- duration 12 days
- tour type Private Tour
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Explore the Atacama Desert
- Visit Santiago de Chile
- Experience Torres del Paine National Park
- Enjoy Puerto Varas, Chilean lake district
Begin your trip in the north, in the strikingly beautiful San Pedro de Atacama Desert. Then venture south and visit Santiago de Chile, the country’s capital, and the seaside cities of Viña del Mar and Valparíso. Continue your adventure in Puerto Varas, where you can enjoy the lush landscape of the Chilean lake district. Finally, journey south to Torres del Paine and discover the rugged wilderness of Patagonia.
From north to south, our Chile tour will show you the most impressive sights of this beautiful country.
The bus left at 8:30, but it did not arrive at Puerto Natales until 4:30, so I missed the 2:30 bus. There were no other buses leaving that day, so my choice was to either find a hotel and return to the bus station at 7:30 the next morning, or pay 80,000 Chilean pesos for a private bus. I asked if they would call Say Hueque in BA, but they said they would not make an international call. I found a Chilean number to call, and they said they would contact you in BA. I did not have the funds to get a hotel room or pay for a private bus, so I thought I was going to have to spend the night in the bus station. Fortunately, you agreed to pay the 80,000 pesos for the private bus, which I am eternally grateful for, but it caused me several minutes of great stress trying to figure out how to get to Torre Central.
The woman at the bus counter says the buses are always late, especially Cootra and they would not recommend using that bus service. In the future, I highly recommend NOT booking the two bus trips from El Calafate to Torre Central on the W-circuit in one day. I would have travellers spend one day in Puerto Natales and catch the bus to Torre Central the next day. I would have to say my opinion of Say Hueque would have been very bad if you did not agree to pay the 80,000 pesos for the private bus. I realize it was not totally your fault that I missed the bus, but one hour is simply not enough time to expect the first bus to arrive on time. My return bus trip from Puerto Natales to El Calafate did not arrive in El Calafate until 2:30, so expecting the bus trip to take 5 hours is unreasonable.”
Favorite hotel was Dazzler Polo and least favorite was Aeroparque Inn and Suites. The best excursions were in Ushuaia, followed by Iguazú. I really loved the hiking and paddling trip especially.
The team from Antartur were amazing and René from Ecoturismo Iguazú was phenomenal. He used all of his connections to get us around which were key because the amount of tourists in Iguazú was substantial.
The El Calafate trip could have been improved. We were scheduled to have a day of excursions, a day off, and a half day there before flying back. Because of the Christmas holiday, however, it meant that we couldn’t book the excursion we wanted for the free day (Estancia Cristina) but we did a glacier boat ride. And the following day we were in El Calafate until almost 5PM. In the future, it will help for the team to ensure travelers have something to do during the Christmas holiday and to have that booked far in advance (and an earlier flight out would’ve been great). It affected scheduling for Iguazú and we were on a flight every day for three days which wasn’t so fun!
We hope to be back in Argentina in the future and will definitely book throughout Say Hueque :).”
Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama
Day 2: San Pedro De Atacama: Moon Valley Tour
Day 3: Tatio Geysers/ Machuca/ Santiago
Day 4: Santiago De Chile: Viña del Mar & Valparaiso Tour
Day 5: Santiago De Chile: half-day City tour
Day 6: Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls
Day 7: Puerto Varas leisure day
Day 8: Puerto Varas / Punta Arenas / Torres del Paine
Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 11: Torres del Paine / Santiago de Chile
Day 12: Santiago de Chile
- Transfers/ transportation, as mentioned in the itinerary
- 2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Puerto Varas and 3 nights in Torres del Paine
- Tours, as described in the itinerary
- Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
- International or domestic flights and/or buses
- National Park entrance fees
- Travel insurance
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A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
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