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Travel the length of Chile, from the barren beauty of the Atacama and altiplano of the north, via the lakes and volcanoes of the Lake District, to the spectacular mountains and glaciers of Patagonia in the south.
Valparaiso by day and night
Take a walk in moon valley
Altiplano lakes and mountains
Volcan Osorno scenic hike
Lake cruise and glaciers
Admire Torres del Paine
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- Selected meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Santiago
Fly Chile’s sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport and transferred approximately 40 minutes to your hotel.
Day 3: Explore Santiago
This morning, embark on a city tour will allow you to experience its eclectic contrasts. Stroll around the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral to admire the colonial facades, before walking down Ahumada Boulevard, the city’s main commercial street.
Day 4: Discover Valparaíso
Travel 3 hours to the coast, to visit the manicured seaside resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaiso. Visit the beach area of Renaca before riding on a funicular up into the hills to explore, stopping for a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house.
Day 5: San Pedro De Atacama
Rise early and transfer approximately 2 hours to the airport to board your flight to Calama, the flight is 2 hours and 10 minutes. On arrival, transfer 1 hour 50 minutes to your hotel in the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 6: Salar de Atacama
Travel approximately 2 hours to the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Visit Chaxa lagoon, part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve en route to to reach Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, which sit on the high plains at the base of two colossal volcanoes of the same names.
Day 7: El Tatio Geysers
Rise early and travel for around 2 hours deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio Geysers. Set within a ring of volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at best at sunrise. Have a guided walk amongst the mud craters and small bubbling geysers. Wander freely before travelling through the Andes Mountain Range with impressive views of Putama Volcano and Tocorpuri Mountains.
Day 8: Travel to Puerto Varas
This morning, transfer back to Calama and board your flight to Puerto Montt the gateway to Chile’s spectacular Lakes District.
Day 9: Explore Chiloé
Depart to Pargua and board the ferry over to the Chiloé to visit the largest island, Isla Grande. The ferry journey is 40 minutes. Arrive at the village of Chacao for a short stop and then continue to Dalcahue, where you’ll have free time to explore, and the city of Castro.
Day 10: Volcan Osorno
Travel to the surrounds of Llanquihue Lake and to the village of Ensenada, a small village at the foot of Volcan Osorno. Take the hike through the volcano’s plentiful nature, making several breaks on the way, to reach the visitors centre at 1240 metres altitude.
Day 11: Punta Arenas
Transfer back to the airport and fly further south to Punta Arenas, a city that sits at the end of continental South America on the Straits of Magellan.
Day 12: Puerto Natales' Glaciers
Rise early and transfer to the pier to start sailing on the gloomily named Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord, a body of water that is set in a magnificent landscape.
Day 13: Torres del Paine National Park
Enjoy another full day excursion, this time to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the day amongst this breathtaking example of resplendent nature spotting large herds of guanacos as you go.
Day 14: Fly to Santiago
Transfer back to the airport in Punta Arenas and board your flight to Santiago. The flight is approximately 3 and half hours. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Days 15-16: Fly from Santiago back to the UK
Transfer to the airport according to your international flight time and fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Chile: Top to Toe is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.
- A number of destinations on this tour are at altitude. San Pedro de Atacama sits at 2,400 metres above sea level - activity at these altitudes will be at an easy pace.
- You will be required, on several occasions, to climb on and off boats without assistance and spend an extended amount of time on boats in open water.
- There will be several days of sightseeing on foot for a period of time and in some cases for an extended period of time
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by Local Guides. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group.
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