Chilean Patagonia featuring Chiloe Island9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Santiago
Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and after time to freshen up, embark upon a city tour, from the history of the colonial neighborhoods to the modernity of the financial center. See the historic university area, the government palaces and the lovely parks. Then ascend San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views.Preferred: Lastarria Boutique Hotel
Elite: Singular Lastarria - 2 Nights
After breakfast, depart for the beautiful Maipo Valley, one of the most scenic areas of central Chile. Upon arrival, begin your hike by climbing up to a 300-acre plateau. Walk on to reach a viewpoint where you stop for a break and enjoy the sights. Continue your trek into a nature sanctuary that's home to the famed Waterfall of the Spirits. During the summer, enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the pools at the base of the falls. At the end of your hike, savor a tasty meal at a local restaurant. After lunch, head back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.Preferred: Lastarria Boutique Hotel
Elite: Singular Lastarria (B, L)
Day 3To Puerto Montt / Chiloe Island
Fly south to Puerto Montt and transfer to the local pier for your short ferry trip across to Chiloe Island. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your lodge.Tierra Chiloe - 3 Nghts (B, D)
Day 4 - 5Chiloe Island
Spend the next two full days exploring Chiloe Island on one of the many included activities at your lodge. You will join other guests of the lodge in small group excursions. Participate in cultural encounters, boating, horseback riding, biking, hiking or simply explore this remote and beautiful island in the company of an expert guide.Tierra Chiloe
Day 6To Punta Arenas
Head back to Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas, a far southern city located on the Strait of Magellan. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.Preferred: Singular Patagonia
Elite: Tierra Patagonia - 3 Nights (B, D)
Day 7 - 8Punta Arenas
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia for two full days. Rise each morning to unforgettable views of the Towers and the Torres Massif of Torres del Paine National Park. Venture into the park to visit Lago Grey and its Grey Glacier that calves huge, intensely colored icebergs into the lake. Embark on half- or full day hikes to reach the most beautiful viewpoints in the National Park, such as Lake Toro and the base of the Towers. You can also hike through pristine landscapes that once were home to extinct mega fauna, such as the prehistoric horse, the giant sloth and the saber-toothed tiger. As you explore, keep your eyes open for the majestic condor soaring between isolated peaks and the sharp-taloned eagle hunting its prey. Don't forget to leave some time one of these evenings for an after-dinner stroll and stargazing expedition.Preferred: Singular Patagonia
Elite: Tierra Patagonia (B, L, D)
Day 9To Santiago
Enjoy your last few hours amidst the grandeur of Patagonia as you transfer back to Punta Arenas for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you will connect with your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Chilean Peso (CPL)
Official Language(s): Spanish
Visa or Fees: No Visa required. A $140 reciprocity fee is due upon arrival. This fee is paid once and is valid for the life of the passport.
Beginning in the north at the Peruvian border, Chile stretches most of the length of South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego in the south. From the lunar desert landscapes of Atacama to the wilderness of Patagonia, Chile is a country of incredible contrasts. At its widest point Chile is less than 350 km so almost everywhere you are, the majestic Andes, provide a spectacular backdrop.
What To See
The scenery and landscapes of Chile are all so varied that there are so many things to see. The Atacama Desert has some incredible sights: watching the flamingos at the salt flat as the sun sets behind the mountains and star-gazing in some of the world’s clearest skies.
Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the far south of the country, is a walker’s and photographer’s natural paradise. It is a beautiful area of stunning mountains and crystal clear lakes. A five-hour drive from the nearest airport at Punta Arenas into Torres del Paine National Park, it is definitely remote.
Because of the length of the country, it is impossible to avoid taking domestic flights. This means it is inevitable that nights are needed in Santiago when flights don’t connect. For a capital city in South America, there isn’t a great deal to see or do, so excellent alternatives are the wine lands in the Casablanca Valley and the quirky port city of Valparaíso, both easily accessible from Santiago airport.
Easter Island, owned by Chile but lying almost half way across the Pacific Ocean and more Polynesian than Chilean, is another unique destination, shrouded in mystery and intrigue that few people ever experience. The history of the Moai is not known and no one really understands the origins of neither the stelae nor how they came to be on the islands.
When To Go
Traditionally Chile is considered best to visit from December to March, as this is the South American summer. However, the Atacama area can be visited all year round, as due to the high altitudes, days are warm and nights are always cold. Torres del Paine National Park is very busy from November to February as this is peak months for hikers. In the winter from June to August, there is often snow and the winds from Antarctica are much lower so although cold, it doesn’t feel as biting as perhaps during the other months. During these months, the park is much quieter but some areas are inaccessible due to snowfall. Easter Island can be visited all year but is quieter outside of the summer months.
Chilean Patagonia Featuring Chiloe Island
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