Chile

Chile guarantees adventure from its sophisticated cities such as Santiago to the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia. Enjoy all manner of outdoor activities - hiking, horseback riding, penguin, sea lion and whale watching, heli-fishing, whitewater rafting and more.

Country Information

Chile

Chile Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Chile


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel

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Family Travel


(Tour Length)

11 Days


Tour Highlights

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  • Discover Santiago distinctive personality via its subway noted murals, European-style districts of Vitacura, Las Condes and Providencia, and Spanish colonial churches
  • Explore a private preserve that comprises more than 8,000 pristine acres of millenary forests and six miles of imposing South Pacific coast in northern Patagonia
  • Take in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, almost 1,000 square miles of breathtaking landscapes that have been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO
  • Visit Colchagua Valley, one of the prominent wine growing regions in the central valley and home to some 18 wineries
  • Enjoy a variety of activities that include hiking, horseback riding, penguin, sea lion and whale watching programs, heli-fishing, whitewater rafting and heritage tours

 

 

Day 1:  Arrive Santiago
Welcome to Chile.  Upon arrival, you are met by your Big Five Chile representative and transferred to your hotel.  Santiago, the capital of Chile, is a focal point of Latin American commerce.  The city is clean and modern and sits in a basin between the Coast Range to the west and the Andes to the east.  World-class ski areas in the central Andes lie only forty-five minutes away, up steep switchbacks that climb over 7500 feet in twenty-six miles.  Distinguished vineyards surround the capital, and along with hot springs and heritage cities in the Coast Range, make easy day trips.  At night, visitors may choose from a variety of restaurants serving all types of regional and ethnic cuisines.  Ritz Carlton Santiago

Day 2:  Santiago
Enjoy an out of the ordinary half-day guided walking tour of Santiago.  Explore the cities subways for a true sense of the city.  You see murals created by some of Chile’s most important contemporary artists.  Visit La Bolsa Street facing the Stock Exchange building; La Moneda Presidential Palace, which has a changing of the guard ceremony every 48 hours, and an art exhibition in its Cultural Center.  Absorb the flavor of the old district with its provincial atmosphere; the sophisticated, European-style modern districts of Vitacura, Las Condes and Providencia; the Spanish colonial churches, gardens and government palaces off the Plaza de Armas.  See the elegant racetrack, university, and gracious estates dating from the 17th century.  Rising above the streets of the capital, Cristoval Hill has panoramic views; Santa Lucia, site of Santiago’s founding in 1541, and the crumbling ruin of the 16th-century fort.  You also explore the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, which houses a collection to rival any in the world.  The balance of the day is at leisure.  Santiago is a friendly city for walking, and metro is very efficient.  Ritz Carlton Santiago (B)

Day 3:  Santiago / Puerto Montt / Northern Patagonia
Transfer to the airport this morning and board your domestic flight to Puerto Montt.  You are greeted by a representative of Cliffs Preserve and transferred to your deluxe accommodations.  The Cliffs Preserve, Patagonia, Chile, is an eco-luxury retreat and private preserve that comprises more than 8,000 pristine acres of millenary forests and six miles of imposing South Pacific coast.  In Patagonia, one of the most remarkable and intact settings on the earth, the Cliffs is committed to both exceptional experiences for guests and respect the integrity of nature’s creations.  The goal of Cliffs Preserve is to bring guests closer to nature to experience a life-impacting journey.  Cliffs Preserve (B,L,D)

Days 4 & 5:  Northern Patagonia
You will explore this enticing environments over the next two days on excursions that include hiking; bird watching; horseback riding; penguin, sea lion and whale watching programs; organic farm and culinary tours, water sports such as whitewater rafting; and heli and sport fishing; and Patagonia’s culture and heritage tours.  You can also simply relax in your enchanting surroundings.  Cliffs Preserve (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Puerto Montt / Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales
Return to Puerto Montt this morning for your flight to Punta Arenas.  On arrival you will be met by the staff of The Singular Patagonia and transferred to your hotel accommodation on the edge of the town of Puerto Natales.  The award-winning The Singular Patagonia hotel was once a meatpacking plant dating from 1915, and now sports 57 luxury rooms.  The hotel's many floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the Fjord of Last Hope.  A decade-long restoration project included adding free-standing tubs and king-size beds.  Long corridors wind past massive iron relics of the industrial age. The Singular Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 7 & 8:  Puerto Natales
You will discover Patagonia during included excursions that have been designed for all types and interest levels of guests.  The guides are fluent in both Spanish and English.  The most well-known attraction of the area is the Torres del Paine National Park.  Located just two hours north of Puerto Natales, the park encompasses almost 1,000 square miles of breathtaking landscapes that have been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  Here, too, are the Milodón Cavern, where prehistoric fossils were found, and the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers.  You will be awed by the breathtaking scenery unique to this part of the world.  The Singular Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 9:  Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas / Santiago / Colchagua Valley
This morning, you transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Santiago.  Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Colchagua Valley, one of the prominent wine growing regions in the central valley.  Check into your boutique lodge.  The lodge’s casitas are set along a dirt path that twists and climbs from the main house and winery.  Granite salvaged from the winery’s construction (which required digging through 85 feet of the stone) now serves as flooring in the accommodations, where French and Spanish antiques pair with Chilean artworks and furnishings.  Each casita’s living room opens to a sprawling wood deck with vistas of the vine-covered valley.  Clos Apalta Winery & Lodge (B)

Day 10:  Colchagua Valley
A true highlight of the day begins with a visit to the Lapostolle Winery.  Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, great-granddaughter of Grand Marnier founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier, and her husband launched the wine estate in 1997, and it is now one of 18 wineries on the valley route.  The lodge’s casitas are set along a dirt path that twists and climbs from the main house and winery.  Granite salvaged from the winery’s construction now serves as flooring in the rooms, where French and Spanish antiques mix with Chilean artworks and furnishings.  Each casita has a living room that opens onto a broad wooden deck with vistas of the vine-covered valley.  You also have the opportunity to visit one of the other wineries in the valley if you like.  Enjoy dinner tonight at the lodge.  Clos Apalta Winery & Lodge (B)

Day 11:  Colchagua Valley / Santiago / Depart
This morning, enjoy more time exploring the vineyards of Lapostolle before returning to airport for your flight home.  (B,L)

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