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Pure Patagonia

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Starting in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, this tour allows a couple of days to take in Argentine city life before heading to Argentina’s southernmost cit...
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Azi Shahidi
I began my career in Cultural Tourism as a lecturer for European educational groups in the Middle East. I studied architecture and graphic design but found in tourism the ideal field to fulfill my love of history, art and people. I have lived on 3 different continents and traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas! I can speak English, French and Farsi fluently and can get by in German, Spanish and Arabic. I am very passionate about the cultural diversities one finds while traveling and my greatest ambition is to keep on traveling. I want to see the great architecture, the flora and fauna, taste the good food, drink the exotic wines, dance to different beats and enjoy the exciting nightlife that our world has to offer. That’s why my favorite destination is South America, it encompasses all of that and more!
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Chilean Adventure begins in the capital of city of Santiago, before heading north to San Pedro de Atacama. After exploring the picturesque lakes and incredible salt flats around San Pedro, guests then travel to the south of this diverse country. Explore Punta Arenas and the National Park of Torres del Paine before returning to Santiago, where the tour ends.
Tour Highlights
Explore the moon-like landscapes around San Pedro de Atacama
Spend a full day sightseeing in Santiago, a city of contrasts
Admire the cascading waterfalls, shimmering lakes and jagged mountains of Torres del Paine National Park
   

Chilean Adventure 11 Days


DAY
1
MONDAY: SANTIAGO (-/-/-)
Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the city. Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts. With remains of its Colonial past to the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center, Chile’s capital city will surprise you. There is a predominantly European influence in the city’s culture and more than 5 million people now live here.
The city tour starts by passing the San Francisco Church built between 1572 and 1618 then heading west towards the area of the Club Hípico, one of the most beautiful horseracing tracks in South America. The tour will continue to the Concha y Toro area, before arriving at the Plaza de Armas. Here the Cathedral, the Main Post Office Building and the National History Museum can be seen as well as La Moneda Palace (the seat of Government). After this the tour will continue to Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal hill), from where one can appreciate the scenic view of Santiago’s downtown. The tour ends by passing through residential areas with beautiful houses, parks and malls on your way back to the hotel for overnight in Santiago.


DAY
2
TUESDAY: SANTIAGO (B/-/-)
Day free for leisure – the following optional tour can be booked through our local office. Overnight in Santiago

Optional: Full day excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Leaving Santiago today in a westerly direction, your tour will take you to the coast and the city of Valparaiso. Arriving in the city, you will be able to see the main square and the monument honouring the Naval Battle fought in 1879. Your tour will then take you towards the southern side of the city to see the old funiculars, and you will drive up the hillside for a most spectacular view of the bay, Valparaiso’s downtown district and its adjoining hills. You’ll then proceed to the lower level of the city through the commercial heart of the port, where you’ll take the coastal highway that links Valparaiso with the resort city of Viña del Mar. Reaching the Concón beach, you can admire various fish stands displaying a great variety of seafood. Summer homes and restaurants are spread out along the coast. Afterwards, visit the main square Plaza Vergara and the shopping avenue before returning to Santiago for another night.


DAY
3
WEDNESDAY: SANTIAGO – CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B/-/-) FLIGHT (not included)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Calama (Flight not included). Arrival and reception by our local tour guide, transfer of approx. 1 ½ hours to San Pedro de Atacama. This afternoon enjoy a half day city walking tour of San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro de Atacama is the most important archaeological centers in Chile, situated 2,438 meters above sea level and surrounded by a green fertile oasis. Picturesque San Pedro has been the center of a Paleolithic civilization with its narrow streets that have preserved of its old style dating back to the Spanish Conquerors and its beautiful colonial church that was built in 1577. The village is even today the center for Indian culture in the Atacama Desert. Artifacts have been recovered and are now shown nowadays in the Father Le Paige Museum, which you will visit during the walking tour. There are weapons and stone sand potteries that are found on display. Afterwards, you will visit the beautiful white church of the town, containing a cactus construction. In time for a beautiful sunset, you will drive to the Moon Valley in the late afternoon. It fascinates with silence, moonscape and the snow-capped volcanoes as a back drop. The last sun rays reaching the ground color the valley in shining orange, red and purple hues. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama

DAY
4
THURSDAY: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B/L/-)
Enjoy a full day excursion to Salar de Atacama, Lagunas and Toconao. Today you will start your tour visiting the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea dating back millions of years. Enjoy a unique experience viewing this, the driest desert in the world. The flatness, clearness and emptiness here are overwhelming. Following the road in direction to Argentina, you will get to see the Lagunas Miscanti & Meñiques, set at the base of two immense volcanoes. These altiplano lakes are fringed with salt deposits and surrounded by brilliantly colored clumps of “paja brava”, creating a singular visual experience. Afterwards you will continue to the small Indian village of Toconao. The inhabitants of Toconao produce beautiful small sculptures made out of a white volcanic stone that can be found in a quarry near the village. Lunch today is included. Return to the hotel for an overnight in San Pedro de Atacama


DAY
5
FRIDAY : SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B/-/-)
Today is at leisure. Optional tours can be booked at our local office. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama

Optional: Half day excursion to the El Tatio Geysers
Early in the morning (approx. 04:00 AM) you will depart for a drive of 78 miles northeast to visit the impressive Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4.321 meters high! The steaming geysers are at their best between 06:30 and 08:30 hrs. A breakfast-box will be served at the geysers.


DAY
6
SATURDAY: SPDA – CALAMA – SANTIAGO (B/-/-) FLIGHT (not included)
This morning you will transfer to the airport for the flight (flight not included) back to Santiago. On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Afterwards enjoy a half day tour to a local winery. In 1950, the Romagosa Machon family arrived in Chile leaving behind ancestral bonds with grape growing in Cataluña, north of Spain, a family tradition since 1714. They started to plant vineyards at the foothill of the Andes Mountains. Today, three generations have passed. “Don Jose”, the grandfather, is in charge of the vineyards. His wife “Doña Anita” is everyday at the wine shop by the entrance of the estate. The rest of the family is busy with the wine making and final distribution to the customers which most of them are with direct home deliveries. It’s a little and charming winery where everything is still handmade. This is a family business where you will discover how wines are traditionally produced. Please note that the winery may change depending on availability. Overnight in Santiago

DAY
7
SUNDAY: SANTIAGO - PUNTO ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport in Santiago for your flight (not included) to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas enjoy a half day city tour. Punta Arenas, which is the southern most continental town of South America, founded in 1848 at the shores of the Magellan Strait. You’ll see Independence Avenue with many monuments and the Cerro La Cruz vantage point offering a sweeping view of Punta Arenas’ colourful roofs, the Magellan Strait and Tierra del Fuego Island in the background. Then transfer to the local bus terminal where you will board the public bus to Puerto Natales, the starting point for tours to the spectacular National Park Torres del Paine, passing through the wideness of the Patagonian steppe with its huge sheep farms and beech woods contrasting with the mostly unadorned landscape. Upon arrival in Puerto Natales you will be transferred from the bus station to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Natales

DAY
8
MONDAY: PUERTO NATALES (B/-/-)
Full day excursion to Torres del Paine National park (Seat in Coach basis)
Today you are going to see one of the most spectacular scenic regions, nowhere found in the world, the Torres del Paine National Park! It covers an area of 113,000 hectares and has been named Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains are just a part of what Paine offers you. On route you will visit the legendary Milodon Cave. In this impressive natural cave a gigantic prehistoric fossil has been discovered. A replica is on view inside of it. The road you take borders majestic lakes. Have a glimpse at herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several small-sized birds. Enjoy a hike along the Grey Lake with spectacular views of the Grey Glacier. Overnight in Puerto Natales


DAY
9
TUESDAY: PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS (B/-/-)
Transfer from the hotel to the local bus terminal where you will board the public bus to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival you will be transferred from the bus station to your hotel.

Optional: In the afternoon visit to the Penguin Colony Otway Bay, the habitat of the Magellan-Penguins respectively Sphenicus Magallanicus, OR visit to the Nandu Park, where the South American flightless birds, which look similar to the African ostrich, can be observed at close range.

**The excursion to the Otway Bay only operates from Oct 15th to March 15th. Groups from March to September will be offered a visit to Nandu Park as an alternatively



DAY
10
WEDNESDAY: PUERTO ARENAS – SANTIAGO (B/-/-)
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. Return flight to Santiago, arrival in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago

DAY
11
THURSDAY: SANTIAGO (B/-/-)
Transfer to Santiago International Airport and return flight home.

This tour can also be booked on a private basis (minimum 2 people). Please contact us for pricing details.

Rates are subject to reconfirmation and not valid during Easter, Christmas, New Year, public holidays, congresses and events.

Please note that rates do not include domestic airfare. Prices for this begin at USD $995 (prices confirmed upon booking)

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Standard Category
Start Date End Date Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis Supplement for Single Room
23 Jan 2017 02 Feb 2017 USD $ 2475.00 Per Person USD $ 895.00 Per Single
06 Mar 2017 16 Mar 2017 USD $ 2475.00 Per Person USD $ 895.00 Per Single
25 Sep 2017 05 Oct 2017 USD $ 2475.00 Per Person USD $ 895.00 Per Single
30 Oct 2017 09 Nov 2017 USD $ 2475.00 Per Person USD $ 895.00 Per Single
27 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 USD $ 2475.00 Per Person USD $ 895.00 Per Single
Superior Category
Start Date End Date Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis Supplement for Single Room
23 Jan 2017 02 Feb 2017 USD $ 2740.00 Per Person USD $ 1025.00 Per Single
06 Mar 2017 16 Mar 2017 USD $ 2740.00 Per Person USD $ 1025.00 Per Single
25 Sep 2017 05 Oct 2017 USD $ 2850.00 Per Person USD $ 1050.00 Per Single
30 Oct 2017 09 Nov 2017 USD $ 2850.00 Per Person USD $ 1050.00 Per Single
27 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 USD $ 2850.00 Per Person USD $ 1050.00 Per Single

Accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
Breakfast daily
Meals as indicated on itinerary
All currently applicable taxes
All transfers as per the itinerary
All sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary: San Cristóbal Hill &funicular, Atacama Salt Lake & Toconao, Padre Le Paige Museum, Miscanti & Meñiques Lagoons, Petrohue Rapids, Torres del Paine National Park, Milodon Cave
Services of English speaking local guides
International or domestic airfare
Meals not mentioned as being included
Beverages with meals
Visa fees
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Optional tours
Travel Insurance

DOMESTIC FLIGHT SUPPLEMENTS:

SCL/CJC/SCL/PUQ/SCL
Approximate rate per person until Oct 2013 USD 1070 (Including airport taxes)
Approximate rate per person Nov - Oct 2014 USD 1140 (Including airport taxes)

Please note airfare pricing and availability are not guaranteed until ticketed


10 Nights Accommodation
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Hotel Rey Don Felipe (Punta Arenas)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Hotel Rey Don Felipe portrays an architectural design inspired by the traditions and history of the province of Magallanes, cozy and comfortable interior spaces, where guests will find our dining room and bar services full of delicious entrees and cocktails, inspired by the abundance of local sea food and meats.
Hosteria San Pedro (Atacama)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
This place is definitely one of the most traditional and oldest hotels of the region. Made of volcanic stone, the hostelry is a nice place which mixes the history of the region with the comfort of today. There are private bathroom suites and also familiar cabins. Among their services stands out an excellent restaurant, a swimming pool and garden, craft shops, post cards and gas station.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Hotel CostAustralis (Puerto Natales)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Looking at the Ultima Esperanza fjord, Hotel Costaustralis is a classic piece of architecture. Its distinguished interior is innovative in design, and warmly decorated. We have created the environment for each of our guests feel comfortable, even better than at home. We work every day in order to exceed the expectations of our guests and make life pleasant and memorable experience. To achieve this we have 110 comfortable rooms designed to provide total relaxation. These have been decorated in a sober and elegant, with great presence of the most beautiful woods in the Patagonia. All rooms have wireless internet access, direct domestic and international telephone dialling, voicemail, cable TV, heating, electronic locks, an in room strongbox with electromagnetic key, fire safety systems, and complete private bath. Everything you need for rest and replenishment wake up with energy to continue with the wonderful adventure in Patagonia
Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Punta Arenas)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
In the very centre of the city, Hotel Cabo de Hornos stands out for it classic design and whose interior is innovative and warmly decorated. Just when you think you have come to the end of the earth, a magnificent city appears before your eyes. It is Punta Arenas (Sandy Point), whose colorful houses and roofs happily liven up the winter snow and the intense blue of this southern sea. Looking upon the Strait of Magellan is Hotel Cabo de Hornos, an icon of the Patagonian capital. Hotel Cabo de Hornos is a place to enjoy, rest and recover energies and for the unforgettable adventure of getting to know this marvelous region ensconced at the bottom tip of the planet. Our Hotel provides a friendly resting spot in the midst of the Patagonian expanses. Hotel Cabo de Hornos is a building with its own style, characterized for its vanguard: interior decorations and its undisputable elegance, and boasting modern facilities and services that meet the highest international standards to receive you and make your life an unforgettable experience. We are sure that we will share an important place of your memories of this marvelous journey to the end of the world.
NH Ciudad de Santiago (Santiago)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The NH Ciudad de Santiago hotel is in the Providencia area of Santiago. What’s great about the location is that you can easily get to the city’s best landmarks, either on foot or by public transport, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, too.
Hotel Casa Atacama (Atacama)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Hotel Boutique Noi Casa Atacama is a very special place for the travelers that came to visit the north of Chile. Many details such as the architecture and tours make this place unique. The hotel is very hospitable, makes the guests feel like home, the facilities are outstanding, it has swimming pool and spa where guests can relax and rest after the fun afternoon excursions, Noi Casa Atacama provides several activities for a really impressive and friendly stay. On the subject of food the hotel has a wonderful restaurant called “La Romeria ” which is characterized by typical dishes cooked with local ingredients and harvested by hand in small organic farms with flowers and vegetables. This Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama offers a bit of the typical cuisine of the area to complete the experience lodging, with excursions and also gastronomically.
Hotel Principado Express (Santiago)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Hotel Principado Express, nos encontramos situados en el pleno centro de Santiago de Chile, en la Avenida Libertador Bernardo O´Higgings, cerca de Plaza Italia y de la entrada al Barrio de Bellavista. El Hotel goza de muy buenas conexiones con el resto de la ciudad por transporte público o privado. En el Hotel Principado Express ofrecemos a nuestros huéspedes el máximo confort, gracias a nuestras completas instalaciones y al mejor servicio.
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