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MAGICAL CHILE

There is so much to see and do in Chile. This tour offers you some of the highlights including the Atacama Desert,  Chiloe Island, Bariloche and Puerto Montt

Magical of Chile

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Chile is a land of incredible contrasts, from the dry Atacama desert in the north, the ice, snow and glacial lakes of the south. It is the longest and thinnest country in the world, measuring over 4300km (2700 miles) from north to south and only 240km (150 miles) from east to west. 

Chile is also famous for the incredible Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destination in South America. Torres del Paine National Park comprising mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. 

The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif.

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AT A GLANCE
  • 14 day tour 
  • Starts from Santiago
  • Visit the Atacama Desert
  • Incredible El Tatio Geysers
  • Trip along Llanquihue Lake
  • All Saints Lake crossing
  • Spend time in Bariloche

Magical Chile Overview

Day-1: Santiago 
Day-2: Santiago 
Day-3: Santiago 
Day-4: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama 
Day-5 San Pedro - Tulor - Toconao & Salar de Atacama 
Day-6 El Tatio & Machuca 
Day-7 San Pedro - Calama - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas 
Day-8: Frutillar 
Day-9: Puerto Varas - Petrohue - Lago Todes Los Santos - Puella 
Day-10: Puella - Puerto Alegre - Bariloche 
Day-11: Bariloche 
Day-12: Bariloche - Villa la Angostura - Puerto Varas 
Day-13: Puerto Varas - Chiloe 
Day-14: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt 

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CHILEAN MAGIC ITINERARY

Day-1: Santiago 

Arrival in Santiago, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-2: Santiago 

After breakfast, a city tour of Santiago. An excursion to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.  

Day-3: Santiago 

Today a visit via the Maipo Canyon and up to Las Vertientes, a popular resort at the foothills of the Andes, with a view of the winding Maipo River. We continue to the Aquitania winery.

Designed by the famous Chilean architect Martin Hurtado and built in 1998 the winery Almaviva was inaugurated in 2000. Today this first class winery is recognized for its perfect integration of both aesthetic design and functionality using symbols and artifacts of the Mapuche culture, the native people of Central and Southern Chile. While visiting the winery, its vineyards as well as the wine cellars we will learn about the wine making process and enjoy a wine tasting.

Day-4: Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Calama, in the north of Chile. Arrival and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, set in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

In the afternoon we will take in the eerily silent moonscape of Valle de la Luna, with its backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. We will see this during sunset, and then return to the hotel.

Day-5 San Pedro - Tulor - Toconao & Salar de Atacama 

After breakfast we visit San Pedro de Atacama. Many years ago it was the centre of a Paleolithic civilization that built impressive rock fortresses on the steep mountains encircling the green valley. Its colonial church was constructed in 1577. The village is the centre of the native culture of Atacama, where mummies and artifacts have been dug up. You can view them in the unique Father Le Paige Museum. Over 4.000 skulls, innumerable mummies, weapons, stone tools and pottery are on display. After visiting the museum we have time to visit Tulor, which is the oldest evidence of human life in the valley. Lunch before we start towards Toconao, a village where the local people are devoted to the manufacture of white volcanic stone sculptures. We proceed to the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago. It's a unique experience to view the vast plain of the octagonal shaped salt crusts in the middle of the driest desert on Earth. The flat emptiness here is overwhelming. We will observe this prolonged sunset, and then return to the hotel.

Day-6 El Tatio & Machuca

Today we depart at 4:00 am in order to take advantage of a visit to El Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field flanked by soaring peaks. At dawn, powerful spurts of steam shoot out from various blowholes. The steaming ponds are encrusted with brilliant salt crystals which reflect the metal-blue sky at dawn. By the rising columns of steam, they make for a breathtaking sight. After seeing this wonder of nature, we proceed to visit a charming highland village. In Machuca the ancient llama caravans used to rest from their travels along the 'Inca Highway's. Free afternoon.

Day-7 San Pedro - Calama - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

After breakfast, a transfer takes you to board your departure flight. After arriving in Puerto Montt; Transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas.  

Day-8: Frutillar 

Half day Tour to Frutillar. Trip along Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile, with gorgeous views of the volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo and Tronador. Pick-up at your hotel in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt to travel to Frutillar, a charming village on the bank of the huge Llanquihue Lake The village is noted for the German influence on the architecture developed by the immigrants who arrived around 1853. Here we will take a walk to visit some restored colonial houses and see the strong German influence on the architecture. You will learn about the history of this picturesque town and about the time of German settlement. Afterwards we will visit the open-air German museum. In the afternoon return to your hotel Puerto Varas.  

Day-9: Puerto Varas - Petrohue - Lago Todes Los Santos - Puella

After breakfast, transfer to Petrohue which is the starting point of the fabulous Vincente Perez Rosales National Park. Board the catamaran for the wonderful All Saints Lake crossing (Lago Todos Los Santos) (1.5 hours), our destination being Peulla, located within Vincente Perez Rosales National Park itself. Accommodation at the Peulla Hotel. A choice of tour options.

Day-10: Puella - Puerto Alegre - Bariloche 

After breakfast, we leave this beautiful National Reserve to continue our journey first by bus to the Chilean-Argentinean border where we must complete custom formalities. Once in Argentina, we then board another boat for the short ride across Lago Frias with wonderful views of spectacular waterfalls and Mount Tronador in the background. Arrival to Bariloche and transfer to our hotel 

Day-11: Bariloche 

Free at leisure of leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Bariloche. Enjoy the most deluxe ski resort in South America or simply wander around the shops. Take a cable car ride for tremendous views of the area or for the more adventurous, choose from mountain biking and horse riding to fly fishing

Day-12: Bariloche - Villa la Angostura - Puerto Varas

After breakfast, we shall take a different route back to Chile driving around the beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake and heading towards the delightful town of Villa La Angostura (trip with public bus). Along the journey we shall pass other lakes including the Espejo or Mirror Lake which is one of the 7 lakes of the famous 7 Lakes route of Argentina. We cross the Argentinean - Chilean border over the Andes pass and head south back to Puerto Varas. Transfer to your hotel

Day-13: Puerto Varas - Chiloe 

After breakfast, a visit to the beautiful and mystical island of Chiloe, the second largest island off South America. A seafood lunch and some free time before returning to Puerto Varas

Day-14: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Chile Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Chile?

This really depends on what you want to see in Chile. 

September to November and April brings the blazing colours of fall foliage in the south. Wine country has grape harvests and wine festivals in March. 

Patagonia is at its best from December to February and the beaches throng with crowds from late December through January. 

Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are great spots in February. 

September to April is the best time to hike the central regions. 

The Spring (September, October, November) and Autumn (March, April, May) shoulder seasons see fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures. As a general rule however, the seasons run as follows: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June to August) and Spring (September to November).

What language is spoken in Chile?

The official language of Chile is Chilean Spanish. English is spoken by some locals in tourist areas. It is a good idea to learn basic Spanish phrases before your trip."

What currency do they use in Chile?

The country is on the Chilean Peso. US dollars are accepted in most places throughout the country. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas but cash is still preferred and recommended for local markets. ATMs are common in the country and can be found easily.

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 


What plug converters do I need in Chile?

In Chile the power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. 

 The power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. . 

  • Type C: also known as the standard "Euro" plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F. 
  • Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C. 
Is the water safe to drink?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Chile. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice.

What are the current entry requirements for Chile given COVID?
  • There are several requirements. As of 22 March 2022

    1-Negative PCR taken 72 hours before boarding. In flights with stopovers, the last boarding point is considered. In case of entering by land, it cannot be older than 72 hours from the taking of the sample. This requirement is for every person over the age of 2.

    2-Have health insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 30,000 that includes coverage for any expenses arising from Covid-19.

    3-Complete the “Traveler’s Affidavit” form online up to 48 hours before boarding, where you will provide contact, health, and travel information. This form will provide a QR code as a means of verification and is available at www.c19.cl 

    4-To have completed a vaccination program (2 doses), which must be validated at mevacuno.gob.cl for travelers from 6 years of age before entering Chile. The vaccination approval period will be informed to the traveler at the time of making the request, procedure that may take up to 30 calendar days. Non-resident foreigners who comply with one or more of the special requirements in Decree 102 of the Ministry of the Interior may enter without a complete vaccination program. They must undergo a PCR test and a mandatory 7-day quarantine, even if the PCR result is negative.

    All information is subject to change so please check the current ruling on https://www.bcn.cl/portal/."