North Chile 14 days

 

Day 1. Santiago de Chile arrival – city tour
Today you arrive in Santiago. Once arrived in the International Airport of Santiago, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, we start the city tour. The sights today include the old district, Club Hípico, the San Francisco church, the Government Palace, Main Square, Santa Lucía Hill, the San Cristóbal Hill from where we have a panoramic view of the city and last the most modern district in the city.

Day 2. Santiago - Valparaiso and Viña del mar – Santiago
Today we visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaiso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures and the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. We continue to Viña del Mar which is Chile’s main tourist attraction and also known as “La Ciudad Jardin” (The Garden City). You can have lunch in one of the many seaside restaurants and in the afternoon we visit the town: the Casino which is one the oldest gambling establishments in South America, walk along the beach, Reñaca and of course the botanic garden Quinta Vergara where the biggest musical festival in Latin American is celebrated each year. We return to Santiago where the evening is free to enjoy the last day on the South American continent.

Day 3. Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama – Valle de la Luna
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Calama (connecting in Santiago). After arrival to the airport of Calama you will be transferred to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we start the tour by visiting the Valle de la Luna. The Valle de la Luna was created through centuries with stone and sand formations in extraordinary colours and textures making it look similar to the surface of the moon. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth as some areas have not received rain in hundreds of years. We will see the salt statues “Las Tres Marias”, the salt mine and the salt caverns and from a large sand dune we can really appreciate the view of the valley.

Day 4. San Pedro de Atacama – Tatio Geyser field – Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama
We leave very early to visit the enormous geyser field “Los Géiseres del Tatio”. With over 80 active geysers it is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. We have breakfast on the site before heading back to San Pedro de Atacama by the village Machuca. In the afternoon we visit the Valle de la Luna which was created through the centuries by floods and winds giving it an extraordinary colour and texture. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years!! We return to San Pedro de Atacama and the rest of the evening is free.*

* Depending on the season and the weather, the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not always accessible!

Day 5. San Pedro de Atacama – Salar de Tara – San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast we leave to visit the Salar de Tara which is only accessible by 4WD. The Salar de Tara is located approx. 100 km from San Pedro de Atacama in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and is probably one of the most impressive landscapes on the Altiplano. Situated at 4300m of altitude the salar is surrounded by volcanoes and we’ll see numerous volcanic rock formations, created by centuries of erosion, which present some particular formations; Guardianes de la Pacana (the guards of the Pacana), which are enormous stone pillars that rise vertically and lonely from the deserts sand, or the Farallón de Tara (craggy stone). After this impressive visit we return to San Pedro de Atacama and the evening is free.*

* Depending on the season and the weather, the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not always accessible!

Day 6. Lagunas Altiplánicas – Salar de Atacama
The tour starts from San Pedro de Atacama and the first stop is the village Toconao. We then continue to Socaire which is a small village situated in 3500m and is considered the viewpoint of the Salar de Atacama. From here we continue to the lakes Miscanti and Meñiques which are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. We continue to the smaller salt flats Capur, Talar and Tuyaito before returning to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 7. Puritama Hot Springs – Astronomical Tour
In the morning we start with a visit to the Puritama Hot Springs where we can enjoy the hot water in natural swimming pools. The hot water sources are located in 3475m and officially opened for tourism a few years ago - they still maintain their natural and wild side. We return to San Pedro de Atacama around 13h00 and the afternoon is free to relax before the tour in the evening. You can maybe visit the Pukará de Quitor which is located just a few kilometers out of town. Space has the largest park of telescopes of any public observatory in South America and they offer you the best possible view of the southern skies. Please note that this tour is not available during the few days of full moon.

Day 8. San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Pozo al Monte
In the morning we drive cap North to reach the city of Pozo Almonte. Pozo Almonte is a city located in the Tamarugal Province, in the Region of Tarapacá. The city is near to Iquique. On our way just before arrive at Pozo Almonte we will drive to the quebrada of Chacarilla to observe the geoglyphe of Pintado. If we got enough time and if your are not to tired by the long road trip, we might go to visit Iquique.

Day 9. Pozo al Monte – Humberstone – Pisiga
After breakfast we will leave the village of Pozo Almonte to go to the abandoned village – of Humberstone. Which has become a Museum along the Panamerican Highway in one of the driest deserts on the planet. This museum shows the office that managed the saltpetre inaugurate in 1862 and built as a camp in 1933 until 1960. This camp has hosted thousands of Chileans for half a century for the exploitation of saltpetre for the extraction of nitrate sodium, an important element for European agriculture in the 19th century. After this historic visit we will go to the Chilean Altiplano to the border village of Pisiga where the rest of the day will be free.

Day 10. Pisiga – National park Isluga and Vicuña – Putre
After breakfast we will drive to the National Park Isluga where we can see the volcano of the same name. We take a narrow track that goes north, amid the bofedales populated llamas Isluga Park. We cross the colonial villages of Enquelga (3850 m alt.) And Isluga (3980 m alt.). Then we continue north to reach Salar Surire (4245 m alt.), Which takes its name from the presence of ostriches (suri in Aymara). We can observe 3 varieties of flamingos, as well as many llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Lunch break near the hot springs. We will continue through the park of Las Vicuñas and cross the Rio Lauca before arriving in Putre in the late afternoon.

Day 11. Putre – National park Lauca – Arica
After breakfast we leave the small hamlet of Putre to make a steep descent to sea level with some 3500m of altitude to reach the city of Arica, 145kms from Putre. In the course we will visit the National park of Lauca and the fort or Pukará of Copaquilla between the road and the cliffs and the Tambo (accommodation of travelers) of Zapahuira which date from the Incas. Further on, we will see cactuses with candlestick shapes, curiously called Cactus Chandelier! and 13-19kms before arriving to Arica we will be able to see in the mountains to the left of our way of geoglyphs. In Arica we will be accomodated to the accommodation and the rest of the day will be free.

Day 12. Arica - Santiago de Chile
We transfer to the airport in Arica to take the flight Arica – Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago our team will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

Day 13. Santiago – Vineyard visit – Colchagua Valley - Santiago
The worldwide reputation of Chilean wines is well established, and it will be a shame not to enjoy your stay to discover the manufacture of one or more of the most prestigious Chilean wines. This visit is a trip in the past to meet the traditions and the Chilean countryside. About 1h30 after leaving the hotel, we will meet in the Colchagua Valley more than 150km south of Santiago. Our visit will begin with the visit of a vineyard in a carriage through its vineyards, then the tasting of several wines in its cellar. You have the choice to have lunch in a vineyard or in the best restaurant of Santa Cruz, the most important city of the region. The afternoon will be spent visiting a beautiful vineyard but also the realization of Chilean wine. We will return to Santiago at the end of the afternoon.

Day 14. Santiago - Valparaiso and Viña del Mar – Santiago
Today we visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaiso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures and the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. We continue to Viña del Mar which is Chile’s main tourist attraction and also known as “La Ciudad Jardin” (The Garden City). You can have lunch in one of the many seaside restaurants and in the afternoon we visit the town: the Casino which is one the oldest gambling establishments in South America, walk along the beach, Reñaca and of course the botanic garden Quinta Vergara where the biggest musical festival in Latin American is celebrated each year. We return to Santiago where the evening is free to enjoy the last day on the South American continent.

Day 15. Santiago departure
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport in Lima. For international flights it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

                       Option: Eastern island 5 days

Day 16. Santiago – Eastern Island
In the morning, you are transferred from your hotel (Santiago centre) to the airport for your flight to the Eastern Island. Upon arrival a traditional reception at the airport is waiting for you with flower. Our team will transfer you to the hotel.           

Day 17. Hanga Roa town – Tahai museum – Pukau – Ahu Akivi
In the morning we leave the hotel and start visiting the village of Hanga Roa Town and harbor, capital of Easter Island, its museum and Tahai ceremonial complex.

In the afternoon, visit the Pignon (Pukau) quarry, Te Pahu caves and the site of the seven Ahu Akivi explorers.

Day 18. Anakéna Beach - Ahu Nau Nau, Ovahé, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Tetenga, Ahu Aka Hanga, Ahu Vaihu
Today we leave for a full day trip to discover Anakena Beach and sites (Ahu Nau Nau, Ovahé, Ahu Kito Te Pito, Ahu Tongariki) and the impressive career of statues at Rano Raraku volcano. Back by the south coast dotted with sites (Ahu Tetenga, Ahu Aka Hanga, Ahu Vaihu, ...). The rest of the day will be free.            

Day 19. Rano Kau volcano – Orongo - Ahu de Vinapu
After breakfast we will discover the Rano Kau volcano and Orongo sites, and Ahu de Vinapu. On the way we will appreciated the wonderful sight on the island and the Ocean. The afternoon will be free to enjoy by yourself the Eastern Island.                 

Day 20. Eastern Island – Santiago
Transfer to the airport for a return flight to Santiago. Reception and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.    

*Breakfast included at the hotel depending on your time of departure. If you must leave the hotel before breakfast is served at the hotel (normally at 07h00) breakfast is not included

Day 21. Santiago departure
Transfer to the airport for a return flight to Santiago. Reception and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

We remind you that all our tours are modifiable before your confirmation.

Feel free to share your feelings on this itinerary, we can make any changes you want (duration, steps, types of accommodation, activities ...) and together build the trip to your image ...  

 

 

 

General information:
Highlights: Santiago ,Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, San Pedro de Atacama,Tatio Geyser Field, Salar de Tara, Salar de Atacama, Calama, Humberstone, Colchagua. Option: Eastern Island.

Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalized quote.

Departure guaranteed: Group Tour: from 4 people. Individual Tour: from 2 people 

Accommodation: 20 nights in hotel.

Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day. 

Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice. 

Included in the price: 
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program 
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program 
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses 
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7) 
- Visits as outlined in the program 

Not included in the price:
 
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary) 
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses 
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider) 
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping. 
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights

 

 

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