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From Desert To Patagonia (Chile)

Highlights

Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine

REF :

TU-001

Dates

Prices*

Single Supp

*Price per person based on twin/double share

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: SANTIAGO.

Morning arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour including Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Municipality of Santiago and the Bellavista area. Take in a panoramic view of the city from the top of the San Cristobal.


DAY 2: SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B).

Fly to Calama. Upon arrival transfer to San Pedro de Atacama via the Domeyko & Salt Mountain Range. Afternoon, visit to the Moon Valley and admire the spectacular sunset reflected on this wonderful landscape.


DAY 3: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B, L).

Full day excursion to the Altiplanic Lagoons Meñiques and Miscanti and the Atacama Salt flat, the largest in Chile. Lunch at a local restaurant.


DAY 4: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B).

Early departure to the Tatio Geysers. Observe the natural phenomenon of the steam columns which are viewed at their best as the sun rises over the Andes Mountains. Return to San Pedro via Machuca, a small, picturesque village with no more than 20 houses and one church. Afternoon at leisure to explore.

Sunset departure for an astronomical tour (SIB) to observe the clear skies through powerful telescopes.


DAY 5: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA - SANTIAGO (B).

Today visit the Petroglyphs and the Rainbow Valley. Rio Grande Petroglyphs is a place of rock formations, where there are numerous figures carved in the stone such as llamas, shamans and other symbols whose meaning is still studied. Continuing to Rainbow Valley which presents a variety of colours in its landscape that resemble the shades of the rainbows. Transfer to Calama airport and fly to Santiago.


DAY 6: SANTIAGO - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES (B).

Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to Puerto Natales.


DAY 7: PUERTO NATALES (B, L).

Early morning transfer to the pier to navigate through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord to reach the thousand-year-old glacier of Mount Balmaceda. At the end of the fjord disembark and take a short walk to the foot of the Glacier Serrano to admire this huge natural wonder.


DAY 8: PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE (B).

Full day visit to Torres del Paine National Park via steppes and Patagonia scrub, full of abundant wildlife. Visit the Salto Grande of the Pehoé River, with the impressive mountain massif of Torres del Paine in the background. Continue to Lake Pehoé, Lake Grey, where you will see the Grey Glacier in the distance. Return to Puerto Natales via the Milodón Cave.


DAY 9: PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO (B).

Transfer Punta Arenas airport. Fly to Santiago.


DAY 10: SANTIAGO (B).

Time at leisure before your airport transfer or extend your trip.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation - 9 nights in minimum 3-star hotels.

Meals - As specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Luggage - One normal suitcase and one handbag per person included for hotel porterage.

Transfers - all airport transfers from arrival on Day 1 to final day (assuming specific group flights booked)

Tours (with local bilingual English-speaking guides). - Santiago: City tour. San Pedro de Atacama: Full day to the Altiplanic Lagoons Meñiques and Miscanti and Atacama Saltflat, Tatio Geysers, Petroglyphs, the Rainbow Valley. Puerto Natales: Mount Balmaceda, Torres del Paine National Park.


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

International flights and airport taxes to join the tour.

Internal Flights and airport taxes within the tour (specific flights will be advised).

Half board and full board supplements available upon request.

Tips for local guides / drivers.

Early Check-in / Late Check-out.

Travel Insurance.


NOTES

  • Check required group flights at time of booking. Any flight booked outside the hours will require a private transfer at an extra cost.

  • Day 6 & 9 transfer to/from Puerto Natales by public bus - assistance given.

  • Museums are closed on Mondays.

  • Activities subject to weather conditions.

  • It is advised to dress in layers in San Pedro de Atacama as night are cold and days are hot.

  • It is advised to dress in warm clothing for rains and low temperatures.

  • Excursions in San Pedro de Atacama: Tatio & Altiplanic Lagoons not recommended for children under 7 years old, pregnant women, older adults, and people with heart problems.

  • Tour prices are based on shared group services (not private services).

  • Passport copies required 30 days prior to arrival for all passengers.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Arrival - Santiago

DAY 2:  Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

DAY 3:  San Pedro de Atacama

DAY 4:  San Pedro de Atacama

DAY 5:  San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago

DAY 6:  Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

DAY 7:  Puerto Natales

DAY 8:  Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine

DAY 9:  Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago

DAY 10:  Depart Santiago (or extend your trip)

Interests
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