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Biking along central Chile's backroads
Map of Bike & Hike the Backroads of Chile near Pucón - 9 Days
Bike & Hike the Backroads of Chile near Pucón - 9 Days

This 9-day hiking and biking adventure along central Chile's backroads is perfect for active travelers. You'll discover a fascinating part of the country dominated by clear lakes and amazing active volcanoes. Together with expert guides, you will pedal alongside snow-capped peaks, green meadows and stunning lakes, make visits to local indigenous villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

View of Villarrica Volcano from Pucón
Map of Chilean Wine & Lakes Tour - 8 Days
Chilean Wine & Lakes Tour - 8 Days

This itinerary is ideal for those travelers looking to discover Chile's natural beauty and culinary heritage. Start in Chile's wine region with excursions to both the Maipo and Casablanca Valleys. Here, you'll learn all about Chilean wine while enjoying the scenery and delicious pairings. Next, experience the coastal cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar before traveling south to the Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia.

Villarrica Volcano looming in the distance
Map of Santiago & the Lake District - 5 Days
Santiago & the Lake District - 5 Days

Kick off this 5-day Chilean sojourn in Santiago for a day of cultural and culinary delights. You'll then fly south for activities surrounding native forests, hot springs, glaciers, and waterfalls. Base yourself in the traveler hub of Pucón for lakeside strolls with views of one of Chile's most active volcanoes—not to mention international eats ranging from Middle Eastern to French to Peruvian.

Enjoy Chile's Scenic Lake District
Map of  Atacama Desert & Lake District - 9 Days
Atacama Desert & Lake District - 9 Days

Explore the geysers, volcanoes, valleys and salt flats of San Pedro de Atacama. Discover the unique lake district including the Osorno Volcano, the tiny town of Frutillar and the mythical Chiloe Island.

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

Explore Chile by car
Map of Chile Grand Tour - Deserts, Lakes, & Beaches - 15 Days
Chile Grand Tour - Deserts, Lakes, & Beaches - 15 Days

This comprehensive 15-day tour allows visitors to see the most interesting cities and regions in the whole of Chile. Moreover, some of this adventure is of the self-drive variety, meaning you'll get to hop behind the wheel and make it a road trip. It begins in the capital of Santiago with excursions to nearby Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two of the most beautiful coastal cities in the nation. Then it's off to the high-altitude deserts of the northern Atacama and its otherworldy landscapes. The tour culminates with road trips in the Chilean ecological wonderland known as the Lake District.

Solar eclipse
Map of Total Solar Eclipse Tour (December 2020): Santiago to Pucón - 9 Days
Total Solar Eclipse Tour (December 2020): Santiago to Pucón - 9 Days

Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in Chile on this special tour in December 2020. As well as dedicating a full day to viewing the eclipse at Pucon, you'll tour many of Chile's other highlights, from the modern capital Santiago to the historic port city of Valparaiso, and the natural beauty of the Andes. Fit a wide variety of unforgettable experiences into nine days.

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) close to San Pedro de Atacama
Map of Wonders of Chile - 14 Days
Wonders of Chile - 14 Days

On this two week trip, you’ll visit many of the classic places that have made Chile an iconic country for travelers and mountaineers alike. You’ll journey to places like the Atacama Desert and the Patagonian glaciers as you discover a land of myths and mountains. You’ll also have the chance to stay in Santiago and Valparaíso to get a sense of Chile’s city life.

Reflections in the clear waters of a Chilean fjord
Map of Kayak & Camp in Chile's Pumalín National Park - 6 Days
Kayak & Camp in Chile's Pumalín National Park - 6 Days

Connect with the incredible nature of Chile on this kayaking and camping adventure through Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park, the largest national park in South America. This pristine wilderness, which is home to a diverse array of flora, fauna, and Valdivian forests, extends from the heart of the Andes Mountains to the fjords of the Pacific Coast. Kayak through fjords, visit a sea lion colony, camp under the stars, and more on this six-day itinerary.Be aware that this itinerary includes about five hours of kayaking a day, so good physical condition is required to manage this intermediate level trip. The route can vary slightly due to currents, tide, and weather.

Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Patagonia - 10 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Patagonia - 10 Days

Check off three spectacular regions of Chile on this active 10-day itinerary. After touring the capital Santiago and the vineyards of Maipo Valley, you'll fly to the Lake District for snowcapped volcanoes and plunging waterfalls. Finish off on the southern tip of the continent for cycling, kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding while staying in a sustainable EcoCamp surrounded by Patagonian scenery.

Unique topography in the Atacama Desert
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 10 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 10 Days

Explore three distinct areas of Chile with this 10-day itinerary. After getting a taste (literally) of the big city and its nearby wine region, fly north to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part in the world known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. You'll then base yourself in a German-style lake town while taking day trips to volcanoes, waterfalls, and an exotic rainforest along the coast.

Unique topography in the Atacama Desert
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 12 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 12 Days

Experience three distinct regions in Chile with this 12-day itinerary that combines culture and outdoor adventure. After a taste of Santiago and its nearby wine region, fly north to the Atacama desert known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. You'll then fly south to the Chilean Lake District for volcanoes, waterfalls, and a road trip to Chiloé Island—a burgeoning foodie destination with coastal hiking trails.

Hike a portion of the Osorno Volcano while staying in a German-style town
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 13 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 13 Days

Thin and uniquely long in shape, it can be hard to know where to start in a country like Chile. This 13-day itinerary explores three distinct regions known for urban culture and outdoor adventure. After a taste of Santiago and its nearby wine region, fly north to the driest desert in the world known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. Then fly south to the Lake District for volcanoes, waterfalls, and a road trip to Chiloé Island—a booming food destination with coastal trails.

Villarrica Volcano near Pucón
Map of Exploring Santiago, Valparaíso & The Lake District - 6 Days
Exploring Santiago, Valparaíso & The Lake District - 6 Days

Indulge in some of the best urban and natural landscapes Chile has to offer. Begin your journey in the cosmopolitan capital city of Santiago to explore its cultural and culinary delights. Next, head to the coast to experience the artsy vibe and colorful streets of Valparaiso, followed by wine tasting in the world-renowned Casablanca Valley. Then, head out to Pucón in Chile's Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia. Here, you'll enjoy trekking through native Alajuela forest, hiking up to glaciers, and relaxing in hot springs.

The Lake District
Map of Chile: Lake District, Torres del Paine, & Atacama Desert - 12 Days
Chile: Lake District, Torres del Paine, & Atacama Desert - 12 Days

This extensive 12-day itinerary covers the major highlights of north, south, and central Chile—the Lake District, Torres del Paine National Park, and the Atacama Desert. The Lake District is famous for its charming villages, Prussian-blue lakes, and snow-capped volcanoes. Torres del Paine, on the other hand, is the crown jewel of national parks to explore in Patagonia. Throw in a visit to a Patagonian penguin colony and a jaunt to the mystical and beautiful island of Chiloé, and you have the perfect Chilean adventure.

Discover Chile
Map of Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 15 Days
Central Chile, Lake District & Atacama Desert - 15 Days

To first-timers in Chile, visiting this country is like happening upon a great secret. Its natural beauty is as diverse as it is extensive. Throughout the length of this narrow, 4,270-km (2,653-mile) country there's high-altitude deserts, a lake region abounding with volcanoes and wild rivers, and of course, the primal and unspoiled beauty that is Chilean Patagonia. You'll get to visit all three of these regions on this extensive 15-day itinerary, plus you'll even find time for wine tasting.

Explore Chile's Atacama Desert
Highlights of the Atacama Desert, Lake District, & Patagonia - 11 Days

Travelers flock to Chile from all over the world to visit three principal regions, and this 11-day itinerary has all of them covered. First, it's a trip to the north of the country and the Atacama Desert, where you'll do some stargazing and tour the otherworldly landscapes. Then it's a flight to the southern Lake District and its enormous lakes, wild rivers, and snow-capped volcanoes. Finally, you'll end up in the far south, in Patagonia, where you'll spend a day exploring the most famous national park in the country: Torres del Paine.

The mountain landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Wonders of Chile: Patagonia, Lake District & Santiago - 14 Days
Wonders of Chile: Patagonia, Lake District & Santiago - 14 Days

Take in rugged mountains, pristine fjords, and lush wine country on this diverse 14-day journey through Chile's greatest highlights. Start in the country's far south, where you'll hike through the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park, visit penguins on the Strait of Magellan, and horseback ride across a traditional Patagonian estancia. Head north to kayak and climb through the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, then wind down with a final three days in Santiago. After a trip filled with activity and adventure, enjoy a change of pace as you explore the vibrant capital and take relaxing day trips to the nearby wine country and colorful villages of the Pacific coast.

total solar eclipse
Map of Total Solar Eclipse Tour December 2020:  Santiago, Atacama, & Pucón - 13 Days
Total Solar Eclipse Tour December 2020: Santiago, Atacama, & Pucón - 13 Days

There are few natural events as spectacular or memorable as a full solar eclipse, and on this 13-day tour of Chile in December 2020 you'll watch the amazing event from the clear skies of Pucon. As well as dedicating a full day to watching the eclipse, you'll tour many of Chile's other highlights, including the modern capital Santiago, the historic port city of Valparaiso, the excellent wineries of the valleys, and the unparalleled natural beauty of the Atacama Desert, plus much more. This comprehensive tour fits in a lot of different sights and experiences, and is sure to be memorable.

Osorno Volcano in Chile's Lake District
Map of Chile's Deserts, Lakes & Culture - 9 Days
Chile's Deserts, Lakes & Culture - 9 Days

Chile may be a small country geographically, but it's filled with some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in South America, and indeed the world. Over a quick nine days, you'll discover the furthest reaches of this ecological paradise, from the otherworldly landscapes of the northern Atacama Desert to the native lenga forests and active volcanoes of the rugged Lake District, which is also known as the "doorstep to Patagonia." And to kick it all off you'll discover Santiago and Valparaiso, two of Chile's most beautiful cities.

Wonders of Chile
Map of Wonders of Chile - 13 Days
Wonders of Chile - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary covers the major highlights found in and around the Andes, including the northern Atacama Desert, the central Lake District, and Torres del Paine National Park. There's even a break to do some wine tasting in Chile's famous vineyards. This is a partial road trip, so you can set your own schedule and explore however and wherever you like.

Other popular travel destinations in Chile
Santiago · Atacama Desert · Patagonia · Torres del Paine · Valparaiso · Northern Chile · Easter Island