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Best of Chile: Santiago & Atacama Desert

9 days2 cities
Chile1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 7 Reviews
Private tour to Chile

Embark on a remarkable 9-day journey through the heart of Chile, delving into its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and ancient history. This immersive tour will guide you through enchanting cities such as Santiago and Atacama Desert providing a profound experience of this South American jewel.

9 days2 cities
Chile1 country
From
 $3,278 
Santiago
4
days
Chile

Santiago, the vibrant capital of Chile, beckons travelers with its unique blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and modern allure. Nestled in the picturesque Andes foothills, Santiago is a city that captivates visitors with its dynamic energy and diverse offerings.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Santiago, the vibrant capital city of Chile!
After your flight, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can unwind for the remainder of the day. 

2
day
Highlights Of Santiago

Explore Santiago with a private guide, starting at San Cristobal Hill for stunning views. Drive through Bellavista and the historic city center, visiting landmarks like Florestal Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Plaza de Armas, and Santa Lucía Hill. Continue to the financial district, known as "Sanhattan," and then explore the upscale Las Condes neighborhood and El Pueblito de Los Dominicos, a charming handicraft market.

For a delightful evening, consider dinner reservations at Boragó, Karai by Mitsuharu, or De Patio, and we can assist with reservations.

3
day
Exlporing Artistic Valparaiso & Wine Tasting In Casablanca Valley

In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up for a trip to Valparaíso via Route 68. En route through the scenic Casablanca Valley, visit Matetic Vineyards for a 2.5-hour wine tasting. Learn about Casablanca Valley's cool-climate wines crafted using organic and biodynamic methods.

Upon arriving in Valparaíso, explore the iconic graffiti in the hills of Cerro Alegre, discover landmarks like the piano staircase, Protestant and Anglican churches, and delve into the city's history. Continue through Yugoslav Passage to Baburizza Palace, then descend to Sotomayor Square for insights into the Pacific War. Explore the port area, visit the viewpoint at Paseo 21 de Mayo, and ride the century-old funicular.

Enjoy a lunch break at a local restaurant (paid on the spot). The tour concludes with a return to Santiago, allowing you to relax at your hotel.

Optionally, you can choose without stop at a boutique winery for wine tasting.

4
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Day At Leisure

Today presents a variety of enticing options for your day's plans.  

You may choose to dive into the dynamic culture and attractions of Santiago, experiencing the city's vibrant essence through a day of exploration. 

Alternatively, an enticing opportunity awaits as you consider joining the Maipo Canyon Hot Springs and Winery Tour, a captivating journey weaving through scenic landscapes, rejuvenating hot springs, and charming vineyards.

Yet another alluring choice is the exploration of Portillo, Inca Lagoon, and the captivating charm of Quintessence Alpacas. In Portillo, you'll be mesmerized by the stunning mountain landscapes and the iconic Inca Lagoon, offering a tranquil retreat into nature's beauty. The charm of Quintessence Alpacas adds a unique touch, providing an opportunity to connect with these gentle creatures and experience the Andean way of life.

Next morning following breakfast, complete your check-out from the hotel and proceed with your transfer to the airport. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

NH Ciudad de Santiago

Nestled just a 5-minute walk from Salvador metro station, this stylish downtown hotel is conveniently located near the Centro Gabriela Mistral cultural center and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, both within 2 km.

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Santiago
Atacama Desert
2 hrs

The journey from Santiago to the Atacama Desert by flight is an experience to cherish. Delight in the remarkable landscapes of Chile, and entrust the seamless logistics to our reliable services.

Atacama Desert view
3
days
Chile

The Atacama Desert, often referred to as the driest desert in the world, beckons travelers with its otherworldly landscapes, unique biodiversity, and a celestial spectacle that captivates stargazers from around the globe.

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5
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Arrival & Desert Harmony: Explore Mountains, Music, and Mars in Vallecito

Welcome to the Atacama Desert! After landing at Calama Airport, our private transfer will swiftly take you to your San Pedro de Atacama hotel.

Enjoy free time until 3:00 PM, then embark on an otherworldly Valle de la Luna tour in Chile's Atacama Desert. Witness the moon-like landscape with salt and clay formations, sculpted sand dunes, and a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow.

As the sun sets, Valle de la Luna transforms into a captivating panorama of hues. Our expert guide shares insights into the desert's unique flora and fauna. Stand atop the Great Dune, absorb the silence, and witness a breathtaking sunset casting warm, golden light over Valle de la Luna.

After the tour, return to the hotel.

6
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Colors of Atacama: Piedras Rojas and Beyond

Early in the morning, your driver and guide will pick you up. Your first stop will be 38 km to the south, where you'll encounter the town of Toconao, famous for its constructions in liparite stone. After this, you continue towards Laguna Chaxa, a National Reserve located in the Salar de Atacama. This lagoon is surrounded by salt and gypsum crusts produced by the evaporation of underground saline waters. In this environment, you can observe the flamingos that inhabit the salt flat, along with other bird species.

You proceed along the route that leads to Argentina (Paso Sico) until the detour to Lagunas Miscanti and Miñiques, part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve (4,300 meters above sea level). Then, you head towards Piedras Rojas, a landscape filled with reddish stones that owe their hue to iron oxidation. In this area, you will also find the Salar de Aguas Calientes, a lagoon with an intense green color, one of the most beautiful places in San Pedro de Atacama.

*Breakfast and lunch stops are included in the day and to be paid on spot. 

7
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Stargazing Marvels in the Atacama Night Sky

Today, you have the option to explore the wonders of El Tatio Geysers, commencing at 4 AM. Alternatively, you can choose a day at leisure to immerse yourself in various activities. Delve into the town's charm, unwind at the Termas de Puritama, relax at a spa, or peruse the local artisan markets for handmade crafts, textiles, and unique souvenirs, showcasing the region's artistic flair.

As the day concludes, your evening will be dedicated to stargazing, an unmissable experience in San Pedro de Atacama, renowned for its exceptional celestial views. 

You will be picked up from your hotel by a guide who is truly passionate about the stars. You will then be driven to a designated stargazing area where comfortable seats and blankets await for the first part of the tour—a beginner's astronomy class. Rest assured, you won't be bored. The guide's genuine enthusiasm for the subject will keep you engaged and interested.

After covering the basics and taking a quick snack break, the guide will lead you to each telescope for a closer view of the stars you've just studied. It's a fascinating experience to observe slight color differences and tiny clusters normally invisible to the human eye.

As the night progresses, the guide will provide instructions on photographing the night sky. If you forget your tripod, there's no need to worry; the guide has a few set up. And if you lack a proper camera, the guide has plenty of his own for you to enjoy.

Once the tour concludes, you'll be taken back to the hotel. 

Note: Dress warmly! The desert night can be chilly. At a minimum, wear warm leggings, sneakers, a thicker top, and a jacket.

Next morning after checking out from your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport in Calama.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Noi Casa Atacama

Nestled amid the scenic Atacama Desert with views of volcanoes and national parks, this eco-conscious lodge offers a serene escape just a 7-minute walk from the historic Church of San Pedro de Atacama and 3 km from the Pukará de Quitor archaeological site.

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Atacama Desert
Santiago

The flight from the Atacama Desert to Santiago is a journey to savor. Relish the awe-inspiring landscapes of Chile, and let our reliable services handle the smooth logistics for an unforgettable experience.

Santiago
2
days
Chile

Santiago, the vibrant capital of Chile, beckons travelers with its unique blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and modern allure. Nestled in the picturesque Andes foothills, Santiago is a city that captivates visitors with its dynamic energy and diverse offerings.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
8
day
Arrival

Welcome back to Santiago.

Spend your last day in Chile enjoying tranquility, shopping, and culinary explorations.

9
day
Departure

Following breakfast, complete your check-out from the hotel and proceed with your transfer to the airport. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

NH Ciudad de Santiago

Nestled just a 5-minute walk from Salvador metro station, this stylish downtown hotel is conveniently located near the Centro Gabriela Mistral cultural center and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, both within 2 km.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A program fully customized according to your interests;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Embark on a journey to explore the lively city of Santiago;
  • Ascend the Great Dune, take in the silence, and witness a breathtaking sunset casting a warm, golden glow over Valle de la Luna;
  • Discover the stunning Salar de Aguas Calientes, a lagoon boasting an intense green hue, among the most beautiful spots in San Pedro de Atacama.

What To Know

  • The currency of Chile is the Chilean peso, so we recommend changing some money before the trip
  • Additionally, don't forget to bring insect repellent and sunscreen for a comfortable and protected journey