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Atacama Holidays

After Antarctica, the Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth. It stretches over 40,000 square miles from southern Peru into Chile and extends for almost a third of the length of the country. It includes some of the most spectacular desert landscape and geological phenomena in Latin America.
 
The desert is among the top three tourist destinations in Chile, with most visitors choosing San Pedro de Atacama to the north as their Atacama holiday base. The town is reached overland from the airport at Calama, 60 miles away. There is a superb choice of guided tours from the town to suit everyone’s taste and timescale. These include world-class astrology projects, based here because of the extraordinarily clear, dry atmosphere. There is even special accommodation for visiting astrology enthusiasts.
 
For advice on tailor-made Atacama holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
 
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One of the main attractions is the Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, located only eight miles from San Pedro. It’s named after the arid appearance of our moon and is one of the most barren but stunning sights on earth. There are huge structures of clay and salt, shaped over millennia by the wind, and salt caverns that you can explore. Don’t miss the excursions to catch the world famous sunsets, when the magnificent evening sky turns from pink to purple to deep black.
 
The Atacama Salt Lake is unique. It is only 60 miles from San Pedro and covers 3000 square miles, where highly saline water evaporates to leave a vast crust of salt. This skin of salt has opened up to leave water that is frequented by aquatic birds like flamingos, taguas and gullatas, as well as a fascinating range of reptiles and insects. This breathtaking terrain is not as empty as it looks!   
 
Nearby the Antiplanic Lagoons are found, including famous Chaxa. These lagoons are home to the ubiquitous flamingo, caito, parina chica, juarjual duck and many more local bird species. This is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve and surrounded by stunning volcanic and Andean Peaks. The area is also the ancient centre of the Atacamenan culture and local crafts abound, as well alpaca wool – and it wouldn’t be the Andes without the llama.
 
On any holiday in Atacama, you must not miss the Tatio Geysers. Again within easy driving time from San Pedro, these fantastic fumaroles, or steam vents, plus the molten mud craters are a great attraction. You can take a hot thermal, mineral rich swim, so take your costume and a towel. Don’t forget that these captivating and mysterious Atacama sites can reach over 4000 metres in altitude so you may also need warm clothes and perhaps a hot drink too.
 
Wonders of Chile tour
CYA5S
5 NIGHTS
FROM £995
International flights quoted separately
This great value tour of Chile starts in the capital of Santiago, surrounded by snow-capped Andes Mountains, before flying to San Pedro de Atacama to view the amazing desert landscapes of Moon & Death Valley. Also visit the impressive El Tatio geyer field, the largest in the southern hemisphere. All specified sightseeing, transfers & English guides included. One departure per month, with min 2/max 30.
Photo Chile Tour Atacama Desert Santiago Moon Valley El Tatio Geysers
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Santiago
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Plaza de Armas
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City Tour
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Valparaiso option
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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Death Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Volcanoes
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Santiago
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Plaza de Armas
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City Tour
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Valparaiso option
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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Death Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Volcanoes
Essential Chile: Santiago + Atacama
CRA7S
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,195
International flights quoted separately
Visit Santiago the amazing Atacama Desert, with its astonishing salt flats, geysers and moon valley landscapes. Enjoy the dramatic desert landscapes and star gazing in spectacularly clear night skies. Explore Santiago with its delicious food and wine, or head out to the nearby winelands and the historic port city of Valparaiso. All transfers & specified excursions included, with English speaking guides.
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Santiago
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City Tour
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Star Gazing
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Chilean Winelands
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Santiago
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City Tour
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Star Gazing
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Chilean Winelands
Highlights of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay
CRK12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
This holiday combines 3 countries - Chile, Argentina & Uruguay. Explore Santiago & its winelands, then experience the Atacama with its amazing desert landscapes, geysers, salt flats and clear night skies. Fly to exciting Buenos Aires to enjoy its gaucho and tango culture, then take the ferry to Montevideo in Uruguay to complete your holiday relaxing on its wonderful beaches. All transfers included.
Photo Atacama Santiago Montevideo Uruguay Buenos Aires
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
Best of Chile: Santiago + Atacama + Patagonia
CRB10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
Explore the stunning landscapes of Chile on this holiday, which combines the glaciers, ice blue lakes and mountains of Chilean Patagonia with the geysers and salt flats of the Atacama Desert. Spend time walking in Torres del Paine National Park, take a boat to see the Balmaceda Glacier & explore Santiago, Valparaiso and the Winelands. All transfers included.
Photo Chile Patagonia Atacama Salt Flats Torres del Paine Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
Wonders of Chile + Patagonia tour
CYC9S
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
This exciting tour of Chile combines Santiago with the amazing desert landscapes of Atacama & the stunning icefields of Patagonia. Visit Moon Valley & Death Valley, as well as the El Tatio geysers. Then fly to Torres Del Paine National Park, with its spectacular granite peaks & glacial lakes.  All specified sightseeing, transfers & English guides included. One departure per month, with min 2/max 30 (Sept - April).
 
Torres Del Paine Photo Tour Chile Patagonia Atacama Desert
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Patagonia
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Puerto Natales
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Santiago
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Patagonia
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Puerto Natales
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
Deserts of Chile, including Giant of the Atacama
CRD10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights quoted separately
See the amazing "Giant of the Atacama" and other ancient Inca geoglyphs (large artworks sketched into the landscape) on this holiday. Visit stunning Chungara Lake & Lauca National Park, with its breathtaking desert & volcano scenery, as well as the flamingos & salt flats around Chaxa Lagoon. All transfers included.
Giant of the Atacama Geoglyphs Chungara Lake Lauca National Park
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
Chile: Atacama Desert + Easter Island
CRE12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
International flights quoted separately
Combine a visit to remote Easter Island in the Pacific, where you can marvel at nearly 900 ancient gigantic Moai statues, with a visit to mainland Chile. Explore Santiago and the Chilean winelands, as well as the spectacular Atacama Desert with its shimmering salt flats, geysers and moon landscapes. Specified sighseeing, English speaking guides and all transfer included.
Photo Easter Island  Moai Statues Chile Atacama Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
Grand Chile - Lakes, Mountains & Deserts
CRC14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
See all the highlights of Chile on this amazing holiday, that starts by exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the north, before relaxing in the beautiful Lake District. Continue to Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, to see its astonishing mountains, lakes & glaciers. End with a day tour the Chilean winelands. All transfers included.
Patagonia Lake District Chile Atacama Torres Del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Puerto Montt
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Puerto Montt
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
Buenos Aires & Grand Chile, including Patagonia
ARI16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
International flights quoted separately
Combine a few days in vibrant Buenos Aires, with its amazing cuisine & culture of tango and gauchos, with the stunning landscapes of Chile. Visit the moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, the beautiful Lake District & Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, with its ice blue lakes & glaciers. English speaking guides, all transfers included.
Patagonia Lake District Atacama Desert Chile Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
Grand Chile - Self Drive
CCA14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore the amazing landscapes of Chile on this independent self drive holiday. Starting in Santiago, explore Valparaiso and the Winelands, before flying to the Atacame Desert with its geysers and salt flats. Continue to the Lake District to explore its alpine scenery before finishing in spectacular Patagonia, with the glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park.
Photo Chile Self Drive Holidays Patagonia Atacama Lake District
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Moon Valley
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Moon Valley
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
Argentina & Chile: Rainforests + Glaciers + Deserts
ARO15B
15 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Explore the jungles & waterways of the Iguazu Rainforest on this holiday, that combine the scenic highlights of Argentina & Chile. Visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, the lakes & icefields of Patagonia & walk in Los Glaciares National Park. Then fly to the Atacama Desert in Chile to wonder at its salt flats, moon landscapes & geyserss. All transfers included.
Photo: Iguazu Rainforest Patagonia Atacama El Calafate Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
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