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Chile is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world! It is a country of incredible natural diversity and is a fabulous destination for those who enjoy the great outdoors. It is also unique for bird watching and seeing some rare and endemic animal species, ranging from llamas guanacos and vicunas to sea lions and Andean condors. The desert in the north offers spectacular lunar-like landscapes and the volcanos and mountains of Patagonia are remarkably rugged and stunning. These distinctive areas of Chile, all come together in this rugged, dramatic and spectacular itinerary to ensure you experience the best of what Chile has to offer!
Special features of our From The desert to Patagonia Tour:
Type of Tourism: Adventure, Cultural, Geographical, Desert
Places to Visit: Santiago, Calama, Atacama Desert, Punta Arenas, Torres Del Paine,
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 4 star or boutique hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen, guaranteeing that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
We will collect you from the airport in Santiago and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will head out on a City Tour around Santiago, where you will visit the city’s most famous attractions, including a walking tour downtown visiting the “Plaza de Armas”, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard and the Government Palace “La Moneda”. We will then go further afield to visit the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing into the bohemian neighbourhood ...
After breakfast, we will head to the Santiago Airport for your flight to Calama airport. On arrival, we will head to San Pedro de Atacama and settle into our hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit the Moon Valley, found within the Salt Mountain Range. Its impressive geological formations made of diverse shapes and colours, giant dunes and beautiful salt crystals, on the crunchy ground, will make you feel like you are on another planet.
Today, we will head out to the High-plateau Lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti, amid volcanos and mountains. We will visit The Atacama Salt Flats and Toconao, a village constructed of volcanic stone. We will then head to see the habitat of the spectacular pink flamingos, on the Chaxa Lagoon. After lunch in Socaire, we will continue on towards the mountains, where The Meñique and Miscanti Lagoons are found at a whopping 4,500 metres elevation. These lagoons, surrounded by sp...
Today we can enjoy an excursion to El Tatio Geysers. We will leave early to arrive for the sunrise and will begin with a walk around the geothermal field to see how these spectacular jets of steam shoot into the air. You have the added bonus of a soak in these natural thermal pools. Once we arrive back to San Pedro de Atacama, making a stop off at the small picturesque village of Machuca, you will then have a free afternoon to enjoy San Pedro de Atacama. At sunset, we will head out on...
Today, after breakfast, we will head out to the Rio Grande Petroglyphs and the Rainbow Valley. The petroglyphs are rock formations, with a number of figures carved into the stone, such as llamas, shamans and other symbols. We will then proceed to the Rainbow Valley, a rock formation, also rich in Andean flora and fauna guanacos and cacti. The rock formations are composed of different minerals, formed of various colours that resemble the colours of the rainbow. After the trip, we...
Today we will take the flight to Punta Arenas, where our guide will be waiting. We will take the bus to Puerto Natales. On arrival, we will head straight to the hotel to rest and prepare for a busy day ahead.
Early morning, we will head to the pier for a stunning boat trip through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord, to arrive at the thousand-year-old glacier of Mount Balmaceda. This is the home of sea lions and cormorants as well as many other animal species. We will disembark and hike for about a kilometre, through a wonderful native forest to reach the foot of the Glacier Serrano. We will have a picnic lunch on the way back, before returning to Puerto Natales for the evening.
Today we will visit the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, considered one of the best National Parks in South America. We will head out Puerto Natales, through Patagonian scrub, full of abundant wildlife along with guanaco and sheep herds and up to National Park. We will head to the Salto Grande on the Pehoé River, with the spectacular mountain of Torres del Paine in the background. From here, we will visit Lake Pehoé and Lake Grey, from where you can see the Grey ...
Today we will head back to the bus terminal for the bus to Punta Arenas for your flight to Santiago. On arrival, your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel.
Today marks the final day of the tour. We will take you to the airport for your flight back home or on to your next exciting destination!