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Spirit of Chile

9 Days FROM AUD 6,245

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Overview

Discover two of Chile’s most beautiful areas on this 9 day itinerary. Travel south to Patagonia where you will experience four nights of luxury, comfort and outdoor exploration at Tierra Patagonia, located in the Torres del Paine National Park.  Spend a night back in the beautiful capital of Santiago and then continue your adventure north to the Atacama Desert.  Two full days of optional outdoor activities such as visits to salt flats, geysers and flamingo lagoons, await from your base at Tierra Atacama.

Trip Code: CLTSSOCH

Location: Chile

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival into Punta Arenas airport, you will be met and transferred to Tierra Patagonia Hotel, located inside Torres del Paine National Park. The minibus journey is just under 5 hours and takes you from Punta Arenas to Llanuras de Diana, taking in the vast Patagonia landscape along 200 kilometres (124 miles) of paved road. From there, the 190 kilometres (118 miles) to Torres del Paine National Park is mainly along dirt roads.

On arrival, settle into the comfortable Tierra Patagonia Lodge on the beautiful shores of Lago Pehoe and take in the spectacular Paine Mountains. In the evening you will be briefed on the excursion options for next day.

Torres del Paine is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, famous for its spectacular scenery, fauna and adventure activities. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, Torres del Paine is considered to be one of the most magnificent, untouched places on Earth.

Arrival in Punta Arenas & Torres del Paine

For the following days you may choose from a variety of full-day & half-day excursions to enjoy the incredible Patagonian scenery and fascinating wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park.

The Tierra Patagonia excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating life of Chilean Patagonia and to explore the untamed wilderness of Torres del Paine with its snow-capped peaks, glaciers, icebergs, fjords, lakes and windswept pampas. With the help of our expert and knowledgeable guides each guest will find the right outing depending on their interests and energy levels. There are walks, hikes, climbs, horse-rides, and tours by van or vehicle to choose from, with difficulty levels ranging from leisurely to very difficult. There are half-day and full-day options, and excursions are run with a maximum of 8 people per guide, with all the necessary equipment.

Activities in Torres del Paine National Park

For the following days you may choose from a variety of full-day & half-day excursions to enjoy the incredible Patagonian scenery and fascinating wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park.

The Tierra Patagonia excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating life of Chilean Patagonia and to explore the untamed wilderness of Torres del Paine with its snow-capped peaks, glaciers, icebergs, fjords, lakes and windswept pampas. With the help of our expert and knowledgeable guides each guest will find the right outing depending on their interests and energy levels. There are walks, hikes, climbs, horse-rides, and tours by van or vehicle to choose from, with difficulty levels ranging from leisurely to very difficult. There are half-day and full-day options, and excursions are run with a maximum of 8 people per guide, with all the necessary equipment.

Activities in Torres del Paine National Park

For the following days you may choose from a variety of full-day & half-day excursions to enjoy the incredible Patagonian scenery and fascinating wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park.

The Tierra Patagonia excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating life of Chilean Patagonia and to explore the untamed wilderness of Torres del Paine with its snow-capped peaks, glaciers, icebergs, fjords, lakes and windswept pampas. With the help of our expert and knowledgeable guides each guest will find the right outing depending on their interests and energy levels. There are walks, hikes, climbs, horse-rides, and tours by van or vehicle to choose from, with difficulty levels ranging from leisurely to very difficult. There are half-day and full-day options, and excursions are run with a maximum of 8 people per guide, with all the necessary equipment.

Activities in Torres del Paine National Park

Today you will take the morning departure transfer from Tierra Patagonia to Punta Arenas (5 hrs) to connect with your onward flight.

Trip Extensions to El Calafate or Antarctica can be arranged.

*Transfers from or to El Calafate can be arranged for an additional cost (US$270), please contact us for more details.

Depart from Torres del Paine

On arrival at Santiago Airport, please make your way through Customs and Immigration and only exit from the green doors marked 'Meeting Point’.
Our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you outside this exit. Please only make contact with our representative. Should you have trouble locating him/her, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details and only speak directly with our office in Santiago who speak good English.

Santiago International Airport is undergoing extensive renovations which are due to continue to 2019. There are now two exiting gates and all travellers who have prebooked and prepaid for an arrival transfer, must exit from the green doors marked ‘Meeting Point’ only.

Due to these renovations there have been instances of Taxi Scammers taking advantage of the confusion so please follow these instructions and please note again if you can’t locate our representative please call our local office and only speak directly with them.

This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay.

Arrival transfer in Santiago

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight. This service includes a local English speaking guide.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

On arrival in Calama you will be met and transferred to San Pedro de Atacama (1½ hours, shared with other hotel guests). A welcome dinner will be served at the hotel. During the evening, the guides will suggest optional activities available the following days.

Welcome to Atacama Desert

For the following days you may choose from a variety of excursions offered as full day or half day excursions to enjoy the incredible Atacama scenery.

The Tierra Atacama excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating scenery of Atacama. With the help of expert and knowledgeable Tierra guides, each guest will find the right outing depending on their interests and energy levels. There are walks, hikes, climbs, horse-rides, night excursions including star gazing with difficulty levels ranging from leisurely to very difficult. The excursions are operated with a maximum of 8 people per guide.

Days 2 & 3: Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

Today we visit the Tatio Geysers, located at an altitude of 4,300m (14,190 ft.). The geothermal field has close links to the volcanic activity in the zone and consists of huge steam columns that reach heights of 12m (almost 40 ft.). Breakfast is served as dawn breaks. On the way back to the village, there is the opportunity to spot families of vicuñas and if you are lucky, foxes, vizcachas and Andean ostriches. We stop in the hamlet of Machuca before returning to the hotel.

Atacama Tatio Geysers

After breakfast, you are transferred to Calama Airport for your flight to Santiago.

Atacama: Departure day
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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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