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Small group to Chile, North & South

FROM $3350
Length10 days / 9 nights
StyleAdventure/Trek
Classic/Discovery
Wine/Culinary
HighlightsAtacama
Hiking in Patagonia
Patagonia
Small group
Torres del Paine
Wine experience
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DESCRIPTION

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – A hidden treasure in the world’s driest desert
VALPARAISO – Colorful port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site
SANTIAGO – Lively capital city in a country full of contrasts
TORRES DEL PAINE – The great Towers guarding the unspoiled natural beauty of far-southern Patagonia
PUNTA ARENAS – Starting-point for excursions and cruises to southern Patagonia and gateway to Antarctica

  • Day 1 - Arrive Santiago
  • Day 2 - Santiago – flight to Calama - Atacama
  • Day 3 - Morning in Atacama Salt Flatas - Afternoon Death and Moon valley Tour
  • Day 4 - Full day Tatio Geysers
  • Day 5 - San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Flight to Santiago and Punta Arenas + Private City Tour.
  • Day 6 - Paine National Park – Lake Grey
  • Day 7 – Full Day Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 8 Torres del Paine – Estancia Cerro Negro – Punta Arenas
  • Day 9 – Punta Arenas – flight to Santiago – Visit to Winery – Valparaíso
  • Day 10 - Valparaíso-Santiago – Departure home from Santiago
Day 1 - Arrive Santiago
Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile airport, we will meet you and take you to your selected hotel. There you will meet your local guide who will be traveling with you and the other group members.
On your first afternoon you will enjoy a private half-day city tour of Santiago. In Santiago de Chile, the best features of a vibrant, modern metropolis are paired with the old-world charm of a former colonial capital; and this private tour will introduce you to both sides of the city. You will begin with a visit to the presidential palace, named La Moneda because the splendid building once housed the national mint. Many other sights in the historic center are clustered around the always-bustling Plaza de Armas: the impressive cathedral; the beautiful old post office; the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, now home to the National History Museum; and the Casa Colorada, once the Spanish governor’s residence.
Leaving the center, you’ll travel west toward the soaring Andes, past the Cerro San Cristóbal, an outpost of the mountains that towers over the city with a great white statue of the Virgin Mary crowning its summit. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the fashionable business districts of Providencia and Las Condes, with their broad boulevards lined with modern high-rises, and shady side streets flanked by fine restaurants and trendy boutiques. This half-day excursion forms the perfect initiation to the charms of one of South America’s most exciting cities.

Sky Costanera
You will visit the spectacular observation platform called “Sky Costanera” on the 61st and 62nd floor of the Costanera Center. With its 300 m tower, Costanera Center is currently the tallest building in South America. The observation platform offers a breath-taking 360° panoramic view of the city, with visibility on good days reaching up to 50 km into the surrounding region. Given clear skies, even the ski centers in the Andes are visible. Information boards will explain the most important sights of the city, like the presidential palace “La Moneda” or the National Stadium, and make orientation easier for its visitors.
First night in Santiago.
Day 2 - Santiago – flight to Calama - Atacama
After breakfast you will be transported to the airport to take your flight to Calama where you will be welcomed by your guide and travel through the Atacama Desert to San Pedro. On your way you will visit the Rainbow Valley. This valley is aptly-named, because the bizarre rock formations, walls, and towers formed by the biting desert winds glow in a wide range of colors, from deep red, to white, to emerald green – truly a fascinating experience. After a short walk you will continue to San Pedro.
Half-day excursion city tour San Pedro de Atacama
You will start the tour with a visit to the Iglesia San Pedro, the town’s white parish church dating from the year 1641. Of particular note is the roof made of cactus wood. The church is San Pedro de Atacama’s emblem, and looks directly onto the attractive Plaza de Armas and its centuries-old pepper trees. Your guide will take you for a stroll across the plaza before showing you the adjacent craft market. Night in San Pedro.
Day 3 - Morning in Atacama Salt Flatas - Afternoon Death and Moon valley Tour
After breakfast you will begin a private half-day excursion to the Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama) and Toconao Village. Salar de Atacama is a salt lake of huge proportions (3000 sq km/1,158 sq mi!), its surface is covered with a thick layer of light-colored salt crystals, caused by the evaporation of the lake’s water. The world’s largest lithium deposits are found here, but the salt pan is also home to several flamingo species, including the Andean, Chilean and James Flamingo, who feed on the micro organisms found in the saline lagoons. These beautiful birds and other species can be observed in their natural habitat at the Salar de Atacama’s Chaxa Lagoon, which is part of the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos.
On the way to the salt flat, you will stop at the village of Tocoano to see its green square with large cacti, and also its white church with freestanding spire, and interesting constructions using cactus wood. Afterwards, return drive to San Pedro.

In the afternoon you will take a private half-day excursion starting first with the impressive Death Valley (Valle de la Muerte). This Valley was a lake in ancient times, which still can be seen in the horizontal sediment layers in its rocky slopes. Wind and rain have carved the most peculiar sculptures from sand, gypsum, and clay that delight visitors today. Afterwards you will continue to one of the best-known destinations in the Atacama Desert: The Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), where you arrive at dusk. With the Licancabur volcano providing the backdrop, strange salt and rock formations in the middle of the valley’s barren sandy landscape really do look like a moonscape. After a tour past the bizarre natural rock and salt shapes, you will ascend a lookout point on a giant sand dune where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley and the Licancabur volcano. Then, you pass by the rock formation “Tres Marías” and end the excursion at “Coyote´s rock” (“Piedra del Coyote”). From the top of this rock, you overlook the Kari-Canyon and wide parts of the desert; you can even catch a glimpse at the Salar de Atacama. The setting sun bathes the landscape in a light that changes with every minute, providing a mesmerizing play of colors.
The return drive to San Pedro is after sunset.
Day 4 - Full day Tatio Geysers
The day begins with a private full day excursion to the Geysers of El Tatio. Those who wish to experience El Tatio have to get up early to ensure a timely arrival at the geyser field at sunrise. The fountains, located over 4300m/14,108ft, shoot up to 10m/33ft high. The sun’s first rays reflecting countless colors as they mingle with boiling jets coming from the geysers create a strong contrast with the rising steam and the surrounding summits. After the spectacular show there, you have the opportunity to recover from the morning chill by warming up in the natural pools created by hot springs.
The return drive to San Pedro takes place around midday.
Day 5 - San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Flight to Santiago and Punta Arenas + Private City Tour.
Private transportation will take you from the hotel in San Pedro to the airport in Calama for your flight to Santiago and connection to Punta Arenas. Here you begin your private city tour of Punta Arenas following the “Traces of the Seafarers.” Discover Punta Arenas on the traces of the old seafaring men! During this exciting city tour you will learn a lot about the seafaring history of southern Chile. Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magellan region and has 150,000 inhabitants. Due to its advantageous location on the Magellan Strait, the city once enjoyed tremendous economic success and still continues to be used by merchant ships.

Along the coastal road from Punta Arenas to the airport is a museum, Museo Nao Victoria. The ship “Nao Victoria” was part of Ferdinand Magellan’s 16th-Century expedition that discovered the route around South America to the Pacific, and it was the only one of his ships to successfully complete the circumnavigation. You will visit an exact, full-scale reconstruction of this first ship ever to circle the globe. This amazing replica, which looks out over the straits named for the explorer, allows you to learn about life aboard ship for the crew of over 250 sailors. Stroll through the captain’s cabin, the crew deck, and the dim storage areas of the ship’s hold. Take the tiller and imagine you are the first European ever to sail a ship on the wide Pacific!
Your tour continues with a visit of the Punta Arenas cemetery, its impressive tombs make it Chile’s most beautiful final resting place. Then you drive to the elevated viewpoint of the Cerro La Cruz, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the Magellan Strait. Back down in the city, at the main square “Plaza de Armas,” the magnificent 19th century homes of the great estate owners recall the fabulous wealth the city once enjoyed. A statue honoring Magellan in the middle of the town square welcomes you. To round off your tour, a cocktail is waiting for you in a nice ambience.
Night in Punta Arenas.
Day 6 - Paine National Park – Lake Grey
Today you will experience a shared half-day boat excursion on Lake Grey. This 3-hour boat trip takes you to Grey Glacier, the largest in Torres del Paine National Park. Starting at Hostería Lago Grey, you’ll cruise up the lake toward the glacier, which reaches 30 m. / 100 ft. in height and 6 km. / 3.7 mi. in width at its terminus. Pieces of ice both large and small regularly break off from the front of the glacier, falling into the water with a crack and a splash, and floating away across the lake like fluorescent blue icebergs. You will pass as close as possible in front of the glacier for a close-up view of the majestic sight, before returning to the hostería. Night at Rio Serrano.
Day 7 – Full Day Torres del Paine National Park
This full day excursion through the Torres del Paine National Park will provide wonderful views onto the Torres Massif and its jagged peaks. Several short hikes enable visitors to reach the most beautiful viewing points in the park, and to become acquainted with the wealth of flora and fauna found in the area. The return drive to your selected hotel is in the late afternoon.

*Add-on excursion to Blue Lagoon (Laguna Azul)
Blue Lagoon (Laguna Azul), discovered when the young pioneer Florence Dixie explored this remote area in 1879, was the first tourist destination in today’s Torres del Paine National Park. From this glacial lagoon, you’ll enjoy a picture-perfect view of the Torres peaks, without having to go on a long hike. Ñandú (a type of large, flightless bird), wild guanaco (similar in appearance to the domesticated llama), indigenous foxes, and a wide variety of other unique fauna and flora can be observed in the surrounding area.
Day 8 Torres del Paine – Estancia Cerro Negro – Punta Arenas
Estancia Cerro Negro is located half way between Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park. A Croatian immigrant founded the sheep farm in the 1940s, and still today business continues in the spirit of its founder. More than a thousand sheep can be found on 6.000 hectares of land. The farmhouse is faithfully decorated and gives an interesting insight in the Patagonian country life of that time. You will enjoy a sheep shearing show as well as a delicious Patagonian barbecue.
Day 9 – Punta Arenas – flight to Santiago – Visit to Winery – Valparaíso
Your guide will meet you at the airport in Santiago and bring you to your hotel in Valparaiso. On the way, you will visit Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, one of the best wine-growing districts in Chile.
Casas del Bosque is a family-run vineyard in Casablanca Valley, about 70 km from Santiago. On 245 hectares of land, grape varieties like Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir are cultivated, with the Sauvignon Blanc in particular known for its high quality. About 80% of the production of Casas del Bosque is exported to locations all over the world. The modern buildings and friendly staff attract visitors for delicious wine tastings.
Day 10 - Valparaíso-Santiago – Departure home from Santiago
Your trip concludes with a private full day tour of the vibrant historic city of Valparaíso, Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the country’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies, which moved here from the capital in 1989, when Chilean democratic governance was re-established. The city’s many hills are covered with a multi-colored panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny, ensuring a spectacular backdrop to your visit. During your tour, you will see the historic city center, whose fine 19th-Century architecture provides good reason for its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Then, you will travel to a viewpoint overlooking the city via one of Valparaíso’s signature funicular elevators; two dozen of which were built at the turn of the 20th Century to connect the upper and lower sections of the city. You will also visit the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific, before being returned to your hotel in Santiago.
In addition you will enjoy a short boat excursion at Valparaiso Harbor starting at the Muelle Prat, the famous pier in Valparaíso at the foot of the main square, Plaza Sotomayor. Here, you can observe the loading and unloading of ships, as well as peruse a small craft market. Also worth seeing in the harbor is the replica of the ship Santiaguillo, the ship in which Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Saavedra discovered the bay of Valparaíso in 1536. With some luck, seals may also be observed during the boat excursion. Duration of the boat excursion: about 30 minutes.
You will then be transported to Santiago Airport to take your flight back home.
  • JAN 15TH 2017

    $ 3350

  • FEB 26TH 2017

    $ 3350

  • NOV 20TH 2016

    $ 3995

Domestic flights not included starting at U$D565 per person. Prices are per person based in a DOUBLE ROOM. Single suplement are U$D 1250 for NOV 20th 2016 departure and U$D 990 for JAN & FEB 2017

We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made intinerary.

TESTIMONIALS

Paul & Renee
Analia and Eureka Travel were excellent! Analia had great ideas and was extremely responsive in helping us plan the trip. She returned emails and phone calls quickly and was on target with her ideas. We had almost zero problems on the trip with all transitions occurring very smoothly. Once or twice when we had a concern, we called and she helped solve the problem.

Analia recommended the homestay in Lago de Titicaca and that was memorable. A real high point!

I would have loved to have added a few days, if only we had the time. It would have been great to trek into Canyon de Colca but we didn't have time.
I also would have loved to have seen Valparaiso and more of Chiloe… maybe next time.

Paul & Renee from NYC traveled to Peru, Amazon area, Cuzco, Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca, and in Chile to Puerto Varas & Chiloe, Atacama desert and Santiago.
Elmira College group
"The trip was excellent and Eureka Travel did an excellent job matching the itinerary and activities to our interests.

The most enjoyable part of the trip were the two days in the Amazon. It is a remarkable experience, unlike any other.

If you could take your trip again, what would you do differently?
More time in the Amazon, at a remoter lodge with more 'authentic' (less touristy) activities. Less time in Rio and Manaus (one day is more than enough in Manaus), more structured and less free days.Include a candomble ceremony."

Dr. Mariam Khawar
Department of Economics-Elmira College
Isabel M. and family
I cannot express how pleased I am with Eureka Travel. As I was developing the plans for the trip, they were helpful with suggestions and accommodated all my requests. The transportation to and from airport, hotel, tours was excellent. The guides were very, very good. The lunch and dinner provided w/tour were excellent. Your help made our trip a wonderful experience. Also, when I was unable to call the local contacts (b/c my inability to get country codes,etc figured out) I could always email/call directly to your U.S. office for assistance. you helped solve any problems right away. Will definitely use Eureka Travel again when we return to Peru.

Traveled to Peru in May 2017
Joan McLean & Leon Gaskill
We had a wonderful experience in Argentina with the help and guidance of Analia of Eureka Travel. The hotels were perfect for us, and all air line connections were very convenient. She gave us many ideas for entertainment, tours, and restaurants in Buenos Aires and Bariloche. We will use Eureka Travel again for future trips to South America; we hope that it is soon!

Sincerely,
Joan MacLean and Leon Gaskill
Phoenix, Arizona
Traveled to Argentina, Bariloche & Buenos Aires in 2006

SERVICE DETAILS

INCLUDED

  • All Transfers between hotels and airport/bus All Transfers between hotels and airport/bus
  • Fully escorted group with a local ENGLISH/SPANSH speaking tour leader
  • Itinerary with accommodation, transfers, excursions, and guide services as indicated
  • Bed & Breakfast (If passengers have to leave the hotel before 7:00am due to an early flight or excursion, no full breakfast will be served. There will be no price reduction from the hotel.). Hotel availability is subject to confirmation at the time of reservation
  • Meals according to program
  • Entrance fees (included based on current values, subject to change)
  • Airport and hotel porterage fees
  • All private services for this small group (maximum 12 passengers + guide)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips (restaurants, hotels, guides, drivers, etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional services required due to itinerary changes in case of emergency or force majeure
  • Domestic and international flights and buses (quoted separated)
  • Travel insurance**
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Services not detailed in the itinerary

NOTES

1-PASSPORTS, VISAS & RECIPROCITY FEES
Passengers are responsible for having a valid passport (valid at least 6months after travel) and any visas required. For visa information/requirements, please visit http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp (Canadian citizens) or http://travel.state.gov (US citizens).
BRAZIL requires VISA for USA and CANADIAN PASSENGERS.
BOLIVIA requires visa for USA travelers.
Some other nationalities need VISAS to visit SOUTH AMERICA. Peru may require visa for some nationalities. Please note that some countries require a reciprocity entrance fee.
This information is subject to government changes without any notice. Please check each of your countries destinations base on your citizenship for your specific personal documents.

2-FLIGHTS
EUREKA TRAVEL RECOMMENDS CONFIRMING ALL YOUR FLIGHTS (domestic and international) 24 hours prior departure time. If possible make your web check in to confirm your seats numbers and confirm departure time. Eureka Travel is NOT responsible for any airlines re-schedule of flights.

3- GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE/CONSULTATION FEE
The first quote for any detailed itinerary is done as a courtesy to our clients. However in order to keep working on your customized itinerary as well as to avoid non-serious and speculative inquires, Eureka travel will ask you for a GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE of U$D 150 per person for 2 or more travelers or $200 per reservation if traveling solo. This GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT fee will apply as a credit toward your trip invoice if you book it with us within 45 days. If you choose not to book the trip or decide on a completely different itinerary, the fee will become non-refundable.

4-Prices LAND SERVICES & FLIGHT FARES:
Prices are per person based in a double room accommodation and are subject to change without any notice.
Please note that the ticket prices & taxes may change. The rate is not guaranteed until the actual time of ticketing of full payment.
Note that all Airfares payments are immediate, and completely separate from any deposits that apply to your land tour. Once ticketed, the Airline fare rules apply to any changes or cancellations.

5- TRAVEL INSURANCE
Eureka Travel strongly recommends travel insurance for your trips. You can quote it at
http://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/EURE7284CA If you decide NOT to purchase travel insurance EUREKA TRAVEL will required a TRAVEL INSURANCE WAIVER signed before we send all your travel documents and vouchers.

6- HOTELS
Please be advise that hotel category rating in South America frequently does not correspond to the star rating in the US especially when it comes to 3* & 4* hotels. Eureka Travel is not responsible for such discrepancy.

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL STATE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.
EUREKA TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VISAS, ENTRANCE FEES OR ANY LEGAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO ENTER/VISITING ANY SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY