Santiago, Atacama, Easter Island, and the Chilean Lake District
14 Days/12 Nights
From $3,599 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Discover the archaeological sites, salt lake lagoons, and geysers of the Atacama Desert. Explore the mysterious Moai statues on Easter Island and learn about who created them and how. Appreciate the natural beauty of the Lake District, with its emerald green lakes, pristine forests, and snow-capped volcanic peaks. You will also have a city tour of Santiago and visit a nearby winery. This is a great way to experience three of Chile’s most fascinating regions and its capital city.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 12 nights (3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Atacama, 3 nights in Easter Island, and 3 nights in Puerto Varas), and 15 meals (12 breakfasts and 3 lunches). 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations include 20 meals.
Best Time to Go: September-April.
Note: The itinerary below reflects our suggested excursions for the Atacama portion of the tour. The exact order of the tours may vary, depending upon your arrival date. Excursions in Atacama for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations are offered on an a la carte basis, meaning you can choose from a number of different alternatives.
Day 1: Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago.
Note: Check-in time is 2:00 PM. We can request early check-in but cannot guarantee it.
Day 3: Santiago-City Tour-Winery Tour.
In the afternoon, you will visit your choice of one of the following vineyards around Santiago (included in price): Concha y Torro, Cousino Macul, and Undurraga. Overnight in Santiago. (B)
Day 4: Santiago-Atacama-Salt Mountains-Moon Valley-Mars Valley.
Day 5: Atacama-Toconao-Atacama Salt Lake-Chaxa Lagoon-Minique and Miscanti Lagoons.
After lunch, you will visit the small village of Socaire, and then continue on to Minique and Miscanti Lagoons, where you will have time to walk around and enjoy the surroundings. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (B,L)
Day 6: Atacama-Tatio Geysers-Puritama Hot Springs.
Day 7: Atacama-Santiago-Easter Island.
Day 8: Easter Island-Rano Raraku-Anakena Beach.
Day 9: Easter Island-Orongo-Ahu Akivi.
Day 10: Easter Island-Santiago.
Day 11: Santiago-Puerto Montt-Puerto Varas-City Tour.
The tour continues to the city of Puerto Varas, on the southern shore of Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants, and has the feel of a European village. You will drive through the center of town, passing the Plaza de Armas, the Municipal Casino, and historic private residences. The tour finishes at Philippi Hill, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city, Lake Llanquihue, and Osorno Volcano, before being taken to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Varas. (B)
Day 12: Puerto Varas-Petrohue River Falls-All Saints Lake-Boat to Peulla.
Day 13: Puerto Varas-Island of Chiloe-Ancud.
Day 14: Puerto Varas-Puerto Montt-Santiago.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Gratuities to tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All airport transfers in Santiago are private, and the city tour and winery tour in Santiago are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodation levels. All services in Atacama are operated on a group basis, and all services in Easter Island are operated on a group basis for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and are private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. The Petrohue River Falls and Peulla excursion is a group tour, and the Island of Chiloe excursion is a private tour.
Elevations: Santiago is 1,700 feet above sea level, Atacama is 8,005 feet, Socaire is 10,498 feet, Minique and Miscanti Lagoons are 13,615 feet, Tatio Geyser is 14,107 feet, and Petrohue is 810 feet.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens (except Greece) require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Greek citizens can stay for up to 60 days. Australian, and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee (considered a multiple entry visa) of $95 and $132 respectively upon arrival (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons). Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Chilean embassy in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $800 per person plus the cost of the international and domestic airfare (if we arrange it for you). 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations require a more substantial non-refundable deposit. Ask your travel counselor for the details.
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