After catching an overnight flight, arrive in Santiago the following morning, and be taken to your hotel.
A private tour of Chile’s capital will show you the historic Santa Lucia Hill with its wonderful facades, fountains and stairways, as well as the famous European architecture that fills the Paris-Londres neighbourhood. You’ll stop for a cup of coffee at one of the notorious “café con piernas”, before setting off to explore some of the city’s most vibrant markets.
Stay: One night in a deluxe room at Lastarria Boutique Hotel – bed & breakfast
After flying to Punta Arenas, you’ll embark on a drive of over five hours through beautiful countryside to enjoy an at-one-with-nature camping experience in the impressive Torres del Paine National Park. The jewel in the Patagonian crown, this is a region defined by its glacial lakes, impossibly blue rivers, granite peaks and rich forests.
You’ll be awe struck by views of the Cuernos del Paine and star-gaze from the comfort of your yurt. Open wooden walkways, kayaking excursions, walks to nearby waterfalls and trekking in Lenga forest will all enhance the sensation of living close to nature.
Stay: Four nights in a deluxe yurt at Patagonia Camp – including all meals and excursions
This morning you will be transferred to your hotel in Punta Arenas, the regional capital situated on the shores of the Straits of Magellan. Enjoy a thrilling tour in search of the mythical Condor – the largest flying bird in the western hemisphere and the national symbol of Chile. Starting in Puntas Arenas, you will journey to Palomares Hill where you will be able to observe these beautiful birds at close range.
Stay: One night in a panoramic view room at La Yegua Loca – bed & breakfast
Now it’s time to exchange Punta Arenas for Puerto Varas, where you can drink in panoramic views of Llanquihue Lake and the Osorno and Calbuco volcanos. The pretty town of Puerto Varas is your starting point for trips to wonderful Pacific beaches, penguin colonies, fishing villages and the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. You’ll visit the park’s most notable natural sights on a full day tour, including the spectacular Petrohue Waterfalls, Osorno Volcano and Rojo Crater, as well as enjoying a boat ride across the emerald waters of the Todos Los Santos Lake.
Stay: Two nights in a superior room at the Awa Hotel – half board
Prepare to be astonished. A short flight and road trip will take you to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, where you’ll be surrounded by the harsh but astoundingly photogenic landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Expect shimmering white salt flats, cacti rearing up from the desert and a sprinkling of verdant oases. You can visit active geysers and hike, climb, ride horses or mountain bike in the aptly named Moon Valley.
Stay: Four nights in a superior room at Tierra Atacama – including all meals, drinks, shared activities and shared transfers
This afternoon you’ll be driven to Calama Airport for your flight to Santiago. There you will connect with your overnight flight back to London.
Fly back to Santiago and you’ll be taken by car to the Rosario Valley, just 90 minutes away. Here you’ll be staying at a small but acclaimed organic winery with a wild garden setting. It’s the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the valley on foot, horseback or bicycle. Enjoy a tour of the winery and sample a selection of their ultra-premium wines.
Stay: Two nights in a standard room at La Casona at Matetic Vineyard
Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again- Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013