This best of Patagonia Chile tour takes you from Santiago’s rich cultural scenes to the mysterious otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert, and on to the overwhelming wilderness and beauty of Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park. Experience sumptuous accommodations, high-end service, and private tours and excursions, which can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Santiago de Chile
Your luxury tours of Chile and Patagonia begin in Santiago, the sophisticated, bustling, cosmopolitan capital of Chile, which rests in a valley against the breath-taking backdrop of the snow-capped Andes Mountains. Start at Santa Lucia Hill, which is a great vantage point for viewing the city. Continue to the París-Londres neighborhood.
Stroll around the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Bellavista, and take the aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for panoramic views of the city. Explore Santiago’s most famous markets and stroll through the cultural Lastarria neighborhood.
Venture north to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, surrounded by an incredible scenery of mountains, lakes, and rock formations. Stay at the beautiful Awasi Atacama Hotel and choose your excursions a la carte. One option would be to visit San Pedro de Atacama, a colorful village with an enigmatic history that represents the origin of the people of this area.
Or you could choose to explore the otherworldly Death and Moon valleys, and be amazed by the lunar-like depressions, and pink-striped mountains. See the ancient petroglyphs at Rainbow Valley and the multicolored hills. Another option is el Cañón de Kari, where, from a lookout point, you can marvel at the views of the Salt Range and navigate your way through a narrow trail bordered by a ravine. Or head to Garganta del Diablo, composed of endless, usually dry, riverbeds which create spectacular moon-like scenery.
Fly south to Patagonia and explore the cultural and natural wonders of Punta Arenas, one of the most southerly cities on the continent. See a variety of monuments and points of interest including the main square, the navy and maritime museum, the famous Roca Street, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute, and of course the city’s coastline.
Stay at the luxurious Awasi Patagonia, and again, select your excursions on an a la carte basis that might include a challenging hike to the Torres del Paine Base Camp, which will take you to the base of the wonderful Torres del Paine towers, and then to a glacial lagoon. Alternatively, you could head to Lomo Guanaco where you can enjoy watching the guanacos and ñandúes and immerse yourself in the spectacular panoramic scenery.
Another excursion might be to Salto de las Chinas, a private reserve surrounded by stunning landscapes and landmarks such as the Salto Las Chinas waterfall and Laguna Azul with the Torres del Paine in the background, or Lake Sarmiento bordered by the extensive grasslands of the Pampas. The Sendero de los Fósiles, (the path of fossils) is another wonderfully unique and fascinating trip, where you walk through the landscape of the high steppe.