding natural beauty makes today altogether breathtaking. (B,L) 

    Day 4: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas

    Early morning departure to Punta Arenas and transfer for onward travel. (B). 

     

    PUERTO MONTT 

    2 days / 1 night 

    Day 1: Puerto Montt 

    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon free to visit the Angelmo fishing village, with an impressive array of fruits and seafood on display. The area is noted for its regional handicrafts. 

    Day 2: Puerto Montt 

    Transfer for onward travel. (B) 

     

    LAKES CROSSING 

    3 days / 2 nights 

    Day 1: Puerto Montt

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to visit the Angelmo fishing village, with an impressive array of fruits and seafood on display. The area is noted for its regional handicrafts. 

    Day 2: Puerto Montt - Peulla

    This morning, begin your two day crossing with a combination of bus and boats to Bariloche, passing beside Lake Llanquihue, past the Petrohue Falls to Petrohue where you will board your cruiser and cross Lake Todos Los Santos to arrive in Peulla around midday. Overnight in the peaceful serenity of this rustic location. (B,L) 

    Day 3: Peulla - Bariloche

    This morning continue by bus to Puerto Frias and then cross into Argentina to Puerto Blest, where you join another cruiser for your final leg across Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo and Bariloche. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. (B,L)