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Active Chile: Andean Skiing and Atacama Desert Adventures

12 days from £5,899pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Chile

  • Portillo Ski Resort

Overview & Highlights

Seize the opportunity to ski in Portillo, Chile, where the season begins in July. Then head up to the Atacama Desert for limitless outdoor fun.

Few places on Earth match up to the variety Chile can offer in one holiday. As summer gets into full swing in Europe and North America, Chile’s higher Andean slopes are blanketed in a fresh carpet of snow and winter sports enthusiasts head for the ski runs high above Santiago. Chile’s well-established ski resorts have always welcomed a steady trickle of adventurous international visitors between late June and mid-September. Our holiday offers you the opportunity to ski this year in the Andes, where you’ll spend 4 days at the resort of Portillo. There’s another excellent reason to head for Chile in the northern summer: it’s the dry season in the high-altitude Atacama region, on the border with Bolivia. For the actively inclined, this is an invigorating spot to go walking, biking or horse riding among volcanoes, altiplanic lakes and horizon-stretching salt flats. This holiday operates every Friday between July and September.

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  • Skiing at Portillo
  • Excursions and activities at Tierra Atacama

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What our clients say

  • The entire trip was very varied. Travelling through the lake lands of Bolivia was great in 4x4s. The clarity of the skies in San Pedro Chile and time to relax. Cusco and the Inca sites at Ollyantytambo, Pisco and Machu Picchu. The Drive from Hydro-Elektrica to Cusco along mountain tracks in a mini bus with sheer drops of several hundred metres to the valley. The Martin Chambi Photo exhibition in Cusco. Lima was surprisingly attractive...but there were many many aspects that were great and I could write pages.

    LRA, London
  • Most memorable experience: “Many on this journey, however main ones include :- Both the optional visits / flights - over Angel Falls & day excursion /flight to Kaieteur Falls . Time at Rock View Lodge & seeing the Coq of the Roq in the forest on the journey to Atta Lodge. The catamaran visit to Iles du Salut. Also enjoyed the atmosphere while wandering around Paramaribo.”

    SN, Belper
  • Lived up to my expectations of seeing 3 countries in one holiday.

    PM, Arundel
  • A well planned trip covering all the highlights we wanted to see.

    A great trip, thoroughly enjoyed by a good group (of 8) that gelled well. We saw so much, did so much and and our expectations were well exceeded.

    GP, Woking
  • It was our first experience of small group travel, and although on balance we prefer independant travel, to cover as many countries as we did, we couldn t have done it on our own!

    CS, Seaford
  • Hotels - Quirky mix of old and modern, loved the contrast. Seaman Journey Galapagos boat was superb, cabin larger than expected. Crew and guide outstanding.

    LO, Ascot
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Real Latin american experts

  • Juliet Ellwood
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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