Chile: From Top to Toe- Multi-Destination


Chile: From Top to Toe- Multi-Destination


10 Days / 9 Nights

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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 of Bellavista and drive up to the San Cristobal Hi...

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    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 spectacular volcanoes were formed by the rising of t...

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        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 an astronomical tour. The fact that there is no l...

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          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, forming various colours that resemble the colours of the rainbow. After the trip, we will head back to the Calama airport to take your f...

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            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 Glacier in the distance. On the way back to Puerto...

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                  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!

                      WHAT'S INCLUDED

                      • Santiago, transfers are in private services and excursions by coach with English/Spanish speaking guide assistance
                      • In San Pedro de Atacama, transfer and excursions are by coach semi-private (maximum 14 passengers) with English/Spanish speaking guide assistance
                      • In Patagonia, transfers are in private services and excursions by coach 
                      • English/Spanish speaking guide assistance, except transfers to/from pier which operate only with Spanish speaking driver.
                      • In Puerto Varas, transfers are in private service and excursions by coach with English /Spanish speaking guide assistance, except the transfers to/from the starting/arriving point of the excursion to Peulla that operates by coach, only with Spanish speaking driver.
                      • Transfers and excursions are in private service with English-Spanish speaking guide assistance, except the Astronomical tour and the navigations (Balmaceda-Serrano, Peulla and Puñihuil) that operate by coach.
                      • Accommodation at the Santiago airport hotel (day 05), includes guide assistance from 6 passengers. Transfer not included (walking distance)-
                      • Transfer Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas by public bus. A guide assistance is included at the airport on day 6. From 6 passengers the transfer will be provided in private service with guide assistance from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales and with Spanish speaking driver only from Puerto Natales.
                      • Transfer hotel /pier/ hotel in Puerto Natales,1-5 pax only with Spanish driver (guide not included) and from 6 passengers with guide included
                      • Navigations in regular service with English-Spanish speaking guide assistance, not exclusive
                      • Entrance fees
                      • Lodging in the mentioned Hotels in standard rooms or as indicated in the quotation, breakfast included
                      • Meals duly specified in the programme

                      WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                      • Early Check-in and Late Check-out.
                      • Half board (H/B) or Full board (F/B) supplement, Quoted separately
                      • Extras not mentioned in the programme
                      • Tips and gratuities
                      • Air tickets and airport taxes
                      • Lodging taxes. All foreigners not resident in Chile are tax exempt.
                      • in case of no-show hotels will charge the room rate + taxes (19% vat)

                      Trip Preparation & FAQS

                      We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                      We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                      We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                      As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                      We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                      Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                      VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                      Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                      Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                      Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                      Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                      We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                      We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                      We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                      The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                      Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                      As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation:  We have permanent training programs for our Guides and drivers. Promote all types of training from the government among our staff and always contract guides and trabsports who are born and raised in their cities. We also promote those hotels whom are more committed to the environment and who’s strategy is based in sustainability.

                      Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                      Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                      The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                      This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                      For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +569 9345 3447

                      At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. A few example of our sustainable projects: Programs with Observation of Pumas in Torres del Paine, Collaboration with Ecocamp (with dozens of sustainability awards), We work with Hotels (Example: Explora) that actively participate in preserving Patagonia Park (Tompkins), Visits to the Hummingbird Sanctuary that tries to preserve the Arica hummingbird in danger of extinction, Whale Watching in the Humboldt Pinguinos Reserve and in Patagonia, visits to organic vineyards. 

                      All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +569 9345 3447. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                      This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                      This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                      The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                      Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                      Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                      For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                      In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                      In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                      It depends on each itinerary, please contact your sales representative to give you the specific altitude information of your itinerary.

                      We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. At various points on your trip there will be places where you can buy water.

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