Chile: Top to Toe

Resort: Chile: Top to Toe
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Chile
Price From: £4590.00

Overview

14 Day Chile: Top to Toe Tour Itinerary

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO SANTIAGO

 

Fly to Chiles sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you have an optional walking tour of Santiago, before a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

 

DAY 3: EXPLORE VALPARAISO

 

Travel 3 hours to the coast to visit the bohemian UNESCO port town of Valparaso. Explore this colourful city, with a ride on the funicular into the hills to visit Chilean poet Pablo Nerudas house. Return to Santiago this afternoon. (B)

 

DAY 4: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

 

Fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Drive out to the sun-scorched Death and Moon valleys. Enjoy the views of the lonely volcanoes, and the afternoon sun, turning the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple. (B,L)

 

DAY 5: SALAR DE ATACAMA

 

Travel to the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Visit the scenic Chaxa, Miscanti and Miniques lagoons. Travel to the village of Socaire to see ancient agricultural terraces with irrigation channels. Visit another peaceful village with typical colonial architecture built in Liparita (volcanic stone). Explore the village before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

 

DAY 6: EL TATIO GEYSERS

 

Rise early to visit El Tatio Geyers, a stunning natural phenomenon. Watch the geysers hiss and spit over sunrise before a guided tour. Gaze upon Putama Volcano and Tocopuri Mountains as you travel through the Andes, before visiting the desert village of Machuca to see how the locals live, then visit a fascinating nearby archaeological site. Round off the day with a trip to the colourful Rainbow Valley. (B,L)

 

DAY 7: TRAVEL TO PUERTO VARAS

 

This morning, transfer back to Calama and board your flight to Puerto Montt, the gateway to Chiles spectacular Lake District. The flight is approximately 5 hours via Santiago. Continue on to Puerto Varas, a charming town on Llanquihue Lake that is dominated by two snow-capped volcanoes. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening. (B)

 

DAY 8: VOLCAN OSORNO

 

Travel further around Llanquihue Lake to the village of Ensenada at the foot of Volcan Osorno, where youll take an easy hike through the volcanos plentiful nature to reach the visitors centre at 1,240 metres. Travel to Perez Rosales National Park to Petrohu Falls, where boardwalks will help you admire the turquoise waters and lush greenery of the Petrohu River. (B,L)

 

DAY 9: TRAVEL TO PUERTO NATALES

 

Transfer to the airport and fly further south to Punta Arenas, a city that sits at the end of continental South America on the Straits of Magellan. From there youll head to Puerto Natales, the lively, picturesque town that is the gateway to the Torres del Paine. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 10: OPTIONAL TOURING

 

Enjoy a day at leisure, or with the option to book on one of two tours. Either sail on the gloomily-named Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord to Mount Balmaceda Glacier before continuing on foot to the magnificent Serrano Glacier or visit a local estancia for a glimpse of daily life on a traditional ranch and to enjoy a typical Patagonian asado lunch. (B)

 

DAY 11: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

 

Enjoy another full day excursion, this time to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Torres del Paine National Park. Keep an eye out for large herds of guanacos as you go. Visit the Salto Grande of the Peho River with the impressive mountains of Torres del Paine in the background, and visit Lake Peho, Lake Grey and Grey Glacier. After lunch stop at Milodon Cave where the remains of a prehistoric animal were found in the last century. (B,L)

 

DAY 12: FLY TO SANTIAGO

 

Transfer back to the airport in Punta Arenas and board your flight to Santiago for a farewell dinner this evening to round off the trip. (B,L,D)

 

DAYS 13-14: FLY SANTIAGO TO THE UK

 

Transfer to the airport according to your international flight time and fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B)

 

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