Welcome to Patagonia

Chile is a country of extremes stretching across the South American Pacific Coast. Our quest to discover the wonder that is Patagonia begins in Santiago, and takes in Valparaiso, the nation’s favourite coastal destination. We return to Santiago, the cosmopolitan capital city, with it’s Andean backdrop and colonial Spanish influences before flying south and into the heart of Patagonia. Once in the fjords and wilderness of Chilean Patagonia, you’ll stay in Punta Arenas before heading to Puerto Natales, a town that is archetypal of Patagonia’s free spirit and perfectly located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. The park is the true centrepiece of the natural phenomenon of Patagonia where we’ll attempt to uncover some of it’s legendary secrets on foot, exploring exquisite natural beauty that is unlike anywhere else on this planet.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Trek in the world-renowned bucket list destination, the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Experience Patagonia’s rugged natural beauty at the Cueva Del Milodon Caves
  • Discover Santiago, Chile’s vibrant cultural centre
  • Explore Valpairaiso, a charming and colourful seaside city
  • Sample delectable Chilean wines
  • Dates & Prices

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    January 15 - January 31, 2018 (17 days)


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    Two small penguins greeting each other with their beaks
  • calm icey water lieing in a fjord surrounded by snowey mountains that are lit yellow by the sun

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Return flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
    • 5 nights accommodation at Hotel Vergel in Santiago
    • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel Ibis in Valparaiso
    • 1 night accommodation at Carpa Manzano in Punta Arenas
    • 5 nights accomodation at Hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natales
    • All breakfasts & 1 lunch
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Santiago City Tour
    • Valparaiso City Tour
    • Vina del Mar Visit
    • Punta Arenas City Tour
    • Cueva del Milodon Tour
    • 3 Torres del Paine Hikes
    • Maipo Valley Winery Tour (optional)
    • Isla Magdalena Penguin Tour (optional)
    A starlit sky illuminating a rocky outcrop that forms around a watery tairn

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Monday 15th January

We’ll meet at the airport at 7pm for our group flight to Santiago, Chile.

Overnight on flight.

Tuesday 16th January

Arrive into Santiago and transfer to our central hotel. Today we will recuperate from our flight before having time at leisure to explore Chile’s prospering capital city where authentic Chilean culture lies around every corner. The city has a thriving jazz culture with many cafes, restaurants and bars offering live performances as well as lovely open green spaces and beautiful parks.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santiago.

Wednesday 17th January

On our tour, we will visit eccentric landmarks, lush hillside parks and colonial heritage. The area of Santiago has been inhabited for thousands of years with various tribes and then the Incan Empire living here. Santiago rose to prominence with the emergence of the conquistadors in 1541 when Pedro de Valdivia founded the city as the capital of the Captaincy General of Chile. For centuries, it has thrived and has grown into a cosmopolitan city that is the beating heart of Chile both politically and culturally. The historic centre is particularly interesting, which includes the presidential palace, Palacio del Moneda. Modern Chile has faced immense challenges, with the ousting of a socialist leader through a military coup and subsequent military dictatorship, however, Chile has now emerged as a country with immense pride and great beauty, with bountiful natural assets and welcoming people.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santiago.

Thursday 18th January

Today you will can relax in Santiago and explore the city further. Alternatively, you may join an optional excursion into the Maipo Valley, a wine-growing area that many experts consider to be the best in Chile.

Journey to one of the region’s highly regarded wineries to learn how some of the world’s most prestigious vintages are crafted before tasting some of the wine for yourself.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santiago.

 

Friday 19th January

After a morning at leisure in Santiago we will transfer to Chile’s West Coast and to the city of Valparaiso. The city’s sloped streets dotted with church spires have inspired many writers and poets and are awash with many brightly painted buildings and murals. One such poet is Pablo Neruda, who’s house (that loosely resembles a ship) looks down upon the city with stupendous views of multi-coloured streets that inspired many of his writings. Valparaiso is truly a product of late 19th century Latin American development and as soon as you enter you can feel the unique and quirky energy of the city.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Valparaiso.

 

Saturday 20th January

Endearingly referred to as ‘Valpo’ by the locals, you’ll explore unexpectedly charming streets covered in edgy street art. The highlights include La Natriz Church and Santo Domingo square as well as the historic quarter of the seaport which is officially recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Town is a permanent throng of activity with stalls and traders lining colourful streets that slope down to the port. Our hotel is located near to the port and to the impressive square of Plaza Sotomayor, which is home to Chile’s Naval Command Building, the gatekeeper to the city.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Valparaiso.

Sunday 21st January

Today we shall relax and enjoy the pristine sands and warm waters on one of Chile’s favourite beaches in Vina del Mar. We can also explore Valparaiso’s Northern neighbour – Vina del Mar, known as ‘The Garden City’. Vina provides an excellent contrast to Valparaiso, with boulevards lined with palm trees and glitzy beachfront parks.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Valparaiso.

Monday 22nd January

Today we will make the transfer back to Santiago before having an afternoon at leisure in the city.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santiago.

Tuesday 23rd January

Today we make our first foray into Patagonia to Punta Arenas. Once settled next to the Straits of Magellan, we will embark on a tour of the city.

Punta Arenas has a beautiful cemetery, with extensive gardens that immortalize the city’s characters in an elegant manner. The Main square is also a fascinating spot, with a Monument to Ferdinand Magellan, the great Portuguese colonial explorer who landed in Patagonia. It is said that if you touch or kiss the feet of one of the Indian figures on the monument you are bound to return to Punta Arenas.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Punta Arenas.

Wednesday 24th January

Today we will have a chance to visit Isla Magdalena and a colony of 150,000 penguins on our optional morning excursions . We will arrive by boat and get up close and personal to the local residents – penguins and sea lions. It is an experience where you can feel truly close to nature as the island is well and truly still run by the penguins and remains untouched by human development. In the afternoon, we will transfer further south into the heart of Patagonia to Puerto Natales.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

Thursday 25th January

Today we visit Cueva del Milodon, the  natural monument compromises several spectacular caves and a surreal rock formation known as The Devil’s Chair. In 1895 a fascinating discovery was made here – the Skin and bones of the Milodon, the giant ground sloth and one of pre-histories most fascinating creatures. The largest giant sloth could have grown up to 7 metres tall and we will be greeted on entry to the caves by a life-sized replica of this huge beast. Other remains have also been found here and it is truly an archaeologists paradise and a sight that will no doubt produce more intrigue as more is discovered. We will also enjoy a delightful picnic lunch in the Patagonian summer sun, accompanied by Chilean wine.

Breakfast & lunch included. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

Friday 26th January – Sunday 28th January

Torres del Paine is arguably South America’s most beautiful National Park. This sprawling area of sheer mesmerizing beauty ranges from towering granite pillars to deep blue fjords. The best way to explore the verdant green hills and valleys of the park is on foot, so for the next three days we will set out to cover a different region of the park as best we can on walking trails. Bruce Chatwin described Patagonia as ‘’the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origin,’’ and it truly is an enigma, a place of such unique natural beauty that it retains an air of exclusivity and a near mythical reputation.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

Monday 29th January

Today we depart Patagonia and return to Santiago, in preparation for our international departure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santiago.

 

Tuesday 30th January

We enjoy one final morning strolling Santiago’s historic streets, looking for souvenirs or relaxing with some smooth jazz in one of the many cafes and bars. We will then transfer to Santiago airport for our international departure.

Breakfast included.

Wednesday 31st January

After an overnight flight arrive home.