Day 1: Hotel Alto Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama. Arrive into Santiago’s International Airport, where you will take an internal flight up to Calama. There, you will have a meet and greet by a representative of Hotel Alto Atacama who will transfer you to San Pedro de Atacama in the Chilean Altiplano, an oasis at the north end of the Atacama Salt Flats, a vast saline lake. You will check into your Catarpe Room.
The name ‘Catarpe' derives from the valley in which Alto Atacama is found. The private terraces of these guestrooms offer an uninterrupted view out onto the Cordillera de la Sal range and the Catarpe Valley. Then you wil have the remainder of the afternoon free to acclimate yourself to the high altitude (2,400 meters/8,000 feet) and decide what activities you would like to choose for your 3-night stay.
Day 2: Hotel Alto Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama. After an American Buffet breakfast, you can choose from a variety of activities and excursions, from van trips around the area to trekking, mountain biking, and nighttime star-gazing at Alto Atacama's open-air observatory. Lunch and dinner including aperitif, wine, and soft drinks are included, with open bar until 11:00 pm and snacks from the bar menu. You have free use of mountain bikes, access to the spa (sauna, steam room, indoor whirlpool bath, etc.), use of outdoor pools and whirlpool bath, as well as complimentary transfer service between the hotel and San Pedro de Atacama from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm.
Day 3: Hotel Alto Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama. Today is another day of your choosing in and around San Pedro: relax or try your hand at a new excursion.
Day 4: Riverside Lodge, Cochamo Valley. This morning you will have a transfer back to the airport in Calama for your flight to Puerto Montt, in Chile's Lakes District. There, you will have a transfer through Puerto Varas and drive along the eastern shore of Chile's second largest lake: Llanquihue (pronounced <yawn KEY way>), then eastward into the Cochamo Valley and to the Riverside Lodge for the next 3 nights.
Day 5: Riverside Lodge, Cochamo Valley. As the original, and still the only, full-service lodge and outfitter in the Cochamo Valley – Chile's ‘best-kept natural secret' – Campo Aventura welcomes all visitors seeking an unforgettable experience in the Andean wilderness amid mountains and volcanoes, rainforests and rivers, waterfalls and endless views . All you need to bring is your sense of enthusiasm, adventure, curiosity and wonder. We will provide all of your meals and activities, such as horseback treks, vigorous hikes, slow walks, kayaking with dolphins, biking down volcanoes, visits with local families, a swaying hammock under the trees, or just a good book by a warm stove.
Day 6: Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas. After breakfast you will have another full day of activities to choose from in the Rio Cochamo rainforest and La Junta's granite-ringed valley. If you are up to it, experiencing northern Patagonia via horseback is probably the best way to travel and traverse this varied landscape. The mountainous terrain, the numerous waterfalls and streams and rivers, densely grown rainforest trails, and sometimes rainy days are effortlessly handled by local criollo horses, who take travelers along centuries-old pathways. Late in the afternoon you will have a transfer to Puerto Varas, the "City of Roses", on the shore of the lake.
Day 7: Lodge Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight down to Punta Arenas, on the Strait of Magellan. Here a representative from the Lodge Las Torres will meet you for your transfer up through the Pampas and into Torres del Paine National Park (5 hours approx.), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will be immersed in a special microclimate filled with unique flora and fauna, witnessing Patagonian foxes, guanacos (American camels) and huge condors, all amid numerous lakes and at the foot of the immense granite “Torres” and “Cuernos”. You will make a stop at a working ranch for lunch during your transfer, and then dinner and drinks will be provided at the lodge.
Day 8: Lodge Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park. Today is the first of three full days to make the most of this breathtaking spot on the planet. Your all-inclusive program allows you to relax and enjoy your time here, taking part in some of the numerous activities offered by the lodge. Las Torres will give you specifics on what excursions are available each day, but for an idea, click here. Your program includes park entrance fees, all meals, free Wi-Fi, open bar, all excursions and boat trips, and a 35% discount on spa services (massages and treatments).
Day 9: Lodge Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park. Ready for some trekking? If you are up to a full day hike, the Frenchman's Valley between the horns and towers is what many consider to be the most beautiful section of the park. For a closer view of the Towers, you can always head up to the lagoon at the base of the Torres, a favorite spot amongst trekkers. Guides are always available, with your box lunch being provided for any excursions away from the lodge.
Day 10: Lodge Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park. For a true Patagonian experience, there are various horseback riding trips you can take from the lodge, enabling you to witness more secluded parts of the park in a way most visitors never will. There are also many van trips taking you throughout the park to let you get those perfect photos. Whatever you decide, a hot dinner, cold drink and warm bed will be waiting for you back at the lodge. Enjoy your last day!
Day 11: El Calafate, Argentina. After breakfast, the lodge will provide your transfer to the airport outside of Punta Arenas (5 hours approx.) for your flight to Santiago either to extend your trip or to make your international connection home.
- Departures: Daily (September through April)
- Duration: 11 days
- Tour In/Out: Santiago, Chile
- Accommodation: Alto Atacama (San Pedro de Atacama), Riverside Lodge (Cochamo Valley, Hotel Cumbres (Puerto Varas), Lodge Las Torres (Torres del Paine)
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (depending on activities chosen).
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