Adventures in Chile - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Experience Chile’s poetic landscapes. It features the capital of Santiago, Patagonia’s enchanting wilderness, and the otherworldly Atacama Desert.

Journey Overview

This 10-day itinerary is perfect for intrepid travellers, who are fascinated by Chile’s poetic landscapes. It features the capital of Santiago, Patagonia’s enchanting wilderness, and the otherworldly Atacama Desert.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore vast glaciers in wild Patagonia.
  • Kayak in Chile’s fjordlands.
  • Discover the lunar-like landscape of the Atacama Desert.
  • Enjoy stargazing in the desert with professional equipment for an unparalleled viewing.
  • Bunk down in high design hotels.
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Land in Chile’s capital where you’ll be met and taken to your hotel. After checking in, head to the glass-roofed spa to soak up the city skyline and views of the Andes. Itchy feet? Head straight out to wander around attractive neoclassical architecture and myriad eateries.
Ritz-Carlton Santiago | Meals: D

Day 2: Santiago

Today, Design your Day – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:

Option 1: See some street art Santiago’s streets have been a graffiti hot spot for some time. From Barrio Brasil to the Bellavista district you’ll see abstract designs plus anime, as well as more politically motivated works.

Option 2: Go in search of local eats Santiago is a cornucopia of hip eateries and street food stalls. Visit La Vega, a market loaded with indigenous fruit and veg, and Mercado Central for some of Santiago’s best seafood.

Option 3: Have a morning of museums Visit the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, boasting the country’s important pre-Hispanic works. Then the stately Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts to see 19th-century sculptures. Finish at La Chascona, one of Pablo Neruda’s three homes. 

Option 4: Take a bike tour Pedal around the bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista, where you can soak up its outdoor graffiti. Stop at the bustling markets for tapas and cycle through the pretty Parque Forestal.
Ritz-Carlton Santiago | Meals: B

Day 3: Santiago – Puerto Natales

This morning you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight south to Punta Arenas. Your driver-guide will then take you three hours across the vast Patagonian pampas. Your hotel sits on the outskirts of Puerto Natales, a port city and the gateway to Patagonia’s wilderness. Perched on the lake, you can take in mountain views from every angle. Watch chefs fire up the grill for a rustic asado and treat yourself to a glass of carménère.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Days 4 & 5: Puerto Natales

Spend the next couple of days venturing through landscapes that inspired Pablo Neruda and Bruce Chatwin. Kayak on serene fjords where you may spot a Chilean flamingo or black-necked swan. Or sail to the great Balmaceda glacier to witness radiant blue icebergs. There are trails for the hardcore trekker, and scenic routes for the ambler, with miles of lenga forest to explore. You’ll find old-world estancias used by 19th-century pioneers as well as life-changing lookout points. Peckish? Take a delicious picnic to one of the lagoons.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Puerto Natales – Santiago

Take the morning to relax or squeeze in a hike along the Last Hope Sound. In the early afternoon, a driver will take you to the airport for your flight back to Santiago. This time your hotel is a convenient stone’s throw away from the airport so you can bunk down in a matter of minutes.
Holiday Inn Santiago – Airport Terminal | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Santiago – San Pedro de Atacama

Walk over to the airport for your flight to Calama in the north. You’ll be met and driven to the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis town in the Chilean desert. Your hotel sits tucked away in the rust-coloured hills of the Catarpe Valley, an otherworldly landscape which you can admire from the pool.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa | Meals: BLD

Days 8 & 9: San Pedro de Atacama

Explore Chile’s Atacama Desert, a lunar-like terrain of salt-rich mountains and tangerine desertscape. It’s the driest desert on Earth, affording spectacular scenery from dusk until dawn. Visit the salt flats, where you may spot a pink flamingo, or hike to high-altitude lagoons. You can trek up to the bubbling geysers at El Tatio and enjoy a picnic with volcano views. In the evening, watch the amber sun melt over the salt lakes. You can embark on moonlit walks and go stargazing in the clearest skies with a professional telescope.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa | Meals: BLD

Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama - Depart Calama

A driver will take you to Calama airport from where you’ll depart.
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Adventures in Chile - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Located in the refined neighbourhood of El Golf, the Ritz-Carlton Santiago is the first Ritz-Carlton in South America and is an impressiv ... Read more

The Singular Patagonia

Adventures in Chile - An Immersive Small Group Journey

This unusual luxury hotel is actually an historic frigorifico (cold storage plant) from the days of Patagonia's thriving sheep trade - th ... Read more

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Adventures in Chile - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Alto Atacama is a stunning work of architecture set against a backdrop of unique topography, awe inspiring natural beauty, and rich cultu ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 3, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019
Price AU$12,325pp Single Supplement AU$2,424 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jan 21, 2020 - Jan 30, 2020
Price AU$12,625pp Single Supplement AU$3,010 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Feb 11, 2020 - Feb 20, 2020
Price AU$12,625pp Single Supplement AU$3,010 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Mar 10, 2020 - Mar 19, 2020
Price AU$12,110pp Single Supplement AU$2,425 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
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