Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - With Easter Island, Classic Group, 2022

Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - With Easter Island, Classic Group, 2022

Start: Santiago (Chile) Finish: Easter Island

Visiting: Santiago, Puerto Natales


Duration: 13 Nights

Tour code: ZCHLEAA17

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


From: $8670

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Tour Overview

Journey across Chile on an immersive two-week adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element at the Kingston Family Vineyard where a private Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting uncorks the finest local tipples—including regional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Torres del Paine, join the Patagonia Ranch cultural experience and see the world through the eyes of your local baqueano guides—the cowboy descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches over a century ago. In Atacama, journey 14,000 feet up into the Andes for a dip in the Puritama Hot Springs before an evening of stargazing under the crystal-clear skies of the Chilean desert.

Highlights

  • iconAhu Vinapau: At the Ahu Vinapau archeological complex, you'll learn about ancient carving and construction techniques that may have been influenced by the Inca Culture.
  • iconValparaiso Visit: Begin your day with a visit to the coastal city of Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert as you discover its church-dotted hillsides and unique ampitheatre-like layout.
  • iconTorres del Paine: This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. Many of these local cowboys are the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago. During your time with them, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You'll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.
  • iconHanga Pokura: Appreciate the impressive masonry skills of the birdmen culture at Hanga Pokura, where several unrestored moais reside.
  • iconBalmeceda and Serrano Glacier Cruise: Cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Gulf to admire the beauty of the Serrano glacier and the glacier Balmaceda, part the southern ice fields and home to some of the most impressive sites of the region.
  • iconCannibal Story Time: Visit the Ana Kai Tangata cave and observe the intricate rock paintings as you listen to stories about the Birdmen Culture.
  • iconSantiago: In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel, where you'll enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner while getting to know some of your new travel companions.
  • iconStone Ceremonial Village: At the stone ceremonial village, uncover the birdmen culture's mysteries as you view the ancient petroglyphs.
  • iconTorres del Paine National Park Scenic Drive: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park, with plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. The park is also part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System, known for its rare wildlife.
  • iconExplore the Atacama Salt Flats: Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,600 square kilometres). View the nearby volcanoes, and keep your eyes open for species of wild birds including the Andean and James flamingos on the shores of the Chaxa, Miscanti and Minque Lagoons.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Arrive in Santiago

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hote

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, the glitzy Singular. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Valparaiso and the Casablanca Wine Country

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Begin your day with a visit to the coastal city of Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert as you discover its church-dotted hillsides and unique ampitheatre-like layout.After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its varieties have been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York.The evening is yours at leisure to relax or have a night out on the town.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

icon Day 3: On to Atacama

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast

Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival you'll head to San Pedro.You’ll then be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Explore Atacama

Accommodation: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers known as El Tatio Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains, you'll be 14,170 feet (4,230 metres) above sea level. Enjoy a visit to the Puritama Hotsprings before taking a scenic drive back to your hotel that offers breathtaking views of the Andes mountain range and nearby volcanoes.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 5: Atacama Salt Flats

Accommodation: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,600 kilometres). Keep your eyes open for species of wild birds including the Andean and James flamingos on the shores of the Chaxa, Miscanti and Minque Lagoons. This afternoon, make your way to Toconao, a traditional colonial village known for is volcano rock architecture. Take a stroll through the main square and visit the handicraft stands that sell alpaca textiles.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 6: Atacama to Santiago

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago.Enjoy lunch at El Galeon restaurant, located in the heart of the Central Market. Continue to the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral and head along the famous Alameda, Santiago's vibrant main avenue to the heart of the city.Continue your tour by crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on your way to the San Cristobal Hill.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

icon Day 7: On to Puerto Natales

Location: Santiago, Puerto Natales

Accommodation: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Fly to Punta Arenas where you'll then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. This afternoon, you’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate before heading to dinner.Famous for its spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's meal will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Location: Puerto Natales

Accommodation: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Join your local expert on an excursion of the Torres del Paine National Park. Situated in Chile's Patagonia region, this park is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after.This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. Many of these local cowboys are the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago. During your time with them, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You'll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Afterward, enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: Sightseeing in Torres del Paine

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine

Today you'll spend the day sightseeing in Torres del Paine as you keep a look out for the park's guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and marvel at the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake.After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.

icon Day 11: Back to Santiago

Location: Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas where you'll fly to Santiago International Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your journey with an exciting three-day Easter Island Option.(Breakfast)

icon Day 12: Arrive Eastern Island

Accommodation: Hanga Roa Resort and Spa

Meals: Breakfast

Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local expert, followed by an organised transfer to your hotel. Afterwards, embark on an excursion to Orongo. Start by driving up to Rano Kau, an extinct volcano that offers stunning views of the island and Crater Lake. Then continue onwards to Easter Island's southwestern tip to the stone ceremonial village of Orongo. End your tour at the Ana Kai Tangata cave, where you'll observe the intricate rock paintings as you hear stories about the birdmen culture.(Breakfast)

icon Day 13: Easter Island and Anakena Beach

Accommodation: Hanga Roa Resort and Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Uncover more of Easter Island's mysteries with a visit to the bay of Hanga Te'e and the unrestored Ahu Vaihu where the toppled "moais" are surrounded by spectacular views. From there, you'll visit Akahanga, the burial site of King Hotu Matua. Afterward, visit the Rano Raraku, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to almost 900 moais. Your exploration of the island continues to Ahu Tongariki and its impressive 15 moais that stand tall overlooking the land and at Ahu Te Pito Kura where the largest carved moai stands at 33 feet (10 metres). End your tour at Anakena beach to enjoy some sun and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 14: Depart Easter Island

Location: Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Drive inland to see the restored Ahu Akivi, where seven identical "moais" were built in the center of the island. According to legend, they represent the seven explorers who were sent to the island by King Hotu Matua. Afterwards, you'll be able to admire the impressive masonry skills of these carvings when you view the unrestored, tumbled "moai" at Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau volcano quarry. You'll end your tour at Tahai, a ceremonial site and the only place on the island where eyes were re-instated into a statue. This afternoon you'll be transferred to the airport where you'll fly back to Santiago.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom

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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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    If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

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    From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency

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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary

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