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Chilean Lakes + Patagonia (self drive)


CCW12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,994
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore beautiful Chile, including Puerto Varas in the scenic Lake District, set on Lake Llanquihue. Two snow-capped volcanoes - Osorno and Calbuco - are clearly visible from the lakefront. Visit Puerto Montt & the fishing village of Angelmó. Then fly to Patagonia to walk in Torres del Paine National Park, with full day excursion to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers. End your holiday relaxing in historic Valparaiso.
Chile Walking Holidays Lake District Torres Del Paine Patagonia Photo Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Lake Llanquihue
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Osorno Volcano
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Puerto Montt
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Petrohue River
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Lake Llanquihue
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Osorno Volcano
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Puerto Montt
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Petrohue River
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Valparaiso
Day 1
You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred into the capital of Santiago de Chile. This sophisticated and cosmopolitan city is situated in a valley, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the beautiful Chilean Coastal Range.
 
On arrival enjoy a shared tour of this modern city. We start in the downtown area of this relatively compact city, where modern buildings have transformed the landscape, and visit Santa Lucia Hill where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541.
 
We continue to the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the old colonial city and bustling Ahumada Boulevard with its many shops, street performers and vendors. Here you will be able to see some beautiful neo-classical buildings – including the 18th century Cathedral of Santiago and the early 19th century Royal Court Palace, which now houses the National History Museum. Also enjoy outside views of the Municipal Offices, the Post Office and the current Presidential Palace, La Moneda. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to taste a ‘Pisco Sour’, see local handcrafts and walk through some of the more traditional streets of the city, before being dropped off at your hotel.
 
Note: Most museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 2
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at Puerto Montt Airport, collect your hire car and drive 30-minutes to Puerto Varas - the "City of Roses", surrounded by the mountains of the enchanting Lake District.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Days 3 To 5
At leisure to explore Puerto Varas and the surrounding lakes and mountains of the Lake District.
 
With its streets and avenues adorned with rose bushes, you can drive up Philippi Hill for wonderful views of beautiful Lake Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile. Two snow-capped volcanoes - Osorno and Calbuco - are clearly visible from the lakefront. You can drive to nearby Puerto Montt and the fishing village of Angelmó, with its fascinating selection of arts and crafts.
 
You can also drive to Vicente Perez Rosalis National Park to view the imposing Osomo Volcano. Here you can walk through a forest of coigues and other native trees, stopping at 1,000 m to view the La Burbuja Crater, before continuing to the ski centre where there is the option of taking a ski lift for panoramic views of the landscape.
 
Upper and lower Frutillar and its church offer another opportunity to admire Llanquihue Lake and the imposing Osorno Volcano, while the fast flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue River are known for adrenalin-filled white water rafting and fly fishing. You can also drive to Alerce Andino National Park, with its beautiful rainforests and giant larch trees.
 
Puerto Varas is known for its strong German community and traditions.
Day 6
Drive 30-minutes to Puerto Montt Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at Punta Arenas Airport, collect your hire car and drive 3-hour to Puerto Natales - the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
 
Check into your hotel in this former fishing town situated on the Ultima Esperanza Sound.
Day 7
Weather permitting, an early departure this morning for a full day excursion by boat to the spectacular Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers.
 
We sail at 08.00 from Puerto Natales and enjoy an onboard breakfast as we navigate through the beautiful Ultima Esperanza Fjord. After 3-hours we arrive at the icy blue Balmaceda Glacier in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. This astonishing glacier is over 1,000 years old and offers a magnificent display when "calving" - as huge chunks of ice detach and crash into the waters below. You can hope to see cormorants and sea lions here.
 
We disembark at Puerto Toro at the end of the fjord and walk 3/4 mile (1 km) through an indigenous forest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, another fantastic natural wonder that is part of the Southern Patagonia Icefields.
 
On the way back we stop at an Estancia (ranch) to enjoy an included 'Asado al Palo' (typical Magellanan barbeque), before sailing back to Puerto Natales. We disembark around 17.00 and transfer back to our hotel.
 
Note: This excursion is available from October to April only.
Day 8
Today we recommend self-driving (or take an optional full day tour), travelling across the dry scrubland of the Magellanic Steppe to Torres del Paine National Park - a 242,000 hectare UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its soaring mountains, electric-blue lakes and many glaciers.
 
Drive past Figueroa Lake and stop at the village of Cerro Castillo, where you can enjoy a coffee and buy typical handcrafts of the region. A variety of rare wildlife can be seen in these pampas (lowlands), including large herds of elegant guanaco - a type of humpless camel related to the llama - and the lesser rhea, which is related to the ostrich and emu. You may also see giant condor birds soaring in the thermals.
 
Then enter Torres del Paine National Park where the landscape changes dramatically to spectacular glacier lakes frequented by marine birds, lofty waterfalls and magnificent granite mountain peaks covered by ice. The enormous Campo de Hielo Sur icecap gives the park four main glaciers - Grey, Dickson, Zapata and Tyndall. Two other glaciers descend from the west side of the central massif.
 
From the Lake Sarmiento viewpoint, enjoy postcard views of the Paine Massif. Weather permitting, from the Lake Amarga viewpoint you will have one of the best views of the three granite Torres Del Paine ('Towers of Blue') from which the park takes its name. Also stop at the Lake Nordenskjold lookout, with its view over the different peaks of the Cordillera Paine – including the famous Cuernos del Paine and the highest mountain in the Park, the Paine Grande at 10,000 ft (3,050 m).
 
After a 15-minute walk to the powder blue Salto Grande Waterfall that flows into Lake Pehoé, stop on the shores of Grey Lake and walk across the hanging bridge over the Pingo River to the beach, from where spectacular blue icebergs can be seen against a backdrop of the distant Grey Glacier.
 
Then leave Torres del Paine, stopping on the return journey at the Milodón Cave on Benitez Hill. The remains of several extinct animals have been found here - including the sabre toothed tiger, the American horse and a gigantic herbiverous mammal known as the Milodon. You will need to walk for half an hour to reach the main cave, which is 200 meters deep, 80 meters wide and 30 meters high. Here you can see stalactites and a life-size replica of the Milodon. Return to Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.
Day 9
At leisure to enjoy walking in the magnificent scenery of the Torres Del Paine region.
Day 10
Drive 3-hours to Punta Arenas Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred 2-hours to the historic seaport of Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second largest city in Chile.
 
Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, this was the most important Pacific seaport on the crucial trade route that linked the American west coast with Europe, via the Strait of Magellan. Its many stairways and old funicular elevators that lead up the 44 hills on which the city is built are a real feature. Check into your hotel in this lively and chaotic city, with its quirky and eclectic architecture.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and explore the port city of Valparaiso.
Day 13
Transfer 2-hours to Santiago Airport for your flight home.

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