Discover Chile's contrasting landscapes on this luxury 10-day tour. Start with historic city tours and gourmet dining in Santiago, then escape to the remote Atacama Desert to explore its never-ending salt flats, lagoons, and moon-like valleys, waking for dawn hot-air balloon rides and stargazing by night. The adventure ends in the lush Lake District, where you'll admire the volcano-and-lake spotted landscape with private helicopter, seaplane, and kayaking tours.


  • Go stargazing and hot-air ballooning in the wild Atacama Desert
  • Kayak along the Reloncaví Estuary in the shadow of an ancient volcano
  • Enjoy wine tasting and gourmet cuisine at VIK Vineyard in the lush Millahue Valley
  • Savor aerial views of Chile's Lake District on heli-hikes and seaplane tours
  • Marvel at moon-like valleys in Los Flamencos National Reserve

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Gourmet Dinner at Boragó Santiago
Day 2 Santiago City Tour, Evening Culinary Experience Santiago
Day 3 Wine Tasting & Lunch at VIK Vineyard Santiago
Day 4 Fly to San Pedro de Atacama, Stargazing Tour San Pedro de Atacama
Day 5 Atacama Salt Flats, Lagoons & Traditional Villages Tour San Pedro de Atacama
Day 6 Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Valley of the Moon Tour San Pedro de Atacama
Day 7 Fly to Puerto Montt, Transfer to Puerto Varas, Explore Lago Llanquihue Puerto Varas
Day 8 Cochamó Helicopter Tour & Hike Puerto Varas
Day 9 Scenic Seaplane Flight Over Patagonia Puerto Varas
Day 10 Kayaking on Reloncaví Estuary, Fly to Santiago, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago, Gourmet Dinner at Boragó

Dine on gourmet cuisine at Boragó

Welcome to Chile! Arrive in the lively capital, Santiago, and meet your driver, who'll take you to the 5-star Hotel Ritz-Carlton in the high-end El Golf neighborhood. Chic rooms feature classic wood and marble decor, South American art, and views of the city skyline and the Andes. Head to the glass-domed rooftop pool to relax, complete with spa and sun deck. 

Tonight, you'll enjoy a gourmet dinner at Boragó, listed as one of the world's top 50 restaurants. Feast on a menu of regional dishes inspired by Indigenous hunter-gatherers, created by acclaimed chef Rodolfo Guzmán, the founder of Boragó. Highlights include pink Maule tomato steak, Patagonian lamb with figs, and sea strawberry cake. Dine with views of Santiago's tallest mountain, Cerro Manquehue.

Day 2: Santiago City Tour, Evening Culinary Experience

Explore Santiago's historic center, including Plaza de Armas

Start the day with a private city tour of Santiago. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll explore the Plaza de Armas in Santiago's historic center. Founded in 1541, it's home to the impressive Catedral Metropolitana, a neoclassical church whose twin bell towers dominate the plaza's north side. 

Continue to the Civic District, home to ministerial buildings and the presidential palace of La Moneda, an 18th-century work of art in itself. Next, ride the cable car to Cerro San Cristóbal Hill for 360-degree city views. Take in the urban sprawl and spot landmarks like the Gran Torre Costanera, the tallest building in Latin America.

Freshen up at your hotel before tonight's private food tour. Start with a Chilean wine-tasting session at one of the country's top producers, then head to an upscale bar to sample sophisticated cocktails and tapas prepared by a nationally renowned chef. Finish your evening in one of the capital's top restaurants, savoring a delicious dinner with local wines. 

Day 3: Wine Tasting & Lunch at VIK Vineyard

Tour VIK Vineyard with a private guide and devour a three-course meal

Venture two hours south of Santiago today to VIK Vineyard in the Millahue Valley. This peaceful hilltop retreat lies on 10,687 acres (4,325 ha) of grooved vineyards, complete with a lake, box canyons, and distant views of the Andes. Tour the estate with a private guide to learn about the winemaking process, from grape to bottle. During the tour, you'll taste three varieties of wine from the barrel: cabernet sauvignon, carménère, and syrah.

After your tour, head to the elegant Pavilion Restaurant for a three-course meal paired with fine wines. The menu has a farm-to-fork concept, focusing on signature Chilean meats and produce. As you dine, enjoy views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains. Afterward, you'll return to Santiago for a final night in the capital. 

Day 4: Fly to San Pedro de Atacama, Stargazing Tour

Marvel at the Atacama's star-studded skies

This morning, take a flight to Calama in the country's far north. Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting to take you to the secluded outpost of San Pedro de Atacama, the launching point for adventures into the Atacama Desert. This high-altitude desert features endless salt flats, towering Andean peaks, and the volcanic Cordillera Domeyko, where red-hued mountains form the base of El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon).

Check into your remote lodge, Nayara Alto Atacama, built from adobe to blend into the surrounding desert and Salt Mountain range. Highlights include Inca artwork, a telescope for stargazing, and the Atacamenian quincho, a pavilion where you can feast on barbecue accompanied by live music and Chilean wines. The desert gardens are home to a saltwater pool with carved rock beds and firepits, a llama enclosure, and Spa Puri's healing mineral baths.

Tonight, you'll enjoy an astronomical tour in the Atacama, one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Using a laser pointer, your guide will teach you how to identify constellations with the naked eye. You'll also get to use high-powered telescopes and binoculars to spot an array of celestial objects, including planets, binary stars, and spherical clusters. End the session with hot tea or chocolate beneath the stars before returning to your wilderness lodge.

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Day 5: Atacama Salt Flats, Lagoons & Traditional Villages Tour

Visit the Atacama Salt Flats and Los Flamencos National Reserve

Spend a full day traversing Chile's famous Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flats) with a private guide. First, you'll visit the traditional villages of Toconao and Socaire, which are known for their mud-and-volcanic-rock buildings and the 18th-century church in Toconao. Meet the locals and peruse craft markets, where you can pick up alpaca-wool clothing and handicrafts.

Next, visit high-plateau lagoons in Los Flamencos National Reserve. Set at 7,500 feet (2,300 m) above sea level, Laguna Chaxa is one of the best places in the world to see flamingoes. The algae-rich water is a magnet for three of the world's five flamingo species: James's, Chilean, and Andean. The birds flock here to breed and feed on plankton, shadowed by volcanoes and moon-like salt crusts. Continue to the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons for more bird-watching, then end with sweeping salt-flat views from Salar de Talar and Piedras Rojas.

Day 6: Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Valley of the Moon Tour

Discover the otherworldly beauty of the Atacama from the skies

Rise early for a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Atacama Desert. Your driver will drop you at the launch site just before dawn, where you'll have a safety briefing accompanied by tea and coffee while the balloon is inflated. Step aboard and rise into the sky as the sun breaks on the horizon, casting a golden glow over the rolling desert landscape, scattered with lagoons and chalk-white salt flats. The hourlong flight concludes with a Champagne breakfast back on land. 

After resting at your hotel, spend the afternoon exploring the desert by car on a private Valley of the Moon tour, where you'll marvel at impressive stone and sand formations in Los Flamencos National Reserve. With no life or humidity in the valley, it's considered one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Watch the sunset over its hills and gorges before returning to your lodge for a restful evening. 

Day 7: Fly to Puerto Montt, Transfer to Puerto Varas, Explore Lago Llanquihue

Settle into your modern lakeside retreat near Puerto Varas (photo courtesy of Hotel AWA)

Leave the wonders of the Atacama Desert today and board a flight back to Santiago. From here, you'll fly south to the port city of Puerto Montt in Chile's fertile Lake District, where snowcapped volcanoes meet forested islands dotted with shimmering lakes. Your final destination is Puerto Varas on the vast shores of Lago Llanquihue.

Meet your driver and head straight to Hotel AWA, a lavish lakeshore retreat devised by architect-owner Mauricio Fuentes. The contemporary hotel combines concrete and volcanic rock walls with cozy lounges lit by flickering fireplaces and features rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the lake and the Osorno volcano. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by AWA's huge heated pool and dining in the on-site gourmet restaurant.

Day 8: Cochamó Helicopter Tour & Hike

Break up today's helicopter flight with a stop for a picnic lunch in Cochamó

Immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty of Puerto Varas today with a private helicopter tour and hike. You'll fly east, soaring over the Osorno volcano and hidden valleys within the Andes, home to turquoise lakes and ancient forests. Eventually, you'll reach the rustic village of Cochamó, which resembles the USA's Yosemite with its U-shaped valley and centuries-old trees. 

The pilot will land at a panoramic viewpoint within Cochamó's granite mountains, which are beloved by rock climbers. While your guides prepare a tasty picnic lunch, you'll take a short hike to admire the jagged peaks and forest-covered valley views. Afterward, hop back in the helicopter to your hotel, passing over Calbuco, a mammoth stratovolcano that last erupted in 2015. Take the rest of the day to chill out at your luxury hotel.

Day 9: Scenic Seaplane Flight Over Patagonia

Get a bird's-eye view of volcanoes and fjords

Continue your scenic sky adventures today, boarding a seaplane to reach off-the-beaten-path corners of Patagonia. Take off from the topaz waters of Lago Llanquihue, soaking up more views of the hulking Osorno, Puntiagudo, and Calbuco volcanoes. Pass over the national parks, fjords, and forests; your experienced pilot will point out key landmarks below.

Spend the rest of the day as you please. Relax by the hotel pool or detox with a sauna and steam room session at the spa, followed by a massage. If you're feeling adventurous, explore Puerto Varas independently. Named "the City of Roses" after the flowers that line its streets, Puerto Varas offers a mix of German colonial architecture and Indigenous Mapuche culture.

Day 10: Kayaking on Reloncaví Estuary, Fly to Santiago, Depart

Kayak along the Reloncaví Estuary

Spend your last morning in Chile on a kayaking trip. Begin in the small town of Ralún, where, accompanied by a private guide, you'll board a kayak and paddle from the mouth of the Río Petrohué along the Reloncaví Estuary. This sparkling fjord is surrounded by snow-topped volcanoes and continues alongside Alerce Andino National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 4,000-year-old alerce trees. 

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Cochamó, admiring views of the glaciated Yate volcano reflected on the water's surface. This kayaking adventure marks the end of your luxury Chile tour. A driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport, where you'll fly to Santiago in time to board your homebound flight. Safe travels!

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Written by J K, updated Jan 2, 2024