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This itinerary is an example of a 14-day journey in Chile that starts in the central region of Santiago and Valparaiso. You will then reach the southernmost tip of South America in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, to see huge ice fields and glaciers from the third biggest ice mass in the world. You will visit Torres del Paine national park, with its magnificent Gray glacier, then reach San Pedro de Atacama, a small town capital of the Atacaman culture, from where amazing excursions starts.

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Santiago (Ch) - Valparaíso (Ch) - Chiloë (Ch) - Punta Arenas (Ch) - Torres del Paine (Ch) - San Pedro de Atacama (Ch) - Santiago (Ch)

Day 1 – Santiago – Chile

✈ Arrival in Santiago in the morning. Welcome to the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Discovery of the capital. Visit of the city market with its various fish displays. Visit of the historic center of the capital, Café Torres, Plaza de Armas and its historic buildings: La Moneda (presidential palace), Casa Colorada (colonial house), San Francisco Church (the oldest building in Santiago). Visit of Santa Lucia park, located on the hill where the city was founded. Night in Santiago.

Day 2 – San Pedro de Atacama – Chile

Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, archaeological capital of Chile and oasis located at the foot of the Andes mountains in the Atacama desert. Discovery of this typical Atacaman village with its 18th century church (one of the most beautiful of Chile with its roof made of cactus wood), its central square and its beautiful surroundings. Night excursion to discover the starry sky. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 3 – San Pedro de Atacama – Chile

Archaeological tour with the visit of Le Paige museum, Aldea de Tulor (old traditional house) and Pukará de Quitor, a 12th century Inca fortress. Discovery of Death Valley and Moon Valley, with its natural statues made from geological formations of salt and sand. Climb of the sand dunes to observe the amazing colours of sunset over the Andes and the Licáncabur and Lascar volcanos. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4 – San Pedro de Atacama – Chile

Departure for Salar de Atacama, the largest in Chile. Stop at the Chaxa lagoon, housing a colony of flamingos. Crossing and stop in the heart of the Salar. Visit of Socaire, pre-Hispanic village known for its terraces irrigations. Arrival at Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, two lakes nestled at an altitude of more than 4300m in the national reserve “Los Flamencos”. Visit of Toconao village, built from volcanic white stone, and the Jerez canyon, an oasis of fruit trees and small streams at the bottom of a natural fissure. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5 – San Pedro de Atacama – Chile

Early departure (05 am) for Geysers del Tatio located at 4300 meters of altitude (bring warm clothes) that let their strange fumaroles of sulfur water vapor. Breakfast on site. Possibility of swimming in the natural thermal pool of the site. During the trip, discover the wild fauna: Vizcachas (a marsupial between rabbit and squirrel), vicuñas, guanacos and llamas (all three of the camelid family), wild donkeys, Ñandus (wild ostrich), Zorros (grey fox). Visit of the old village of Machucca. In the afternoon, excursion to Baltinache area and discovery of Cejar lagoon, Ojos del Salar and Tebinquinche to admire the beautiful sunset. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 6 – Calama – Santiago – Punta Arenas – Chile

Transfer to Calama airport. Flight from Calama to Santiago (2 hours) then from Santiago to Punta Arenas (3h30). Transfer to the hotel. Visit of the city and its harbour. Night in Punta Arenas.

Day 7 – Isla Magdalena – Chile

In the morning, visit of Magdalena Island in the Magellan Strait. Two-hour excursion by motor dinghy to Drake, Sarmiento de Gamboa, Magellan and Darwin. This wild place is classified as a Natural Site to protect the largest colony of Magellan penguins (more than 60,000 couples). Transfer to Puerto Natales (3 hours’ drive). Discovery of the small town and its harbour. Night in Puerto Natales.

Day 8 – O’Higgins National Park – Chile

Boat excursion to Seno Última Esperanza fjord as far as Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Discover the fauna during this journey along the wild coast: cormorants, sea elephants and condors. Landing and short walk to Serrano glacier to observe the subtle nuances of ice melting in the water. Up the Serrano River in the dinghy, surrounded by wild nature. Back to the port of Puerto Natales. Night in Puerto Natales.

Day 9 – Torres del Paine National Park – Chile

Departure for Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Chile, classified Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The park has an incredibly wide range of flora and fauna. The high mountain massifs culminate at 3000m and are surrounded by lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and rivers. The area is home to colonies of flamingos, black-collared swans and a wide range of birds as the Andes condor. Along the trails you can observe herds of guanacos, ñandus and other wild mammals who have been protected from hunting for decades.
In the afternoon, excursion to Gray Glacier and its spectacular size: almost four kilometres wide for about six to seven hundred meters deep. The Glacier is part of the third largest ice cap in the world. A small icebreaker boat will take you on a cruise for a few hours, up to few meters from the glacier. Throughout the navigation you will see big icebergs of intense blue colour that came away from the glacier and are slowly melting in Gray Lake. Night in Torres del Paine.

Day 10 – Torres del Paine National Park – Chile

Discovery tour of the park with various hiking trails and panoramic points. Arrival at Cerro Guido by the end of the day, in a hostel down below Contreras Mountain in front of Torres del Paine rocky peaks. Night in Estancia.

Day 11 – Estancia de la Pampa – Chile

Discovery of a hostel that lives from cattle and sheep breeding. Many activities on site such as hiking or horse riding on the land with Huasos inhabitants. Back to Punta Arenas in the afternoon. Night in Punta Arenas.

Day 12 – Punta Arenas – Valparaiso – Chile

Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago (3h30). Departure for the famous port of Valparaíso, classified World Heritage of Humanity in 2003 (1h30 drive). Night in Valparaiso.

Day 13 – Valparaiso – Chile

Discover the old districts by taking the elevators that pace the hill, classified national monuments. Discover the Bellavista district and its open-air museum. Visit of Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s favourite residence in Isla Negra. You will discover the whole universe of the poet with unusual collections and fetish objects. Night in Valparaiso.

Day 14 – Santiago – Chile

Transfer to the airport. International flight.