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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Chilean Patagonia is the perfect destination for nature and outdoor enthusiasts looking for exploration and adventure. Majestic and alluring, it’s one of our favourite places to dream of and to fire your interest, we’ve shortlisted our top five reasons to travel to this pocket of South America.
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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, Puerto Varas, Atacama Desert
Best for: Culture History, Walking Trekking, Family
This itinerary offers you the very best of Chile's majestic landscapes. From the bustling city of Santiago to the remote Torres del Paine, to the sheer vastness of the Atacama Desert, you are sure to be utterly mesmerized by this fascinating country.
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Chile is a country of many landscapes and climates. In order to explore the country for the first time, we recommend the following itinerary as a trip that includes all the essentials. Perhaps once your trip is over, you'll want to return and discover Chile in greater depth, but until then, explore the urban hub of Santiago, where the majority of Chile's population resides followed by its great natural wonders. After exploring the city. you'll embark on your journey to the impressive Torres del Paine. Continuing to be Chile's crown jewel, Torres del Paine National Park affords some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, let alone in Chile - its an absolute must if we say so ourselves! Next, you'll head to the Chilean Lake District for more incredible panoramic vistas, before venturing into the Atacama Desert for a once in a lifetime experience. Stargaze under the clearest skies, take a hot-air balloon ride at sunset in the Moon Valley or visit traditional markets and towns for an insight into authentic Chilean culture.
Days 1 - 3 : Santiago, Chile
Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. With a day at leisure, we recommend taking the half-day panoramic city tour, where you will visit the most important attractions in the city. You'll see the Santa Lucia hill where the city was founded, the La Moneda Palace (presidential offices) and the Armas main square where there are a number of markets, food vendors and street entertainers. Taking you through Forestral Park, you'll discover the quirky neighbourhoods that surround the centre of Santiago and get a taste of what it's like to be a local in the city!
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 Casa Atacama for 3 nights
The last stop on your Chile adventure is the remote 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. Undoubtedly, this part of Chile ticks all the boxes and is the perfect way to end your trip.
Day 12 - 13 : Santiago, Chile
Today, you will travel back to Santiago for your final night in Chile.
Day 13 - 14 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $3662 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.