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Magnificent Chile - 11 days/9 nights
Atacama Desert, Lakes Region & Central Valleys



Departure October 15, 2012 & Return October 25, 2012

$3,250 per person Land Only including internal land/air transportations
$4,480 per person Land and Air from Miami
$415 per person Single Supplement
Prices include Government Taxes and Fees.
Highlights: Visit the historic center in Santiago and view the breathtaking panorama of the city from San Cristobal Hill. Travel through Chiles verdant Central Valley, where fertile land and mild weather make it a key wine producing area. In the seaport city of Valparaiso, experience the colonial culture and architecture of this World Heritage Site. Embrace the magnificent views of the waters and volcanoes from viewpoints in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas in Chiles Lake Region. Visit the worlds driest desert of Atacama and view the arid landscape and surrounding mountains and volcanoes, including the most active, Lascar. Finish this excursion by climbing a sand dune in Moon Valley to witness the most breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.  

Day 1, October 15, Monday - Miami/Santiago
Depart Miami via Taca Airlines overnight flight for Santiago.

Day 2, October 16, Tuesday - Santiago
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, tour the main streets of the historic centre of Santiago. See Santa Lucia Hills beautiful fort and magnificent fountains at the top, and see the Government Palace and Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral, National History Museum, and the Central Post Office are located. Continue to the Parque Forestal, which runs parallel to the Mapocho River and visit the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Modern Art Museum. Arrive at the bohemian area of Bellavista and visit San Cristobal Hill for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. (Hotel Eurotel Providencia)


Day 3, October 17, Wednesday - Casablanca/Vina del Mar/Valparaiso
After breakfast, travel toward the Pacific Coast through the valley of Casablanca, known for its vineyards, and enjoy wine tasting at one of them. Upon arrival to the coast, visit the town of Vina del Mar with its beautiful parks and floral ornaments, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in this beautiful atmosphere. Continue to the picturesque port of Valparaiso, founded in the XVI Century. The oldest part of town was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. Valparaiso is built on many hills which are accessed by narrow streets, long stairways, and a series of lifts which were built towards the end of the XIX Century. Visit the Museum House of Pablo Nerudo, La Sebastiana. National Poet Pablo Nerudo bought this house and finished it with rejected and recycled objects that gave life to the place. The house has become a cultural center with a room fit for theatre, cinema, paintings and poetry and literature. Return to Santiago. (B/L)




Day 4, October 18, Thursday C Santiago/ San Pedro de Atacama
In the morning, travel to San Pedro de Atacama and transfer to your hotel. (Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas) (B)

Day 5, October 19, Friday - Altiplanic Lagoons
After breakfast, travel to Atacama Salt Flat, the largest salt flat in Chile. This salt flat is surrounded by mountains and has no drainage outlets and large volcanoes dominate the landscape, including the most active, Lascar. It is the worlds largest and purest active source of lithium. Visit nearby Village of Toconao and see the church and bell tower, and Chaxa Lagoon, where three varieties of flamingos breed like the Andean Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo. Then visit the village of Socaire which overlooks the Atacama Salt Flat. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then see the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Meniques, which are south of the village. This is one of the sectors which make up the National Reserve of Los Flamencos. The lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes which were formed when the Andes Mountains rose from the sea in ancient geological times. This water comes from the underground run off from the melting snow. (B/L)


Day 6, October 20, Saturday - Tatio Geysers/Machuca Villages/Moon Valley
Early in the morning, travel to the geothermal field of el Tatio and observe the huge steam columns that rise to the sky and are best appreciated in the cold dawn air, as the sun rises over the Andes. Walk amongst the mud craters and small bubbling geysers, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the site. Next, travel to the picturesque village of shepherds, Machuca Village. Travel back to San Pedro de Atacama and visit the Salt Mountain Range to experience the incredible views over the valley. Visit Death Valley, full of spectacular scenery and interesting rock formations that make it look like Mars on Earth. Continue to Moon Valley, with stone and sand formations carved by wind and water, and see the Three Marias, an interesting geological formation of three human-like towers. These towers exist next to a former salt mine. And, for spectacular views of the sunset over the Andes Mountains, climb a large sand dune in the Moon Valley. (B)




Day 7, October 21, Sunday - San Pedro de Atacama/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Montt. Explore the main square of the town, the Plaza de Armas and see the Cathedral and the monuments of the German colonists. Continue to a viewpoint overlooking the town and the Reloncavi Sound, the body of water where on a clear day the numerous volcanoes of the area and Chiloe Island can be seen. Travel through a residential area to reach the coastal road, and continue to the Football Stadium, Chinquihue and the fishermans village of Angelmo, where you can taste the local fresh seafood and discover the local wooden crafts and woolen articles for sale. Drive to Puerto Varas, founded by German settlers, to Phillipi Hill. From the viewpoint at Phillipi Hill, witness the magnificent views of the town, lake, and Osorno Volcano in the distance. Transfer to your hotel. (Hotel Solace) (B)


Day 8, October 22, Monday - Navigation Lake Todos Los Santos/Peulla
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Petrohue Falls to visit the rapids and waterfalls of this beautiful river. Continue to the docks on the shores of Todos Los Santos Lake, where you board a catamaran, which travels to the tiny hamlet of Peulla. Journey along the emerald waters of the lake, and view the stunning vistas of the Osorno Volcano and the peaks of Puntiagudo and El Tronador Mountains in the background. When you arrive in Peulla, enjoy a delicious lunch and some leisure time to explore Peulla. Engage in the outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking and fishing or go on an excursion before boarding the catamaran once more. (B/L)

Day 9, October 23, Tuesday - Ancud Island and Penguin Colony
In the morning drive to Pargua and cross the Chacao Channel by ferry to reach the Isla Grande de Chiloe, the largest island in Chile. Travel to Balneario Caulin and the Bird Sanctuary to see a great diversity of birds. Explore Ancud City, and visit the main square and the Regional Museum, displaying 1402 objects that represent the origin and history of this archipelago. Also visit the Municipal Market and Fort San Antonio, and climb to the top of Huaihuen Hill and view the beautiful island from above. Then, go to the Punihuil Beach and cruise to the islands to find the Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins. This is the only place where both species coexist. (B)




Day 10, October 24, Wednesday - Puerto Varas/Santiago
After breakfast, fly to Santiago and transfer to your hotel. Or, take an extension to Chile's Patagonia. (Hotel Eurotel Providencia) (B)

Day 11, October 25, Thursday - Santiago/USA (B)
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your return flight via Taca Airlines to Miami. Or, take an extension to Chile's Patagonia.

Patagonia Extension - 4 Days
$1145 per person land and air
$150 per person single supplement

Day 10, October 24, Wednesday - Puerto Montt/Punta Arenus/Puerto Natales
Fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenus and take a bus to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (Hotel Saltos del Paine) (B)

Day 11, October 25, Thursday - Puerto Natales
After breakfast, board a small motor vessel and journey along the Sound of the Last Hope, spotting sea lions, cormorants, and black-necked swans and other birds. Sail to Bernardo OHiggins National Park to see the glaciers. Arrive at Mount Balmaceda and view the glacier of the same name. Continue to Serrano Glacier and walk to the view point. Enjoy lunch in the Estancia Perales. After which, travel back to Puerto Natales. (B/L)




Day 12, October 26, Friday - Puerto Natales
After breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour to The Torres del Paine National Park, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. Enjoy lunch in the National Park. The Andean Massif, whose peaks impress all who visit, is surrounded by glaciers like the Grey glacier, as well as, waterfalls, lakes, and lagoons, such as Pehoe. These together with the variety of flora and fauna make this one of the best places in the world for its rich natural beauty. Visit the Milodon Cave, where the remains of a prehistoric animal were found in the last century. (B/L)

Day 13, October 27, Saturday, - Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas/Sandiago
After breakfast, take the bus back to Punta Arenas Airport for departure to Santiago. Transfer to your hotel. (Hotel Eurotel Providencia) (B)

Day 14, October 28, Sunday - Santiago/USA
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your return flight via Taca Airlines to Miami. (B)

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