From the museums and parks of Santiago to the extraordinary Atacama Desert, and the Chile Lake District, Chile is an active family paradise with a wide range of both soft and more strenuous adventure opportunities. The featured activities and accommodations can be tailored to suit your personal wishes and all tours and excursions are conducted on a private basis (private transport with a private guide).
Santiago de Chile
Your 8-day family adventure begins with a tour of the historical and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. Start at the main avenue, the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, and head to La Moneda, the Government Palace. Walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, and visit the famous main square of the city, the Plaza de Armas, aond the Metropolitan Cathedral.
From there, continue to Santa Lucia Hill, which is a great vantage point for viewing the city. Stroll around the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Bellavista, and take the aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for panoramic views of the city. Finally, visit Providencia with its top restaurants, elegant shops, and modern high-rise buildings.
Venture north to the Atacama Chile Desert, the driest desert in the world, surrounded by an incredible scenery of mountains, lakes, and rock formations, guaranteed to impress everyone in the family. Stay at the Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa, enjoy some spa therapies, and choose your excursions a la carte. One option would be to visit the Tatio Geysers, where columns of water vapor reach over 40 feet in height from several of the pools of boiling water.
The return trip offers the opportunity to spot local species: vicuñas, foxes, vizcachas and Andean ostrich, and visit the picturesque village of Machuca. Or you could choose to explore the otherworldly Death and Moon valleys, and be amazed by the lunar-like depressions, and pink-striped mountains.
Another option is the High Plains Lagoons tour, at more than 13,000 feet above sea level. See the remote Aguas Calientes and Tuyajto lagoons amidst the amazing colors and contrasts of the salt flats, as well as the area of Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks) with its impressive, inspiring geological formations.
The Chile Lake District
Head to the delightful AndBeyond Vira boutique hotel for your Chile Lake District tours. This stunning area abounds with family-friendly activities. In Pucon, the country’s Alpine adventure capital, you can take to the water on a kayak, experience the thrill of white-water rafting, or climb the Villarrica Volcano with its startling open lava pool crater at the top.
At the end of the day, head to the hot thermal pools for a relaxing soak. If you’re a family that enjoys outdoor adventures, spend a day in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. From clear waterways to ancient trees and puffing volcanoes, you’ll relish the spectacular views and abundant wildlife. Enjoy more opportunities for white-water rafting, as well as hiking, ziplining, and biking. Nearby parks include Vicente Perez Rosales and Alerce Andino, where you’ll find more outdoor adventures including fly fishing. You could even opt for a beautiful sunset helicopter flight over the Araucanía Region.