Chile: The Full Scope

Chile is nature at its zenith. From flamingo-filled salt flats to vast canyons, hot springs to dry-as-dust deserts, star-flooded skies to serrated granite peaks to luminous blue glaciers – it’s hard to believe just how many natural wonders are packed into this narrow strip of land. This journey takes  you through it all!

Starting from $10,050 per person based on two travelers

Overview

  • Discover the surreal landscapes of the driest desert in the world.
  • See geysers, swim in a salty lagoon and spot wildlife such as flamingos and vicuñas.
  • Survey the colorful street art that adorns the building walls of Valparaíso.
  • Go wine-tasting in the Casablanca Valley, Chile’s up-and-coming wine region
  • Cook delicious local plates with a chef.
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Country information

Chile

  • Best time to travel

    Year round, but October through May are the least coldest months of the year. Patagonia: Best visited from October- March.

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Santiago

    After the journey to Santiago, rest and recoup at your hotel. Enjoy a glass of wine on the hotel terrace, while soaking up the views of the city. 

    Selected hotels

    • Tierra Atacama

      This adobe-and-glass structure fits in seamlessly amid the spectacular wide-open salt-crusted landscapes of Northern Chile. The epic terrain of this region, which is visible from all over the property, is the main attraction. Guests are encouraged to get out and explore, before returning to finish each day with a soak in the pool, a treatment at the spa or a sundowner on the terrace as the inky desert sky begins to sparkle with stars.

  • Day 3

    Exploring Atacama

    During days 3 and 4, you will make the most of this wilderness setting by trying out a wide variety of activities, from horse-riding to hiking, geyser visits to lagoon swims. Your guide will meet with you every night to help you put together a plan for the next day and to make sure you are acclimatized enough to go to higher altitudes.  

  • Day 4

    Explore Atacama

    During days 3 and 4, you will make the most of this wilderness setting by trying out a wide variety of activities, from horse-riding to hiking, geyser visits to lagoon swims. Your guide will meet with you every night to help you put together a plan for the next day and to make sure you are acclimatized enough to go to higher altitudes.  

  • Day 5

    Discover “Valpo”

    The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda said of this coastal town: “Valparaíso, how absurd you are…you haven't combed your hair, you've never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.” As Neruda’s words hint at, Valparaíso – or “Valpo” as the locals call it – is neither orderly nor neat, but its wonderfully haphazard array of colorful slope-side quarters, street art-adorned thoroughfares and freewheeling attitude, is undeniably charming. 

    Selected hotels

    • Casa Higueras

      This renovated 1920s’ mansion is set in the heart of the picturesque neighborhood of Cerro Alegre, and offers magnificent views of Valparaíso’s bayou. It offers guests an appealing mix of modern amenities and period charm.

  • Day 6

    Cook With Locals and View Valpo’s Graffiti

    A local chef will introduce you to the highlights of Chilean cuisine, showcasing the country’s signature flavor combinations and most representative dishes. After, you’ll eat what you’ve cooked and sip some local wine. Later, hit the steep maze-like streets and staircases to see the open-air works of the town’s most famous street artists.

     

  • Day 7

    Train Your Taste Buds

    Introduce your taste buds to some new and lesser-known wine styles as you sample crisp chardonnays and oh-so-delicious pinots at a small-scale winery in the Casablanca Valley, an on-the-up wine region just outside Valparaíso.

    Selected hotels

    • Casona Matetic

      Occupying an early 20th-century plantation property amid the vine-growing hills of Casablanca Valley, this boutique guesthouse is just a stone’s throw from some of the finest wine producers in the region.

  • Day 8

    Cycling through vineyards

    Pedal along the backroads and between the rolling hills of Casablanca, hopping off the saddle for tastings and tours in various wineries. The cool coastal breeze of the region makes cycling here particularly pleasant, and also helps in the production of the Casablanca Valley’s cool climate reds and crisp whites.

  • Day 9

    Voyage to Patagonia

    Catch a morning flight to Torres del Paine, the crown jewel of Patagonia. From here, enjoy the superb scenery out the window as we transport you to your hotel, located within the Torres del Paine National Park.  

    Selected hotels

    • Explora Salto Chico

      Few hotels can boast of such a stunning setting as Explora Salto Chico, which overlooks the glistening Lake Pehoé and the needle-sharp granite peaks of the Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia. Like all of Explora’s properties, the emphasis here is on exploring beyond the hotel’s boundaries. After daytime adventures, guests will return to the chic hotel, where delicious food, attentive service and hot tubs overlooking the cloud-shrouded peaks await.

  • Day 10

    Activities at the Lodge

    The next days will be devoted to exploring the wild and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. Embark on hikes with stunning glacial scenery, take boat excursions across turquoise lakes and see the wilderness as you horse-back ride through incredible scenery. 

  • Day 11

    Continue exploring Torres del Paine

    Explora offers a wide variety of activities on their exploration menu. Your Explora guides will walk you through the best and most exciting ones that will be suitable for you. 

  • Day 12

    Continue exploring Torres del Paine

    Explora offers a wide variety of activities on their exploration menu. Your Explora guides will walk you through the best and most exciting ones that will be suitable for you. 

  • Day 13

    Adios, Chile!

    Today it’s time to say bye to Chile as you begin your journey home.

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    *Your journey will be customized based on your travel time, interests and budget.

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