Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a superb retreat outside San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. With rustic chic accommodation, a fabulous desert adventure programme and great service, Alto Atacama is elegant desert living at its finest.
Chile is a country of great extremes. With the Atacama Desert in the north and the Torres del Paine National Park in the south, any itinerary in Chile inevitably involves a fair amount of flying, unless you have lots of time of your hands.
At 2,500m, the Atacama Desert is both the driest and highest desert on earth. In this harsh, often eerie, yet starkly beautiful desert landscape there is a lot of sunshine, and although the temperature drops below zero at night, generally the year-round climate is pleasant and the transparency of light, unique. The mixture of volcanoes, salt flats and high altitude wetlands is unparalleled. With so much diversity in this small part of Chile, the excursions on offer are endless. We’ve whittled down our top five must-do excursions…
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Chile is renowned for its mind boggling topography, and it is its extreme geography that lends itself to the perfect wine growing conditions. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Andes, there are few places in the world that offer such a spectacular setting for vineyard hopping than the wine regions of of Chile.
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The Chilean Lake District is a fairy-tale land of snow-capped volcanoes, mountain pastures, emerald forests, lush-green rolling hills, turquoise lagoons and crystal-clear lakes. All these varied landscapes make it the most spectacular adventure playground and the perfect holiday destination for the outdoor enthusiast. With such a wide variety of things to see and do, we have narrowed down the top five things that are not to be missed in the Chilean Lake District.
Santiago, Patagonia and Torres del Paine, Lake District, Atacama Desert, Wine Region
Best for: Culture History, First time, Highlights
Chile is the ultimate destination for nature and outdoor lovers. With a vast variety of spectacular landscapes, from cities to vineyards to glacial mountains, this classic itinerary will take you to Chile's most visited spots.
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This classic tour of Chile is the perfect first-timers trip. Encompassing all of Chile's highlights you will experience the true essence of this awe-inspiring country. Discover the rich culture and heritage of Chilean people, as well as the dramatic landscapes that have been drawing visitors for decades. You'll start your adventure in Santiago, before heading to the dramatic Torres del Paine where you will experience some of the most impressive landscape you have ever laid on eyes on! Next up is the Chilean Lake District followed by the vast and remote Atacama Desert before reaching your final destination in the Chilean Winelands.
Days 1 - 3 : Santiago, Chile
The cosmopolitan and energetic city of Santiago will be your first port of call. Explore the city at length with a panoramic city tour, museums and a number of leafy parks to stroll through. With a thriving gastronomy scene aswell, you're sure to not be disappointed. Cerro San Cristobal is the city's major attraction, an expansive park with spectacular views over Santiago's skyline, busy plazas, a National Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Days 3 - 6 : Near Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Stay at Patagonia Camp for 3 nights
After exploring the city, you'll head to the stunning Torres del Paine national park, where towering jagged mountains meet glistening turquoise lakes. You will have english-speaking guides to take you around the park and will have the opportunity to go hiking along the trails and paths of the mountains.
Days 6 - 9 : Puerto Varas, Chile
Stay at Hotel Casa Molino for 3 nights
Your next stop will be the picturesque Lake District region, specifically Puerto Varas, which provides the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. Opt for fly fishing, climb the Osorno Volcano or hike to the icy-blue Petrohue falls. With two free days here, you could also take a trip to the untouched archipelago of Chiloe. Completely off the beaten track and utterly unspoiled, Chiloe represents an area of Chile that still practices many ancient traditions. The islands have an aura of mythology and meeting the locals will most certainly be an experience not to forget.
Days 9 - 12 : San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Stay at La Casa de Don Tomas for 3 nights
The penultimate stop will be the spectacular Atacama Desert. The highest and driest desert in the world, it affords some of the most spell-binding scenery. Home to some of the highest geysers on earth, multi-coloured rock formations and the vast Altiplano, its a travellers dream. The lack of pollution combined with its clear desert nights make it one of the best places on earth to stargaze and this is one of our top recommendations during your stay. You may also wish to visit the town of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can find quaint handicraft markets, a laidback atmosphere and plenty of archaeological sites. You will then fly back to Santiago and take a transfer out to the Central Valley.
Days 12 - 15 : San Antonio Valley, Chile
Stay at La Casona at Matetic Vineyards for 3 nights
The final stop on your trip will be the beautiful wine region of San Antonio Valley. You'll stay at one of our absolute favourite properties and indulge in some pure relaxation after your adventurous last few weeks. During the day, make the most of the day beds and glittering swimming pool whilst overlooking the vineyards. Of course, you're there to enjoy the wines, so take a tour of the facilities and discover some of Chile's best reserve bottles.
Day 15 - 16 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
When to go
The most pleasant months to visit are October to April. Summer (November to April) is hot and there is lots of sunshine. Over winter (June to September) you’ll see the Andes wreathed in snow and can ski nearby, but the weather is chilly and rain can be an issue. Spring-like September is Chile's national independence month, and is full of activity.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $4540 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private guided city tour of Santiago
Private transfers with baggage assistance
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.