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Chile & Patagonia Highlights: Experience the highlights of Chilean Patagonia

Days: 8 | From: $5,870/per person

Start in metropolitan Santiago, Chile’s capital city, then travel south to the windswept Strait of Magellan and explore Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Santiago
    2 nights: discover Chile's capital city
  • Puerto Natales
    1 night: discover the stark beauty of the Last Hope Sound
  • Torres del Paine
    4 nights: visit an exceptional lodge in one of the world's most beautiful parks

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago in winter

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. Take a private tour of Santiago, either on your arrival day or as a one-day extension, or add a trip (day or overnight) to nearby wine country or the historic port city of Valparaíso. Just let us know your interests.

Accommodations: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Built in 1927 and situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most charming neighborhoods, this city mansion has been renovated and converted into a boutique hotel with excellent personal service. Museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, and innovative restaurants are close by. The hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and charming interior courtyard.

Day 2:

Historic Highlights, the Central Market, and San Cristobal Hill

Chile - Santiago at dusk

Take a private tour of Santiago and visit the colonial and modern highlights, including the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You’ll also spend time in the Central Market, an enormous, active marketplace, and head to the top of San Cristobal Hill for views of the entire city. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. If you prefer to get out of the city, we can arrange private day tours or overnight trips 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 let us know your interests and we’ll customize your trip to suit them.

Accommodations: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

The Windswept Strait of Magellan and Last Hope Sound

Chile - Patagonia - Puerto Natales

Fly south to Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales and enjoy a scenic private transfer to your hotel, located in this small fishing town. Set on the beautiful Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.

Accommodations: Weskar Patagonian Lodge

The Weskar Patagonian Lodge sits on top of a hill, just 10 minutes away from the center of Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia. Glaciers, mountain ranges, sea channels, and the Última Esperanza Sound are all visible from the hotel windows. Its 28 rooms are large, comfortable and tastefully decorated, and its on-site restaurant serves high quality Patagonian dishes. A refined but unpretentious lodge, not as modern and minimalist as some of the other boutique hotel options in this area, and that is part of its local charm.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Navigate to Balmaceda Glacier / Zodiac into Torres del Paine

Patagonia - Torres del Paine - Horses

Cross the Last Hope Sound by boat to Balmaceda glacier, disembarking there to explore the area on foot. Continue by a smaller zodiac boat along the Serrano River into Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy a traditional Patagonian lunch before driving to your lodge. This is an exceptional and much less commonly traveled way into the park.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

An exceptional option in the area of Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits on a bluff where the pampa meets Lake Sarmiento, with views across the lake to the peaks of the Paine Massif from all rooms. The beautifully well-designed building seems to emerge from the hillside and blends harmoniously with the landscape. Patagonian details decorate its three suites, 34 superior rooms and three standard rooms. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, library lounge, spa with heated pool and hot tub, and one of the loveliest views in Torres del Paine.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Patagonia Camp, EcoCamp Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia, Explora Patagonia, and others
Days 5-7:

Explore Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy guided excursions each day to see the park’s iconic sites, such as the soaring granite towers from which it takes its name. Each day you can choose from active excursions, such as hiking, and more relaxed ones, such as driving tours and scenic walks. The guides at your lodge with discuss the options with you and help you plan a trip that matches your interests.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

View of Santiago de Chile with Los Andes mountain range in the backWeskar Patagonia Lodge - Exterior ViewZodiac into Torres del Paine National ParkEarly Morning Torres del Paine, ChileGuanaco in Torres del PaineTierra Patagonia ExteriorPatagonia - Torres del Paine - Hiking trailChile - Tierra Patagonia - Walking Trails

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