Santiago, Atatcama Desert, Chilean Lakes & Easter Island 16 days
If you want to experience the best of Chile, then this is the trip for you. From the cosmopolitan city of Santiago up to the wild Atacama Desert, the world’s driest, with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes turning pink in the sunset. Then on to the enigmatic Easter Island and back to the mainland to travel down to the spectacular Chilean Lake District of northern Patagonia. An amazing 16 day unforgettable adventure.
- Vibrant Santiago
- Wild Atacama Desert - Adventure Activities
- Easter Island
- Chilean Lakes & Andes
- All Chilean domestic flights and tax
- Transfers between airports and hotels
- Hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
- Services of private, English-speaking guides as indicated
- Tours and excursions as indicated in itinerary
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Arrive in Santiago and transfer with private guide to Lastarria Boutique Hotel for two nights on bed & breakfast basis. Lots of choices for dinner tonight within walking distance or short drive.
City tour with private guide taking in the historical and modern sights of Santiago. This will include the cultural and artistic area of Bellavista, from where you can climb up to the top of San Cristobe Hill for spectacular views across the city and the surrounding hills.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for flight north to Calama. Transfer to Hotel Altiplanico in San Pedro de Atacama for four nights on bed & breakfast basis. Afternoon optional mountain bike ride to scenic Death Valley with opportunities for exhilarating sand boarding on the dunes.
A full day of excursions including a walk through the impressive Catarpe Valley to the narrow canyon of Quebrada del Diablo. Horseback ride to see various ‘ayllus’, traditional Andean communities and learn more local culture and farming. Look out for desert flora according to season.
Another day of activity, starting at the town of Machuca, at 13,000 ft (4000m), one of the ancient resting places for Llama caravans on the Inca highway. Walk through fields and marshlands and down to the town of Rio Grande, home of Atacameno people, who still conserve their traditions and customs. 7 hours of activity, including lunch.
Join a shared evening tour to the space observatory at San Pedro. The Atacama is an area known for its clear skies and amazing star-gazing opportunities.
Transfer to Calama Airport for flight to Santiago
Transfer to Calama Airport for flight to Santiago. Transfer to Holiday Inn Airport Hotel for overnight including breakfast.
Return to airport for flight to Easter Island. Transfer to Hotel Puku Vai for three nights on bed and breakfast basis. Spend afternoon at leisure exploring Hunga Roa.
Full day excursion to see various of the iconic Moai (statues) and the volcanic quarry that supplied the stone for most of the Moai on the island. End the day with a visit to the beautiful beach of Anakena and enjoy a swim in the warm Pacific Ocean. Packed lunch included.
Village of Orongo
Take a panoramic drive up the extinct Rano Kau volcano and down to the ceremonial village of Orongo. Later, visit a stonemasonry and then the cave at Ana Kai Tangata to see ancient wall paintings. At Ahu Akivi , see seven re-erected Moai that represent the original explorers sent to the island. A day of culture and spectacular scenery.
Holiday Inn Airport Hotel
Transfer to airport for return flight to Santiago. Overnight with breakfast at Holiday Inn Airport Hotel.
Mitico Puelo Lodge
Return to airport for flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer by road and boat to Mitico Puelo Lodge on Tagua Tagua Lake for three nights on full board basis.
Activities and Walks
These days are spent walking in the forests, along the lake shore and in the foothills of the snow-capped Andes. There are also lots of optional activities, such as horse-riding, boating, fishing and helicopter sightseeing.
Travel by boat and road to Puerto Varas. Overnight at Hotel Cumbres on bed & breakfast basis. Puerto Varas is an attractive local town known as the City of Roses, with charming examples of German colonial architecture. Lots of options for eating out this evening.
After Breakfast, transfer to Airport for return flight to Santiago and your independent connection flight back home.
A view from Above
Altiplanico, San Pedro de Atacama
Hidden away on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama in the enchanting Atacama desert you will find the beautiful Altiplanico hotel, a village style resort made almost entirely from adobe with an authentic feel and a welcoming atmosphere.
Located just 1km from the tourist hotspot of San Pedro de Atacama this unique hotel highlights all that is wonderful about the Atacama Desert region, one of the driest places in the world and fast becoming one of South America's most popular must-see destinations. This hotel offers a laid-back escape from the crowds and with uniquely designed bedrooms, rustic surroundings and spectacular views of the Andes this is an ideal retreat for guests looking for an authentic and enjoyable desert experience.
Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas
Located in enchanted Puerto Varas, not only is this superb award-winning hotel situated perfectly within a 10 minute walk to the Beach, Casino and Museum, you also have dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. The location of this five-star luxurious hotel is perfect for both city and nature lovers.
Using native wood and stone design, Hotel Cumbres is a perfect reflection of its surroundings. With expansive windows, you will truly feel connected to the breath-taking landscape of southern Chile.
Hotel Puku Vai, Easter Island
Hotel Puku Vai is an excellent base for exploring the fascinating Easter Island. This wonderful Island is a true paradise surrounded by the beautiful turquoise Pacific Ocean. Located just a few minutes from Hanga Roa, the hotel is an excellent location for all of your adventures and activities. Whether you would like to explore the impressive and mysterious stone giants, trek across the island, bike, scuba dive or surf you will not be left wanting on this beautiful Island.
The friendly and welcoming staff at Puku Vai will ensure you get the most from exploring and experiencing Easter Island and can provide tips and advice throughout your stay.
Whether you are adventuring or relaxing by the fabulous swimming pool you can be assured of an unforgettable stay.
Mitico Puelo Lodge, Patagonian Andes
This eco-friendly lodge is situated in the beautiful Patagonian Andes. Built in 1991, the Mitico Puelo lodge overlooks the stunning deep turquoise waters of the Tagua Tagua Lake. This wonderful lodge combines a fantastic location with spectacular views alongside experienced and friendly staff members, to ensure your stay has everything you need. The friendly staff and experienced tour guides will take care of everything. Born and raised in the valley itself, they will give you the best advice to ensure you can make the most of your trips and activities.
Enjoy the day cycling, horse riding, sailing, fly fishing or go on a trekking trip, whatever you decide to do there is an abundance of activities that this lodge and the location has to offer.
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel, Lastarria, Santiago
This beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Santiago's most bohemian borough of Lastarria offers fantastic accommodation, personal service and a home-from-home feeling that is hard to find anywhere else in Chile's most famous city.
The hotel is located perfectly for exploring the city's historic regions as well as its museums, theatres and trendy bars and restaurants, with the majority of Santiago's must-see sights right on its doorstep.
This renovated 1927 mansion has been decorated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard and the hotel has retained most of its original architectural character whilst adding a modern twist with beautifully appointed bedrooms, upscale dining areas and a wonderful outdoor swimming pool in the gardens.
Holiday Inn Airport Hotel Santiago
Featuring a sleek and contemporary design this hotel is located directly in front of the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Terminal and is a perfect spot for a stopover in Santiago.
This modern Holiday Inn offers more than the normal airport hotels, with large comfortable rooms, an indoor pool and a fantastic restaurant adding to the desirability of this 5 star accommodation.
Located close to Santiago city centre this lovely hotel is also ideally situated for exploring what this great region has to offer and although situated directly across from the airport all of the comfortable and stylish bedrooms have been sound-proofed to ensure a great night's sleep.
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