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Full Length Chile 9-Night Itinerary

The best-known fact about Chile is probably its improbable shape. Comically thin and excessively long, Chile stretches from the bellybutton of South America down to its big toe. Spanning over 2,600 miles (4,200 km), the country extends from the driest desert on earth (Atacama) to the vast glacial fields of Patagonia at the “end of the world” …where you can find the amazingly scenic Torres del Paine national park.  In between, you’ll discover diverse the cosmopolitan capital city of Santiago. On this 10-day/9-night journey across the full length of Chile (and a brief excursion into Argentina), you will find a region whose peoples always make you feel like a welcome guest, as well as discover spectacular landscapes that appear as a philharmonic movement of nature.


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Santiago de Chile, Atacama Desert, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Santiago
Day 2: Santiago – Calama
Day 3: Atacama Desert
Day 4: Atacama Desert
Day 5: Calama – Santiago – Punta Arenas
Day 6: Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales
Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 9: Punta Arenas – Santiago
Day 10: Santiago
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Upon landing at the Santiago airport, you will be welcomed and driven to your selected hotel. In the afternoon, we will go on a city tour in Santiago, beginning with the historic downtown district to visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the elaborate main post office and Santiago City Hall. You will also see the “La Moneda,” which is the seat of the nation’s president. We will then take you to East Santiago, where you can appreciate its modern buildings, with offices, apartments, shopping centers and trendy restaurants. You will later return to your hotel to relax and get a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2
Santiago – Calama

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Santiago airport for your flight to Calama, in the Atacama Desert. You will be met at the El Loa airport in Calama, and driven to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama via the Domeyko Mountain Range. In the afternoon, you will be taken on an excursion to Moon Valley, passing through the Salt Mountain Range. Visit the great sand dunes, the amphitheater, and the “Las Tres Marias”natural salt monument. This excursion concludes with a magical sunset over the valley. You will be taken back to your lodge in San Pedro for the night.

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Day 3
Atacama Desert

After breakfast, today’s excursion will be to the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. Following lunch in the town of Socaire, you will be driven to the Atacama Salt Flat to see the Chaxa Lagoon and the Flamingos National Reserve, where you can find three out of the six different kinds of flamingos that exist in the world. This excursion continues to the town of Toconao to visit San Lucas Church and Campanario Tower. You will then be driven back to San Pedro for the night.

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Breakfast - Lunch
Day 4
Atacama Desert

Early in the morning, we will go on an excursion to the El Tatio Geysers. The world’s highest geyser field, it erupts each day at dawn to spout high clouds of steam. We will also trek through the area to observe various other geothermal activities. After a light breakfast, you will then have a chance to bathe in a pool of thermal waters. Later, we will return to San Pedro by way of the village of Machuca, which was formerly devoted to grazing llamas and today is known for its adobe, cactus wood, and straw buildings, as well as its Andean handicrafts. In the afternoon, we will visit Cejar Lagoon, located in the heart of the Atacama Salt Flat. The high concentration of salt and lithium in this lake makes floating easier than on the Dead Sea. Here, you will be able to bathe, swim and float amidst a beautiful landscape. Later, we will return to the hotel for the night.

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Day 5
Calama – Santiago – Punta Arenas

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas, deep in Chile’s Patagonia region, via Santiago. Upon landing, you will be met, welcomed and driven to the city, where you will have a free day and spend the night.

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Day 6
Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, we sail through the Magellan Strait towards Magdalena Island. We will disembark on the island to interact with the world’s largest colony of Magellan Penguins. Later, we will return to Punta Arenas, and drive by bus in the afternoon to the city of Puerto Natales (250 km), where you will spend the night.

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Day 7
Torres del Paine National Park

Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Torres del Paine, visiting the Cave of the Milodon, where they discovered well-preserved remains of this prehistoric herbivore that existed 12,000 years ago. From here, journey will continue into Torres del Paine National Park, where we will visit Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe Lake, and Salto Grande. Lunch. Trekking through a forest of lenga trees towards a viewpoint of Grey Glacier, with its impressive ice floes. Afterward, visit to Amarga Lagoon and return to Puerto Natales. Overnight.

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Breakfast - Lunch
Day 8
Perito Moreno Glacier

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to El Calafate — in Argentina (320 km) — and excursion to Perito Moreno glacier (box-lunch and entrance fees to National Park included). Return to Puerto Natales for the night.  (Optional: Overnight in El Calafate and the following day transfer by bus line to Puerto Natales, and bus line from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport. In this case, transfer from hotel in El Calafate to bus terminal is not included).

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Breakfast - Lunch
Day 9
Punta Arenas – Santiago

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport by bus line for your flight back to Santiago. You will be welcomed at the Santiago airport and transferred to your hotel. (Optional: Farewell dinner at a typical Chilean restaurant with folk music and dance performances, including transfer from and back to your hotel: USD $100). Overnight at your hotel.

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Day 10

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Santiago airport for your international flight at the scheduled time.

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Price per person
Hotel CategoryDouble
First-Class Superior or LuxuryUS$ 3,329 PP
First ClassUS$ 2,422 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
CITYFirst ClassFirst-Class Superior or Luxury
Santiago de ChileTorremayor / BonaparteRegal Pacific
San Pedro de AtacamaCasa Don Tomás / San PedroCumbres
Punta ArenasIsla Rey Jorge / Finis TerraeCabo de Hornos
Puerto NatalesFrancis DrakeCost Australis vista mar
Included in the price:
  • Lodging at selected hotels (or comparable ones), with breakfast, based on double room occupancy
  • Transfers with driver
  • SIB excursions with English/Spanish-speaking local guides
  • Transfers by bus (Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas)
  • Entrance fee to National Park 
  • Lunch or box lunch on days 3, 7 and 8
Not included in the price:
  • Airfares 
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Voluntary tips and gratuities

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