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.
Here, Latin America specialist Grant talks about his experience to one of the world's most fascinating and isolated islands: Easter Island, located 3700km from the Chilean mainland.
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.
Highlights of Chile
Santiago, Torres del Paine, the Lake District, San Pedro de Atacama and Easter Island
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An all-encompassing highlights tour of Chile, taking in some of our favourite sights and staying in some of our favourite properties! Perfect for a first time visitor looking to indulge and see the best of this fantastic country.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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This two and a half week itinerary will open your eyes to a land of extreme contrasts. Begin in the cosmopolitan city Santiago, before flying to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, an adventure playground home to wild and magnificent landscapes to explore. Continue to Chile’s Lake District, famous for its turquoise lakes and verdant rolling hills, and end in the mystifying and less travelled Easter Island: one of the most isolated places on earth and an area of magnetism and beauty.
Days 1 - 3 : Santiago, Chile
Stay at Hotel Orly for 2 nights
On arrival into Santiago, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of Providencia. During your time in Chile's capital city explore the highlights on a city tour. Wander the main streets of the historic centre and bohemian area of Bellavista, explore the main plaza where the Cathedral and National History Museum are located, and visit the Fine Arts Museum and get under the skin of one of South America's most cosmopolitan cities.
Days 3 - 6 : Near Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Stay at Patagonia Camp for 3 nights
This morning fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to the luxurious Patagonia Camp. Located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Camp sits on the shores of the enormous Lake Tores and boasts spectacular views of the Paine Massif. All meals and activities are included and during your stay you will explore the pristine wilderness of Patagonia. Soaking up the awe-inspiring scenery, hiking within the national park, kayaking the waters of Lake Toro and horseback riding through the pampas are just a few of the activities on offer here.
Days 6 - 9 : Puerto Varas, Chile
Stay at Hotel Casa Molino for 3 nights
Today, fly to Puerto Montt in the Lake District and transfer to the small boutique property of Casa Molino, located in the heart of Puerto Varas.
We have included a full day tour to Peulla, a comprehensive tour that allows you to explore the magnificent beauty of the region. Travel along the shores of Lake Llanquihue and enjoy wonderful views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Explore the Petrohue National Park and visit pristine waterfalls. From All Saints Lake take a catamaran to the tiny hamlet of Peulla, where you can enjoy lunch and take a short walk to nearby waterfalls.
Your remaining time in Puerto Varas is at leisure, activities on offer include climbing the volcanoes, hiking, fishing, rafting, hiking and agro-tourism to name a few.
Days 9 - 12 : San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Stay at Casa Atacama for 3 nights
Fly north to the Atacama Desert and transfer to your lodge, situated a few blocks from charming San Pedro’s main square. All meals and activities are included during your stay and include hiking, mountain biking, world-class star gazing, visits to the El Tatio geysers, and much more. Explore the heart of the Atacama Desert and marvel at the natural wonders of the highest and driest desert in the world.
Day 12 - 13 : Santiago, Chile
In the early afternoon after one last activity exploring the Atacama Desert, fly back to Santiago and overnight at an airport hotel.
Days 13 - 16 : Easter Island, Chile
Stay at Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa for 3 nights
Fly to Easter Island, well known as a place of magnetism and mystery and home to a culture whose origins are still unknown today. Spend two full days exploring the amazing history and landscapes of the island, and discover its array of volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches and brilliant blue water. All meals and activities are included during your stay and include archaeological tours, hiking trips and horseback rides, among others.
Day 16 - 17 : Santiago, Chile
In the early afternoon after a leisurely morning, fly back to Santiago and stay overnight at an airport hotel before heading back home the following day.
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Our Latin America travel specialists have travelled all around Chile, and can give you honest opinions from their first-hand experience to help design the most amazing holiday. Call 020 3141 2840 and we will start designing a holiday tailored specifically to you.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $7789 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Guided tours in English
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.