Essential Chile Highlights

Our classic, tailor made tour of Chile covering all the highlights from the Atacama desert of the far north to the glaciers of Patagonia in the far south. A compact, 14 day journey that is completely customisable.

Places you visit:  Santiago – Atacama Desert – Lake District – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Valparaíso

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Begin your tour in Santiago

santiago chile

On arrival to Santiago airport you will be met by your friendly guide who will welcome you to Chile and take you by private transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 2: Essence of Santiago private tour

plaza de armas santiago chile at sunset

Today you will be shown around Santiago by one of our expert private guides. Explore the city seeing the main sites but also experiencing some more unusual corners and the fantastic markets.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 3: Fly to the Atacama Desert, Death and Moon Valley

road in moon valley atacama desert chile

Fly north to experience the luna landscapes of the Atacama desert. This evening enjoy sunset at moon valley with incredible rock and sand formations creating an otherworldly landscape.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 4: The Atacama Salt Flat

Atacama salt flat tour chile

Enjoy a full day’s tour of the Atacama including Rainbow Valley, Yerbas Buenas, Toconao and the spectacular Atacama salt flat, one of the highlights of the region. The landscape surrounded by volcanoes is magnificent.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 5: El Tatio Geysers

el tatio geothermal geysers atacama chile

Rise early this morning before dawn to catch the sunrise at the famous El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field surrounded by mountain peaks on the high altiplano. It is the highest altitude geothermal field in the world and the scenery is spectacular.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 6: Atacama to Puerto Varas in the Lake District

Llanquihue lake and osorno volcano puerto varas chile

Today you will take a connecting flight via Santiago to Puerto Montt, then a short transfer to the pretty lakeside town of Puerto Varas with incredible views of the Osorno Volcano.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Mero Gaucho

Day 7: Catamaran trip to Peulla on Todos Los Santos Lake

peulla catamaran tour in chile

Today you drive along the shore of Lake Llanquihue past scenic towns. Visit Petrohué Falls en-route. After this board a catamaran that will take you on a spectacular ride across Todos Los Santos Lake to the town of Peulla in the middle of the Andes with jaw-dropping scenery.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Mero Gaucho

Day 8: Chiloé Island and Penguins!

punihuil penguin tour chiloe island chile

Visit Chiloé island, the town of Ancud, the San Antonio Fortress and the vibrant local market. You will also enjoy a boat trip to see a colony of Humboldt and Magellan penguins.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Mero Gaucho

Day 9: Lake District to Patagonia

puerto natales chile

This morning take a flight further south to Punta Arenas. On arrival you will have a city tour of this fascinating southern city in Patagonia before you are transferred to your hotel in Puerto Natales on the edge of Last Hope Sound.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Martin Guisinde

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park

pehoe lake torres del paine chile

Today you have a spectacular day tour of Torres del Paine national park, one of the most beautiful places in South America. Visit the Mylodon cave, spot a variety of wildlife and admire the beautiful scenery of the Paine Massif and Almirante Nieto mountains. Overnight inside the park.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

Day 11: Torres del Paine Patagonia

paine massif torres del paine chile

Today is another day to enjoy the wonders of Torres del Paine. There are a variety of hikes available as well as a boat trip to see the Grey Glacier. In the afternoon you transfer back to your hotel in Puerto Natales.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Martin Guisinde

Day 12: Patagonia to Valparaíso

view of valparaíso chile

Fly back to Santiago where you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel in the colourful port city of Valparaíso on the coast. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Fauna

Day 13: Valparaíso walking tour

Experience beautiful Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a walking tour. Visit the city’s famous colourful hills and neighbourhoods with brightly painted houses and panoramic views. Take a ride on one of the 19th Century funiculars, still in use today!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Fauna

Day 14: End your trip here, or extend!

moai statue on easter island chile

Finish your trip here, or why not stay longer? You could add on three or four nights on Easter Island! Just ask one of our experts to help you plan your perfect itinerary. Get in touch today!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

With this itinerary we recommend a selection of mid range hotels, all of which are small, characterful properties, often family owned and run. We’ve had the pleasure of either staying at or visiting all of these places and can advise on all the options.

Should you want to upgrade the hotels to more luxurious properties, just give us a call to get our recommendations.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • Car hire with unlimited milage, maps and guides
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All private transfers
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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