TERRAN Wonders of Chi.13 days

Day 1: Santiago de Chile Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel. An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer. Visit of Chile's capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and bustling city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved their atmosphere and a romantic charm. You will visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc. Night at Hotel Don Santiago ***. Included : transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast Included opts : International guide

Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Valparaiso & Viña del mar Valparaiso Departure at 09:00 from your hotel and ride to Valparaiso. Visit of this town and its old quarters, listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. With its many hills crowned with picturesque houses and warehouses, its steep narrow streets, its funicular railways and street singers, the city has a particular identity and a very special atmosphere. Make sure you have lunch in a typical seafood restaurant. Visit of La Sebastiana, one of Pablo Neruda's houses. Night at Hotel Manoir Aktinson ***. Upgraded room with view over the Ocean. Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast, breakfast

Day 3: Valparaiso & Viña del mar - Santiago de Chile - Calama - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama Private transfer from Valparaiso to Santiago airport. Domestic flight from Santiago to Calama (time to be confirmed). Arrival at Calama airport and private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a small oasis in the middle of the driest desert on Earth. An English-speaking guide will be with you during the transfer. In the middle of the afternoon, leave San Pedro and drive to the Salt Cordillera and the Moon Valley. Once there, you can take a walk in a magnificent landscape made of sand dunes and sculpted calcareous mountains. Enjoy the sunset while having a drink before going back to San Pedro. Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **. Included : private transport, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast Included opts : english speaking guide (tour leader).

Day 4: The Atacama lagunas - San Pedro de Atacama Observation of the southern sky At 09:00, leave San Pedro and head south, towards the Atacama Salt Flat and the Laguna Céjar. Have a swim in the lagoon where you will surprisingly float, thanks to the extreme salt concentration, an unforgettable moment in the desert! Then drive to the Ojos del Salar, another lagoon where you can swim. End of the tour at the Laguna Tebenquiche to enjoy the beautiful colours of the Licancabur Volcano. Return to San Pedro. You can spend the afternoon at leisure: take your time to discover and wander around San Pedro de Atacama, or to enjoy the swimming pool of your hotel. At nightfall, you will join an astronomer at San Pedro observatory, for a tour of the southern sky. After 2 hours of observation with the naked eye and through 10 different telescopes, the guide will complete the explanation around a hot beverage, before you head back to San Pedro. Note: The excursion is open to other tourists. The excursion will be canceled if the moon is full, and is subject to weather conditions. Do not forget your jackets and coats (the temperature can go down to - 15ºC in the winter). Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **. Included : guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, drinks, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 5: Lagunes altiplaniques - Piedras Rojas - San Pedro de Atacama Departure from your hotel around 10:00 in the morning. Day fully dedicated to the discovery of the Atacama Salt Flat and its surroundings. The village of Socaire, the Quebrada de Jérez, the Chaxa, Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons and their volcanoes are the must-see of this visit, as well as the Piedras Rojas area and the Tuyacto laguna. Lunch at a restaurant in Socaire. Return to San Pedro at the end of the afternoon passing by the village of Toconao. Visit of its church, its central place, and its craft market. 8-hour excursion. Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **. Included : lunch (no drinks), guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 6: El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago de Chile Departure between 4.30 and 6.00 (time depends on the vehicle, the number of passengers and the season) from the hotel towards the Tatio. You will arrive at the perfect time to admire the sunrise and the geysers roaring in the cold air of the Altiplano. The valley looks like a giant pot. Water spurts here and there. This geological curiosity mixes a ground still frozen with boiling hot clear water springs (70°C/160°F). Observation of numerous volcanic formations. After a few hours, return to San Pedro via the Machuca Valley. Private transfer from your hotel to Calama airport. An English-speaking guide will be with you during the transfer. Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option). Night at the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport hotel **** Included : guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, breakfast, excursion (private), english speaking guide, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, room & breakfast

Day 7: Santiago de Chile - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas Domestic flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option). Arrival at Puerto Montt and transfer with an English-speaking guide in a private vehicle to Puerto Varas next to Llanquihue Lake. After dropping your luggage at the hotel and having lunch, the guide will take you on a tour of this charming little village, whose influences are a mix of German and Mapuche. If there's time, drive to the famous Petrohue Waterfalls, where you'll have a great view on the Osorno volcano. At the end of the day, drive back to your hotel. Night at Casa Kalfu hotel ***. Included : domestic flight, airport tax, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 8: Puerto Varas - Castro Palafito in Chiloe Departure at 9:00 to reach Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt, capital of the Lake District, you will take the Panamericana 5 to the port of Pargua from where you will take a ferry to Chiloe island. The crossing takes 30 minutes and you will land in the village of Chacao. You will visit the Puñihuil Penguins National Reserve before heading further south to the capital of the island, Castro. Night at the Palafito 1326 hotel ***. Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Castro - Puerto Varas Chiloe Departure at 9:00. The peculiarity of Castro lies in its houses on stilts, handy indeed for those by the water, but even for those further away because it rains a lot there. The Churches of Chiloé are classified World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, you will visit some of them on the way. You will also pass through fishing villages, fishing and agriculture are the main resources of the island. Take a nice walk at the pace of this quiet island. By late afternoon, return to the Puerto Varas by the same ferry that brought you here. Night at Casa Kalfu hotel ***. Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales Two hours before your flight, transfer from Puerto Varas to El Tepual airport (Puerto Montt). English-speaking guide. Domestic flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option). Private transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, city close to the canal Señoret and Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular in South America. Night at the hotel Amerindia **. Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, room & breakfast Included opts : International guide

Day 11: Puerto Natales - Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers - Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Departure from your hotel at 07h00. Transfer to the travel agency 21 de Mayo. Departure for the excursion and boarding around 7:30 in direction of Mount Balmaceda (2,035 m), in the O'Higgins Park, almost unexplored except by people that arrive by boat. The journey begins at the dock of Puerto Natales. You can see from the boat the forests of Coihues, Canelos and Lenga. As you sail along the coast, the boat gets close to sea lions and leaves you north of the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. You will access this wonderful site on foot and enjoy the view. You will reach the Hosteria Perales by boat where a typical Patagonian barbecue will be served. Return in the afternoon to Puerto Natales. Note 1: 9-hour group trip, daily from September to March and only on Sundays from April to August. Note 2: Tour subject to weather conditions. Night at the hotel Amerindia **. Included : private transport, lunch, room & breakfast

Day 12: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales Departure from the hotel at 7:45 to Torres del Paine National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. You will enter the park by the lagoon area to enjoy a panoramic view of the famous Paine towers, three impressive blocks of granite. You'll discover along the way the Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, the cascade "del salto grande" (walking tour of the site is approximately 45 minutes), the panorama of the Paine Massif and its glacier, and the "Cuernos" del Paine. This park will amaze you with its massive turquoise lakes. English-speaking guide. Entrance fees to Torres Del Paine National Park included. Night at the hotel Amerindia **. Included : private transport, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast Included opts : English speaking guide Torres del Paine, entrance national park TDP

Day 13: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago de Chile Private transfer to Punta Arenas airport. Domestic flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option). Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel. Night at Hotel Don Santiago ***. Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, room & breakfast Day 14: Santiago de Chile Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport. Included : transfer depart
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