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We are a local tour operator in Chile. We operate all around Chile with possible extensions to nearby countries such as Argentina, Bolivia and others.

We are always seeking to develop and improve tourism in local communities and in remote zones with lower tourism levels. We believe in the strength that tourism can exert to protect and continue to protect areas rich in natural resources and that can be seen at risk by the interest of other industries. We want to take responsibility for recovering original identity and important traditions that have been lost over time.

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Rafting at the Petrohue River
Chilean Lake District Adventure - 5 Days

The doorstep to Chilean Patagonia lies in the country's southern Lake District. Here you'll find towering volcanoes as well as some of the largest and most beautiful freshwater lakes in the nation. These include lakes Llanquihue, Puyehue, Rupanco, and many more. Also here are a number of crystalline rivers fed by the Andes Mountains, vast protected areas abounding with native forests, and renowned island archipelagos, like Chiloé. This island just south of the Lake District city of Puerto Montt and is known as a land of myths and legends, with unique architecture and incredible gastronomy. It's a place truly worth exploring.

Valparaíso
Central Chile Exploration - 5 Days

If you want to experience some of the highlights of Chile but are limited in terms of time, then this brisk five-day jaunt is perfect for you. You'll arrive in Chile and explore the city on foot, taking in the major sights. Then it's off to the coast for some wine tasting and an exploration of the most romantic city in the nation: Valparaiso. After a tasty food tour of Santiago, you'll finish your time in the country with a road trip into Chile's central mountains. Enjoy!

View of Osorno volcano from Petrohue waterfall
Exploring Chile's Lake District - 14 Days

On this active and comprehensive 14-day itinerary, you will discover one of the lesser-visited gems of South America: Chile's Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia. First, you'll take a food tour of the capital of Santiago. Then it's wine tasting and a jaunt to the coastal seaport of Valparaiso, one of the most colorful cities in Latin America. Next you're off to the southern city of Puerto Montt, where you'll visit the mythical island of Chiloé. The remainder of your trip has it all: penguin colonies, kayaking fjords, trekking through native Alajuela forest, hiking up to glaciers, and much, much more.

Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary allows you to experience the major cities and wine regions of central Chile as well as the arid desert landscapes in the country's north. First, you'll arrive in Santiago and take a city tour before discovering the nearby wilderness and wine country. Then it's a trip to the coastal seaport and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso. Afterward, you'll jet off to the Atacama Desert in the north, where you'll visit the indigenous villages, geysers, painted mountains, salt flats, and lunar landscapes for which the region is deservedly famous.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia
Patagonia & Central Chile Trekking Adventure - 14 Days

It's unlikely you'll ever pack so much culture, nature, and adventure on a two-week holiday then you will with this 14-day Chilean itinerary. It starts with a culinary tour of Santiago, where you'll delve into the culture of the city one bite at a time. Then it's off to Torres del Paine, one of Chile's premier national parks and a must-visit destination for trekkers from across the globe. You'll then head to northern Patagonia and the less visit but even more beautiful Aysén region. Pack your winter gear, because things are going to get cold on this intrepid adventure you won't soon forget.

The Patagonian Fjords
Experience Chile's Patagonian Fjords and Lake District - 12 Days

This two-part trip will take you to Chile's Lake District and on a maritime expedition of the Patagonian fjords. Along the way, there'll be rafting on wild rivers and an abundance of wildlife to encounter — including sea elephants and penguins, humpback whales and albatrosses, cormorants and skuas. Over 12 days, get up-close to ancient glaciers and snowy mountains, visit pretty towns and islands, and see the best of Chile.  

Recent Trip Reviews for EcoChile Travel

Intro to chile, Chile - Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2018

Traveler: Susan G. - Local specialist: Oxana Protchenko

For the most part, Oxana did a very good job planning and organizing out trip to Chile. We had printed our itinerary and had access to the Axios app of our daily activities. The itinerary was well organized and structured with lots of helpful information(I.e., confirmation codes, flight #s, seats, check-in and departure times, hotel names, et. al. info). The bilingual tour guides were all knowledgeable, capable, well-prepared, punctual, and professional. We were especially impressed by two... read more

For the most part, Oxana did a very good job planning and organizing out trip to Chile. We had printed our itinerary and had access to the Axios app of our daily activities. The itinerary was well organized and structured with lots of helpful information(I.e., confirmation codes, flight #s, seats, check-in and departure times, hotel names, et. al. info). The bilingual tour guides were all knowledgeable, capable, well-prepared, punctual, and professional. We were especially impressed by two tour guides: Maria Teresa Vargas Casanova on Easter Island(Rapa Nui) and Felipe Maureira, our driver, tour guide and sommelier for Colchagua and Maipo Valley tours to the wineries. They were exceptional. We would highly recommend them and now consider them lifelong friends.
The connections went smoothly and our pickups/drivers at the airports were always there waiting for us with our names on signs. First, the accommodations on Easter Island could have been better since the room looked old and needed an update. It looked better from the outside. The service, and breakfast were good, as well as location to the airport,
However, in retrospect, we would have liked to see what other places were available in that category or even a higher category hotel. We would not recommend this hotel If there is a better choice available.
Each time we based out of Santiago at the Ismael Hotel and it was great. It was a nice boutique hotel with great service and breakfast and was centrally located in a fashionable area close to Lastarria, the art museums, the seafood market, and other places of interest. It was a great choice. Our only criticism was during our time in the Atacama. Oxana, even though we did have your telephone #, there were times when the communication could have been conveyed more clearly. For example, though you organized the itinerary, it would have been better to know that local tour operators(i.e.
Rutas Andinas) were handling the tours and schedules. The itinerary you gave us was suddenly in question as the driver who picked us up at El Loa Airport in Calama handed us a different itinerary. The order of activities and the days were changed. The first activity was supposed to be at 5:30am and not at 8:00am as now scheduled. We didn’t want to miss an activity so we prepared for the earlier time. This could have been more clearly communicated to us and the night person at reception was not sure himself. Also, while we had a very nice, modern room, there was no telephone in the room of this new wing of the Hotel(Don Jose). One activity had us going to the salt flats(Salares) with a stop off at a village famous for its church bell tower and the market in the plaza. Unfortunately, we were there so early, the market was closed,! Somebody should have clarified this since it was part of the tour. A big highlight of the Atacama, which we greatly anticipated, was the astronomical observation. Since we had cloudy weather all week, the day was not promising, but it wasn’t until ten minutes before that it actually came off. It was spectacular and we highly recommend this activity with Jorge Corante F. The Atacama part of the trip was where we felt that communication was not clear and we needed more help from you, Oxana. This is the only reason we feel you didn’t get the 5th star rating. However, you did respond quite well after this and notified us of what the last three days of our itinerary were and we considered those updated. We really appreciated that since I had requested help initially with checking in for our flights. You did that with confirmed Check-in info, but we found it was more helpful and direct to just go to the Latam app which we had from our trip last year to Ecuador to get our Tarjetas de Embarque(Boarding Passes). These were superior to what was sent us. For future travelers with Latam, download the app and put in the confirmation codes. A couple of other considerations we would have wanted.
We wanted to go to Pablo Neruda’s house near Valparaiso, but we were given The choice to go there or to do the walking tour as scheduled. We opted for the latter. Luckily, it was closed on Monday so that made it easier. Our good tour guide, Javiera, recommended his house in Santiago. Finally, given our time constraint, we probably needed another day of “down time” in Santiago to more fully appreciate Lastarria, the art and cultural museums, the seafood market, and other places of interest. Santiago has really good food. Dine at Aqui Esta Coco. We started our walking tour in Santiago with our good tour guide, Max, and ended in Santiago walking in Lastarria by ourselves. All in all, we appreciate the itinerary organized for us by Oxana and want to compliment her for her efforts. Gracias por todo(Thanks for everything).

Oxana Protchenko, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Susan, Thank you for your review!
I am glad you enjoyed your time in Chile and thank you for mentioning all the details, especially about what could have gone better as it is the only way we can make sure it does not happen to other customers.
Due to our tourism ideology we fully support local communities and also local providers, so we do use local partners for different destinations and we choose them really carefully. It is very important for us to have them as our partners as they... read more

Hello Susan, Thank you for your review!
I am glad you enjoyed your time in Chile and thank you for mentioning all the details, especially about what could have gone better as it is the only way we can make sure it does not happen to other customers.
Due to our tourism ideology we fully support local communities and also local providers, so we do use local partners for different destinations and we choose them really carefully. It is very important for us to have them as our partners as they are actually on sight all the time and in case of any emergency they are right there to help out!

Once again thank you for all your feedback!