Atacama To Paine and Easter Island Extension

Grey Glacier at Torres National Park
The moon at Moon Valley
A lone Moai stands sentinel
Puerto Natales
Tatio Geysers at dawn
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Outdoor lovers will be in their element on this tour through some of South America's most outstanding landscapes. Chile is a land of extremes, showcasing barren desert moonscapes, dramatic granite spires and verdant farmland peppered with emerald lakes. You can't fail to be wowed by this country's seriously impressive scenery. San Pedro - Walk in the Moon Valley and on the Salar de Atacama Puerto Varas - Hike in Chile's Lake District, around the Osorno Volcano Torres del Paine - Discover the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of one of the most impressive locations on earth Why not extend your trip? - This trip can be extended with four days on the mysterious Easter Island (trip code: TDPE)

Highlights
  • Puerto Varas - Hike in Chile's Lake District, around the Osorno Volcano
  • San Pedro - Walk in the Moon Valley and on the Salar de Atacama
  • Torres del Paine - Discover the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of one of the most impressive locations on earth
Destinations
  • Valparaiso
  • Torres del Paine
  • Bellavista District
  • Andes
  • Maipo Valley
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Natales
  • South America
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Santiago
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Puerto Varas
  • Chile
Tour Types
  • Trekking
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Active
  • Scenic
  • Couples
  • Walking
  • Singles
  • Small Group
  • Adventure
  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Photography
  • 50 plus
  • Sightseeing

Location: Santiago

Arrive in Santiago, Chile's majestic capital in the shadow of the Andes. For those arriving on time today our Tour Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 1pm for your welcome briefing, and to take us on an orientation tour of the capital by bus. We'll explore the old part of the city, visiting La Moneda (the Government Palace), as well as the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by Santiago's most important historical buildings including the lavish Metropolitan Cathedral. We'll also explore the Santa Lucia hill, the mount upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541, as well as the arty Bellavista District, getting stunning panoramic views from the top of the San Cristobal Hill. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Santiago International Airport (airport code: SCL), which is approximately a 45 minute drive from our hotel. Please note that if you wish to join the city tour today, you must arrive at the hotel by 1pm. If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least one hour to clear the airport. From the airport it is around a 45 minute drive to our hotel, so therefore the latest your flight should arrive is 11am. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

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Location: Santiago

Today has been left free to explore some more of the city, to wander its streets and parks, or to taste the regional food and drink some of the famous Chilean wine. Alternatively there is the option of a trip to the nearby city of Valparaiso, Chile's culture capital. Once a colonial port linking trade with neighbouring Peru, the city suffered numerous raids at the hands of pirates, including Sir Francis Drake. Reaching the height of its prosperity during the 19th century it finally fell into decline with the onset of the steam age and the opening of the Panama Canal. Much of its colonial past has been destroyed by a number of powerful earthquakes over the years, but the city still retains some of the grandeur of its past. Today it is a major port and the surrounding hills, a natural amphitheatre covered in colourful houses and mansions, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Flying to Calama this morning we transfer by private bus to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, set high among the spectacular volcanoes of Los Andes Cordillera and our gateway to the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert. On arrival there will be time to relax, and this afternoon we will take a walk among the dunes of the nearby Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a nature reserve to the west of the town, where the surreal landscape has been formed by the erosion of the salt mountains. We intend to watch the setting sun cast its golden glow across the spectacular landscape, before returning by bus back to San Pedro.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro was once the centre of the Atacama culture, before the arrival of the Spanish, and its dusty streets and evocative setting still exude an air of times long past. Over the next two days we have the chance to explore in more depth the cultural and natural diversity of this town. Our first day sees us travelling out to the gigantic Salar de Atacama to walk on the salt flats, undoubtedly one of the most dramatic natural features in the country. The barren valley of salt has been almost moulded by wind into crystalline forms on its crust - some hexagonal and others almost coral-like, or like shards of ice. Flamingoes drink from the saltwater lagoons, a flash of bright pink against the otherwise barren landscape. As well as walking in this strange setting, we visit the small village of Tocanao, known for its buildings made of the volcanic stone liparite. We visit the church and historic bell tower, as well as the booths of craftspeople who sell their wares in the small village square.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Our second day in San Pedro has been left free, affording the chance to do some exploring on your own. You may like to take an early morning trip out to the El Tatio Hot Springs, a geothermal field of spouting geysers and steaming fumaroles surrounded by a vista of volcanic mountains. Watching these active geysers erupting in the light of the rising sun is an impressive sight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Puerto Varas

Today we fly to Puerto Montt, the most important port in the south of Chile and, in a very real sense, the spot where the developed or settled population of Chile comes to a full stop. This is the gateway to the wild and rugged regions to the south and from here we drive to Puerto Varas and our hotel, based beside the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Flight schedules can change, but if we have free time to explore we'll take a stroll on the lake shore, the second largest in Chile and one of the shimmering jewels of Chile's Lake District. Set against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes, this is the third largest expanse of natural water on the South American continent and presents us with a quite breathtaking setting.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Puerto Varas

We have a full day of short hikes in this area, which is dominated by the classic volcanic cone of Osorno (2680m), an almost picture-perfect representation of a snowy volvanic peak. Our walk takes us through the lush landscapes of the Valdivian rainforest, the slopes of the mountain sprinkled with Andean birch, providing a haven for chingue (Patagonian skunk), culpeo (Patagonian fox), weasels and puma, whilst the bird populations boast hummingbirds, woodpeckers and kestrel. We head to the Petrohue Waterfalls, a cascading torrent of emerald-blue with a stunning backdrop of the Osorno Volcano.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Puerto Natales

We fly to Punta Arenas today - our journey is normally in the afternoon but flight schedules can change. On arrival into Punta Arenas we take a public bus for the three hour drive to our hotel in Puerto Natales. This is the gateway to the Torres del Paine national park, and from small beginnings as a tiny fishing port it has now blossomed to a hub of adventure, with an atmosphere of excitement as travellers pass through on their way to the mountains. From the edge of the town there are striking views out to the fjords, and looking back inland we see the mountains rising imposingly over us. We will arrive in the evening to Puerto Natales.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Torres del Paine National Park

Leaving Puerto Natales this morning we travel via the Milodon Cave to Torres del Paine National Park, arguably one of the world's most beautiful national parks, described by Alberto de Agostini as 'one of the most spectacular sights that the human imagination can conceive'. We spend the full day in the park and drive around the circuit with plenty of stops to take in the wild and rugged scenery. Torres del Paine is situated amidst a region of ice-capped peaks, silent blue glacial lakes and wild hill country. It is not unusual to see large numbers of guanacos here, as well as black-necked swans, upland geese, pink flamingos and the odd grey fox snooping around the human food areas looking for an easy meal. We may even be fortunate enough to spot condors. One of the highlights of our time here will be the views of the Torres, imposing pinnacles of sharp granite that are surrounded by glacial lakes and craggy ranges, formed millions of years ago. Reaching over 2600 metres these towers are just part of an impressive range, the highest of which is the Cerro Paine Grande, presenting us with one of the most breathtaking mountain vistas on the planet. This is a place to keep an eye out for condors, rheas and guanacos. The itinerary here is kept flexible so we can make the best choices depending on weather conditions as some walks and stops may not be possible due to high winds.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Location: Torres del Paine National Park

Today we have the opportunity to explore this wilderness on foot. We start out on the Hunters Trail, a roughly 7.5km hike which takes 3 hours to complete. The trail crosses natural habitats of big guanaco colonies, and for the lucky few there is the chance to spot the elusive puma. Otherwise, its a great hike for seeing condors or the black-chested buzzard eagle, as well as going past the remains of cave paintings made some 6000 years ago, by the remote and primitave Aonikenk tribes of Patagonia. In the afternoon, we walk to the magnificent icebergs of the glacier-fed Lago Grey, an easy 5km hike of about 1hr in length. The scenery is magnificent throughout, and again the itinerary is flexible in case of the strong winds that sometimes whip through this wild landscape. For those who particularly wish to do the area's most iconic hike to the base of the Torres peaks, it can be undertaken with a local guide from the lodge, at an additional cost.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Location: Puerto Natales

We have our last morning in the park before departing for Puerto Natales in the early afternoon. It's a short drive, or alternatively for those who wish there is the option to take a zodiac boat from Torres del Paine. This excursion starts with a zodiac ride down the Serrano River for one and a half hours, reaching Puerto Toro where we will hike for 30 minutes to get up-close to the Serrano Glacier. After our hike we then board a larger vessel and continue our journey south for another one and a half hours arriving for a well-deserved barbecue lunch at a traditional estancia. We come back together in Puerto Natales in the evening, and have the rest of the day free to relax or perhaps eat out at one of the town's many restaurants.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Santiago

This morning we transfer to Punta Arenas, from where we fly back this afternoon to Santiago. On arrival we will transfer to our hotel for the final evening of our journey through this remarkable country.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Easter Island

This morning you will transfer to the airport for the flight out to Easter Island, arriving early afternoon. On arrival we transfer to the hotel, after which the rest of the day is free to relax and contemplate the days ahead. This extension is not accompanied by a Tour Leader, but you'll have a local guide with you throughout.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Easter Island

Isolated amidst the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island has long held a sense of mystery and fascination for outsiders. Lying some 3790km to the west of Chile the island's nearest neighbour is actually Pitcairn Island (a mere 2075km away) and its giant stone monoliths have been the subject of conjecture and speculation for centuries. Also known as Rapa Nui and the Isla de Pascua, it was discovered by the Dutch on Easter Sunday 1722 (hence its European name), but the original inhabitants of this remote and dramatic island called it Te Pito O Te Henua (the navel of the world). Today it remains one of the most remarkable archaeological sites on the planet, a factor that has seen it entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage listings. The island is renowned for the magnificent stone heads, or Moai, that dot its rugged coastline, magnificent and mysterious monoliths that once numbered some 800 in all and now lie as silent and broken sentinels, looking out across the deep waters of the Pacific. Over the next two days you will explore something more of this most majestic and unique setting. On the first day an excursion has been arranged to Anakena on the northern coast, and we explore the majestic ceremonial platform of Tongariki with its gigantic Moais, as well as the impressive volcanic crater at Rano Raraku, where the largest unfinished Moai can be found at a shocking 21 metres, and the peaceful Te Pito Kura. Anakena beach itself is the site of the village of the island's first monarch, Hotu Matua and the setting for an almost perfectly restored Moai, affording you an opportunity to get some idea of the sheer majesty and wonder that these incredible statues must have evoked. Please note while staying in Easter Island excursions are not in a private vehicle but may be shared with others.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Easter Island

Our second day sees us visiting the village of Orongo on the southernmost tip of the island, one of the island's most culturally important sites and the setting for the annual competitions that played such a vital factor in the ancient birdman cult. Each year chosen warriors from each of the tribes would dive into the waters and swim to the nearby island of Motu Nui in search of the first of the eggs laid by the manutara (sooty tern). The successful swimmer would win the right for his clan to control the distribution rights of the island's resources for the coming year, making it not only a culturally important event, but also one that had far reaching implications for the entire population. The remains of a number of ruined buildings and petroglyphs are dotted about the site, offering a fascinating insight into the cult and its influences. After visiting the quarries at Rano Raraku yesterday, where most of the Moai were carved out of the porous tuff found within the now barren crater, we discover how far the giant figures were transported to their final site of erection. The method of transportation on wooden rollers resulted in the eventual deforestation of the island and ultimately led to the barren landscapes that we see before us today.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Santiago

After a free morning you will transfer back to the airport for the return flight to Santiago and a final night in Chile.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Santiago

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Santiago. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Santiago at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Santiago International Airport (airport code: SCL), which is approximately a 45 minute drive from our hotel.

Included
  • Meals – Breakfast Only
    -Breakfast: 16
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • Fully Guided
  • Accommodation
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

Not Included
  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day
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  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • Country Entry Visas
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4* Atacama To Paine and Easter Island Extension
It was an expensive holiday but in an expensive country and included many internal flights so I assume it was a fair price.
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5* Atacama To Paine and Easter Island Extension
Just like to say a big thank you to all guides for the way they bought the beautiful country of Chile alive.
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Date: 19-Dec-2018

5* Atacama To Paine and Easter Island Extension
Chile is one of the best countries that I've ever visited. The diversity of the different landscapes, the jaw-dropping scenery, the welcoming people and it's fascinating history make it well worth the long journey to get there. I'll definitely being back! The only downside is the cost, it's an expensive trip and whilst there we went through a lot of extra money on food, drink etc. Anything Explore can do to make it as economic as possible would I'm sure be appreciated by future guests.
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Start:Santiago De Chile
Finish:Santiago De Chile
Group size:4 - 18
Suitable for: Adult
Accommodation:Standard
Physical rating:Medium, Moderate
Meals:Breakfast: 16
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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