Best of Chile Itinerary

Best of Chile Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

Puerto Varas - Torres del Paine - Atacama Desert - Santiago de Chile

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HIGHLIGHTS

Puerto Varas - Torres del Paine - Atacama Desert - Santiago de Chile

days 14
  • Begin your 2-week trip through Chile in the north, in the surprisingly beautiful desert of San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Travel south with our tours to Torres del Paine and discover the wild nature of Patagonia.
  • Finish your Chile itinerary by selecting one (or more!) Of our best tours in Santiago de Chile.
  • Best time to travel: October to April
  From the longest mountain range in the world to one of the driest deserts on the planet, discover destinations beyond your imagination when you travel to Chile for this 14-day itinerary. Visit Puerto Varas, where you can enjoy the lush landscape of Chile's Lake District and the coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparíso.
Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to Your 2-Week Travel Itinerary to Chile - Puerto Varas

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  • Transfer from Puerto Montt airport to Puerto Varas – Day at leisure

Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, the lakeside gateway to Chilean Patagonia, you’ll travel by land to Puerto Varas, which is just 30 min. away. Welcome to Puerto Varas, the first stop in your 2-week travel itinerary to Chile! 

This beautiful lakeside town, better known as the “City of Roses”, is the gateway city to the Chilean Lake District, and faces the great Osorno Volcano.

First inhabited by German immigrants, Puerto Varas has kept most of its traditional architecture; wooden houses, alerce trees, and German Jesuit churches can be seen all over the place, as well as rose bushes covering every street.

On your first evening in Puerto Varas, visit the rose bushes in Plaza de Armas, or go to Parque Phillipi’s viewpoint to admire Lake Llanquihue from above, walk the different pathways inside the park, and zipline from one treetop to another in the adventure activity center of the park. 

 

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  • What to eat in Puerto Varas?

The gastronomy of the city is something to savor as well! Taste the “Kuchen” pie, a traditional dish of the first German immigrants, the homemade marmalades (Puerto Varas is famous for their blueberry production!), and the best-smoked salmon in the whole country.

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Day 2

Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls - Puerto Varas

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  • Visit Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls

Start the day with a pick-up at your hotel in Puerto Varas and begin your route to the town of Ensenada, visiting the enchanting Laguna Verde, Spanish for “Green Lagoon,” at the foot of Osorno Volcano within Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. From Ensenada, your ascent to the Osorno Volcano Ski Center will begin. 

Take a moment to enjoy the amazing views; the snow-capped summit of the volcano, the nearby ancient glaciers and volcanoes (like Calbuco), and the teal-colored vastness of the Pacific Ocean.   

Then, it’s time to hike in the Vicente Rosales National Park, the oldest National Park in Chile, which is known for its hot springs, and Todos los Santos Lake, one of the most crystalline lakes in southern Chile.

Near this beautiful lake, you’ll reach the Petrohúe Falls, an obligatory stop if you’re in Vicente Rosales National Park. These amazing waterfalls, formed by ancient lava traces, are surrounded by the incredible Osorno volcano and the Valdivian forest, two natural wonders of Chile that you’ll enjoy in this 2-week travel itinerary. At the end of the visit, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Puerto Varas.   

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Day 3

Day at Leisure - Puerto Varas

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  • Day at leisure in Puerto Varas – Optional tour Paso el Solitario hike

This is your free day in Puerto Varas; you have no activities scheduled for today!

But… if you still want to get active, we recommend that you add an optional day tour to experience the “Paso el Solitario “ hike, starting at the base of Osorno Volcano.

Accompanied by your local guide, you’ll reach the base of the volcano and start a moderate-difficulty trek (called Paso el Solitario) that will last about 3 hours, crossing lush woods of native vegetation, like the Ulmo and Cohiue trees. 

Enjoy the amazing views of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes while walking at your own pace over an irregular, though not challenging, terrain. The valley of Petrouhúe River and Llanquihué Lake (the second largest in Chile) will suddenly appear in the picture, and you’ll make a stop to eat your boxed lunch in the wild. Finally, reach the lava fields left by the last eruption of Osorno Volcano. At the end of the trail, we’ll be waiting to take you back to Puerto Varas.

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Day 4

Bike City Tour - Puerto Natales

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  • Transfer to Puerto Varas airport – Transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales

Today, you’ll fly to Puerto Natales on Patagonia Chilena, the gateway city to the famous Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most important natural preserves in the world. You’ll be transferred from your hotel in Puerto Varas to your hotel upon arrival in Puerto Natales.

 

  • Bike city tour in Puerto Natales

To discover the city, you will explore it actively. Join your biking group at the meeting point downtown and meet your guide for the following 3 hours. Ride along beautiful streets, and spot important monuments. Continue to the renewed waterfront,  and reach the Braun Blanchard Pier. Finally, visit the famous Arturo Prat main square and dig into the culture of Puerto Natales.

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Day 5

Day at Leisure - Puerto Natales

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  • Optional tour to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

You have no tour scheduled for this day, but Balmaceda and Serrano’s navigation is our recommendation! Take a fully-equipped boat to sail the Last Hope Channel for about 3 hours.

See different natural highlights from your boat (like a hidden waterfall) while enjoying a hot coffee on board. Spot wildlife like the toninas (Magellanic dolphins), and seal lions in Punta Lobos.

Reach El Toro Port and entrail a 1-hour guided hike through forest and lagoonshore to Serrano Glacier. End the day with a tasty Patagonian lunch and a whiskey toast in Perales Ranch. Finally, return to Puerto Natales.

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Day 6

Day-Trip to Torres del Paine National Park

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  • Full-day trip to Torres del Paine National Park

Today we’ll pick you up early at your hotel to take you to the first stop of this 10-hour adventurous trip: Milodon Cave. This natural monument, located 15 miles north of town, is composed of three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called Silla del Diablo (Devil’s Chair), due to its chair-like shape.

Before getting to the cave, we will pass by La Silla del Diablo and learn about its mysterious legend…a story told by the oldest man in Patagonia who believed that the Devil appeared to those who came to look for him on nights.

We’ll keep on traveling to Torres del Paine National Park, and on the way, you’ll get to see Sofia Lagoon, Prat Range, Porteño Lake, and the stunning Grey Lake viewpoint. You’ll go over Serrano Bridge and continue to the Grey Lake sector, where you’ll have time to walk along the shore. Once you return to the parking lot, we’ll take you to a restaurant to rest and have lunch (lunch is not included in our service).

After lunch, we’ll head to the Salto Grande sector. You’ll visit the Nordenskjold Lake viewpoint before continuing on a sinuous route to the Amarga Lagoon area. We’ll also make a stop at Paine’s turquoise waterfall, whose waters come directly from the Paine River.

Heading back to Puerto Natales, we’ll stop at Sarmiento Lake viewpoint to take one last picture of the stunning Torres del Paine.

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Day 7

Continue Your Travel Itinerary to Chile - Santiago de Chile

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  • Transfer to Puerto Natales airport

Today, a shuttle will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Puerto Natales airport,  where you’ll catch your flight to Santiago, the modern and vibrant capital of Chile.

 

  • One-night stop in Santiago de Chile

This is only a stop in your journey! You’ll spend this night at our selected hotel inside the airport (walking distance from the disembarking area) because tomorrow you’ll fly to Calama, the gateway to San Pedro de Atacama, the jumping-off city to visit the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth.

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Day 8

Cejar Lagoon Tour - Arrive at San Pedro de Atacama

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  • Flight to Calama and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast, take your flight to Calama where, upon arrival, you’ll be driven to your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama, just 2 hours away.

This city of little adobe houses, unpaved streets, and cozy restaurants, is the base to begin exploring one of Chile’s most spectacular environments. You are beginning an adventurous journey that involves multicolored moon-type landscapes, incredible geysers, and huge volcanoes!

 

  • Visit Cejar and Tebenquiche Lagoons

In the afternoon, take your first tour in Atacama and visit the Cejar and Tebenquiche Lagoons, inside the great Atacama Salt Flats, where you’ll be able to bathe in their clear turquoise waters with an amazing volcano backdrop.

Then, step into the heart of the salt flats and visit the “Ojo del Salar” (Salt Flats’ Eyes), two round freshwater wellsprings in the middle of the desert, where you’ll enjoy a delicious appetizer next to the impressive Andes Mountain Range.

At the end of this relaxing trip, we’ll drive you back to San Pedro de Atacama to enjoy the rest of the evening eating a pastel de choclo (a corn-based cake) at one of the cozy restaurants on Caracoles Street (the main road). Be bold in this secluded corner of the globe, and mingle with locals while you explore on the unpaved roads.  

 

Say Hueque Tips

San Pedro de Atacama is also one of the best places to stargaze in the whole world. From this altitude, you’ll see the clearest skies of your life. Make sure you don’t waste the opportunity and get out there to chase some starlight!

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Day 9

Visit the Highland Lakes - San Pedro De Atacama

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  • Discover the Highland Lakes

Today, you’ll travel 40 miles to the north of Atacama Salt Flats, one of the most exciting destinations in your travel itinerary to Chile! Start the day by visiting the Chaxa Lagoon, one of the best places to see flamingos inside the natural reserve. Discover the salt crusts, produced by the evaporation of water, which cover the land from North to South as you move your way through the desert to reach the Highland Lakes, at an altitude of 14,000 feet.

Miscanti and Miñiques, better known as the Highland Lakes, are two neighboring lagoons formed by the eruption of the Meñique Volcano, which can be seen in the background of these pristine waters. Take a lovely picture next to the Meñique Lagoon, which is shaped like a giant blue heart!

Continue your journey by visiting the village of Socaire, where you can taste the best Atacamenian cuisine, and the town of Toconao, an oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert. Fruits and vegetables grow freely in this village which is made entirely from volcanic stone (known as ‘liparita’ stone). After exploring these interesting examples of the culture of Atacamenians, we’ll drive you back to San Pedro de Atacama.   

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Day 10

Tatio Geysers and Moon Valley - San Pedro de Atacama

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  • Visit Geysers del Tatio geothermal fields

This morning, you’ll see two highlights of the Atacama region: Geysers del Tatio and The Moon Valley. This is a full-day experience and your last day in Atacama!

First, you will travel to where the crevices of the Earth exhale their millenary breath. At about 4 a.m., we’ll pick you up to take you 60 miles away from San Pedro de Atacama into the Andes to see the geothermal field of Geysers del Tatio (the highest in the world).

Here, you’ll see 40 geysers and 70 hot springs fighting against the super low temperatures of the first morning hours (their waters can reach up to 185 °F). Take the most impressive photos, swim in the Tatio Spring’s rich mineral waters, and enjoy a complete breakfast with this magnificent backdrop.

On your way back, visit the quaint village of Machuca (at 13000 f.o.s.l), with barely 20 adobe houses and a traditional church that locals visit daily to ask the Virgin to give them water. This is the perfect opportunity to get closer to the inner mountain culture of the region, and to try one of the best sopaipillas in Chile (a fried tortilla)!

 

  • Visit to Moon Valley in the afternoon

In the afternoon jump on a 4-hour adventure in the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), an out-of-this-world place. Driving straight to the desert, we’ll start noticing mysterious forms of salt and clay as we get closer to the “Three Marias”.

These statues are the female guardians of this cosmic desert, so don’t forget to bow and make a wish for these beautiful monuments.  The Atacama Desert is one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones.

After this first encounter, take a winding and hidden path to the Salt Caves, and discover the peculiar salt gemstones that have formed over centuries from the lack of humidity and the altitude of this zone.

The highlight of your adventure will appear at sunset when all the colors of this incredible landscape change their palette. The forbidding Licancabur Volcano will turn pink while the valley awaits the rise of its lunar mother. After the excursion, you will be dropped off in downtown Atacama, and from there you can make your way back to your hotel on your own. 

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Day 11

Continue Your Travel Itinerary to Santiago - Santiago de Chile

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  • Transfer to Calama airport / Transfer to your hotel in Santiago

Today we’ll take you to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile. Upon arrival, you’ll be driven to your accommodation for the next 3 days.

Between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this modern city offers all kinds of attractions for curious travelers. From different viewpoints in the city, you can see the natural beauties surrounding Santiago; the snow-capped mountains, and the beautiful Valle del Maipo, where the best Chilean wine is produced.

Santiago de Chile is known as the home of Pisco Sour, the delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, and the “Sanhattan” district, which is a stylish fusion between Manhattan and Santiago,  and heaven on earth for enthusiastic shoppers.   

 

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  • What can you do on your first day in Santiago de Chile?

Enjoy your first evening in the city by visiting two of the most interesting places in Santiago: the Santa Lucía Hill, a famous downtown garden from where you’ll have the best views over the city. Visit a museum that used to be the home of Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean writer. Wander the streets of the most bohemian and colorful district in Santiago, passing by its traditional cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and take the gondola to reach San Cristobal Hill, another highlight of the city.

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Day 12

Viña del Mar & Valparaiso Tour - Santiago de Chile

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  • Full-day visit to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

Today, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you on a full-day visit to Valparaíso, the most important port of Chile. Why visit Valparaiso? This unforgettable city, constructed on the steep slope of a hill, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and shows off the unique art and culture of Chile.

Starting in Plaza Victoria, covered by Peruvian sculptures, we’ll continue to explore downtown and Plaza Sotomayor, until finally reaching the Prat port. From there we’ll take our first gondola of the day and head to the beautiful Palacio Baburizza, constructed in 1916. Pass by the colorful houses that stare down from above the city and the bay, and descend once again by taking another gondola. 

Leaving Valparaiso, we’ll head to Viña del Mar, the favorite Chilean summer vacation destination. Enjoy a relaxing evening walking on the coast and the pier which extends into the Pacific Ocean, and visit the beautiful “Reloj de Flores”, a giant clock that is entirely made of flowers. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Santiago de Chile. 

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Day 13

Day at Leisure - Santiago de Chile

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  • Day at leisure – Optional visit to a winery

You don’t have any scheduled activities for today… but, we recommend that you keep on exploring! Santiago de Chile is an exciting city, full of history and architectural treasures.

If you want to add an optional day tour, we highly suggest that you take a full day to explore Santiago de Chile and tour the Concha y Toro Winery, one of the most famous wine producers in the area.

It would go like this… First, we’ll pick you up from your hotel to discover the Palacio de la Moneda (a governmental building) where Salvador Allende, the popular socialist president, killed himself just before the last military coup in 1973, and Santiago’s Cathedral, the main Catholic bastion of Chile. After finishing this urban exploration, we’ll leave the city and head to the countryside to visit a time-honored bodega (winery) called Concha y Toro (30 miles to the south). 

Wander around ancient vineyards, which have seen several generations of the Concha y Toro family, try delicious wines, and choose which is your favorite. This immersive experience will end at the wine bar, where you’ll be free to taste all the beverages you would like, and we’ll drive you back safe and sound to your hotel in Santiago.

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Day 14

The End of Your 2-Week Travel Itinerary to Chile

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  • Transfer from your hotel to Santiago de Chile’s airport

Time to go home, but not empty-handed! At the appropriate time, we’ll take you to the airport to take your flight back home.

Is there still a place that you missed visiting? Maybe a traditional dish you couldn’t taste, or a hill you couldn’t hike? Don’t fret… because we have many more trips to South America to recommend. 

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Prices per person
Accomodation INN & B&B
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3365 USD

Accomodation Comfort
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3775 USD

Accomodation Superior
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3590 USD

Accomodation Luxury
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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2024 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 3-night accommodation in Puerto Varas
  • 3-night accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • 3-night accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama
  • 4-night accommodation in Santiago
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals according to the itinerary: Box lunch (day 6); snack (day 8); breakfast and lunch during the excursion (day 9), breakfast during the excursion (day 10).
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee.
not included
  • International, and domestic flights or buses
  • National Park and Natural Reserves entrance fees.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance 
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon Puerto Varas - Puerto Natales - Santiago de Chile - San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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