- Explore the dynamic capital city of Chile, Santiago
- Tour Torres del Paine, one of South America's finest national parks
- Discover Chilean traditions on picturesque Chiloé Island
- Fall in love with Patagonia, a natural paradise at the end of the world
- See penguins in the wild on a boat tour off the coast
- Get inspired by the colorful street art of Valparaíso
|Day 1||Arrive in Santiago & Go on a City Tour||Santiago|
|Day 2||Day-trip to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar||Santiago|
|Day 3||Visit a Chilean Winery||Santiago|
|Day 4||Travel to the "End of the World," Patagonia||Punta Arenas|
|Day 5||See Penguins & Boat to Isla Magdalena||Puerto Natales|
|Day 6||Explore Torres del Paine National Park||Puerto Natales|
|Day 7||Boat Past Glaciers in the Park||Puerto Natales|
|Day 8||Continue to the Lake District||Puerto Varas|
|Day 9||Marvel at Volcanoes, Lakes & Waterfalls||Puerto Varas|
|Day 10||Discover the Mythical Island of Chiloé||Puerto Varas|
|Day 11||Trek in Alerce Andino National Park||Puerto Varas|
|Day 12||Circle Back to Santiago||Santiago|
|Day 13||Enjoy a Free Day in Santiago||Santiago|
|Day 14||Depart Chile - End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago & Go on a City Tour
Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago's airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in and taking a break for coffee or a snack, you'll immediately head out on a half-day tour of the city. Highlights of the tour include wandering the aisles of Santiago's Mercado Central and Mercado La Vega. These markets are the beating heart of the city, overflowing with vendors and local residents eager to get their hands on the day's fresh produce. You'll also visit the Plaza de Armas, located in Santiago's historic center. There's a lot of history within the four corners of this expansive stone plaza, as it was founded in 1541. Nearby is the impressive Catedral Metropolitana, a neoclassical church dating to 1748, with towering twin bell towers dominating the north side of the plaza. Head back to your hotel and get some rest before the adventure continues.
Day 2: Day-trip to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll head off to the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and the cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Along the way, you'll pass through the scenic Casablanca Valley, a wine-producing region. When you arrive in Viña del Mar, nicknamed the “Garden City," you'll visit some of the city's landmarks, including the striking Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, the waterfront promenade, and the famous flower clock. Your next stop will be the unique and interesting city of Valparaíso, famous for its bohemian air, narrow streets, colorful houses, vibrant street art, and hilly landscape. Some highlights of the historic port city are Victory Square, Sotomayor Square, and the bustling waterfront. At the end of the tour, you'll return to Santiago to spend the night.
Day 3: Visit a Chilean Winery
Indulge in a hearty breakfast to begin your day. Today you'll go on an exciting half-day tour of a winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile’s famous wine regions. Taste world-renowned wines and learn more about the production process — all while enjoying the beautiful scenery around you. Later on, return to your hotel, where you will have free time to relax or further explore Santiago.
Day 4: Travel to the "End of the World," Patagonia
Today you'll leave Santiago behind and start your journey to the south. Go to the airport to catch a flight to Punta Arenas, part of Chilean Patagonia. Settle in at your hotel and go out for a stroll, stopping in a local restaurant to sample regional specialties, like empanadas and seafood stew. Get to bed early, as day five starts early with an incredible excursion.
Day 5: See Penguins & Boat to Isla Magdalena
An early wake-up call starts this day. Hop on a boat for a tour to Isla Magdalena, an island that's home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. After some time to walk around the island and take photos of the penguins, return to Punta Arenas and transfer to the bus station. You'll board a bus to Puerto Natales. Enjoy your evening in this quiet Patagonian town, checking into a local hotel to get some sleep.
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Day 6: Explore Torres del Paine National Park
Leaving the town of Puerto Natales on today's adventure, you'll get to see the onetime home of a mysterious prehistoric herbivore, the Milodon, that used to inhabit these lands about 12,000 years ago. The journey continues to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the finest national parks in South America. On your tour of the park, you'll see stunning natural features like Nordenskjold Lake, Salto Grande, and Pehoe Lake. Walk through a forest to a lookout point over Grey Glacier and its icy surroundings. As the sun starts to lower in the sky, you'll head back to Puerto Natales for dinner in town and rest at the hotel.
Day 7: Boat Past Glaciers in the Park
After breakfast, transfer to the pier to begin a boat tour through Last Hope Fjord and the glaciers of Balmaceda and Serrano. During the trip, you will observe seal and cormorant colonies. Upon arrival at Serrano Glacier, the boat will dock at Toro Port and you'll walk with your guide through the native forest, learning about the region's flora and fauna. Enjoy a leisurely Patagonia-style lunch, served in the great outdoors, before cruising back to Puerto Natales.
Day 8: Continue to the Lake District
This morning, you will go back to Punta Arenas' airport and hop on a flight to Puerto Montt. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotel in Puerto Varas, a charming destination in Chile's Lake District. Walk around town, appreciating views of Osorno Volcano in the distance, and stop in a local café for refreshments. After dinner in a family-run restaurant, you'll head to the hotel for the night.
Day 9: Marvel at Volcanoes, Lakes & Waterfalls
Some of the highlights of today's adventure are a visit to Ensenada, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and the Petrohué River Waterfalls. A relaxing boat tour around the pristine waters of All Saints' Lake will lead to the next destination, Peulla, where you'll have a privileged view of the Osorno Volcano. Enjoy another leisurely lunch, then head back to Puerto Varas for a free evening.
Day 10: Discover the Mythical Island of Chiloé
After breakfast, you'll be picked up for an interesting tour of Chiloé Island, one of Chile's most picturesque destinations. Admire colorful houses built on stilts over the water and UNESCO-honored wooden churches. Enjoy a traditional meal on the island and a stroll around the town of Castro before you return to Puerto Varas.
Day 11: Trek in Alerce Andino National Park
Get an early start today — you have a full day of trekking ahead of you. After breakfast, you'll depart from Puerto Varas for the 30-minute journey to Puerto Montt. Then it's another 30 minutes south to the coastal town of Lenca, the gateway to Alerce Andino National Park. Your trekking route runs along the edge of the Chaicas River. The scenery in this part of Chile's Lake District is nothing short of spectacular. You'll pass through great swaths of unique, temperate forests abounding with indigenous trees, including mañio, tepa, arrayán, and alerce. You'll also stop at Chaiquenes and Triangulo lakes, a pair of glassy mountain lagoons that are great spots for birdwatching. At the end of the trek, you'll return to Puerto Varas by van.
Day 12: Circle Back to Santiago
Enjoy your last breakfast in the south before heading to the Punta Arenas airport to make your way back to Santiago. Depending on at what time you arrive in the capital, you'll have the chance to explore more of the city on your own. Snap a few photos in front of the Palacio de la Moneda. Chile's opulent Presidential Palace (known simply as "La Moneda") is just a short stroll from the Plaza de Armas, and like the plaza, it's filled with history. It was here in 1973 that Chile's armed forces, backed by the U.S. government, overthrew President Salvador Allende, kicking off a brutal right-wing military dictatorship that would last for 17 years. Today the country is under democratic rule, and visitors are welcome to visit the palace.
Day 13: Enjoy a Free Day in Santiago
Today is yours to shop, hike, sightsee, and sample Chilean street food! One good option is to ride the gondola or hike to the top of Cerro San Cristobál, with a lookout point offering the most magnificent views over Santiago. Or stroll the cobblestone streets of Barrio Bellavista, where brightly painted old houses adorned with graffiti art sit alongside modern eateries and bars. It's a great place to come for dinner out, a pisco sour or a glass of Chilean red, and people-watching from a patio table on your last night in Chile.
Day 14: Depart Chile - End of Trip
Head to the airport after breakfast, as your trip comes to an end today. Safe travels!
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