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Chile & Patagonia Highlights

Itinerary in Brief:  Explore Spectacular Chile & Patagonia

  • Start your journey in Santiago, Chile’s bustling capital city
  • Fly to the windswept Strait of Magellan and take a unique zodiac tour up the Rio Serrano
  • Be awed by Patagonia’s massive glaciers, pristine rivers, and unique wildlife
  • Take outstanding guided hikes through stunning Torres del Paine National Park
  • Top quality boutique hotels, truly outstanding local English-speaking private guides
  • All of our itineraries can be customized to your interests, dates, and budget

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 a great area of the pleasant Lastarria neighborhood, one of the best areas of Santiago for walking around.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 2       Santiago / Optional Day Excursions

You have a half day privately guided city tour, visiting the colonial and modern highlights, and taking a visit to the Parque Metropolitano (Cerro San Cristobal), where you’ll have a spectacular view from a hilltop of the entire city.  You have dinner on your own at one of Santiago’s great restaurants. (Private day tours down to the coast to visit the colorful port city of Valparaiso, or Pablo Neruda’s house at Isla Negra, or down to the wine country just an hour south of Santiago can also be arranged, either on this day or as an additional day; please inquire if interested.  Overnight multi-day extensions to the wine country and coast can also be arranged as part of this tour.)
Lastarria Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 3       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: 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. We can also arrange for a direct flight to Puerto Natales from Santiago, skipping Punta Arenas and the land transfer to Puerto Natales, for travel on certain days of the week between December and February. Please inquire for more details.)
Weskar Patagonian Lodge (B)

Day 4        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. Afterward, 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)
Torres del Paine offers a variety of lodging options for different tastes, including Patagonia Camp, Explora Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia, and EcoCamp Patagonia.

Day 5       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 6       Torres del Paine National Park

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

Day 7       Torres del Paine National Park

Exploring Torres del Paine National Park from Tierra Patagonia.
Tierra Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 8       Depart for 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.  (We can also arrange any extensions to other parts of Chile that you might be interested in, such as the Lake District or Wine Country, or connect this trip with Argentine Patagonia, finishing in Buenos Aires.)
(B)


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