Chile not Chile although it can be a bit “Chilly” at the bottom of the south or at the top of the Andes. Short for CHL by abbreviationfinder, the country of Chile has a crazy mix of big city pulse and desolate nature. Santiago with international big city life and commerce mixed with Patagonia’s desolate landscape and amazing nature. The Andes with the Atacama Desert and all the telescopes that guard our universe to Easter Island with their fascinating Moais. This is where you will find the mighty nature experiences. According to countryaah, Chile is a country of Latin America.
Chile – 18 days
Day 1 Departure from Sweden.
Day 2 Arrival in Santiago – Rosario
Upon arrival, you will be met by a local English-speaking guide for further transport to your hotel in the Rosario Valley and wine district, approximately 120 km from Santiago. Before dinner you get an introduction to Rosariodalen followed by a welcome drink.
Day 3 Rosario
Together with your guide, you make a full day trip in Chile’s wine district. Already the Spanish Conquistadors brought the wine culture from their homeland to Chile. Eventually, viticulture became a rich man’s hobby. There were plenty of copper millionaires and others trying to outdo each other. Finest castle, most beautiful park and best vines. Then it was not the profit that was important. Today the situation is different. The wine is a significant export product. Of course, the castles and parks are still often owned by large wine producers. But there are also plenty of small-scale winemakers entering the export market with their quality wines . Before dinner you also get a small course in the best way to mix a really good Pisco Sour.
Day 4 Rosario – Santiago
After breakfast you will be picked up for transfer back to Santiago. Here you will find everything from skyscrapers, subways and stressed people in your career, to cozy bohemian neighborhoods with Chileans from all walks of life. Many have connections to Sweden and it is easy to make new friends even if you do not remember all your school Spanish. Good places to meet people are at one of all the countless cafes where many slip in to grab a café con leche on the way to or from work. The city lives even in the evening, when a small trip on its own to Bellavista, which is known for being the Paris district, is a nice end to the day.
Day 5 Santiago – Easter Island
Early transfer from your hotel to the airport for further travel across the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival at Easter Island, you will be met by a local English-speaking guide for further transport to your hotel located just outside Hanga Roa, the small village where all of Easter Island’s 2,500 inhabitants live. At the hotel you will be served a welcome drink and informed about Easter Island and the next day’s tour of the island.
Day 6, 7 and 8 Easter Island
The days in one of the world’s most isolated places are filled with full and half day excursions and time on your own. Easter Island, which also goes by the Polynesian name Rapa Nui, is best known for its incredible Moai, hundreds of stone figures with faces that look out over the water from the coast. Why these huge figures populate the island has never really been determined, and it is still a mystery how they managed to transport around the tens of kilograms of rocks on the island, several hundred years ago. The culture of Easter Island is of course characterized by the Polynesian background of the inhabitants, and many of the traditions come from Polynesia, but the fact that the island belongs to Chile is also noticeable.
Day 9 Easter Island – Atacama
After breakfast you will be picked up by your guide for transfer to the airport and return via Santiago to Calama (Atacama). Upon arrival in Calama, you will be met by representatives from your lodge for transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and check-in. During the rest of the day you take it easy to get used to the height and enjoy the surroundings. During the evening you will meet your guides and plan the next day’s activities.
Day 10 and 11 Atacama
During your days in Atacama there are a variety of activities to choose from. Every day, eight to ten different tours are offered that are adapted to the weather, the guests’ wishes, length and degree of difficulty. Hiking, horseback riding or cycling, together with your guides you will explore Atacama’s nature and history. Choose between venturing into the Andes at an altitude of up to 4,000 meters, visiting volcanoes, marveling at the vast expanses of the highlands or visiting the small villages that have preserved much of their traditional customs and traditions.
Day 12 Atacama – Torres del Paine
Early departure by flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival you will be met by representatives from your hotel in Torres del Paine. The drive to Torres del Paine through the vast landscapes takes about three hours. After check-in, you can enjoy on your own some of the hotel’s facilities such as massage, sauna or outdoor jacuzzi. During the dinner you will meet the hotel’s guides and decide which activities you want to try in the coming days.
Day 13, 14 and 15 Torres del Paine
During your days in Patagonia, there are a variety of activities to choose from. Every day, a total of fourteen different tours are offered that are adapted to the weather, the guests’ wishes, length and degree of difficulty. The tours take place both in the area around Puerto Natales and in Torres del Paine National Park. You can visit the mountains, glaciers, lakes and fjords. Feel free to visit one of the huge cattle farms in the area or learn more about the population’s culture and history.
Day 16 Torres del Paine – Santiago – Return
After breakfast transfer for return to Santiago. The return trip to Europe takes place in the afternoon / evening from Santiago.
Day 17 Return home
Return to Europe, connection to flights to Sweden.
Day 18 Return to Sweden