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Santiago, Chiloé, the Lake District & Patagonia

Itinerary in Brief:  Discover the Lake District & Chilean Patagonia

  • Start in historic Santiago
  • Stay in first class boutique hotels
  • Pristine lakes and towering volcanoes
  • Colorful architecture and small towns
  • Penguins and unique wildlife
  • Stunning Torres del Paine National Park
  • Great food and charming small hotels
  • See below for day by day details
  • Can be customized or extended

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1       Arrive to Santiago

Arrive to Santiago. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the pleasant Lastarria neighborhood, one of the best areas of Santiago for walking around.  If you arrive in the morning we can arrange a private city tour in the afternoon. (If you have an extra day or two, we can also include a trip to the nearby Chilean wine country and the colorful port city of Valparaiso.)
Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Day 2       Fly to Chiloé

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiloé, an island in the Chilean Lake District that has preserved a traditional way of life and has a distinct cultural identity. Upon arrival to the city of Castro, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to explore this colorful town and its sites on your own, and and to enjoy some of the excellent seafood dishes at local restaurants.
Palafito 1326 (B)

Day 3       Chiloé

Today you will be picked up at your hotel for a private full day tour around central and southern Chiloé. You will visit the charming and historical towns of Castro and Dalcahue before taking a ferry ride to Achao to see its remarkable wooden church, thought to be the oldest in the Chiloé Archipelago. You will stop for lunch in the late afternoon and then be dropped back off at your hotel.
Palafito 1326 (B,L)

Day 4       Chiloé / Puerto Varas

Today you will be transferred via land and ferry (about 3 hours scenic travel) to Puerto Varas, stopping along the way at a penguin colony (seasonal) before reaching Puerto Varas, on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. The Lake District is a unique area of Chile, with architecture, food, and landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
Cumbres Puerto Varas (other hotel options include Casa Molino and Los Caiquenes) (B)

Day 5       Lago Todos Los Santos

Pick up at your hotel for a visit to the iconic Osorno Volcano, where you will have the chance to do some easy trekking, followed by a boat trip around Lago Todos Los Santos.  Lago Todos Los Santos is one of the lakes that has helped give this part of Chile its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in South America.  After about a 2 hour boat ride you will arrive to the small village of Peulla where you will have some free time to enjoy this beautiful area. During your excursion you will enjoy a boxed lunch. You will then return in the afternoon to Puerto Varas and be dropped off at your hotel.

(Please note: more active and adventurous options abound in this area of Chile, including day treks, road or mountain biking, sea kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, and more; please inquire if interested as we can arrange any of these activities with top local outfitters. For very active travelers, one highly-recommended alternative is the Paso Desolación trail hike.)
Cumbres Puerto Varas (B,L)

Day 6       Fly to Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arenas, located on the Strait of Magellan. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred north to the small fishing town of Puerto Natales (3 hour drive). Located on the beautiful Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales is where you will start your trip the following morning into Torres del Paine National Park.

(Note to penguin lovers: Weather permitting, we can also arrange a visit by zodiac out to Isla Magdalena to see the Magellanic Penguin colony; this requires spending the night in Punta Arenas. Please inquire if interested.)
Weskar Patagonian Lodge (B)

Day 7       Navigate to Balmaceda Glacier / Zodiac into Torres del Paine

You start the day with a boat trip across the Last Hope Sound to Balmaceda glacier, where you will disembark and have the chance to explore the area on foot. Afterwards, you will continue by zodiac into Torres del Paine. This is an exceptional and much less commonly traveled way into the Park. Upon arrival in the park you will be met for transfer to your lodge for overnight, the outstanding Tierra Patagonia.
Tierra Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 8       Torres del Paine National Park

Your stay at Tierra Patagonia includes guided excursions each day. Each day there are active options (generally hiking) and easier going, less active options, like driving tours or walking in highlight areas of the park. You will be able to discuss the options with the guides and staff at Tierra Patagonia so that you can plan your trip according to your interests.
Tierra Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 9       Torres del Paine National Park

This is another day for excursions from Tierra Patagonia.
Tierra Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 10        Fly Home

In the morning you will be transferred back to Punta Arenas for your flight back to Santiago, where you can connect with your international flight home.