A country of contrasts and breathtaking scenery, this Chile tour will offer you an extraordinary natural diversity that ranges from the driest desert in the world to the ancient glaciers of Patagonia in the south.
City Tour of Santiago On this half day tour explore the colonial heritage and modern flair of Chile’s capital city. View the historic center of the city with its San Francisco church, the oldest building in the entire country and the Lastarria neighborhood, known for its vibrant European charm. Visit Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) and learn about La Moneda Palace, the president’s office, located on the square. (Duration about 4 hours, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity).
San Pedro de Atacama lies in the middle of one of the driest deserts of the world – Puna de Atacama.
Visit to the Moon Valley and Death Valley in Atacama This half-day, private excursion offers the most out-of-this-world landscapes found only in this, the driest desert on Earth. Moon Valley impresses with geomorphic structures which lead to bizarrely shaped forms and eroded geological figures. Let your fantasy run free in Death Valley where minerals shine from far away through rocky mountains and amazing sand formations. (Duration: 4 hours, Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)
Half Day Visit to Atacama Salt Flat (Flamingoes at Chaxa & Toconao Village) A wonderful half-day excursion brings you to the quaint village of Toconao where all houses are made of volcanic stones. Next, the largest salt flat awaits you, along with incredible views of flamingos on the shores of what was a prehistoric ocean. This activity is recommended in the late afternoon to enjoy the amazing colors of the sunset or during the early morning to see most of the flamingos. (Duration: 4 hours. Entrance Fee included, Private Activity)
Full Day Visit to El Tatio Geyser and Puritama Hot Springs with Lunch Begin this exhilarating full day excursion in the very early morning hours to visit the famous El Tatio Geyser, nestled in the geothermal field at 4320 masl and flanked by soaring peaks. After that, you’ll be driven to the hot springs in Puritama, where you can enjoy a relaxing soak before returning to San Pedro de Atacama. (Approximately from 5:00 to 17:00, Breafkast, Picnic Lunch and Entrance Fees included, Swimsuit required, Private Activity)
This small Chilean port city serves as an ideal base for excursions to the nearby National Park of Torres del Paine, and for extensive tours through Chilean Patagonia.
Exploration of Milodón Cave and Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales Explore the stunning Torres del Paine National Park with its diverse landscapes bestowed with incredible beauty. En route to the park stop and take a short hike to visit the Milodón cave, where remains of the early inhabitants of southern Patagonia were found. Once in the national park take short hikes to see its attractions such as the Nordenskjöld, Salto Grande Waterfalls, Pehoe Lake, and Lake Grey. With luck you will also be able to wildlife such as guanacos, Darwin Rheas and condors who call the park their home. During your tour admire the mighty Towers of Paine and Horns of Paine mountains which dominate horizon. Experience the grandeur and beauty for yourself and see why this national park is considered the crowning jewel of Patagonia. (Approximately from 08:00 to 19:00. Private Activity. Lunch Included.)
Full day visit to Serrano & Balmaceda Glaciers in group from Puerto Natales Departing Puerto Natales on a full day excursion, navigate along the beautiful fjords of Patagonia into the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Enjoy hiking through the forest and along shore of the glacial lake as the majestic Serrano Glacier comes into view. Afterwards, continue the navigation onwards through the fjords visiting the Balmaceda Glacier. On the way back to Puerto Natales visit a traditional Patagonian estancia where a mouth-watering asado barbeque awaits. (07:30 to 17:00. Group Activity. Lunch Included.)
I searched on the internet for a company that could arrange a custom four day, three night trip to the Atacama Desert that would include transfers to and from the Calama Airport, tours for the days we were there, flights, and hotel reservations. Enchanting Travels was able to do exactly what I wanted it to do.
All the travel arrangements went according to plan and there were not mishaps along the way. There were many unexpected extras included in the trip, such as the meals, and many activities and sites to see without being overwhelmed. The guide was great and he drove a comfortable, clean car, and always had plenty of water for us.