Immerse yourself in the raw natural beauty and colourful characters of Chile.

Awash with phenomenal landscapes, Chile stands every bit as tall as its photogenic neighbours Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. Set off from the cobbled streets of Santiago and venture up into the Andes and the Acatama Desert and spend a few days checking out hot springs, lagoons, hiking trails, geological oddities and high-altitude geyser fields. Hop over to the Casablanca Valley for a winery tour and explore what must be one of the most romantic (and good-looking) towns in South America – Valparaiso, before returning to the capital. Let Chile enchant and delight on an eight-day highlights adventure.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Santiago, Chile
Destination
Chile
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGSI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Contrast Santiago’s historic city streets with the scenic vineyards of the Casablanca Valley – Chile’s fastest growing wine hotspot.

  • Head out to the Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert and climb to the top of a sand dune for an unforgettable sunset.

  • Visit the otherworldly El Tatio geyser on a guided tour – one of the highest elevated geyser fields in the world, standing at 4300 metres above sea level.

  • A free day in San Pedro de Atacama opens up a world of opportunities – lagoons, hot springs, hiking trails and more!

  • Explore the delightful port town of Valparaiso, where culture spills out into the streets and a rainbow of houses line the coast.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the Health section of the Essential Trip Information for more important information on this.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Welcome to Santiago, Chile. Your adventure begins with a short meeting at 2 pm, followed by an orientation walk around the city. The orientation walk will take 1-2 hours and you’ll see some main sights like La Moneda, Plaza de Armas and Mercado Central. For those unable to attend at this time, there will be another more comprehensive welcome meeting at 6 pm with the entire group. After your important meeting, why not get acquainted with your fellow travellers and get yourself some dinner – your group leader will know of some great places to go.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santiago - Orientation walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

If you have pre-booked an (optional) arrival transfer, please make your way through Customs and Immigration and only exit from the green doors marked 'Meeting Point’. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you outside this exit. Please only make contact with our representative.

Santiago International Airport is undergoing extensive renovations which are due to continue to 2019. Due to these renovations there have been instances of Taxi Scammers taking advantage of the confusion so please follow these instructions. Should you have trouble locating them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details and only speak
This morning, join your group on an included flight to Calama and once arrived, travel by private vehicle to San Pedro (approximately 1.5 hours). When you get to San Pedro, your group leader will orientate you to the town on a short walk. In the afternoon, head out on an included excursion to the Moon Valley in the renowned Atacama Desert with a local guide. Located around 10 km away from San Pedro de Atacama, it has been declared a natural sanctuary as part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve within the Salt Mountain range. On this tour, you’ll get to see the myriad colours and rocky formations which create a geological spectacle quite similar to the moon’s surface. Visit the Tres Marias statues the salt cave and go up to the Gran Duna (Great Dune) where you'll get to admire a beautiful panorama as the sun sets and the sky deepens in colour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • San Pedro - Valle de la Luna tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is as clear as the blue Chilean skies in the Atacama Desert. You’ve got the day to choose one of many optional activities on offer. Get your hiking shoes on and choose one of the local trails to embark on with a local leader. Otherwise, book yourself in on a day trip to the stunning Atacama salt flats (Salar de Atacama), or Chile’s Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoiris), both offer striking views of natural landscapes rarely seen on earth. The best thing is, today is all yours to choose your own adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning begins nice and early at around 4.30 am. Head out on an included excursion to the El Tatio geyser (located 4300 metres above sea level) in the Atacama Desert with an English speaking local guide. This is highest-elevation geyser fields in the world. Watch in awe as more than 100 geysers pulsate around you, shooting streams of water and gas into the air. The El Tatio Geyser Field stands just over 4267 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile and getting here is half the fun. Travel up winding mountain roads surrounded by the snow-covered peaks of both active and dormant volcanoes. Magma trapped beneath the surface of the earth heats the water underground, resulting in an explosive release of pressure. Run-off from the geysers drains away into emerald-green geothermal ponds, while small streams trickle down towards lower altitudes. As you walk through the fields, steam rising all around you, keep an eye out for the geyser field's fascinating local wildlife, which shows that nature's beauty can thrive even in harsh conditions. This activity will finish around lunchtime and the remainder of the day is free. There are plenty of optional activities available including a visit to the hot springs or to one of the lagunas. Speak to your group leader for their recommendations and other options.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Salar de Atacama HD - USD227
  • Valle del Arcoiris HD - USD262
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please be aware that with today's early morning visit to the geysers being at 4300 metres above sea level, temperatures can be freezing. It is highly recommended to pack appropriate clothing for such extremes in temperature.
This morning, head west towards the coast. Arrive in the colourful city of Valparaiso, notable for its brightly hued houses spread across a series of hills overlooking the ocean. As a creative hub, the city has no shortage of options for a drink, so perhaps find yourself a place to sip some ancho reyes (a spiced Chilean liqueur) alongside locals for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Embark on a leader-led walking tour of Valparaiso. It's a colourful and chaotically laid out town that's full of surprises, and much romanticised by poets such as Pablo Neruda. Your tour includes visits to Plaza Anibal Pinto, Paseo Gervasoni, Reloj Turri, Paseo Yugoslavo and Calle Serrano, with many more boulevards and areas of interest. Later on, the walk takes in the Lukas Museum, which houses the collection of works by the cartoonist and illustrator Renzo Pecchenino (Lukas). Continue to Muelle Prat (Prat Dock) – an ideal spot to watch sailors arrive in their lanchas (small ships) and to soak up the general buzz and bustle of harbourside life.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Valparaiso - Guided City tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
En route back to Santiago, stop for a wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley, located about 45 minutes outside of Santiago. Sitting on a coastal plain between the capital and Valparaiso, the valley is Chile’s fastest growing wine region, with its rich soil and perfect climate making it a wine lover’s paradise. This visit (approximately one hour) is focused more on the sustainability and organic goals of the vineyard and the characters of biodiversity rather than tasting wine. Nice to know however that this area is known for crisp Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for stunning reds like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca region - Tour of an organic & biodynamic vineyard including wine tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time after breakfast. This doesn’t mean that your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time in Santiago, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Santiago - Orientation walk
  • San Pedro - Valle de la Luna tour
  • Valparaiso - Guided City tour
  • Casablanca region - Tour of an organic & biodynamic vineyard including wine tasting

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Important notes

AIRPORT TRANSFERS – SANTIAGO (SCL) AIRPORT

If you have pre-booked an (optional) arrival transfer, please make your way through Customs and Immigration and only exit from the green doors marked 'Meeting Point’. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you outside this exit. Please only make contact with our representative.

Santiago International Airport is undergoing extensive renovations which are due to continue to 2019. Due to these renovations there have been instances of Taxi Scammers taking advantage of the confusion so please follow these instructions.

FAKE TAXIS/SCAM:
Please be aware that if you have pre booked your arrival transfer into Santiago through us that there are many fake taxi's at Santiago airport and recently many have been advising passengers who have not located their driver yet that they will call the emergency hotline number for them and will take them to their hotel. These drivers do not call the number and have no affiliation with us. Do not get into a car unless the driver is Holding an Intrepid sign with your name on it or the trip code for your tour on it. If you cannot locate your transfer please dial the emergency number listed in the Essential Trip Information and await instructions from the operator as often the driver is there or is a few minutes away held up in traffic.

PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

Essential trip information

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