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Discover Chile - Santiago, Lake Region, & Patagonia

10 Days/9 Nights

Package Overview

Take time to see northern Patagonia's Lake District encompassed with ancient forests, blue lakes, volcanoes, and alpine villages. These breath taking sites are just the start to a beautiful sight seeing adventure!

Agent Commission Starting At: $282.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2825.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Santiago (-)

Reception at Santiago’s airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour around Santiago, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions, including a walking tour downtown visiting the “Plaza de Armas”, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard and the Government Palace “La Moneda” (outside). Then, by vehicle, visit the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and drive up San Cristobal Hill, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range. After this, the tour will take you to the modern part of Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2

Santiago – Viña del Mar – Valparaíso – Santiago (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel

F/D Tour Viña del Mar & Valparaíso: Depart for the central coast traveling through the valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca. There is a stop to visit one of the vineyards in Casablanca and taste some wines. Continue to the coast and visit the beach area of Reñaca and the town of Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City for its pretty parks and flower-lined streets. Continue to the picturesque port of Valparaíso, built in the XVI century on a total of 43 hills, which are reached by narrow windy streets, staircases and a series of lifts (funiculars) which is now declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site because of its eclectic architecture and urban development. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Return to Santiago and overnight.

Day 3

Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your next flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival to Puerto Montt, reception and transfer to Puerto Montt to begin with a visit to the main square of the town, the Plaza de Armas including the Cathedral and the monuments to the German settlers. Continue to a viewpoint overlooking the town and the Reloncaví Sound, where on a clear day the numerous volcanoes of the area and the Chiloé Island can be seen. Travel through a residential area to reach the coastal road. The tour continues to the fisherman’s village of Angelmó where it is possible to taste some of the local fresh seafood and discover the local wooden crafts and woolen articles for sale. The trip continues on to Puerto Varas, a city and lake resort lying on the western bank of Llanquihue Lake, renowned for the beauty of its landscapes and the German traditions of its founders. The ride along the waterfront bordering part of the lake offers impressive views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Visit the Main Square, the older quarters and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is an exact replica of a church in Germany’s Black Forest. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 4

Puerto Varas – Peulla – Puerto Varas (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

F/D Peulla (SIB): From Puerto Varas, take the road that runs along the lakeshore towards Petrohué. Visit the Petrohué Falls in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, before continuing to the boarding point for the catamaran, which travels to the tiny hamlet of Peulla. The journey is on the emerald waters of the lake, with stunning vistas of the Osorno Volcano and the peaks of Puntiagudo and El Tronador mountains in the background. The sailing takes one hour and forty-five minutes, approximately. Lunch at Peulla (not included) and time to rest, or to take an optional tour before returning to Puerto Varas. Overnight.

Day 5

Puerto Varas – Chiloé Island – Puerto Varas (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

F/D Ancud & Castro (Chiloé Island): The tour starts out with an unforgettable trip to the city of Castro, Chile’s third oldest city and where the renowned “palafitos” or houses built on stilts over the water and painted in colorful schemes can be seen. At the Main Square, the imposing church built in 1912 by Italian architect Eduardo Provasoli is visited. Next, the Mirador de Gamboa (viewpoint) is visited, from where the colorful palafitos can be admired. Then, the tour continues to the area’s crafts market. The last leg of the trip consists of going back to Ancud to visit its Regional Museum, the Municipal Market and the San Antonio Fort. Return trip to Puerto Varas and overnight.

Day 6

Puerto Varas (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

H/D Frutillar: Departure to the small town of Llanquihue, an agro-industrial center located on the shores of Llanquihue Lake. Following the old lake road, the route reaches the German settlers’ monument, built in 1936 by the resident German colony to pay tribute to the struggles of the first immigrants who arrived in the area. From there, panoramic views of Lake Llanquihue and the Andes Mountain Range and its volcanoes can be admired. Once in Frutillar, the waterfront and the German Colonial Museum featuring exhibitions of the colonization period are visited. Free time to wander around before returning to Puerto Varas. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight

Day 7

Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your next flight to Punta Arenas. Reception and transfer to the hotel in Puerto Natales (3 hrs 15 min drive). Overnight.

Day 8

Puerto Natales (B/L)

Breakfast in the hotel.

F/D Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers (SIB) with lunch: Early in the morning transfer to the pier (no guide included) to start sailing the Ultima Esperanza Fjord (Last Hope) and after a 3-hour navigation arrival to the thousand-year-old glacier of Mount Balmaceda, habitat of cormorants and sea lions. At the end of the fjord disembark and walk approximately 1 kilometer (3/4 mile) on a path through the middle of a wonderful native forest to the foot of the Glacier Serrano and from there, admire this huge natural wonder. Then, on the way back, we will stop at an Estancia for a typical lunch barbecue (box lunch during low season) before returning to Puerto Natales in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel (no guide included). Overnight.

Day 9

Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

F/D Torres del Paine National Park: Departure from Puerto Natales through steppes and Patagonia scrub, full of abundant wild life and herds of sheep, up to Torres del Paine National Park declared world heritage by UNESCO. In the park, a large variety of native fauna especially large herds of guanacos can be observed. Visit the Salto Grande of the Pehoé River, with the impressive mountain massif of Torres del Paine in the background. Then visit to Lake Pehoé, Lake Grey and Grey Glacier. After lunch, on the way back to Puerto Natales, visit the Milodón Cave where the remains of a prehistoric animal were found in the last century. Return to Puerto Natales in the evening and overnight.

Day 10

Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas to board your next flight.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfers and excursions are in private service with English-speaking guide assistance, except the wine tour at the Casablanca Valley and the excursion to Peulla (bus/boat), which operates in shared service (SIB) with bilingual guide.
  • Transfer hotel / pier / hotel in Puerto Natales with Spanish-speaking driver only.
  • Balmaceda & Serrano navigation operates by coach (SIB) with bilingual guide.
  • Lodging on the mentioned hotels (or similar) in standard room or as indicated in the quotation, breakfast included
  • All entrance fees on tours, duly specified in the quotation.
  • Meals duly specified in the program: B = Breakfast L = Lunch or Box Lunch D = Dinner

 Package Does Not Include

  • Early check-in or Late check-out.
  • Extras not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Air tickets and airport taxes.
  • 19% Tax on lodging in Chile. All foreigner non-residents in Chile are tax exempt. Just in case of no-show the hotels will collect the room rate plus 19% tax.

 Package Notes

  • Rates are subject to confirmation during long weekends, Easter, National Holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc.
  • In Santiago and Puerto Varas, during high season (fairs and congresses), especially in March, April, October and November, rates are subject to confirmation.
  • Itinerary could be changed according to flight schedules, climate conditions, or in order to provide a better service.
  • All excursions, especially navigations, are subject to weather conditions.
  • Museums are closed on Mondays.
  • In Patagonia it is recommended to wear appropriate clothing to face rain, winds, and low temperatures.
  • Balmaceda and Serrano excursion operates daily between September 15th and March 31st. From April to September 14th it operates every Sunday and 2-3 days a week with a minimum of 20 paid passengers (embarked).
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General Information

  • Capital: Santiago
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Chilean peso (CLP)
  • Area: total: 756,950 km2, land: 748,800 km2, water: 8,150
  • Population: 17,224,200 (May 2011 est.)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 70%, Protestant 15.1%, None 8.3%
  • Electricity: 220V / 50Hz Type C and L plugs
  • Calling Code: +56
  • Time Zone: Continent: UTC-4 (UTC-3 summer) Easter Isl.: UTC-6 (UTC-5 summer)

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