- Explore the colorful coastal town of Valparaíso
- Hike through the dramatic Ascencio Valley in Torres del Paine National Park
- See spectacular icebergs and glaciers in Patagonia's Lago Grey
- Spend two idyllic nights in a colonial-style boutique vineyard hotel
|Arrive in Santiago de Chile
|Santiago City Tour
|Visit Viña del Mar & Valparaíso
|Fly to Punta Arenas, Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
|Torres del Paine
|Hike in the Valle Ascencio
|Torres del Paine
|Explore the Grey Glacier
|Torres del Paine
|Visit the Laguna Azul
|Torres del Paine
|Fly to Santiago, Transfer to Viña Matetic
|Tour Viña Matetic
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago de Chile
Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival in Santiago, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day as you like. There's plenty to discover in this historic capital, and depending on when you arrive, you might like to get out and explore. Consider taking a stroll down the cobblestone streets of Bellavista, where you can seek out hearty, meat-focused Chilean dishes at one of the local restaurants.
Day 2: Santiago City Tour
Meet your guide and begin your half-day tour at Cerro Santa Lucía. Admire views of the former Spanish fortress, Hidalgo Castle, from the vantage point of the Terraza Caupolicán. Carry on to La Plaza de la Consitución and Palacio de La Moneda, where you'll learn about Chile's government. Then head to Santiago's main square, La Plaza de Armas, where you'll discover the surrounding historical buildings of interest.
Finish the day with a glass of refreshing mote con huesillo (a traditional non-alcoholic beverage made from wheat and peaches), after visiting Cerro San Cristóbal. Then, ride the cable car down the 2,789-foot (850-m) hill.
Day 3: Visit Viña del Mar & Valparaíso
Chile's Pacific coast is dominated by two neighboring, though quite different, cities: Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Valparaíso is famous for its more than 50 small hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses. The hills are connected by an ingenious network of twisting streets, stairways, cable car lines, flower-filled balconies, and lookout platforms. One of the many sites you will visit here is the residence of Chilean Nobel Peace Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda at La Sebastiana.
Eat lunch overlooking the funicular railway below you, before driving 10 minutes north to Viña del Mar, commonly referred to as La Ciudad Jardín (The Garden City) due to its lavish gardens and subtropical atmosphere. Discover fabulous beaches and a bustling commercial sector in this coastal resort city.
Day 4: Fly to Punta Arenas, Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
Bid Santiago farewell for now as you catch a 3.5-hour flight south to Punta Arenas, the gateway to southern Chilean Patagonia. Here you'll join your driver for the four-hour transfer to Torres del Paine National Park, then check into your hotel. Known for its rugged mountains, vast glaciers, and turquoise lakes, this spectacular 598,593-acre (242,242 ha) UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve is located between the Andes and the Patagonian steppe at the southern tip of South America, and is shared between Chile and Argentina.
Day 5: Hike in the Valle Ascencio
Today's adventurous trek leads to the base of Torres del Paine's celebrated mountain torres (towers). Stand in front of the glacier-fed lagoon and admire the slender, jagged peaks that give the national park its name. You'll have the option of undertaking the trek in its entirety on foot, or partially on horseback.
Either way, the excursion begins from the hotel and climbs into the Valle Ascencio, rising through a beautiful lenga (a type of beech tree) forest to the stony heights above. This route crosses ice-cold mountain streams and threads along glacial moraines before reaching Base de las Torres. Enjoy a snack here, before returning to your hotel using the same route.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 6: Explore the Grey Glacier
Today, you'll explore some of Torres del Paine's most iconic highlights. Your driver will take you into the heart of the park, where you can stop at scenic overlooks and take short hikes to natural landmarks. Enjoy an al fresco lunch, before opting to either hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey to see the icebergs, or take a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to the impressive Grey Glacier, which stretches down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
Day 7: Visit the Laguna Azul
Follow in the footsteps of Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid Victorian-era British traveler who was considered Patagonia's first foreign visitor. Stand where she stood and gaze upon the Laguna Azul. This half-day excursion—the best option to observe and photograph the Torres without all the hiking—starts with a short drive through the park's rugged terrain to Laguna Amarga. Drive on towards Laguna Azul, parking a 30-minute walk away, and admire the blend of wildlife and views of the Paine massif (the eastern spur of the Andes). Animals are abundant in this part of the park, especially guanacos and birds.
Day 8: Fly to Santiago, Transfer to Viña Matetic
After breakfast, you'll be escorted to the airport in Punta Arenas and fly back to Santiago, before being transferred to your accommodation at Viña Matetic. La Casona de Viña Matetic is a ten-room boutique hotel designed in a traditional 1900s colonial style, and located in the charming Chilean countryside. After a day of touring the vineyard and tasting the wines, relax in the tranquility of the Valle Rosario.
Day 9: Tour Viña Matetic
Spend today savoring your final day in Chile. Tour the wine cellar at Viña Matetic, and taste four Ultra Premium EQ wines. Then enjoy a four-course lunch menu with wine pairing, followed by a guided excursion to the Valle Rosario for your choice of horseback riding, cycling, trekking, or a scenic drive.
Day 10: Depart Santiago
Spend your last day in Chile at your leisure, before heading to the Santiago airport for your flight home. ¡Buen viaje!