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Best Of Patagonia & Chile

A stylish experience in remote Chile accented by geysers in Atacama and glaciers in Patagonia.

Overview

This best of Patagonia Chile tour takes you from Santiago’s rich cultural scenes to the mysterious otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert, and on to the overwhelming wilderness and beauty of Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park. Experience sumptuous accommodations, high-end service, and private tours and excursions, which can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.

Santiago de Chile

Your luxury tours of Chile and Patagonia begin in Santiago, the sophisticated, bustling, cosmopolitan capital of Chile, which rests in a valley against the breath-taking backdrop of the snow-capped Andes Mountains. Start at Santa Lucia Hill, which is a great vantage point for viewing the city. Continue to the París-Londres neighborhood.

Stroll around the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Bellavista, and take the aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for panoramic views of the city. Explore Santiago’s most famous markets and stroll through the cultural Lastarria neighborhood.

Atacama Desert

Venture north to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, surrounded by an incredible scenery of mountains, lakes, and rock formations. Stay at the beautiful Awasi Atacama Hotel and choose your excursions a la carte. One option would be to visit San Pedro de Atacama, a colorful village with an enigmatic history that represents the origin of the people of this area.

Or you could choose to explore the otherworldly Death and Moon valleys, and be amazed by the lunar-like depressions, and pink-striped mountains. See the ancient petroglyphs at Rainbow Valley and the multicolored hills. Another option is el Cañón de Kari, where, from a lookout point, you can marvel at the views of the Salt Range and navigate your way through a narrow trail bordered by a ravine. Or head to Garganta del Diablo, composed of endless, usually dry, riverbeds which create spectacular moon-like scenery.

Punta Arenas

Fly south to Patagonia and explore the cultural and natural wonders of Punta Arenas, one of the most southerly cities on the continent. See a variety of monuments and points of interest including the main square, the navy and maritime museum, the famous Roca Street, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute, and of course the city’s coastline.

Patagonia

Stay at the luxurious Awasi Patagonia, and again, select your excursions on an a la carte basis that might include a challenging hike to the Torres del Paine Base Camp, which will take you to the base of the wonderful Torres del Paine towers, and then to a glacial lagoon. Alternatively, you could head to Lomo Guanaco where you can enjoy watching the guanacos and ñandúes and immerse yourself in the spectacular panoramic scenery.

Another excursion might be to Salto de las Chinas, a private reserve surrounded by stunning landscapes and landmarks such as the Salto Las Chinas waterfall and Laguna Azul with the Torres del Paine in the background, or Lake Sarmiento bordered by the extensive grasslands of the Pampas. The Sendero de los Fósiles, (the path of fossils) is another wonderfully unique and fascinating trip, where you walk through the landscape of the high steppe.

Itinerary & Prices

11 Day - Best Of Patagonia & Chile
itinerary map

Welcome to Chile!

Welcome to Santiago, the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the biggest cities in the Americas. It is situated smack bang in the center of Santiago Metropolitan Region, which is Chile most densely populated region, with a population of 7 million. Filling the country’s central valley, was founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago is rare among South American capital cities in that it has served as the capital city since the colonial occupation.

Downtown and central Santiago is largely made-up of 19th-century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, but has smatterings of art-deco and neo-gothic architecture, amongst others. Like many cities in along the Western confines of the continent, Santiago is surrounded by hills as the Andes begin to rise behind it. The main river in the city is the fast-flowing Mapocho River, and Santiago is known in South America for being modern, organized, and very safe, as well as a clean, prosperous city with important financial and industrial clout in South America.

Upon arrival in Chile, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Meals (x)

Santiago City Skyline
Location
Santiago
Day
1 / 11

Santiago Sensations City Tour

On this wonderful tour, we will experience Santiago guided by our senses. Our first stop is a visit to the historic Santa Lucía Hill, the oldest part of the city and a spectacular steep rock that is adorned with wonderful facades, fountains, stairways, and where the city was founded in 1541. From there we head on to the París-Londres neighborhood where we will find examples of famous European architecture showing the heavy influence of the people that founded the city. Our next stop is at one of the cities’ many “café con piernas”. Unique to Santiago and its culture, we pass a moment sipping coffee at one of these famous cafes. 

From there we embark on a tour of some of the most popular streets in the city as our guide fills you in on the history of this fine city and even gives you a chance to browse the bustling commercial areas. Our next stop is the Central Market of Santiago, which is known throughout South America for its food stalls and exotic fish stores and also the Vega Chica Market which is a colorful market and home to the scents, flavors, and colors of Chile. Here we stop for a refreshment in the form of one of Chile’s most famous and traditional drinks – known locally as Cola de Mono. As we start to call it a day one of our final stops will be a renowned flower market filled with colorful displays and beautiful scents. Our last activity will be a tour of the cultural Lastarria Neighborhood, where we will find sights and sounds unique to this amazing city. 

Meals (B)

Bike against old wall Chile Tour
Location
Santiago
Day
2 / 11

Welcome to Atacama!

This morning we will enjoy our last breakfast in Santiago before a short trip to the airport and our flight to the next destination, Atacama.

Today you begin your stay at the beautiful Awasi Atacama Hotel. The first of two Awasi properties on your trip, this promises to be a fantastically luxurious stay at one of the finest hotels in South America. Allow us to think of everything, we include drinks and excursions, and these take the form of private daily explorations with an English-speaking guide, picnic if appropriate and a private 4×4 vehicle only for you. Over the course of your stay, you can choose excursions a la carte, and as such, the program listed in this itinerary is merely one combination and should be taken as an example of the different trips you can take. At night, please be sure to take advantage of the fantastic Chilean wines that are included in your package. 

Meals (B, L, D)

Pool Awasi Atacama Chile
Location
Santiago to Awasi Atacama
Day
3 / 11

Exploring Atacama

Possible excursions are as follows: San Pedro de Atacama is known as the archaeological capital of Chile. The settlement is very old, with the first settlers having stayed permanently over 2,500 years ago. On this excursion, you will be able to visit the town square and the church, both places representative of the village, and the two major archaeological sites of San Pedro: the Pukará de Quitor, a tenth-century fort built with mud and white volcanic rock, and the village of Tulor, built with adobe in curved and organic forms, with an enigmatic history that represents the origin of the people of this area.

Or: Located less than ten miles from San Pedro, in the middle of the Cordillera de la Sal is the Valle de la Luna or the Valley of the Moon. Its gigantic sedimentary rock walls, with their red and white tones, are contorted by the huge tectonic pressure acting upon the Atacama Desert. Some of the most popular sites in the sector are La Duna Mayor, Las Tres Marías, El Mirador de Kari, and El Cañón de la Sal. 

Meals (B, L, D)

Old Mission desert Atacama Chile
Location
Awasi Atacama
Day
4 / 11

Finding Secret Beauty

Possible excursions are as follows: The Valle de la Luna hides a secret of great beauty, the little frequented: Cañón de Kari, which is known for the green color of its copper ore (minerals as removed from the mine) of copper. This a journey that never ceases to amaze, from the heights of the Mirador, passing through a salt flat, until reaching the serpentine path of the water between blades of clay and salt.

Or: Garganta del Diablo, or Devil’s Throat is an alternative destination situated at the end of a section of the Cordillera de la Sal and composed of endless riverbeds which are normally dry and as such create spectacular moon-like scenery. If the riverbeds are with water the sight is equally as spectacular mirroring the landscape of the planet Mars. One of them stands out for the enormity of its walls of clay and gypsum. You can expect fantastic views from behind every nook and cranny of the route, which finishes in a great dry waterfall: the Devil’s Ravine or Throat of the Devil.

Meals (B, L, D)

 

Swimming in oasis pool Atacama
Location
Awasi Atacama
Day
5 / 11

Atacama to Punta Arenas

Today we bid farewell to the first of our iconic hotels and set off to another. We transfer you from the Awasi Atacama to your next destination, Punta Arenas.

Punta Arenas offers us the chance to explore the cultural and natural wonders of one of the most southerly cities on the continent. We can learn about its history and follow the footprints of brave polar explorers who preceded us many years before, with these immigrants being an important part of the development of the area. The first European to visit the area where the city is located was Juan Ladrillero, a Spanish explorer who was looking for the Strait of Magellan’s western passage in 1557. A host of European settlers followed from countries such as Germany, Britain, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and of course Spain.

Meals (B)

Geyser Atacama Chile at Night
Location
Transfer to Punta Arenas
Day
6 / 11

Welcome to Patagonia!

Today sees our transfer to the second Awasi property on our itinerary, the Awasi Patagonia. In much the same vein as our stay in Atacama, you have your meals and private excursions included and the following days in this itinerary reflect possible excursions and are not an exhaustive list.

Meals (B, L, D)

Awasi hotel Patagonia Chile
Location
Punta Arenas to Awasi Patagonia
Day
7 / 11

Exploring Patagonia

Possible excursions are as follows: Torres del Paine Base Camp – Whilst not an easy hike, this path is the most visited in the park and for a very good reason: the prize of being so close under the wonderful Torres del Paine towers, which will make you feel like you are in one of the famous picture-postcard scenes of the area, right at the base of the towers. After that, we reach a glacial lagoon and have a first-hand experience of 12 million years of history that sculpted them from the granite that they are composed of. To reach this much-venerated location you would need to be a regular hiker and wear appropriate gear.

Or Lomo Guanaco: Due to its variety of wildlife and the attractive views that it provides, this tour is considered an interesting alternative for traveling through the eastern sector of the national park. Not only can you enjoy watching the guanacos and ñandúes but you also get the chance to admire the spectacular views of the three towers of the Torres del Paine, as well as the spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands.

Meals (B, L, D)

Man Walking in front of Glacier Chile
Location
Awasi Patagonia
Day
8 / 11

Chasing Waterfalls & Hunting for Fossils

Possible excursions are as follows: Salto de las Chinas: Travel through the northeast sector of the ranch that houses the hotel’s private reserve and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the landscapes that surround this place. If the weather allows, apart from admiring the Salto Las Chinas waterfall, you can also enjoy privileged views of such famous landmarks as Laguna Azul with the Torres del Paine in the background or Lake Sarmiento with the extensive grasslands of the Pampas that surround it. One thing is for sure, this is the scenery you will never forget!

Or Sendero de los Fósiles, (the path of fossils) is a wonderfully unique and fascinating trip, we enter the Parque Geológico y Paleontológico La Cumbre – Baguales geological and paleontological park and walk through the landscape of the high steppe. We visit places where you can observe and discover the flora and fauna that have existed in this area during the last 40 million years. Plants, mollusks, shark teeth, and tree trunks are among the vestiges that appear fossilized in the middle of gullies and cliffs. Guanacos accompany you on this trip, where the environment is dominated by rocky formations of great beauty and attraction.

Meals (B, L, D)

Herd Wild Guanaco Chile Patagonia
Location
Awasi Patagonia
Day
9 / 11

Farewell Awasi

Today we bid farewell to the Hotel Awasi Patagonia and begin our return trip via Punta Arenas.

Here you will spend your final evening at your leisure, before heading back to Santiago in the morning.

Meals (B)

Rhea walking Chile Patagonia
Location
Patagonia to Punta Arenas
Day
10 / 11

Back to Santiago

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel in Punta Arenas, because it’s time to hit the road again as we take you to Santiago, for your flight to return home. You will be transported to the airport at the scheduled time.

Travel safely to your next destination as you leave with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Meals (B)

Driving to Punta Arenas
Location
Return Home
Day
11 / 11
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Accommodations

Hotel Options

Boutique

Singular

Santiago
Boutique

Awasi Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama
Boutique

La Yegua Loca

Punta Arenas
Boutique

Awasi Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine