Have an alternative honeymoon with this biking and hiking adventure trip through gorgeous Chile. Arrive at Santiago, Chile's lively and eclectic capital before beginning a bike tour through the vineyards of Casablanca. Alternate physical activity with wine tours as you cross this region's magnificent landscapes. Then, you'll change it up by traveling to the Atacama Desert. One of the driest places on earth, this desert presents challenges and beauty in equal parts, and is perfect for hiking.

Highlights

  • Do wine tours and tastings in Casablanca
  • Visit the remote beach of Tunquén
  • Explore the Moon and Death Valleys in the Atacama Desert
  • Hike to the Tatio Geyser
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars at Plaza de Sal

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Santiago de Chile Santiago
Day 2 Biking through Casablanca & Corralillo Winery Tour Casablanca Valley
Day 3 Kingston & Emiliana Organic Vineyards Casablanca Valley
Day 4 Lo Vasquez & Tunquén Santiago
Day 5 Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama
Day 6 Excursion to Death & Moon Valleys San Pedro de Atacama
Day 7 Tatio Geyser Excursion San Pedro de Atacama
Day 8 Departure from San Pedro de Atacama  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

Panoramic view of downtown Santiago
Panoramic view of downtown Santiago

Welcome to Santiago de Chile! A representative will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your accommodation. 

Take time to rest and refresh before enjoying a free evening to explore the city at your own pace. Santiago is one of Chile's most exciting cities, boasting the energy and movement of capitals, as well as a lively arts scene and delicious culinary offerings.

Day 2: Biking through Casablanca & Corralillo Winery Tour

Vineyard hills in Casablanca, Chile
Vineyard hills in Casablanca, Chile

Get ready for the bike tour of a lifetime. You will be picked up and transferred from Santiago to the Rosario Valley.

You will bike through a secluded valley on a paved and undulating road, flanked by native vegetation and extensive vineyards. Here, you will be provided a hearty picnic lunch on the route.

The aim today is to reach Corralillo Winery, the cellar where you can find the famous Matetic Vineyards. Take a break from biking with a wine tour, as you admire the impressive architecture of the building and the soft rolling hills that surround the vineyard.

After the wine tasting tour, you will continue biking to reach the secluded Magdalena Valley before heading back to your hotel in Casablanca.

Day 3: Kingston & Emiliana Organic Vineyards

Merlot grapes in the Casablanca Valley
Merlot grapes in the Casablanca Valley

The tour starts early in the morning, as you bike toward Kingston Vineyards, an exclusive winery surrounded by a superb setting where you will taste earthy wines and enjoy a picnic lunch.

The route will then take you to Emiliana Organic Vineyards. Following a secondary and quiet road, you'll reach these extensive vineyards and do a tasting tour.

Day 4: Lo Vasquez & Tunquén

Beautiful Casablanca Valley landscape
Beautiful Casablanca Valley landscape

This morning, you will drive to The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Lo Vásquez, a pilgrimage center, and shrine. From there, you will get on your bike and cycle on a beautiful and flat road, flanked by old eucalyptus trees. The route will take you to the village of Las Dichas.

This is where the challenge really starts: from this point on, you'll be crossing the Coastal Andes Mountain Range. The road becomes demanding, with sharp turns, winding curves, and steep slopes. 

Our objective today is reaching the remote beach of Tunquén, one of the most beautiful and less-visited destinations in the Central Region of Chile.

Finally, you'll transfer back to Santiago for the night.

Cycling Duration: 44mi (70km)
Difficulty: Medium (Average: 14mi/23km per day)

Day 5: Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

The Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert

Today, you'll catch a morning flight to Calama Airport, where a representative will meet and escort you to your hotel. The representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, and answer any questions. 

You will have the rest of the day to explore the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. We recommend, however, that you take it easy so you are well-rested for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 6: Excursion to Death & Moon Valleys

Valley of the Moon
Valley of the Moon

Rise early for an exciting day in the incredible Atacama Desert. You'll depart from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and head to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range), which is very rich in minerals.

You'll first arrive at Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), a mountainous and sandy site with a particular geographical beauty. The salt formations that grace the landscape look like sculptures or works of art rather than random geological accidents. Don't let the name fool you! The valley received its name, not because it is dangerous, but because its arid land seems to support no form of life. Weather and time permitting, you might be able to enjoy sand-boarding in the dunes.

The journey continues on to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), named so because of its resemblance to the moon's surface. This unique place is famous for its natural mineral sculptures—like Las Tres Marías—formed by wind erosion.  There are also caves and mineral deposits of a stone very similar to quartz.

The tour will end with a spectacular sunset from La Gran Duna (The Great Dune).

Day 7: Tatio Geyser Excursion

Tatio Geyser in Atacama
Tatio Geyser in Atacama

Today, you'll rise before the sun and head back into the expansive desert to see its geothermal field. You'll find natural geysers, fumaroles, and mud baths.

After breakfast, it is possible to bathe in natural thermal waters, which will help you relax and cleanse after an intense week. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit!

The tour then continues to the town of Machuca before heading back to San Pedro de Atacama. End the day with a romantic dinner at Plaza de Sal.

Day 8: Departure from San Pedro de Atacama

Road and vicuñas in San Pedro de Atacama
Road and vicuñas in San Pedro de Atacama

After an incredible journey, it is time to say goodbye to Chile. ¡Buen Viaje!

Map

Map of Active Chilean Honeymoon: Casablanca & Atacama - 8 Days
Map of Active Chilean Honeymoon: Casablanca & Atacama - 8 Days