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Si! Chile

Featuring
Santiago
the Atacama Desert
the Scenic Lake District
spectacular Paine Towers National Park
and Matetic boutique vineyard

18 days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Friday

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Day 1 - Friday - Depart Miami:  Evening departure on overnight flight to Chile.

Day 2 - Saturday - Arrive Santiago:  Morning arrival in Santiago.  Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the Singular Santiago in the heart of the trendy Lastarria for immediate check-in and two night stay.  Afternoon city tour of Santiago, fourth largest city in South America and beautifully set among a backdrop of snowcapped Andes.  Visit the highlights  including the Club Hipico, the area of "La Moneda" government palace with statues of national heroes of the early Independence years; historic Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, Post Office and National Museum, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, with one of the most complete collections of ceramics, ancient textiles and relics of American culture, among other places of interest. (B)

Day 3 - Sunday - Santiago:  Today you'll enjoy a full day's excursion to the twin cities of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Begin with a scenic 90 minute drive west to these coastal cities. Vina del Mar is a popular seaside resort and Valparaiso, Vina's neighbor, has been named by UNESCO as a "Patrimony of Mankind". Visit the main points of interest in Vina and then continue to Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a sheer surprise and long overlooked. It is built on a series of hills, and has narrow winding streets, houses that seem to cling to the hillsides, unique architecture, many hip restaurants and clubs. Historic cable-cars are still a popular means of transportation from the sea level town below to these bustling neighborhoods. Enjoy lunch at one of the popular restaurants and late afternoon return drive to Santiago. (B/L)

Day 4 - Monday - Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama:  Morning pick up at your hotel by your private car and guide for transfer to the airport for flight north to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert, considered one of the driest deserts on earth.  Meeting by staff from the Alto Atacama and drive about 90 minutes by hotel van into the heart of the desert to the town of San Pedro de Atacama for a four night stay at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.  This afternoon you'll have your first chance to begin visiting the area. (B/L/D)

During your stay you will enjoy all meals, an open bar and a daily menu of activities and excursions, including biking, hiking, and visits to main points of interest in the area such as the Salt Flats, the geysers and the town of San Pedro de Atacama.  Click here for a complete list of excursions and activities.

Day 5 - Tuesday - San Pedro de Atacama:  Today you will choose from the menu of excursions as offered by Alto Atacama. (B/L/D)

Day 6 - Wednesday - San Pedro de Atacama:  Again today you can choose from the menu of excursions as offered by Alto Atacama. (B/L/D)

Day 7 - Thursday - San Pedro de Atacama:  One last day to explore the area Alto Atacama style. (B/L/D)

Day 8 - Friday - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago:  At the appropriate time Alto Atacama will transfer you back to the Calama airport for your flight south to Santiago.  Meeting and transfer to the Ritz Carlton in the heart of the city for overnight stay. (B)

Day 9 - Saturday - Santiago - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas:  Morning transfer to the airport for flight south to Puerto Montt, gateway to the scenic Lake District of Chile. Meeting upon arrival and visit the main points of interest in Puerto Montt including Angelmo's fish market and colorful handicraft market.  Then transfer 40 minutes north to Puerto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue with snow-capped Osorno Volcano as a backdrop.  You'll stay two nights in a Superior Lake View room at the Radisson Puerto Varas. (B)

Day 10 - Sunday - Puerto Varas:  Spend the day exploring this side of the Lake District.  Visit the highlights of Puerto Varas, often called The City of Roses.  Enjoy a drive along scenic Lake Llanquihue, with a visit to the monument to the first settlers, en route to Frutillar where you will visit this picturesque city and its small but excellent museum.  Frutillar was settled by the Germans and has a distinct alpine atmosphere.  Then continue on to Octay on the Centinela Peninsula.  Lunch is included en route today. (B/L)

Day 11 - Monday - Puerto Varas:   Today you'll enjoy a day trip to the island of Chiloe.  Drive from Puerto Varas to the ferry port for an hour's crossing to Chiloe.  Then drive to Ancud, on the north coast 30 km west of the Strait of Chacao.  Founded in 1767 to guard the shipping route, it was defended by two fortresses on opposite sides of the bay.  Visit the San Antonio Fort built in 1770, and the Museo Regional with an interesting collection of artifacts from Chiloe's early history.  The Jesuits arrived on Chiloe in 1608 and by the time they were expelled in 1767 the island had 69 churches.  The island is famous for its traditional handicrafts, woolens and basketware.  Visit all the main points of interest and enjoy lunch before return ferry and drive back to Puerto Varas. (B/L)

Day 12 - Tuesday - Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Paine Towers National Park:  Morning transfer to Puerto Montt for flight south along the Andes to Punta Arenas where you will be met by the staff of Tierra Patagonia for the five hour transfer to the edge of Paine Towers National Park, one of the icons of Patagonia, and without a doubt, one of the most spectacular mountain areas on earth.  In the center of the park is a granite massif from which rise the Torres (Towers) and the Cuernos (Horns) of Paine, oddly shaped peaks of over 2,600 meters.  There are 15 peaks in the park above 2000 meters, the highest of which is Cerro Paine Grande.  The valleys are filled with beautiful lakes and the enormous Campo de Hielo Sur icecap gives the park four main glaciers: Grey, Dickson, Zapata and Tyndall.  Two other glaciers descend from the west side of the central massif.  There is an abundance of wildlife in the park (105 species of birds, 25 species of mammals and over 200 species of plants) due to a micro-climate especially favorable to plants and wildlife.  You'll spend four nights at the Tierra Patagonia. (B/D)

Please NOTE:  During your stay you will enjoy all meals, an open bar and a daily menu of excursions.  Each night the guides will discuss the options for activities the next day.  They range from half day, easy excursions to full day, difficult excursions and include walks, hikes, treks, horseback riding and motor launch excursions.  The excursions are designed to give you ample time to explore the beauties of the park.  Be sure to include a visit to Estancia Cerro Guido, an authentic still working Patagonia Estancia for an opportunity to learn about life in this remote part of the world.

Day 13 - Wednesday - Just outside Paine Towers National Park:  Today enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia.  You have options both inside and outside of the park. (B/L/D)

Day 14 - Thursday - Just outside Paine Towers National Park:  Another day to enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia. (B/L/D)

Day 15 - Friday - Just outside Paine Towers National Park:  Another day to enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia. (B/L/D)

Day 16 - Saturday - Paine Towers National Park - Punta Arenas - Santiago - San Antonio Valley:  Morning transfer by Tierra Patagonia van for the five hour drive south along the rolling steppes of Patagonia to Punta Arenas airport where you catch your flight north along the Andes to Santiago.  Meeting upon arrival in Santiago and transfer a little over an hour south to the San Antonio Valley and the charming La Casona, guesthouse for Matetic Winery.  You'll spend two nights and enjoy all meals during your stay. (B/D)

Day 17 - Sunday - San Antonio Valley:  Morning drive through Casablanca Valley to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are two cities that run together, making one giant city on the coast.  Valparaiso is a unique city sitting on 45 hills that form a natural amphitheater looking to the port and ocean, with a narrow plateau with streets running parallel to the ocean while others go up and down the hills.  One of the great attractions is the historical central area which was declared a World Heritage site in 2003.  It has been the inspiration for painters and poets, including Pablo Neruda who had a home here.  Today "La Sebastiana" is a museum.  Vina del Mar, also called the Garden City, is one of the country's most popular resorts in summer and on holidays, with many beaches dotting the coastline.  During the year a number of exhibits are presented together with a tight theater calendar, a cinema festival and a world renowned International Song Festival.  Lunch will be included en route today. (B/L/D)

Day 18 - Monday - San Antonio Valley - Santiago and depart to US:  Enjoy a relaxing morning at La Casona, have lunch and then depart to the coast and the town of Isla Negra, a quiet summer resort made famous by the Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda who arrived there in the 40's and made it his home.  Here you will visit his home, today a museum, declared a Historical Monument in 1990.  In it the poet kept thousand of objects collected during his trips from all over the world, among them large shells, large bows masks, bottles, books, etc.  Late afternoon return drive to the Santiago airport to check-in for your departure flight. (B/L)

Day 19 - Tuesday - Arrive Miami:  Morning arrival in Miami, clear customs and immigrations and make connections to your home city.


RATES and DETAILS:

SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (Subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2017 Request $9,950 - $11,995 Request
2018 estimate + 10%
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit
upon confirmation of all space
65 days prior departure
CHANGES:
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents

CANCELLATIONS:

Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly recommended
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Hotel accommodations as detailed, with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • 5-day/4-night Alto Atacama program including Catarpe accommodations, all transportation from-to Calama, all meals, open bar and daily activities-excursions
  • 5-day/4-night Tierra Patagonia program including all transportation from-to Punta Arenas, all meals, open bar and daily activities-excursions, based on using Superior accommodations
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 2, 2017. Information & rates subject to change.

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