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PRICES INCLUDE
Accommodation
Santiago (4 nights)
S. P. de Atacama (3 nights)
Pto Natales (2 nights)
Punta Arenas (1 night)
Easter Island (3 nights)
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All transfers from/to airports
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All excursions mentioned on the itinerary
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All entrance fees
Atacama Salt Lake
Altiplanic Lagoons
El Tatio Geysers
Moon Valley
Tulor & Quitor
Rapa Nui NP
Milodon Cave
Torres del Paine NP
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Meals according itinerary
13 breakfasts
3 lunches
1 box lunch
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
International flights
Domestic flights
Personal travel insurance
Meals and other not specified extras
ADDITIONAL INFO
Available: All year round
Departures: Daily

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$ 2489
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THE BEST OF CHILE: ATACAMA DESERT, PATAGONIA & EASTER ISLAND (14 days / 13 nights)

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Santiago de chile, Valparaiso, Maipo valley
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ITINERARY

You will enjoy the best of Chile in only one full circuit, visiting the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and the amazing Easter Island. With this trip you will know the various attractions and the great diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna that this beautiful country offers.


DAY 1: SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Santiago de Chile.


DAY 2: SANTIAGO DE CHILE - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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Transfer to the airport in order to take your flight. FLIGHT SANTIAGO DE CHILE - CALAMA. Arrival at the airport of Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast)


DAY 3: ATACAMA SALT LAKE - ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS

We will visit today the great Atacama Salt Lake in Los Flamencos National Reserve where you will enjoy its immensity surrounded by fauna in the Chaxa lagoon and surroundings between the flamingos being these the main attraction of the salt with their beauty. Afterwards we will take the road to the highlands to visit the lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques located at 4,200 meters above the sea level at the base of the volcanoes of the "Cordillera de los Andes". The lagoons will delight us with the nature of a landscape of contrasts. We will then enjoy a lunch in the town of Socaire village highlighted for its traditional cuisine. Finally, before returning, we will visit the town of Toconao, its bell tower and Church of San Lucas, both National Monuments since 1951. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast, lunch)


DAY 4: EL TATIO GEYSERS & MACHUCA - MOON VALLEY

Our trip to the highlands begins during the early morning hours to finally reach one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, “Geysers de El Tatio” surrounded with water emanations and steam, we will enjoy the beauty of the Andes and with this natural stage we will offer you an agreeable breakfast. Then we will visit the "Pozon Rustico" where you will be able to enjoy the thermal waters that the mountain range gives us. Taking the road back to San Pedro de Atacama you will enjoy the beauty of the landscape, native flora and fauna to finally stop at the village of Machuca, shepherds of llamas place, today this town of adobe, straw and cactus wood House is dedicated to the tourism offering local products such as Andean handicraft, Llama's meat, Sopaipillas and empanadas. As an historical and architectural appeal we will visit the San Santiago Church, patron saint of the town. Afterwards, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we will visit the Moon Valley. In the middle of the deep dryness of the salt mountain range we find a landscape of salt and clay shaped by water and wind over millions of years. In our journey we will be able to enjoy the beauty delivered by extravagant forms that the cordillera mountain range gives us encouraging to imagination and reflection for your peace of mind. As we spend the afternoon we will go into the Death Valley and from there we will enjoy one of the best views of the Andes and its volcanoes, to finally finish watching the sunset that through its colorful gives us a wonderful end to our tour. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast)


DAY 5: TULOR & QUITOR - CALAMA - SANTIAGO DE CHILE

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In the morning we will drive 4 km / 2.5 mi to reach the village of Tulor with an approx. age of 3000 years. The archaeological remains are the oldest evidence of human settlement in the valley. We will then continue our tour to Pukara de Quitor; a fortress conquered in 1540 by the Spanish conquistadores. In the afternoon transfer to the airport in order to board you flight. FLIGHT CALAMA - SANTIAGO DE CHILE. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago de Chile. (breakfast)


DAY 6: SANTIAGO DE CHILE - EASTER ISLAND

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Transfer to the airport in order to take your flight. FLIGHT SANTIAGO DE CHILE - EASTER ISLAND. After your arrival at the Mataveri airport a short transfer will take you to your hotel. Overnight in Hanga Roa. (breakfast)


DAY 7: RANU RARAKU - AHU TONGARIKI - ANAKENA BEACH

Today we will drive to the southcoast coast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake. Then visit Ahu Tongariki (restored with 15 Moais), most recent and biggest restauration on the island. Drive to the eastcoast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Last but not least visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanga Roa. (breakfast, box lunch)


DAY 8: ORONGO - AHU AKIVI

We will drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciate on the way a view over the whole island and see its distinct geological features, proceed to an outlook at the crater lake. Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture, enjoy the breathtaking view towards the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca arquitects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with paintings. The second tour is to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Proceed to the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura. Then visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. We will also visit the ceremonial site of Tahai with 3 Ahus and restored statues, remains of boathouses, a boatramp and other features. Here we see the only statue with eyes. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanga Roa. (breakfast)


DAY 9: EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO DE CHILE

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Transfer to airport in order to board your departing flight. FLIGHT EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO DE CHILE. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago de Chile. (breakfast)


DAY 10: SANTIAGO DE CHILE - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES

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Transfer to the airport to board your flight. FLIGHT SANTIAGO DE CHILE - PUNTA ARENAS. Upon arrival, transfer to Punta Arenas bus station in order to take a regular bus to Puerto Natales. After arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (breakfast)


DAY 11: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Today, we will depart from the hotel very early to start the full day excursion that will take us to the Milodon cave where a giant sloth lived about 12.000 years ago and then to Torres del Paine National Park where we will see the beautiful Torres del Paine range and lakes like Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe. A short trek will take us to Salto Grande, a very beautiful waterfall, part of the hydrographic net of the park. Then, returning to the main road we will continue towards Grey lake. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (breakfast, lunch) (Note: in low season from May until September breakfast and box lunch).


DAY 12: BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS - PUNTA ARENAS

Today we will departure from the hotel to the pier in order to start the navigation to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. After 4 hours of navigation we will arrive to Bernardo O´Higgins National Park, where these two glaciers are. During this journey we will see Sea Lion colonies, cormorants, waterfalls and native forest. Condors will be seen from the boat. Once we get to the park we will see from the boat Balmaceda glacier. Afterwards we will dock at Puerto Toro, from where we will start a short trek towards the Serrano glacier. Lunch is served at Estancia Perales. Approximately at 17:00 hs. we will be back at Puerto Natales. Afterwards you will take a regular bus back to Punta Arenas. Reception at the bus station and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Punta Arenas. (breakfast, lunch) (Note: in low season from April until September only on Sundays).


DAY 13: PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO DE CHILE

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Departure to the airport to board your departure flight. FLIGHT PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO DE CHILE. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago de Chile. (breakfast)


DAY 14: SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Transfer to the airport to board your departing flight. (breakfast)



Included in Santiago de Chile

- 4 overnights, breakfast included, in Santiago de Chile

- Transfers from/to Santiago de Chile airport only driver

- Meals according itinerary

 

Included in Atacama

- 3 overnights, breakfast included, in San Pedro de Atacama

- Professional English speaking guide (transfers from/to airport only driver)

- Atacama Salt Lake & Altiplanic Lagoons with lunch

- Death and Moon Valleys

- Tulor & Quitor

- El Tatio geysers & Machuca

- Meals according itinerary

- All entrance fees

 

Included in Easter Island

- 3 overnights, breakfast included, in Hanga Roa

- Professional English speaking guide

- Anakena beach / Ranu Raraku / Ahu Tongariki with box lunch

- Ahu Akivi

- Orongo village

- Meals according itinerary

- All entrance fees

 

Included in Patagonia

- 2 overnights, breakfast included, in Puerto Natales

- 1 overnight, breakfast included, in Punta Arenas

- Professional English speaking guide (transfers from/to airport only driver)

- Bus ticket to/from Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas

- Torres del Paine National Park with lunch (low season box lunch)

- Navigation to Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers with lunch

- Meals according itinerary

- All entrance fees

 

NOT INCLUDED

- International and domestic flights

- Meals not described in the itinerary

- Tips to driver, guide, hotel and restaurant staff, room service, etc.

- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

- Personal travel insurance


Travel package operated on group basis (private package can be quoted)

 

Domestic flights can be booked through Chile Travel Tours upon request


The flights you need to book are the following:

 

Santiago de Chile - Calama

Calama - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile - Easter Island

Easter Island - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas - Santiago de Chile



SOME TOURS YOU COULD ADD IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE & SURROUNDINGS

Santiago City Tour, 4 hs (USD 39 per person)

Santiago de Chile is a cosmopolitan city that blends the oldness with modernity. We will show you the origins of our city and landmarks such as Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office and the Municipality of Santiago. The tour will continue by the Government Palace and we will have the chance to walk through some of the most traditional streets and neighborhoods. Later we will go towards the east, where we will see modern buildings and how they have transformed the city. We end our tour at a craft store Piedras Australes where accompanied by a Pisco Sour, we will appreciate pieces of lapislazuli.


Concha & Toro Winery, 4 hs (USD 49 per person)

We will leave the city in order to go to the south and arrive to the Maipo River, where the main and most important vineyard of Chile was founded: Concha & Toro. This is an ideal zone for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon grape, the most traditional wine of the country. Founded in 1883, it is equipped with the most modern technology in cooling equipment, stainless steel tanks, filters and casks made of American Oak or French Evergreen Oak. We will visit the family park, the wine cellars and cellars. Among them the legendary Casillero del Diablo. We will taste its wines and will also have the opportunity to purchase them, as well as some souvenirs of the vineyard.


Valparaiso/Viña del Mar, 8 hs (USD 69 per person)

Our "Garden city", Viña del Mar, will charm us with its architecture, its streets, palaces, and the Quinta Vergara. We will drive the coastal border and will visit the port of Valparaiso which goes back to 1536. The city was declared World Heritage by Unesco and currently is the legislative headquarters. Valparaíso is a magical place of unique and unforgettable landscapes with colorful neighborhoods and picturesque funicular elevators. The tour ends at Sotomayor square and the port.


Please notice you probably will need to add some extra nights depending on the excursions you would like to add




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