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Trailblazer Chile

13 days from £4,878pp

Chile

Itinerary

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Day 1

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in the vineyards.

Touch down in Santiago airport, where you’ll be taken by private transfer to the sloping vineyards and verdant hills of San Antonio Valley. You’ll be staying at La Casona at Matetic, in a peaceful 19th century estancia building refurbished in plush, colonial style.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

Day 2

A full day to relax and sample the fine wines of Chile’s central valley.

Spend the day at leisure in the vast Matetic estate, drinking in views of rolling hills covered by Mediterranean chaparral forest. The estancia is surrounded by lush gardens, with a small outdoor lap pool where you can unwind and enjoy the rural vistas. The vineyard encompasses its own state-of-the-art design winery, where you’ll have the chance to sample award-winning wines and wander amongst young vines which bear Pinot Noir and Shiraz grapes. There are two restaurants on site, serving lavish lunches and 3-course dinners, which are of course complemented by the estate’s exceptional wines.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

Day 3

Fly north to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.

Transfer to Santiago airport and fly for two hours to Calama in the Atacama Desert. Continue by road through rugged lunar landscapes to San Pedro de Atacama, a pleasant oasis town largely built of adobe brick. You’ll be staying in Cumbres San Pedro, a spacious, modern property with plenty of local flavour: it is all low rise, with earthy tones and natural materials offset by brightly coloured textiles. Each room boasts a terrace and alfresco shower, while the attractive grounds are complete with 3 swimming pools and a spa.

Atacama Desert

Day 4-6

Exploring high Andean lagoons, salt flats and geysers with your driver-guide.

The Atacama’s harsh desert landscapes are truly otherworldly. On your first day, your guide will take you to the Moon Valley where vast sand dunes sweep across a panorama of salt-encrusted canyons, gullies, salt caverns and eroded rock sculptures such as Las Tres Marias. Don’t miss sunset from atop the impressive ‘Gran Duna’, when the 20 million year-old landscape lights up in a dazzling artist’s palette of gold and reds.

On your second day, we recommend exploring the remote altiplanic lagoons at 4,000-4,500m above sea level. Each lagoon has a distinctly vivid hue; Tujactu shines aquamarine, Minique has deep, dark blue waters while Miscanti is a brilliant azure colour. Built from white volcanic rock, the small village of Tocanao is also well worth a visit. Figs and quinces and a handsome whitewashed bell tower help give this peaceful oasis its own distinctive character.

It’s an early start on your third day to catch the Tatio geysers as they hiss into life, throwing columns of steam 10 metres high into the air. Then head to the agricultural village of Machuca, home to a swamp where flamingos, ducks, and seagulls make their nests.

Moon Valley

Day 7

Late afternoon flight to Santiago, overnight near the airport.

After a morning at leisure in San Pedro de Atacama, you’ll drive back to Calama airport and catch a late afternoon flight to Santiago. Spend the night in the Holiday Inn Airport, conveniently located in front of the airport arrivals area. Facilities at this modern chain hotel include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool.

Day 8

Fly to Puerto Natales in Patagonia and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park.

Fly from Santiago to Puerto Natales in Patagonia, where it’s less than 2 hours’ drive to one of the outstanding landmarks of Torres del Paine National Park: Lago Grey. Your hotel is perched on the southern shore of this iceberg-strewn lake, and enjoys distant views of the enormous, vivid blue glacier that emerges from its silvery depths. Take in the astonishing views of the lake, and snow-capped mountains beyond, from the floor to ceiling windows in the attractive restaurant and bar area, as well as in some of the chalet-style rooms.

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Day 9-11

At leisure to explore your surroundings on self-guided walks.

You have three full days at leisure to unwind, soak up the setting and enjoy self guided walks through the breathtaking natural landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. There are scenic paths along the lakeshore, right into front of the hotel. You can wander further, into the delightful valley of the Rio Pingo, a tumultuous river skirted by native Patagonian forest, or discover some of the region’s prettiest waterfalls. For the more energetic, the demanding trail to the Mirador Ferrier lookout offers incredible panoramic views of the lake and Grey glacier. We highly recommend taking the boat trip (payable locally) across the shimmering waters of Lago Grey to the foot of the magnificent 15km long Grey glacier- which contrary to its name, is a brilliant crystal blue. Adventurous guests may wish to try their hand at ice-trekking across the glacier’s jagged surface (available for ages 16-65). Subject to availability, the hotel can organise guided activities further afield within the National Park, such as the trek to the iconic Base of the Towers (we can also arrange this for you with advance notice). Wherever you venture in this UNESCO biosphere reserve, wildlife abounds; grazing guanacos, swooping condors and even elusive pumas shelter amongst the golden pampas, wildflower meadows and jagged mountains.

Torres del Paine

Day 12

Fly to Santiago, overnight near the airport

Bid goodbye to the Patagonian wilderness as you travel by road to Puerto Natales and catch a flight to Santiago. Here you will once again stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Airport, where you’ll be free to make use of their wide range of leisure facilities.

Santiago

Day 13

Depart Santiago

From Santiago airport, take your international flight home.

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  • 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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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    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.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    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.

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