Chile: From the Atacama Desert to the Patagonian Fjords

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This memorable Chilean adventure features San Pedro de Atacama, a desert oasis at the center of some of Chile’s most magnificent natural beauty, a three-night cruise along the fjords that border the Southern Ice Field of Chilean Patagonia, and much more.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Visit the chaotic maze of narrow alleys, steep staircases, and colorful funiculars that ramble up 17 surrounding cerros (hills).
    • See its unusual charms at play as we wander past old mansions and modern street art
    • Discover the ancient petroglyphs in the nearby mountains and boulders.
    • Visit the Nao Victoria Museum to see a replica of one of Ferdinand Magellan’s ships
    • Enjoy a window into Patagonian ranch life when we visit a working estancia.
    • Hike to Salto Grande, a rushing waterfall set between Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe
    • Discover the Las Montañas Fjord
    • Visit Bernal Glacier

What's this trip about?

    This memorable Chilean adventure features San Pedro de Atacama, a desert oasis at the center of some of Chile’s most magnificent natural beauty, a three-night cruise along the fjords that border the Southern Ice Field of Chilean Patagonia, and much more.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Hiking & Walking
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • South America
  • Chile

Attractions

  • Atacama Desert
  • Glacier National Park
  • Patagonia
  • Punta Arenas
  • Santiago
  • Torres del Paine National Park

Activities

  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Short Cruise
  • Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart U.S. Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2
Arrive Santiago, Chile • Walking tour Meals included: D Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria or similar

Welcome to Santiago! An OAT representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to our hotel, where you’ll meet your Trip Leader and fellow travelers.

DAY 3
Explore Valparaiso • Home-Hosted Lunch Meals included: B L Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria or similar

Today we set out on a full-day tour of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Chile’s largest seaport.

“Pancho,” as locals call the city, is a ch...

DAY 4
Fly to Calama • Rainbow Valley • Overland to San Pedro Meals included: B D Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama or similar

This morning, we fly to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis town in Chile’s Norte Grande region—home to the dries...

DAY 5
San Pedro • Visit Toconao • Sunset at Laguna Chaxa Meals included: B L Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama or similar

Today, we take a walking tour of San Pedro. The compact, terra cotta-hued village serves as a base for northern Chile’s nearby wonders,...

DAY 6
Optional Tatio Geysers tour • Valley of the Moon OPTIONAL TOUR Meals included: B D Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama or similar

Enjoy free time today with lunch on your own. Or, rise early for an optional excursion to El Tatio, a bubbling geyser field...

DAY 7
Fly to Santiago Meals included: B D Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria or similar

This morning, you’re free to make your own discoveries in San Pedro before we transfer to the airport in Calama for our flight to Santiago. Arriving early in the evening, we’ll check into our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 8
Fly to Punta Arenas • Walking tour Meals included: B D Accommodations: Jose Nogueira Hotel or similar

Today we fly to Punta Arenas, an active port overlooking the Strait of Magellan. Punta Arenas rose to prominence in the late 19th century because of its sheep and woo...

DAY 9
Punta Arenas • Ranch visit • Travel to Torres del Paine Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Hotel Lago Grey or similar

Today we enjoy a window into Patagonian ranch life when we visit a working estancia. The area’s sweeping grasslands are ideal for sheep farming, wh...

DAY 10
Explore Torres del Paine Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Hotel Lago Grey or similar

Sprawling 935 square miles, Torres del Paine spans grasslands, beech forests, and glaciers that have carved out fjords and valleys. We’ll explore these unique landscapes in a tri...

DAY 11
Torres del Paine • Puerto Natales • Embark cruise Meals included: B L D Accommodations: MS Skorpios III or similar

This morning, we'll explore Torres del Paine in a final hike, keeping our eyes peeled for fauna such as guanacos (related to the llama and the camel) and...

DAY 12
Cruise glaciers Meals included: B L D Accommodations: MS Skorpios III or similar

Every slip of land we’ve traveled in Chile was once covered by the Patagonian Ice Sheet, which stretched all the way to the Andes. The remaining Southern Patagonian Ice Field still sprawl...

DAY 13
Explore Las Montañas Fjord Meals included: B L D Accommodations: MS Skorpios III or similar

Today we discover the Las Montañas Fjord, which threads between the Cordillera Sarmiento and the Cordillera Riesco mountain ranges. Cordillera Sarmiento includes The White Lady...

DAY 14
Disembark cruise • Punta Arenas • Fly to Santiago Meals included: B Accommodations: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria

We disembark this morning and drive to Punta Arenas, arriving in time for lunch on your own.

This afternoon, we fly to Santiago and settle into our hotel...

DAY 15
Winery visit • Return to U.S. or begin post-trip extension Meals included: B L

We toast our journey today during a visit to Paseo del Vino, a charming boutique winery whose owner established it on a single acre of grapes, as a passion project. He makes just 3,000 bott...

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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MS Skorpios III
The 230-foot MS Skorpios III is a 90-passenger expedition ship uniquely designed for cruising the ice-encrusted waters of the Chilean Fjords. Onboard, our group can relax in two bar lounges and enjoy the views from the panoramic dining room. We’ll enjoy regional cuisine and wines, plus complimentary drinks. Each cabin features twin beds, private bath, safe, and TV.
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