Signature Chile: Atacama Desert to Patagonian glaciers
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
Chile’s natural highlights, from the Atacama Desert in the north to the southern ice fields and glaciers of Patagonia. The holiday also visits Santiago and the volcanic lake district.
This comprehensive tour of Chile’s natural highlights is jam-packed full of outdoor experiences. Travel from the moon-like Atacama Desert to Santiago and on to the snow-dipped cones and tumbling streams of the lake district. Continue to view Patagonia’s cathedral-high glaciers, icy lagoons and wildlife-filled grasslands.
A skinny coastal strip backed by the Andes mountains, Chile has a variety of climate and landscapes to match its changing latitudes. It’s a peaceful and welcoming place with a good infrastructure, and, in spite of the distances, it’s easy to get around. Excellent hotels, which you can enhance with your choice of fresh sea food and delicious wines are all among the ingredients of this superb holiday.
- Atacama Desert: Tocanao and Atacama salt flats
- Atacama Desert: Tatio geysers
- Lake district: Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls
- Torres del Paine: Guided excursions from your lodge
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Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to hotel in an upmarket quarter of the capital. Optional walking tour of the historic centre.
Fly to Calama; continue by road to San Pedro de Atacama. Sunset excursion to Moon Valley.
Visit Toconao village, Minique and Miscanti lagoons, and cross the Atacama salt flat to Laguna Chaxa.
Early morning excursion to Tatio geysers with breakfast.
Fly to Puerto Montt in the lake district.
Full day guided excursion to Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls with lunch.
At leisure. Optional guided tour to Chiloe Island.
Fly to Punta Arenas in Patagonia.
Transfer to luxury Patagonia Camp on the border of Torres del Paine National Park.
Guided excursions from the camp in Torres del Paine and its environs.
Transfer to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago.
Transfer to airport for international flight home.
Things to do
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What our clients say
The Iguacu Falls were spectacular and most likely the most impressive Falls I will ever see. We were absolutely spellbound by the magnitude, scale and layout. Obviously, Machu Picchu takes your breath away. Nature and man-made wonders at their best!PK, Ashton-Under-Lyne
The trip surpassed our expectations and I have already recommended Journey Latin America to friends and even to people I talked to on a bus in Machu Picchu, one of whom was from the U.S.A.
Most memorable experience - Sitting in the bar in Leon as the thunderstorm and wind developed and listening to the wild hand ringing of the church bell. Interesting and well informed guides talking about revolutions in Nicaragua. Trip around Lake Atitlan also made more interesting by knowledgeable guide.
A well balanced and organised trip, It gave an interesting insight into the historical, cultural, political and natural elements of the countries visited. Plus you got to stay in some great hotels.WA, Kingston
I loved the beauty of the Solentiname Islands and Corn Islands. But my favourite part of the trip was definitely Leon as there is so much fascinating recent history.FW, Leamington Spa
We cannot pick out one most memorable part of our trip as every day provided us with a new and exciting experience. We saw and experienced things we had only dreamed of, some of which had been in our dreams for over 48 years.TC, Hayle
Thank you for a wonderful trip! We will return to South America in the future and JLA will be our first choice.GW, Rickmansworth
The whole trip was excellent and the tour leaders knowledge and personality enhanced it.VH, Torpoint
Our expert's view
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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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.
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.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.