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'Chilean Expedition Lodges'

What makes this trip special?

City life beside the Andes

City life beside the Andes

Santiago

Set against the backdrop of a long line of Andean peaks, Santiago is a colonial city, turned republican capital, turned modern metropolis. There's a lot to do, with good art galleries, unmissable museums, lovely parks, and a great range of shops, restaurants and hotels. Step outside the city and you are in some of Chile's most notable wine valleys.

Granite towers of Patagonia

Granite towers of Patagonia

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is one of South America's most dramatic national parks. Its focus is a colossal massif thrown up from deep in the earth beside the Andes and the Southern Ice Field. The tall towers of Las Torres are set in a complex of other dramatic peaks and glaciers, ringed by lakes, low hills and steppe. It is a great destination for dramatic scenery, stunning walks, and Patagonian wildlife.

Adobe in the Desert

Adobe in the Desert

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is the main base for all your activities in the Atacama region. A few years ago the little town was just a few adobe houses, but it now bustles with visitors heading into the desert.

Poetic port-town

Poetic port-town

Valparaiso

Chile's unique second city of Valparaiso is now an UNESCO world heritage site made famous by its colourful hilltop neighbourhoods and rickety funicular railway elevators still in active use. The town's most famous resident and Nobel literature prize winner Pablo Neruda, was hugely influenced by the town. His former home 'La Sebastiana' has been preserved much as it was: a worthy pilgrimage for those new to his poetry and those who have made it part of their lives.

Itinerary map for Chile 'Chilean Expedition Lodges' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Santiago
  • 2 Santiago
  • 3 Torres del Paine
  • 4 Torres del Paine
  • 5 Torres del Paine
  • 6 Torres del Paine
  • 7 Casablanca
  • 8 Casablanca
  • 9 San Pedro de Atacama
  • 10 San Pedro de Atacama
  • 11 San Pedro de Atacama
  • 12 San Pedro de Atacama
  • 13 Valparaíso
  • 14 Valparaíso
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Chilean Expedition Lodges'

DAY 1

Santiago

Arrive in Santiago. You are met at the airport and driven to your hotel in Chile’s buzzy sensible capital. In the afternoon your guide introduces you to the city with a visit to Santa Lucia Hill and the historic centre around Plaza de Armas.

DAY 2
B

Free in Santiago. Galleries, design shops, foodie treats.

DAY 3
BLD

Torres del Paine expedition lodge

You are collected and driven to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in the far south. You are met and driven to your chosen expedition lodge in the area. Settle in and plan your next day’s activities with the staff. Relax in the spa before dinner.

DAY 4
AI

Three days of expeditions from your lodge’s range of options. All offer several grades of hikes and horse riding. Some offer biking, high ascents, kayaking and wildlife or photography. Family options are available too. In the Austral late spring and summer when most clients visit Patagonia the hours of daylight are nice and long.

DAY 5
AI

DAY 6
AI

DAY 7
B

Central Valley winery

Travel back to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas for your return flight to Santiago. From Santiago you are driven you to a top range winery in the Casablanca Valley to relax after the exertions of Patagonia.

DAY 8
B

Relax at the winery, with a wine tour and wine tasting.

DAY 9
BD

Atacama expedition lodge

Fly to Calama where you are met and driven to your chosen lodge at San Pedro. Settle in, discuss the active options and set out for a mid/late afternoon expedition. Spa. Dinner.

DAY 10
AI

Three days of expeditions of your choosing from your lodge’s range. Several grades of hiking, horse riding and overland trips by 4WD are widely offered. Biking, high ascents, hot springs, star-gazing, full moon hikes, bird watching, and other special interest trips are offered by individual lodges. There are family options too.

DAY 11
AI

DAY 12
AI

DAY 13
B

Valparaíso

There may be time for a morning expedition before your return flight to Santiago, where you are met. A private driver takes you to Valparaíso for a two night stay.

DAY 14
B

Your local guide takes you for a morning’s walking tour of the city, up funicular lifts, strolling lanes, with views and street art.

DAY 15
B

Morning in Valparaíso. You are collected by a private driver and driven to Santiago airport in time for your overnight flight home.

Guide prices for 'Chilean Expedition Lodges'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Tierra hotels 2 people sharing £7,395
Explora hotels 2 people sharing £7,995
Awasi hotels 2 people sharing £9,995
Mid-range independent lodges (Las Torres - Casa Atacama) 2 people sharing £5,535
Upper range independent lodges (Remota - Alto Atacama Quitor) 2 people sharing £6,835
Top range independent lodges (The Singular - Alto Atacama Catarpe) 2 people sharing £7,585
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Seasonal information for 'Chilean Expedition Lodges'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
2 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
3 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
4 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
5 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
6 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
7 Casablanca 26°C rainfall 2mm
8 Casablanca 26°C rainfall 2mm
9 San Pedro de Atacama 24°C rainfall 22mm
10 San Pedro de Atacama 24°C rainfall 22mm
11 San Pedro de Atacama 24°C rainfall 22mm
12 San Pedro de Atacama 24°C rainfall 22mm
13 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
14 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Chilean Expedition Lodges'