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ANDEAN SPLEANDOR

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Santiago, savoring wine in Casablanca Valley and exploring the artistic streets of Valparaiso. Discover the surreal landscapes of San Pedro de Atacama, then venture into Argentina to marvel at Purmamarca’s colorful hills, enjoy Salta’s colonial charm, and taste world-class wines in Colome and Cafayate. Conclude your adventure in Buenos Aires, where tango rhythms and rich history await.

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CHILE: THE DEFINITIVE JOURNEY

Experience the diverse wonders of Chile on this comprehensive journey, from the cosmopolitan charm of Santiago to the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert’s otherworldly landscapes. Explore the lush vineyards of the Central Valley, the stunning glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, and the mystical allure of Easter Island’s ancient moai statues. This definitive itinerary showcases Chile’s unparalleled natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offering an unforgettable adventure through its most iconic destinations.

PATAGONIA PEAKS & WINE VALLEYS

Embark on an adventure through Chile’s stunning landscapes, starting with the rugged peaks and pristine wilderness of Patagonia, where you’ll trek the renowned W Circuit in Torres del Paine, experiencing dramatic vistas and exhilarating outdoor activities. Then, unwind in the picturesque wine valleys, savoring world-class wines and gourmet cuisine amidst rolling vineyards. This itinerary blends the thrill of mountainous exploration with the relaxation of wine country, offering a perfect balance of adventure and indulgence.

Great for…

Family

Adventure

Food & Wine

Nature

Archeology

Santiago & Wine Valleys

Santiago, the capital of Chile, sits at the geographic center of the country, halfway between its northern and southern borders. Nestled in the fertile Mapocho and Maipo valleys, the city is constantly framed by the majestic Andes Mountains, which highlight the area’s rich agricultural and wine-producing heritage. Santiago is a modern, cosmopolitan city with world-class infrastructure, drawing in experienced travelers.

Beyond its mountains, modern amenities, and renowned wines, the region also boasts rich gastronomy and culture. The vibrant port city of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out with its colorful buildings spread across more than 40 hills. Once the most important city in Chile, Valparaíso flourished in the 19th century as the main port on this part of the Pacific coast.

 

ATACAMA

This region in northern Chile is named after the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. Spanning approximately 105,000 km², it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east. The area is central to Chile’s mining industry, known for its vast copper and lithium reserves. Its clear skies make it a global hub for astronomy. The arid climate shapes the local flora and fauna, with cacti, Andean rodents, and camelids being common. Human presence in the region dates back at least 12,000 years, and it was part of the Inca Empire during pre-Hispanic times.

Easter Island

Easter Island, a remote and small island in Polynesia, spans just 163 km² and is home to around 7,000 people. Situated 3,700 km off Chile’s northern coast, its original inhabitants prefer the name Rapa Nui, given by Polynesian navigators, though its ancient name is Te Pito Ho Te Henua, meaning “the navel of the world.” Renowned for its seclusion, Rapa Nui is celebrated for its archaeological treasures, including nearly 900 moai statues. These monumental stone figures, with their oversized heads, were crafted by the islanders between the 13th and 16th centuries and are often found on ceremonial stone platforms known as ahus. The island is volcanic in origin, formed by three merging volcanoes. The unique triangular shape of Rapa Nui is a result of the alignment and significant erosion of these volcanic formations.

 

The Lakes & Volcanoes District

The Lakes and Volcanoes District in southern Chile is celebrated for its lush forests, the Andes Mountains with their striking snow-capped volcanoes, and numerous lakes and glaciers. This area encompasses the Araucanía Region (capital: Temuco), the Region of the Rivers (capital: Valdivia), and the Region of the Lakes (capital: Puerto Montt). Just beyond its southern shores lies Chiloé Island, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage wooden churches and fjords frequented by whales. The region’s main cities feature colorful stilt houses known as “palafitos.”

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS to help provide emergency medical care to people in more than 70 countries around the world. You can learn more about our commitment to responsible travel in our Responsibility Pledge.