Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

The charm of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped mountains, and pristine forests, Chile’s Patagonia is a must-see for any nature-seeker traveler

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Infinite Patagonia 7 Days / 6 Nights

Welcome to Santiago! Upon arrival at Santiago airport you’ll be assisted and transferred to your selected hotel in the city.

 

Half Day city Santiago with Santa Lucia Hill 

After getting settled in we’ll set off on a half-day tour around Santiago’s main points of interest.

Founded in 1541, Santiago is one of the oldest cities in Latin America. It has an overwhelming vitality and most of the city life of the country happens in its center. The city has beautiful parks and historic buildings of exquisite architectural styles that coexist with modernity. Our walking tour begins in the so-called lungs of the city, known as Forest Park: a huge and lush Park along the Mapocho River, with walkways and scattered works of art, as well as home to the Museums of Contemporary Art and Fine Arts. We’ll then climb the emblematic Santa Lucía hill where you’ll be able to take an incomparable photograph of the city – an unforgettable view. We’ll then head towards the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) with its magnificent buildings, such as the Correo, the National Historical Museum, the Municipality and the Cathedral. We’ll then go through the Palacio de la Moneda complex, which is where the current government seat is located as well as an important civic center. Finally, we’ll drive along Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue or "Alameda", the backbone of the city, boasting with intense commercial, cultural and financial life. We’ll get to see San Francisco Church, considered the oldest colonial building in town.

At a scheduled time, you will be transferred from your hotel to Santiago airport to board a flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

 

Half Day City tour Puerto Montt & Puerto Varas 

We’ll begin the tour from the lovely city of Puerto Varas, also known as “The City of Roses”, stopping along the lake shore road to appreciate the view of the city from the bay and the Aurora sculpture with Llanquihue Lake in the background. We’ll get to see the different attractions of Puerto Varas, such as the baroque-style Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, built between 1915 and 1918, and an exact replica of a church in the German Black Forest. We’ll also visit the Old Neighborhood, where the first colonists from the Black Forest settled around 1852. Afterwards we’ll walk towards the shore of beautiful Llanquihue Lake where -weather permitting – we’ll get to enjoy an amazing view of Osorno volcano with its melting ice. Our tour continues along the Route of Colonists passing by Alerce village before arriving at Puerto Montt. There, we’ll go up to highest point of the city, where we’ll have a magnificent view of Tenglo Island and the Pacific Ocean. From there we’ll head to the Main Square to see the German Monument, followed by the waterfront pier and the Cathedral, all the while admiring the German influence on the town’s architecture, gardens and buildings. At the end of the we’ll visit Angelmó, famous for its hand crafts and gift shops, as well as the City Central Market, where we’ll get a close look at the local livelihoods centered around fishing. It’s the perfect area to experience local gastronomy and get a taste of their fresh sea food and other local specialties.

At the end of our tour you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Half Day Tour Llanquihue & Frutillar 

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll embark on a tour that will take us first to the city of Llanquihue, famous for its cold cuts and for being the place of origin of the Maullín River, part of the old Route of the Colonists. We’ll then border Llanquihue Lake to head towards Frutillar. This city is a beautiful town reminiscent of Bavaria, where its first settlers came from. It emerged in 1856 as a loading dock, but soon after tanneries, mills, breweries and other businesses emerged. We’ll walk around its beautiful ancient German-style houses, admiring its well-kept gardens and its magnificent views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes. Optionally, you’ll get to visit the German Colonial Museum that showcases the life of the settlers. Then, in its “Costanera” we’ll see the Teatro del Lago where the famous Frutillar Music Week is held annually – a summer festival presenting classic music from Chile and the world.

Once the tour is finished we’ll head back to Puerto Varas, and you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

from San Carlos to Salta with a visit to the National Park Los Cardales

We will take the National Route No. 40 and will make some stops to take pictures of the Quebrada de las Flechas. Visit to the Cachi Church and the Archaeological Museum “Pio Pablo Diaz”. Return to Salta visiting Los Cardales National Park, enjoying the majestic view of the Cuenta del Obispo and the Quebrada de Escoipe.

Accommodation at Mythical Legacy Hotel or similar.

Full Day Tour Torres del Paine national park with lunch 

Our first stop on this full day tour is an amazing natural monument: the Milodon cave, located 24 km north of Puerto Natales and where remains of "milodons" – extinct prehistoric herbivorous mammals of great dimensions – were found. The natural monument consists of three caves and a rock formation called “Silla del Diablo” (Devil’s chair), which we’ll come across first. We’ll then continue to Torres del Paine National Park, considered to be among the most beautiful places on the planet. On the way there, we’ll get to see this stunning massif as well as magnificent views of Lake Sofía, Lake Porteño, Mesa Hill, the Prat mountain range, Lake Porteño, among other places. We’ll head towards the Lake Grey sector, stopping first at a viewpoint that will give us a beautiful landscape and a view of the Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns). After walking around the shores of the lake we’ll stop for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Salto Grande sector and visit Nordenskjold lake viewpoint, followed by a visit to Lake Amarga, surrounded by spectacular mountain views. The journey would not be complete without first visiting the Paine Waterfall, a beautiful spot where we’ll see the turquoise waters coming from the Paine

Before that, we will visit Paine waterfall which is a beautiful place where we can see the turquoise glacial waters that come from Paine river. After enjoying this pleasant show, we’ll return to Puerto Natales and you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Full day Navigation Balmaceda & Serrano glaciers 

(“Last Hope”) fjord towards Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Although the main objectives of the tour are the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers, during the journey there we’ll get to know the history of Puerto Natales (Bories National Historic Monument) and we’ll marvel at the beauty and magnificence of the cascades and cliffs of the Condors. As we get closer to Mount Balmaceda we’ll finally see the Balmaceda glacier, an unforgettable sight and proof that there are places in nature that truly surpass the beauty of any photograph. We’ll continue our route to Puerto Toro, where we’ll hike through a native forest of coigües, ñirres and ciruelillos, until getting very close to the wall of the Serrano glacier – an amazing experience. Once back in the boat we’ll enjoy a refreshment served with ice from the glacier and, on the way back, we’ll stop to enjoy a typical lunch at a ranch: a "Magellanic barbecue".

After breakfast, at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the bus terminal in Puerto Natales to board the bus to Punta Arenas.

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