The Atacama and Patagonia

Start: Chile Finish: Chile

Visiting: Chile, Patagonia

Duration: 0 Nights

Physical rating: Classic Touring

Tour Operator: Travelsphere

Group size: 0 - 25

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Tour Overview

Chile's scenic wonders are like nothing else on earth. They are yours to explore, along with fascinating Easter Island on this South American adventure.

Places You'll See



  • Day 1 UK/Santiago
  • Today you'll fly to Chile's capital, Santiago, via São Paulo.
  • Day 2 Santiago
  • On arrival in Santiago we will transfer you to your hotel, and after time to freshen up your sightseeing will begin. We'll start with a walking tour downtown, taking in the main square, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the ornate façade of the Presidential Palace. Continuing by coach, we'll enjoy panoramic views of the city from San Cristóbal Hill, before driving through Santiago's modern quarter, with its chic neighbourhoods and glitzy shopping malls.
  • Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama
  • We're heading to the Atacama Desert today. We'll fly north to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a village set amid scenery you won't see anywhere else on earth.  You'll be keen to start exploring straightaway, so this afternoon our sightseeing begins at Salt Mountain. We'll also visit Mars Valley, where the dunes and sculpted rock formations are nothing short of breathtaking. Then we'll make our way to Moon Valley in time to watch the sun set over the red lunar-like landscape. As the light fades the rocks appear to change colour – a truly incredible sight.
  • Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama
  • Our first stop today will be in the town of Toconao. Most of the buildings here are made from local white stone and the bell tower dates from 1750. Next we'll visit the little village of Socaire, before heading to the vast Atacama salt flat. The surface of this salt plain is covered by a hard white crust, and turquoise lagoons create the perfect habitat for birds. We'll head first to the tranquil Chaxa Lagoon, where pink flamingos can often be seen feeding in the shallow waters. Next we're going to visit the Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, which are located more than 4,000 metres above sea level. Set against a backdrop of volcanoes, the landscape here is simply spectacular and it's another great spot for birdwatching – don't forget your binoculars!
  • Day 5 Santiago
  • You've a real treat in store today, a visit to the remarkable Tatio Geysers. Sunrise is the best time to view them, so we'll be setting off early and will enjoy a picnic breakfast before our guided walk around the geothermal field. Surrounded by volcanoes, there are more than 80 geysers and around 100 steaming fumaroles here. If you wish, you'll also have a chance to take a dip in one of the natural pools and bathe in the warm the thermal waters. We'll return to San Pedro de Atacama later, a journey which gives us spectacular views of the Torcopuri and Sairecabur volcanoes. Spend some time at leisure in San Pedro before we fly back to Santiago this afternoon. We'll stay at an airport hotel overnight.
  • Day 6 Puerto Natales
  • After breakfast your adventure continues as we fly south to Chilean Patagonia. We'll arrive in Punta Arenas and then transfer to Puerto Natales, gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Day 7 Puerto Natales
  • Your day begins with a cruise along the beautiful Última Esperanza Fjord. We'll sail to the 1,000-year-old Balmaceda glacier, where you might be lucky enough to spot cormorants and sea lions. Then, when we reach the end of the fjord, we'll step ashore and walk through a forest to the foot of the Serrano glacier. This immense natural wonder is an incredible sight, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. On our way back we'll stop at an estancia – a ranch - for a traditional lamb barbecue.
  • Day 8 Torres del Paine National Park
  • Today's the day we explore the impressive Torres del Paine National Park, a wilderness of lakes, forests, rivers and glaciers. An array of wildlife lives in the park, including large herds of guanacos, llama-like creatures which can often be seen grazing on the open steppes. Our first stop will be at the 30-metre-high Milodon Cave, where the partial remains of an enormous extinct animal, the ground sloth, were discovered in the late 19th century. Continuing our journey we'll drive into the national park and visit the Salto Grande, a thundering waterfall on the Pehoe River. Next we'll take in the scenic beauty of Lake Pehoe and Lake Grey, and you'll see the magnificent Grey glacier in the distance.
  • Day 9 Santiago
  • After breakfast we'll return to the airport and fly back to Santiago.
  • Day 10 Santiago/UK
  • This morning we're going to take a tour of the Undurraga winery. Located in the Maipo Valley, it was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest in Chile. During our tour we'll learn about the winery's history, take a walk through the vineyards and visit the underground cellars for a tasting.  Later we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home. 
  • Day 11 UK
  • You'll arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

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    3 & 4 star hotels

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    11 meals

  • Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM 
  • 8  nights in 3-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage


    • Hotel Providencia
    • This hotel has been noted for its contemporary style and fantastic location. It is rated as being situated in the best area of the city. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a TV and complimentary WiFi. Room service is also available until 11pm.
    • Iorana Tolache
    • Hotel Iorana Tolache is a wonderful property that only adds to a guest’s experience in the Atacama Desert. Rooms at the hotel have private facilities and a charming simplicity to them. There is a restaurant that offers a range of cuisines and has garden views. There is an outdoor swimming pool from which there are beautiful views of the surroundings. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the communal areas and there is also an in-house wine cellar.
    • Holiday Inn Santiago
    • This Holiday Inn provides some great facilities and services to its guests. For those looking to exercise or simply relax there is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a gym on offer. There is an in-house restaurant and bar, whilst room service is also available. Complimentary WiFi is also available.
    • Altiplanico Sur
    • This property is truly in a stunning location, surrounded by the natural beauty of the region and facing the mountain back-dropped bay, this hotel is one guests will never forget. The heated rooms are furnished with private facilities and a safe. The in-house restaurant offers a range of sea food dishes as well as a selection of regional options. Other fantastic aspects of the hotel include a hot tub, free WiFi and room service.
    • Hotel Providencia
    • This hotel has been noted for its contemporary style and fantastic location. It is rated as being situated in the best area of the city. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a TV and complimentary WiFi. Room service is also available until 11pm.

Excursions Included

  • Santiago city tour
  • Visit Mars Valley in the Salt Mountains and see the sun set over Moon Valley
  • Look out for pink flamingos at Chaxa Lagoon
  • Discover the high-plain lagoons of Meñiques and Miscanti
  • Sunrise visit to the Tatio Geysers, with a chance to bathe in the waters
  • Cruise along the Última Esperanza Fjord 
  • Walk through forest to the Serrano glacier
  • Enjoy a lamb barbecue at an estancia
  • Discover Milodon Cave
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park
  • Tour of the Undurraga Winery with tasting

Please note: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 14,000ft where altitude sickness can occur. Simple measures, such as eating light meals and drinking lots of fluids can help to alleviate the symptoms. If you suffer from high blood pressure or respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns please consult your doctor.

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

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