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Chile: Lake District & Patagonia

8 DaysStarting at $5,995

Overview

Chile is a gorgeous spectacle. Spaghetti-thin, up to half of this country’s slim width is covered by the stratospheric Andes. Glaciers calve. Penguins mix with flamingos. Vineyards knit mild valleys into a neat green patchwork. Sharp spikes of snow-capped rock bite into the sky. At least that’s what your photos will say. It’s harder to capture how it feels to be wrapped in raw wilderness or to scan the expansive pampas from the porch of a secluded estancia. Many travelers plan tours in Chile just to experience the awesome variety of nature. But we also bring you into the fascinating array of local cultures strung the length of the country. We meet the urbanites of Santiago, experts in the Maipo Valley vineyards, the hardy islanders of Chiloé and, of course, the gauchos who ride the pampas. North to south, mountaintop to seashore, you’ll get a carefully curated up-close look at this vast and varied country. 

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Highlights

DAY 1 - SANTIAGO
You'll meet in Santiago, Chile’s capital, and take an easy, guided walk. The country’s legendary wines are grown very near the city. You’ll visit one of the best Maipo Valley vineyards for lunch, a wine tasting, and a hosted tour of the winery.

DAYS 2-3 - VOLCANO & LAKE DISTRICT
A morning flight takes you to Puerto Montt, the jumping off point for Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Osorno Volcano. You’ll see the Petrohué waterfalls, formed when lava flows dammed the river. And you’ll walk amid the volcanic formations on the volcano’s slopes. After a ferry ride to Chiloé Island, you travel to the rare breeding ground shared by Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. Then you join a local family for a traditional feast of meat, seafood and potatoes cooked in a covered pit.

DAYS 5-8 - PATAGONIA
Another scenic flight to Puntas Arenas positions you for three amazing days in Patagonia. Centered around the towering granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine National Park, your explorations take you to a mountaintop picnic spot...offer chances to spot guanaco, condors and rheas...and bring you to an ice floe-studded lake where you boat to the sheer face of Grey Glacier. You’ll also spend a day on a working estancia, a vast sheep, cattle and horse ranch. Gauchos demonstrate their sheep shearing skills and put their shepherd dogs through their paces for you before an amazing lamb barbecue in the shadow of the Andes. 

On our final day, we tour Puntas Arenas before our return flight to Santiago.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Santiago – 10:00 am – Lobby of Singular Hotel
  • Ending Point:

    Santiago – 6:30 pm – Santiago Airport (SCL)

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Family Departure

Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.

Internal Airfare

This trip includes several internal flights which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $695 per person.

Accommodations

Remota Patagonia

Remota Hotel is a remarkable blend of luxury and sensitive, sustainable architecture. Its low profile hugs the grassy hills outside Puerto Natales. There’s a heated infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and spa for your comfort.

What’s Included

  • Award-winning boutique hotels that provide you unlimited access to the people and places, culture and history you came to experience
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  •  Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

Wine on Us

  • In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.

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