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Santiago, Chiloé, the Lake District & Patagonia: Discover some of the natural and cultural highlights of Chile.

Days: 10 | From: $6,980/per person

Start in metropolitan Santiago, Chile’s capital city, then travel south to Chiloé, an archipelago with colorful architecture and charming small towns. Explore the pristine lakes and towering volcanoes of the Lake District, and finish your trip in 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
    1 night: discover Chile’s bustling capital city
  • Chiloé
    2 nights: delight in the traditional way of life on the island of Chiloé
  • Puerto Varas
    2 nights: appreciate the sparkling water and lush countryside of the Lake District
  • Puerto Natales
    1 night: discover the stark beauty of the Last Hope Sound
  • Torres del Paine
    3 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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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago at dusk

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

Fly to Colorful Chiloé, Traditional Islands in the Chilean Lake District

Chile - Chiloe Island

Fly south to Chiloé, an archipelago in the Chilean Lake District that has preserved a traditional way of life and a distinct cultural identity. Your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in Castro, where you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the colorful town and enjoy some of the area’s excellent seafood.

Accommodations: Palafito 1326

Built in a barrio of fishermen and craftsmen, this 12-room hotel presents a modern version of the classic palafito – the stilted wood house that personifies the Chiloé archipelago. Larch shingles and hand-carved doors from the original building harmonize with traditional wool Chilote blankets and sculptures, while large windows provide views of the bay of Castro, the capital of Chiloé Province. The roof offers panoramic views of the boats crossing the inland sea, and the motion of the tides. This hotel is simple but tasteful, and a great way to get a feel for life in this charming region.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3

Explore the Charming Historic Towns of the Chiloé Archipelago

Chile - Chiloe Island - Church

Spend the day with your local private guide, getting an insider’s perspective on this enchanting area. Explore the historic 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. The wooden churches of Chiloé have been designated a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list for their outstanding architecture and unique fusion of European and indigenous cultural traditions.

Accommodations: Palafito 1326

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Travel by Land and Sea to Puerto Varas

Enjoy a private scenic journey via land and ferry to Puerto Varas, a small town at the edge of Lake Llanquihue. During certain parts of the year you’ll be able to stop at a small penguin colony along the way. The Lake District is a unique area of Chile, with architecture, food, and landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.

Accommodations: Cumbres Puerto Varas

With a privileged lakefront location, this refined and comfortable hotel sits close to the Puerto Varas city center and offers panoramic views of Lake Llanquihue and the towering Osorno volcano. The 92-room hotel offers a restaurant and enclosed winter garden, both with lake views. A top option in this area.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Casa Molino, Los Caiquenes
Day 5

Iconic Osorno Volcano and Lake Todos Los Santos

Chile - Lake District - Puerto Varas - Osorno Volcano

Set out to Osorno Volcano, a snowcapped peak that towers over the area, for some optional easy trekking. Afterward, spend a couple hours navigating around Lake Todos Los Santos, one of the lakes that gives this part of Chile its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in South America.

There are plenty of excursion options in this area, including more active and adventurous ones such as hiking, road or mountain biking, sea kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, and more. For very active travelers, one highly-recommended alternative is the Paso Desolación trail hike.

Accommodations: Cumbres Puerto Varas

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

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 7

Navigate to Balmaceda Glacier / Zodiac into Torres del Paine

Zodiac into Torres del Paine National Park

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 8-9

Explore Torres del Paine National Park

Chile - Patagonia - Torres del Paine - Hiking with Guide

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 10

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 backChile - Chiloe IslandChiloe - Colored houses on stiltsChile - Lake District - Puerto Varas - Osorno VolcanoWeskar Patagonia Lodge - Exterior ViewPatagonia - Torres del Paine - Hiking trailGuanaco in Torres del PaineTierra Patagonia ExteriorChile - Tierra Patagonia - Walking Trails

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