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Discover Chile's awe-inspiring geographical and natural extremes on this premium, multi-destination adventure. From the world's driest desert to the volcanic peaks, the wild Patagonian steppe, the country's vineyards, unique activities and boutique accommodation, this trip has everything for a deluxe, scenic adventure. From the otherworldly, terracotta terrain of Atacama Desert in the north, to the evergreen forests and snowy volcanic peaks of the lakes district, to picturesque wilderness, this is the perfect trip for those wanting an in-depth and scenic Chilean adventure and a wine journey.
Suite domes were designed for sleeping in the highest level of comfort allowed by sustainable development in a natural untarnished environment. Suite domes are comfortable built in the same shape as the ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Their structure produces minimal environmental impact while providing an efficient thermal and wind resistant unit, with great exposure to nature in the most magnificent Patagonian setting. Guests can gaze at the stars through the ceiling windows while falling asleep each night, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from their private terrace. Each suite dome has comfortable double or twin beds, a private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet, and a modern low-emission wood stove.
Castillo Rojo, The Red Castle, is located at the center of Plaza Mori in the heart of Bellavista. The neighborhood is famous for its live music, theater, fine restaurants, and exciting nightlife. It is located one block from the Pablo Nerudas house, Patio Bellavista, and the Funicular to the summit of San Cristobal Hill. The iconic Red Castle, was originally built in 1923 as an elegant private home and it quickly became known as a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. In 2013, it was lovingly re-imagined as a boutique hotel, with original furniture, restored fireplaces and woodwork, light fixtures and other design elements true to the style of the 1920s.
Today, Castillo Rojo offers modern comforts and luxuries, it offers 19 individually climate-controlled guest rooms, each with a private bath and high definition cable television. Each luxurious room is individually designed, with spectacular views of the snowcapped Andes, downtown Bellavista, or the beautiful plaza. When you arrive at Hotel Castillo Rojo, the staff will greet you at the entrance and deliver your luggage to your room. The guest rooms are located on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floors. As a landmark building, there is no elevator. Connecting rooms are available upon request.
The hotel offers a warm and welcoming service characteristic of the south of the world, inviting guests to experience a unique world of sensations. It has the best spa in the area, and gastronomy of the highest level. It also has activities and events designed for every occasion and every family member. Located in the Province of Llanquihue in the in Chile's Los Lagos Region, Puerto Varas is nestled in a natural setting formed by Lake Llanquihue and Osorno Volcano, and is home to 32,000 people. The rooms are comfortable and have unique decoration, featuring noble, natural materials that are handcrafted, making each room at Hotel Patagonico a world of its own.
There are 32 standard rooms, which feature king-size beds overlooking the city of Puerto Varas, railway station and hotel gardens, 18 standard twin rooms (two beds) overlooking the city of Puerto Varas, railway station and hotel gardens, 22 superior rooms, featuring king-size beds overlooking Lake Llanquihue and volcanoes, 12 superior twin (two beds) rooms with views of Lake Llanquihue and volcanoes, 2 executive suites of 60 square meters, featuring a king size bed and a wonderful view overlooking the city of Puerto Varas, and 5 master suites of 60 square meters, featuring a king size bed and a privileged view of Lake Llanquihue and volcanoes.
Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food, and warm hospitality. Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality, and excellent service. Tierra Atacamas architecture, interior design and gardens were designed by some of Chiles leading creative talent. Their objectives were to be as authentic as possible, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials, while also creating a place that allows guests to relax, spoil themselves, and enjoy this magical part of the earth.
Their ambiance is casual and friendly; they want the guests to be comfortable in the common areas just as if they were in their own homes. Enjoy one of the welcoming private corners of the hotel such as a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks. When night falls, take in the brilliant stars, bask in the peace and wonder that is the Atacama Desert. Their rooms have several amenities as Wi-Fi, private terrace, outdoor shower, central heating, air conditioning, ceiling fan, hair dryer, and safe deposit box. In addition, there are guest computers available, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a TV lounge, excursions area, board games, outdoor campfire, and views of the Licancabur Volcano.
After landing at Santiago airport and clearing through customs, you will be met by a Cascada Expediciones representative and driven to your hotel in a private hotel transfer. You will have time to relax after checking into your upscale hotel and before being picked up for a city walking tour.The tour begins by driving downtown to famous landmarks including the central fish market and Plaza de Armas (Santiagos main square) and kilometer zero (the point from which all distances in the country are measured). You will visit the Alameda, the main street of the city center, via busy pedestrian walkway Paseo Ahumada, famous for its shops, and diverse crowds.
After visiting Chile's presidential palace La Moneda, a symbol of Chiles political past and its famously turbulent history, you will climb the Cerro Santa Luca, where Santiago was founded in 1541 by Pedro Valdivia. Your city tour will finish with a visit to the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood, lined with cafs, restaurants, small theaters, bookstores, and boutique shops. You will be treated to a welcome dinner at the renowned Peumayen restaurant, a popular establishment which seeks to take every customer on a delectable, gastronomical journey through the indigenous cultures in Chile. Tonight, you will stay in Hotel Castillo Rojo, a four star-hotel in Santiago.
Your exclusive tour begins with a visit to Perez Cruz, a boutique winery located on the estate grounds of the Perez Cruz family in the Maipo Alto Valley. The vineyard is surrounded by beautiful scenery which complements the modern, elegant architecture of the manor.After having sampled some of the finest wines of the Maipo Alto Valley, you will continue to the legendary Concha and Toro winery in Pirque, where you will embark on a wonderful, informative tour covering the spectacular grounds and rich history of Chiles oldest winery. You will be treated to a visit of the legendary wine cellar, before moving on to a tasting session where you will sample four varieties of the prestigious Marques de Casa Concha wine.
The wine is accompanied by a selection of cheeses, nuts, dry fruits, and freshly baked breads. After the tasting, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in one of Pirques local restaurants, Tesoros de Chile. A beautiful restaurant housed in a heritage-rich Chilean casona from the nineteenth century, Tesoros de Chile was originally the house in which the estate of Pirque was administered. The house is decorated with elements of Chile's varying cultural influences and is home to a delicious tasting menu with recipes from different regions of the country, offering an entertaining and authentic sensual journey through Chiles regions and cultures.
The tour will continue with a visit to the Aquitania Winery, discovered in 1984 by two Bordeaux residents looking for high-quality Chilean land to plant a vineyard. You will be taken on a tour of the vineyard, complete with information about the history of the vineyard and the wine-making tradition. After visiting the wine cellar, enjoy an exquisite tasting of a variety of different wines before being driven back to your hotel in Santiago. Please note that the Aquitania winery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. If you book the tour on one of these days, the mornings second wine tour and lunch will be at the Santa Rita winery and the evening wine tour at Concha y Toro winery. Tonight, you will stay in Hotel Castillo Rojo.
You will check out of the hotel and be driven to the airport in a private transfer. After a short, scenic flight you will arrive in Calama and be driven to San Pedro de Atacama, in the middle of the desert, where you will check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have some time to acclimatize before being whisked off on tour to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), located 13 kilometers / 8 miles west of San Pedro in the Salt Mountain Range.
The valley has beautiful, otherworldly landscapes and is considered one of the driest places on the planet. This tour to Valle de la Luna will be planned in time for you to witness the spectacular sunset fading behind the cascading sand dunes. As you watch the sun disappear behind the horizon, you will feel the immensity of the desert stretching out all around you. Light refreshments and a specialist guide will be provided. You will spend the night at Hotel Spa Tierra Atacama, a four-star hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Today, you drive to the great Salar de Atacama, a white endless salt flat with flamingos nesting in the lagoons. Geological research studies suggest this great salt flat is the most important lithium reserve in the world. You will visit a nearby village with ancient architecture and inviting locals who produce fine wool knit products and in the afternoon visit to the Altiplano lagoons, Miscanti and Meique, located 4,500 meters above sea level. Unique flora and fauna can be seen and the area is also home to many legends about the Atacama Desert. You will end by visiting the town of Socaire, where old Andean traditions still exist today. You will spend the night at Hotel Spa Tierra Atacama.
The very early wake-up call from the hotel will be well worth it when you arrive at the amazing Tatio Geysers and see them in action. From almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of these spectacular geysers. A scrumptious breakfast will be served upon arrival before you walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. As you drive back, there is a magnificent view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes. You arrive back in town in time to have lunch and the afternoon will be free to rest after the early start, high altitude, and low temperature you faced in the morning. You will spend the night at Hotel Spa Tierra Atacama.
Today, you are travelling from one extreme to another as you head from the dusty Atacama Desert to Chile's luscious Lake District, lined with vast lakes and active volcanoes. After checking out from the hotel, you'll be driven to Calama airport and board a flight to Puerto Montt, connecting in Santiago. Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, you'll be driven to nearby Puerto Varas, a beautiful town with a marked German architectural style located on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, where you'll check into Hotel Patagonico, a four star-hotel in Puerto Varas.
This morning, you are going white water rafting. You will be driven to the Petrohue sector, in Perez Rosales National Park, located at the foot of Osorno Volcano next to the flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue River. Once you arrive, you will meet your skilled guides who will equip you will all the rafting gear needed (wetsuit, helmet, paddle jacket, and life jacket) and then talk you through safety instructions. You board the rafts and start paddling down this beautiful class III river, enjoying the rapids and the views. After completing the designated river section, you will have a snack on the river banks and then return to Puerto Varas to spend the afternoon. Tonight, you will stay in Hotel Patagonico.
Depart Puerto Varas for Ensenada and drive to the Osorno Volcano and ski center. From there, get an incredible view of Lake Llanquihue and the surrounding volcanoes. After taking in the view, you will head back down the hill and start your trek along the El Solitario trail, a small track formed by lava which weaves its way through ancient native forest. After 6 kilometers of this undulating trail, with constant views of the volcanoes and the lake, you reach Saltos de Petrohue, close to Todos los Santos Lake. Tonight, you will stay in Hotel Patagonico.
Today, you check out of your hotel and are driven to the airport to board a flight to Punta Arenas. It is recommended to take a flight to Puerto Natales. If you fly in via Punta Arenas Airport, please make sure your schedule allows you to take the regular EcoCamp transfer from the airport at the latest 15:30. You will be picked up from Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to Patagonia EcoCamp, located in Torres del Paine National Park. En-route, you will make a couple of stops. First, in Puerto Natales, a lively town on the shores of Seno de Ultima Esperanza, where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second, at Cueva de Milodon, a prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s.
The journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at Patagonia EcoCamp, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres del Paine. During summer, the sun sets around 23:00, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon. For the next two days, you will have the choice between active or easy excursions. Patagonia EcoCamp provides you with a chart of excursions provided each day of the week. The excursions vary depending on weather and the season. You will spend the night at Patagonia Eco-Camp suite dome, located in Torres del Paine National Park.
Today, you can choose an easy-level or an active-level activity.
Drive across the park, admiring Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black spires. Walking along the shores of Lake Pehoe, see the Salto Grande waterfalls. The walk continues over the Nordenskjold trail until you reach its lookout point. Back at Lake Pehoe, you are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Enjoy a box-lunch by the lake, before embarking on a boat ride to the towering walls of Glacier Grey. After this sight, you will drive back to the EcoCamp. In shoulder season (October and April), the boat trip on Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 10 passengers to sail. In such case, an alternative excursion will be planned.
Drive across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande, its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until you reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, you are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake
Grey, where you walk to reach the start of the beautiful Pingo Trail, taking you through a fairytale Magellan forest full of local fauna and flora. As you walk, huge rock formations in nearby hills and the strong Patagonian wind give you a good idea of just how wild Patagonia is. You will reach a small sightseeing point with splendid views of the Massifs west face, and then walk back to Grey Beach to meet your fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Head together to EcoCamp to enjoy dinner and relaxation time. You will spend the night at Patagonia EcoCamp suite dome.
Today, you can choose an easy-level or an active-level activity
Start the day driving to Laguna Azul, on the north-eastern side of the park, stopping at various points en-route to admire the local flora and fauna and the mighty Paine Waterfall. Once at Laguna Azul, hike to a sightseeing point with a panoramic view of both the lagoon and granite towers. Then, drive down to the shores of Sarmiento Lake, home to many limestone formations and herds of guanacos, and walk northwards along the Fauna Trail past the small Goic Lagoon and various types of fauna. After around 5 kilometers, reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station from where you will be driven back to the EcoCamp to relax and enjoy the evening meal.
Walk from the EcoCamp towards Hostera Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests, and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Your big challenge comes as you climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the most famous views overlooking the towers. Torres del Paine consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. After feasting on the view and your picnic, return to the EcoCamp. You will spend the night at Patagonia EcoCamp suite dome.
Board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Once in Santiago, you will be driven back to your lovely hotel by private transfer and get some well-deserved sleep. Tonight, you will stay in Hotel Castillo Rojo, a four star-hotel in Santiago.
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and be driven to the airport by private transfer, where you will board your flight back home. Hasta la proxima, Chile!
This retreat will take place in Chile, visiting Santiago de Chile, San Pedro de Atacama, Puerto Varas, and Torres del Paine. Chile is the worlds longest country, covering 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from north to south. This is equivalent to the width of the United States (San Francisco to New York) or the distance from London to Timbuktu in west Africa. This vast length means that Chile spans almost every climate in the world, ranging from the arid desert in the north to the Patagonian ice fields in the south. A thin strip of land, just 240 kilometers (150 miles) at its widest, is nestled between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
During this retreat, you will feast with daily delicious breakfast, a few refreshing lunches during some tours, as well as some special dinners. The meals included are intended to put you in touch with the flavors of several Chilean regions and indigenous cultures. Enjoy your wine tasting at the Concha y Toro winery with cheeses, nuts, dry fruits, and freshly baked breads. Each trip will have its own menu depending on the local food and typical dishes prepared in the area and on many trips meals are enjoyed in restaurants providing a wide array of local cuisine. At EcoCamp Patagonia, Cascada Expediciones has put a lot of effort into developing a menu of fresh hearty meals using locally-sourced ingredients.
Please book your flight to arrive at Santiago International Airport (SCL). Cascada Expediciones will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.