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Chile Tour: Desert, Moais & Vineyards

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  • Drive through the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world
  • Become an expert in Chilean wines, visit 2 wineries in the Colchagua Valleys
  • Explore the old quarters of Valparaiso
  • Visit the remote Easter Island, see moais
Book this personalized tour and explore Chile's varied and beautiful landscapes. Start your guided, 14-day trip from Santiago de Chile. Move from a modern metropolis to the driest desert on Earth, Atacama. See the lagoons of Atacama and the geysers of Tatio.

Explore Casablanca and Colchagua valleys, two of the most famous places in Chile known for their high-quality wines. Walk around the vineyards of Viu Manent and Lapostolle to learn more about and taste the magnificent Chilean wines.

Visit the colorful Valparaiso and explore its old quarters on foot. Finally, you travel to Easter Island (Rapa Nui, as the locals call it) and learn the secrets behind its moais, the gigantic, monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people. Return to the Chilean capital and enjoy our drop off service to the airport after the tour is over.
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Eco Carmenere
Welcome to Chile! Your driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel from the airport accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Enjoy a half-day tour of the Chilean capital with your guide. Although the city, nestled at the foot of the Andes, has become over the years a modern city, some older neighborhoods have preserved a nostalgic charm of the past.

Travel to some of the major landmarks of the city. Visit Plaza de Armas, Santiago's main square. See the San Francisco Church and explore the Bellavista area, among other places. Return to your hotel after the tour is over.
Meals
  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Pueblo de Tierra
We will drive you to the airport from where you will catch a flight to Calama (own expense).
Arrive at Calama Airport and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a small oasis in the middle of the driest desert on earth.

You are free for the afternoon. Wander around San Pedro de Atacama or enjoy swimming in the pool of your hotel. Head for the pre-Inca fortress of Pukara de Quitor, which is a half-hour walk away from San Pedro de Atacama, if you want to. This fortress witnessed bloody confrontations between Spanish conquistadors and Atacama's native population, who resisted the Spaniards for several years.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Pueblo de Tierra
Drive to Salt Mountain and the Moon Valley after breakfast. Head for the Cejar Lagoon in the afternoon. Dive in the lagoon and float on the water surface, thanks to the high concentration of salt in the water. Also visit Ojos del Salar, yet another lagoon in the area.

End your desert tour at Laguna Tebenquinche, from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Licancabur Volcano. Return to San Pedro. Join an astronomer at San Pedro Valley Observatory and see the southern sky for 2 hours through 10 different telescopes. Head back to San Pedro. Please note that this excursion will be canceled if it is a full moon night or if the weather condition is not suitable. Do not forget to carry your jackets and coats with you since the temperature can go down to - 15ºC in the winter.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Pueblo de Tierra
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and drive you to Piedras Rojas, known for its red stones, the colour of which is the result of iron oxidation. Stop by the small village of Socaire where you can find the oldest tower of Chile. Have lunch in a typical village restaurant and head out to discover the beautiful lagoon of Tuyacto, a milky blue water body surrounded by mountains. Also see the lagoons of Miscanti and Miniques.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama in the late afternoon passing through the village of Toconao to visit its church, its central square and its craft market.
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  • Breakfast & Lunch
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Pueblo de Tierra
Your guide will pick you up at dawn so you can watch the sun rise over the geysers of the Tatio. It's the best time of the day to watch these violent jets of steam and water. Enjoy a buffet breakfast made on site by our team. Swim in the hot water pools and see a variety of birds and wildlife, including flamingos and vicunas.

Take the road to the plains of Machuca to discover the beautiful landscape of Altiplano. Explore Guatin on foot and discover its giant cacti. Return to San Pedro in the late morning.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Fauna
Transfer from your hotel to Calama Airport. Board the flight to Santiago (own expense). Arrive in Santiago and transfer to Valparaiso. You are free throughout the day to wander around Valparaiso and discover this port city on your own.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Fauna
Enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit its old quarters, a Unesco World Heritage site. With its many hills crowned with picturesque houses, its steep, narrow streets, its cable cars and street artists, the city has a romantic, artistic atmosphere.

Visit La Sebastiana (closed on Mondays), one of Pablo Neruda's houses. Cover the destinations on foot and in public transport. Please remember that in case it rains, you will have the option to choose a guided tour with private vehicle at an extra charge.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Terra Viña
After a generous breakfast, leave your hotel and head to Isla Negra, the house/museum of Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet and a Nobel Prize winner.

You have a lot of free time today, so you can plan it as you wish. Our suggestion is that after visiting Isla Negra, you should travel to Casa Marin (optional). Founded in 2000, this estate is distinguished by the fact that Maria Luz Marin is the only Chilean owner, winemaker and oenologist.

Wander around the vineyards and enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Taste some of its finest wines, including the Casa Marin line, Sauvignon Blanc Laurel 2009 (regarded by many as the best white wine from Chile) and Pinot Noir Lo Abarca Hills 2004, which won a gold medal at the Pinot World Black, 2007. At the end of the day, head to your hotel in Santa Cruz.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel
Travel to the Colchagua Valley, the most popular wine-producing region in the country. Visit two of its famous vineyards and attend wine-tasting sessions in both of them. The first vineyard of the day is Viu Manent, where you can hop on a carriage (optional) and tour around the vineyards. Get to learn more about the winery and the wine-making processes and taste wines directly from the stainless steel tanks in its visitors center. Taste four kinds of wines in total.

Visit Lapostolle next. Founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France, which has been in the business of producing spirits and liqueurs, especially Cognac, since the 1880's, and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994, this estate is in the middle of the Colchagua Valley. try some of their best wines before heading up north back to Santiago.
Meals
  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Otai
Catch a flight from Santiago to Easter Island (own expense). Arrival at Hanga Roa Airport, meet your driver and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. You have some free time to explore the area on your own.You can visit the Pukao quarry located on the Puna Pau Volcano before travelling to see the Ana Te Pahu Cave.
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  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Otai
Enjoy a full-day, guided excursion to discover some of the most distant and remote sites of the island. Travel to the Anakena Beach, see Ahu Te Pito Kura, where a huge moai lies facedown with its neck broken. Skirt the coast and head for the majestic site of Tongariki. See the impressive moai quarry located at the Rano Raraku Volcano. Travel back to the town of Hanga Roa by the south coast.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Otai
This morning is dedicated to exploring the town of Hanga Roa, its handicraft market and the museum about the history of the Island. You will visit the Tahai complex, an archaeological site close to the village, with moai statues facing away from the ocean at the end of the trip.

Start your late afternoon tour by visiting Ahu Vinapu, the island's only Ahu with an Inca-like construction. Travel to the Rano Kau Volcano and discover the Orongo ceremonial site on the top of the cliff facing the islets of Motu Nui , Motu Iti, Motu Kaokao.
Meals
  • Breakfast
24 hours 3 Star Hotel at Eco Carmenere
You have some free time today to wander around Easter Island on your own before driving to the airport from the hotel 3 hours before your flight. Catch the flight to Santiago (own expense) and transfer to your hotel upon arrival.
Meals
  • Breakfast
24 hours
Time to leave Chile and head home. We will transfer you from your hotel in Santiago to the airport and bid you farewell.
what’s included
  • Airport pickup and drop off provided in a private vehicle by a Spanish-speaking driver
  • Accommodation provided in standard double rooms (except when mentioned otherwise) in specified hotels or similar ones, according to availability
  • Entrance to cultural sites mentioned on the itinerary as well as to Rapa Nui National Park
  • Private, guided visits and excursions with an English-speaking tour guide
  • Assistance provided by our bilingual team before, during and after your trip 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
  • Meals included in the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary (between USD10 to USD20 per person/per meal)
  • Any activities mentioned optional
  • Tips
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 7 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, french, german, italian & spanish
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Santiago, Chile
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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

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationTo take some of the tours in the Atacama Desert and Altiplano you will be asked to provide a medical certificate. Note concerning hotels Hotels are indicative and subject to availability at time of booking the tour. In case of unavailability we will offer you another same-standard hotel. Hotel rooms are available from 15:00 on day of arrival. Note concerning flights to Easter Island Please consider booking this trip at least 6 to 9 months in advance.
Cancellation40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.
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