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Land of Deserts, Glaciers & Volcanoes

 

Sometimes called the longest country in the world, Chile is squeezed between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific ocean. It is never more than 180 km (112 miles) wide, but its coastline extends over 4,300 km (2,672 miles). Map

Among the top attractions in Chile are stargazing in the Atacama – the world’s driest desert, spectacular scenery of glaciers and fjords, and the many volcanoes along the Pacific “ring of fire”. Learn more…

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18 Days: Atacama Desert – Patagonian Glaciers – Easter Island Moais (EX-TDPE)

Discover the arid Atacama Desert, a barren landscape peppered with hot springs and spouting geysers. In Torres del Paine National Park explore arguably one of the World’s most beautiful national parks. Visit the capital city – Santiago and walk along the slopes of the Osorno volcano. End the tour on Easter Island with its impressive Moai stone sculptures, Crater Lake and the ceremonial village of Orongo.

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Tour Highlights

  • Santiago de Chile – Scenic capital in the shadow of the Andes
  • San Pedro – Walk in the Valle de la Luna and the Atacama Desert; optional visit to El Tatio Geysers
  • Puerto Varas – Hike around the Osorno Volcano
  • Torres del Paine National Park – Walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of one of the most stunning locations on earth
  • Easter Island – Explore the fascinating and mystical island of Rapa Nui
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Tour Dates: Fridays to January 2018

Tour Cost: from C$8,250 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from C$1,660
Group Size: 12 – 18 passengers
Type of Accommodation: standard hotels & guesthouse
Vehicles: Flight, Bus
Meals: 17 breakfasts

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Atacama Explorer

5 Day Discovery of the Chilean Altiplano (A360-1)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama
On arrival at the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in.
Later enjoy an excursion to Moon Valley for a stunning view of the sunset.

Day 2: Salar de Atacama – Highland Lagoons
Full day excursion to the Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile with a surface of 3.000 km² and the natural habitat of three flamingo species.
Continue on to the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques from where you have a spectacular view of the high plateaus and can appreciate the contrast of colours: the blue sky, the yellow tones of the vegetation, reddish and black rocks, snowy volcano tops and the blue lagoons with their white mineral boarders.
This evening take part in an ‘Astronomical Tour’ to observe the clear skies of the desert.

Day 3: Salty Mountain Range – Rainbow Valley
Today a walk of 2-3 hours through the Salt Mountain Range allows you to see curious geological formations, caves, gorges and ridges.
Later continue to the Domeyko Mountain Range and the archaeological site of Hierbas Buenas, well-known for its Petroglyphs. Check out the Rainbow Valley which owes its name to the various colours of its mountains (reds, greens, blues, greys, yellows and more). Enjoy a meander through the rock sculptures created by erosion, before returning to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4: Tatio Geysers – Puritama Hot Spring
This morning travel to the Tatio Geysires – impressive fumaroles, which can reach a height of 7m at this geyser field situated in the Andes Range at the feed of the Tatio and Linzor volcanoes.
Enjoy a picnic breakfast here and then continue to Puritama Hot Springs for a relaxing bath in the natural pools with their thermal waters of 25° to 30° Celsius.
In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Cejar Lagoon. Its waters, with high salt content, have a large buoyancy effect which makes this a relaxing and fun swimming experience. Everything is complemented by the beautiful landscape of turquoises waters, volcanoes and the greatness of the Salt Flat.
Then visit the Ojos del Salar ‘Eyes of the Salt Flat’ – two fresh water wells in the middle of the desert and finally, continue on to the Tebinquinche lagoon to enjoy a sundowner on your last evening in this magical land.
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Day 5: Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Tour Dates: daily departures
Tour Cost: on request
Group Size: min. 2 passengers

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Chile by regions:

 

Atacama Desert: Desert, Archeology and Starry Skies

Northern Chile is home to the world’s most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals in the altiplano. It also boasts fertile ravines and oases, whose unique fruits make for excellent culinary tours.

This area is inhabited by some of the country’s native peoples and both Incan and Spanish influences can be seen in its villages and religious festivities. Areas like San Pedro de Atacama allow you to view valuable vestiges of native cultures at archeological sites and museums. While the burial rites of mummification are often associated with Ancient Egypt, the mummies of the Atacama’s Chinchorro culture are the oldest in the world, and can be seen in the San Miguel de Azapa Archeological Museum in Arica.

Coastal cities like Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Coquimbo and La Serena will delight you with their beaches and warm, temperate climate.

During the winter months in the desert the temperature can drop as low as 7ºC at night, although daytime is a comfortable 26ºC on average.

Near Copiapó, the desert becomes fertile thanks to the camancha, a mist that rises from the sea and allows fauna to bloom in impressive natural reserves like the Pan de Azúcar and Fray Jorge National Parks. Here you’ll also find some of the country’s best wine and pisco valleys.

Northern Chile is also home to a third of the planet’s telescopes, with more than 300 cloudless nights a year. The most impressive astronomical observatories – Cerro Paranal and the Alma Project – confirm the region’s status as a land of magical discovery.

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Santiago, Valparaíso and Wine Country

Santiago – The city’s first-rate dining and hotel offerings, bohemian neighborhoods and business districts make it a year- round destination. As soon as you land in Santiago, you will notice the city’s heady mix of influences and attributes.

This ancient valley nestled in the Andean foothills and around the Mapocho River was discovered by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541.

It has since become a major South American city that offers first-class hotels and restaurants and access to the latest technology and services. The Chilean capital is the perfect starting point for any visitor.

Santiago offers much more than one might anticipate. Here, ancient traditions coexist with 21st century life on every street and in each neighborhood. You’ll find everything from small cafés with Wifi, exclusive boutiques, great bookstores and fine handicrafts to big malls that offer all of the top brands. This metropolis, which is home to over six million people, offers hundreds of options for every budget or interest and activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

The Central Coast The beaches of the Pacific Ocean lie just 120 km from Santiago. As summer arrives, city dwellers’ minds turn to the beach, and Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are just a little over an hour away by car.

Valparaíso is known for its brightly colored houses, bohemian culture and beautiful seaside views. Built on dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy.

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Chile’s Central Valley offers visitors a chance to explore beautiful Andean foothills, traditional villages, handicrafts and of course the vineyards. Wine is a delight and Chile knows a thing or two about this particular source of pleasure.

Imagine yourself on an old train that chugs past huge expanses of vineyards. You have a glass of fine wine in your hand and singers croon old melodies. This daydream becomes a reality in the Colchagua Valley, one of Chile’s most representative wine tourism destinations.

The Central Valley is nestled between the Andes and the Coastal Mountain Range and is crossed by the rivers that make their soil so fertile and perfect to grow wine grapes, which were originally brought over from Europe in Colonial times. In the late 1970′s, Chilean wine producers began to use modern technology to make the country one of the New World’s leading wine exporters.

Experts and sommeliers are on-hand at most local wineries to guide you through your experience of the bouquets, flavors and body of these fine wines. Each spring brings Chilean Independence Day (September 18), which is the perfect time to enjoy harvest celebrations in the Central Valley with a nice glass of Chilean wine in hand.

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Patagonia, where breathtaking views await you at the end of the world!

It is described as exotic, remote, vast, infinitely beautiful, wild and untamable. And it is easy to lose yourself in this area, which is roughly the size of Britain (240,000 km²) but has a less than one inhabitant per km².

Over 50% of Chilean Patagonia is a protected wilderness area. Here, it’s just you and the untamed nature that serves as a backdrop to such diverse activities as fly-fishing, trekking, cycling, mountain climbing, rafting, kayaking and horseback riding.

The region is vast – ice fields give way to majestic glaciers and the splendour of mountains like Torres del Paine, San Valentín and Cerro Castillo. You’ll be dazzled by the colour and scale of General Carrera and O’Higgins Lakes, the vigor of the Baker, Palena and Futaleufú Rivers and the huge maze of fjords and canals that are home to dolphins and whales.

In this rugged and beautiful landscape you will find cities and villages like Coyhaique, Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, which are home to gauchos and centuries’ old ranching traditions.

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument near Punta Arenas is home to more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins, who migrate here annually in September/October to mate. By the end of March the penguins have returned to sea again.  Learn more…

The Islands

Chile’s territory includes hundreds of islands, but the two that are most popular with travelers and easiest to visit are Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island, located 3,700 km and 500 km respectively, from the mainland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Easter Island, or Hanga Roa as it is called in the local indigenous language, is one of the most exotic places in Chile. Its indigenous culture has been admired for erecting massive stone monuments called Moais. These stone statues are over 800 years old and are scattered over a volcanic landscape surrounded by beautiful beaches.

Tepito Ote Henua (“The Center of the World”), as the people who lived there once called it, is the most remote inhabited island on the planet. No other landmass is as isolated, which gives it an aura of mystery. The island was home to a complex culture that fell into disarray due to food shortages and the tribal warfare that ensued. But its spirit lives on in its people, language, clothing, music, dance, crafts and food.

Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, was hit hard by the tsunami of February 2010. Much of its municipal and hotel infrastructure is under reconstruction, but you can still enjoy the warm hospitality of its 500 inhabitants, who colonized the island over a century ago.

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