Atacama Desert & Patagonia

Chile

Chile extends 2,650 miles from southern Peru to the icy waters of Cape Horn. Its diverse landscapes vary from the world’s driest desert, the Atacama, to the granite towers of Patagonia. These natural wonders will provide the backdrop to an array of outdoor activities, on this visually rewarding journey of discovery.

Santiago & Vineyards

Touchdown in the Chile’s cosmopolitan capital Santiago for a couple of days exploring its barrios, museums and street markets. Enjoy an escorted city tour exploring the historic Plaza de Armas, with its impressive presidential palace and Metropolitan Cathedral, before delving into Chilean cultural history at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Whether you’re tasting Chilean King Crab, ceviche or some of the world’s best beef, the food here is also world class. Then, travel for two hours through Andean hills to visit some of Chile’s best wineries. Base yourself at Viña Vik for cutting-edge architecture and great facilities in a beautiful vineyard setting.

The Atacama

Fly north to Calama for a stay at Earth’s driest place. The Atacama Desert’s lunar landscapes, spouting geysers, thermal springs and salt flats will amaze and enthral. Base yourself in the frontier-like town of San Pedro de Atacama, where we recommend a stay at the spectacular Awasi Atacama.

Rise early for a sunrise trip to the El Tatio Geysers to see colossal natural steam columns rising from bubbling geothermal pools. Gaze in wonder at Valle de la Luna’s surreal rock formations and the enigmatic dunes of Valle de la Muerte, and explore walking trails around the National Flamingo Reserve as the sky blazes during sundown. Later on, the clear desert skies offer the ultimate stargazing extravaganza.

Patagonia & Torres del Paine

You’ll then fly south via Santiago to Torres del Paine National Park. The aerial views flying over the Andes, the lakes and rugged coastline, give an impressive preview of what is to come. This vast expanse is Patagonia’s crown jewel, renowned for the three towering granite pillars from which it takes its name. We recommend a stay on the shores of Lake Pehoe at Explore Patagonia. The local guides will tailor activities to your interest, whether that’s hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or horse riding. Puma and guanaco freely roam the unspoilt terrain, as do mighty condor and flamingo, making birdwatching and photography expeditions very rewarding.

When to go

October to April

Guide price

from £9,885 per person
(Including flights and transfers.)

Ideal duration

14 nights

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