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Day 1
You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred into the capital of Santiago de Chile.
 
Check into your hotel in this sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, situated in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the beautiful Chilean Coastal Range.
Day 2
This morning join your small group tour through the landscapes of spectacular Chile.
 
We start with a short walking tour of Santiago, which is a relatively compact city. We visit the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the old colonial town and bustling Ahumada Boulevard with its many shops, street performers and vendors. Here you will be able to see two beautiful neo-classical buildings - the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral and the early 19th century Royal Court Palace, which now houses the National History Museum. Also outside views of the current Presidential Palace, La Moneda.
 
Continue by vehicle along the main avenues of old Santiago and across the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista to San Cristobal Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and Andes Mountains. Drive through the chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers of modern Santiago, before returning to your hotel.
 
On escorted small group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality.
Day 3
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Calama Airport and transferred 1.5-hours through the Domekyo and Salt Mountains to San Pedro in the vast Atacama Desert.
 
Extending for over 600 miles (1,000 km), this enormous plateau of salt lakes, sand, larva and stony terrain is situated between two high mountain ranges - the Andes to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west. As a result, the Atacama receives virtually no rain whatsoever - making it the driest and oldest desert in the world, with landscapes that will take your breath away.
 
After checking into our hotel, in the afternoon we head out to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) to view the dramatic lunar landscapes of Moon Valley situated in the National Flamingo Reserve. Here we can see natural mineral sculptures formed by wind erosion, including ‘The Three Mary’s. We also visit Death Valley, favoured by sand boarders, with its amazing sculptured salt formations. Our day ends with a magical sunset at Kari Viewpoint, one of the highest points of the Salt Mountains.
Day 4
Today enjoy a full day tour to the crystalline Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile and one of the largest in the world. The lake under these salt flats has one of the largest lithium reserves in the world, with small lagoons having formed where holes have broken through the crusted salt.
 
A highlight is our visit to Chaxa Lagoon in Los Flamencos National Reserve, with its vast flocks of pink flamingos. You will see 3 different species here - Chilean, Andean & James’s - as well as other birds such as the puna plover and red-gartered coot that nest and feed on these mineral-rich waters. Most activity occurs around sunrise, with a pinkish hue rising over the horizon. As the air warms up, this dissipates as huge flocks of these birds take flight over the lake.
 
We then travel further into the Altiplano to view the amazingly blue lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti located at over 14,000 ft (4,300 m) at the foot of their impressive volcanoes that were formed when the Andes Mountains rose from the sea. Afterwards we drive to the small village of Socaire for an included traditional lunch at a rustic restaurant.
 
In the afternoon we visit the picturesque village of Toconao, with its main square and classical Atacamenian bell tower - built in 1750 from cactus wood, mud and straw. We also visit the church of San Lucas, before returning to San Pedro.
Day 5
Depart before dawn this morning for a shared excursion to the El Tatio Geysers, the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. Situated at over 14,000 ft (4,300 m) above sea level, the geysers in this geothermal field have steam fumaroles that can easily reach over 33 ft (10 m).
 
Arrive at sunrise when each geyser is surrounded by a column of steam that condenses in the cold air, against a backdrop of the imposing Andes with its multiple colours and varied fauna, including the vicuña - an American camelid with an elegant walk and adapted to live in extreme weather conditions. Enjoy a guided walk before these steam plumes disappear as the air warms up. If you take your swimming costume, you can have a refreshing dip in these hot geyser waters.
 
After breakfast at the geysers, take in spectacular views of the Torcopuri y Sairecabur Volcanoes as we return to San Pedro. On the way back we make a short stop in the Putana Wetlands, where you can see different species of birds against the backdrop of the Colorado Volcano, and at the small village of Machuca with its original Altiplanic architecture in St. James Church.
Day 6
Transfer 1.5-hours to Calama Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Puerto Montt Airport and transferred 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.
Day 7
Today enjoy a full day tour of the spectacular Lake District.
 
We start in Puerto Varas, where the streets and avenues are adorned with rose bushes. Here we drive up Philippi Hill for wonderful views of vast Lake Llanquihue, the second largest in Chile. We continue to Puerto Montt and the fishing village of Angelmó with its fascinating selection of arts and crafts, before returning to Puerto Varas for lunch (own account).
 
In the afternoon we visit upper and lower Frutillar and its church, with another opportunity to admire Llanquihue Lake and the imposing Osorno Volcano. We also visit the fast flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue River, known for adrenalin-filled white water rafting and fly fishing, before returning to Puerto Varas.
Day 8
Today we head into the Pacific for a full day excursion to Chiloe Island, the second largest island in Chile after Grand Tierra del Fuego.
 
From Pargua on the mainland, we take the 45-minute ferry across the Chacao Strait. We disembark in Chacao, where you will see the classic island architecture called “chilota”.
 
We visit the village of Quemchi and see the 1,700 ft (500 m) wooden pedestrian bridge that connects the Aucar region with a picturesque cemetery on a small island. All the 16th century churches on Chiloe Island have been declared World Heritage sites, and at Colo we visit the most traditional one.
 
In the island capital of Castro you can see traditional houses called “palafitos”, constructed over the sea. Here there is a craft market that is well known for its woollen products. In the late afternoon we return to Puerto Varas.
Day 9
Transfer 30-minutes to Puerto Montt Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Punta Arenas Airport and escorted to the bus station for the 3-hour coach ride to Puerto Natales - the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
 
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in this former fishing town situated on the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound.
Day 10
Weather permitting, we depart early this morning for a full day excursion by boat to the spectacular Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers.
 
We sail 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.
 
At the end of the fjord we disembark and walk approximately 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) for an included Magellanic coast lunch, before returning to Puerto Natales in the afternoon.
Day 11
Today enjoy a full day excursion travelling 2-hours across the dry scrubland of the Pategonian Steppes 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.
 
Our excursion begins with a visit to Milodon Cave on Benitez Hill, where in 1895 the remains of several extinct animals were found including the sabre toothed tiger, the American horse and a large mammal known as a milodon. It is necessary to walk for half an hour to get to the cave and observe its stalactites.
 
We continue driving past lakes such as Sofía, Porteño and Toro towards 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.
 
We walk along the shores of Grey Lake, where blue icebergs can be seen against a backdrop of the distant Grey Glacier. After an included lunch, we walk 15-minutes to the powder blue Salto Grande Waterfall, which flows into Lake Pehoe. The road continues to the Lake Nordenskjold look out that borders Sarmiento Lake, before we arrive in Laguna Amarga where, weather permitting, we will have a panoramic view of the three granite Torres Del Paine ('Towers of Blue') from which the park takes its name.
 
As we leave the park a variety of rare wildlife can be seen in the surrounding pampas (lowlands), including large herds of elegant Patagonian guanaco - a type of humpless camel related to the llama - and the lesser rhea, which is related to the ostrich and emu. We drive through the little village of Cerro Castillo and past Figueroa Lake, before returning to Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.
Day 12
Transfer to Puerto Natales Bus Station for the 3-hour coach to Punta Arenas Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 13
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your flight home.

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