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An Extraordinary Journey from Santiago to Southern Patagonia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Chile  
Specialty Categories: Ecotourism  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)

We invite you to discover "The end of the world". Here with the pacific at our front door, where you find some of the worlds largest and most beautiful lakes, thousand year old rain forests, snow covered mountains and volcanoes. These elements makes our region a fascinating experience and will allow you to enjoy nature in all its variety. From the Lakes region to the end of Patagonia and Fireland.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at the international airport in Santiago. Transfer to our nice and charming 4 star hotel Torremayor in Santiago City. After our welcome drink and a break, we will eat lunch in the typical Central Market. City-Tour Santiago with visits to the most important places including the outlook point "Cerro San Cristobal".

Day 2: Morning flight from Santiago to Temuco and drive from Temuco to Pucon. Pucon is a small town which can easily be crossed on foot in about 20 minutes. It is located at the foot of Volcano Villarrica and close to the Lake Villarica. Overnight in Pucon.

Day 3: Small and compact Huerquehue, situated in the heights to the east of the lake Caburgua. This park offers one of the best short circuit treks of the whole region, besides spectacular views of the volcano Villarrica and surroundings. From the north end of the lake Tinquilco a path leads deep into the forest. Then a couple of stream crossings after wich the path begins to ascend and doesn't stop for the next 7 Km., rising from 700 meters to more than 1.320 meters of altitude. It crosses a Mañios forest and gigantic Coigües, before reaching the magnificent Araucaria trees. On our journey back we will make a break in the nice cabin of Patricio! On the return trip to Pucon we can visit some natural termal hot springs. Overnight in Pucon!

Day 4: This day we will visit Valdivia a small town located next to the Calle Calle River. This city was settled in the early 1852 by german immigrants and is now one of the nicest cities of Chile. During the afternoon we will visit different historical forts before we arrive at the Island Huapi for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon return to Valdivia and overnight!

Day 5: In the morning we will visit the Botanical gardens in Valdivia and your guide will introduce you to many native trees of the Chilean rain forest. On the way to Puerto Varas on the lake Llanquihue we will traverse beautiful landscapes, small villages and in Frutillar we will visit the small german town and its historical museum. Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Day 6: In the morning we'll drive along the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue, our first real stop however will be at the Saltos de Petrohue. The beginnings of this series of rapids and waterfalls were formed long ago by the cooling lava from the Volcano still towering behind them. From the Saltos de Petrohue we drive up onto the lower reaches of the now immense Volcan Osorno. Our next stop will be the Lake Todo los Santos where you will enjoy the views of different volcanoes, rainforest, flora and fauna! In the afternoon return trip to Puerto Varas!

Day 7: Flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas and then a drive to Puerto Natales. Along the way, you’ll pass by Figueroa Lagoon and several beautiful lakes, keeping your eyes peeled for guanacos, ostriches, black-necked swans, flamingos and condors. Accommodations in Puerto Natales.

Day 8: Departure at approximately 8:30 a.m. we will get on board and start our day trip by boat.. After and hour of sailing along the Señoret Canal we reach the mouth of Fiordo Eberhard. This is where cattle ranching was started in the Ultima Esperanza area in 1887 by the German Captain Eberhard. After this we start to sail along the Fiordo Ultima Esperanza. Two hours of sailing from Puerto Natales, we arrive at the Cormorant Colony. Hundreds of these birds, which, at first sight, resemble penguins, use the "Barrosa" point as their breeding ground, resting there and leaving only after their young have learned to fly, 3 months later. As we move along the fiord, the landscape becomes more scenic and imposing, the mountains more majestic. Ahead of us now we have the majestic Monte Balmaceda and the glacier leading off its eastern slopes. After four hours of sailing we dock at Puerto Toro, from where you walk with your guide the last kilometer to the base of the Serrano Glacier. The walk takes us through wonderful indigenous forest along the shore of the lake. Both Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers are in the Monte Balmaceda National Park. In the afternoon return back to Puerto Natales!

Day 9/10: Morning drive to the impressive Andean massifs of Torres del Paine wich are surrounded by glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and lagoons, together making this national park famous throughout the world. Cruise out on Grey Lake, where you may witness huge chunks of blue ice breaking off from the impressive Grey Glacier (boat trip not included!). Overnight in Hosteria El Grey (4*) or similar!

Day 11: Torres del Paine - El Calafate This morning drive to El Calafate through the Patagonian bush steppe. Check in at Hotel La Posada (4*), relax and enjoy the late afternoon

Day 12: Los Glaciares National Park - The Park is located in the sub-Antarctic Continental ice-cap, known as the "third pole", which extends over 23,000 sq. miles and gives birth to several major glaciers along the Patagonian Andes. Navigate around the ice blocks which are constantly calving from the Perito Moreno Glacier. The main wall is over 200 feet tall and almost 3 miles wide. Every now and then enormous pieces of ice break down, and fall with thunderous noise into the lake.

Day 13: Early morning drive from Calafate to Punta Arenas! Overnight in Punta Arenas.

Day 14: A Visit to the fort Bulnes located 58 kilometers to the south of Punta Arenas, driving along the coastal road. Fort Bulnes is the first Chilean settlement in the southern of Chile . On the way you will observe a varied flora and fauna, and birds like the carancho, a kind of small eaglet or bird of prey, the red-breasted singing bird and the thrush that inhabits most of the Chilean territory. On the way back and close to Fuerte Bulnes, there will be a visit to the ruins of the Ciudad del Rey Felipe II de España (the City of the King Felipe II from Spain), founded by Sarmiento de Gamboa in 1584, where 300 people died because of famine and cold. Nowadays it is known as the Puerto de Hambre (Port Famine). Back to Punta Arenas and afternoon flight to Santiago. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and home flight to your country! End of our services!.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Inland Flights: Santiago - Pucon; Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas; Punta Arenas - Santiago
- 14 nights in 3-4 stars Hotel with double room, breakfast included
- Welcome drink on your arrival in Santiago
- City Tour in Santiago with overlook point
- Lunch of chilean cuisine on the day of your arrival
- Visit a Chilean winery with wine tasting
- Boat trip in Valdivia with appetizer and snack on board
- All transfers in modern buses
- All entrance fees into National arks, waterfalls and museums
- Professional travel guide from and to Santiago.

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