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Chilean Patagonian Express    9 days
 
The capital of Santiago plus Chilean Patagonia in an easy but activity-packed itinerary.
 
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  Daily (September through April)
9 days
Santiago, Chile
$1,790 Base Program,   $2,690 Lodging Upgrade (see itinerary below for specific hotels)
$490 Base Program, $990 Lodging Upgrade
Internal airfare included: Santiago - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Santiago
    (international flight should be purchased into and out of Santiago)
All breakfasts, one lunch
3-star hotels in Base Program, 4-star hotels with Lodging Upgrade
Easy
 
  Included in Program       Not Included in Program    
— Internal airfare from Santiago,
— Transfers and transportation,
— Santiago: City Tour + Full Day trip to Vina del Mar / Valparaiso,
— Puerto Varas: Choice of Full Day activity,
— Puerto Natales: Full Day Torres del Paine + Full Day boat trip
        to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers
  — International air ticket into and out of Santiago;
— Alcoholic drinks,
— Activities not included in program,
— Souvenirs and other personal "extras",
— Travel insurance,
— Travel Visas or Reciprocity Fees,
— Discretionary Tips for guides, etc.
                 
Daily Itinerary (Fully Customizable)
Day 1 Montecarlo  Orly Santiago
Arrive into Santiago’s International Airport, where a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel for the next 3 nights. This afternoon you have the chance to see Santiago in detail through an afternoon City Tour visiting all the key sites, ending with an optional “Pisco Sour”, Chile’s national drink. Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 2 Montecarlo  Orly Santiago
After breakfast you will take a day trip to Chile’s coast, 120 km from Santiago, passing through the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys, the latter known for the production of award winning wines. Then you will continue on to the legislative capitol of the country, the hillside port city of Valparaiso with its winding streets, and then on to the beach resort city of Viña del Mar, visiting its casino and beaches. You will get to enjoy a seafood lunch (price not included in program) before returning to Santiago. Overnight back in Santiago.
Day 3 Casa Kalfu  Cumbres Puerto Varas
Private transfer to the airport for your morning flight to the southern city of Puerto Montt. Transfer for the short drive to Puerto Varas, the “City of Roses”, where you will check in your hotel with a view of the lake and volcanoes. You will have an afternoon trip up the Osorno Volcano or a tour around the west side of Lake Llanquihue, Chile’s 2nd largest lake, giving you an insight into the daily lives of the original German immigrants who began settling in this far region during the 1850s. You will visit the lakeside towns of Frutillar with its open-air museum and Puerto Octay on the northern corner of the lake where you will have lunch. Then you will return and have the remainder of the afternoon and evening free in Puerto Varas.
Day 4 Casa Kalfu  Cumbres Puerto Varas
Today you have several options to choose from, including: (1) Full day trip to the island of Chiloe, where you will experience the unique culture and architecture, including the construction of houses over the water known as “palafitos”, (2) Full day trip through the Perez Rosales National Park, Petrohue Falls and on to Lake Todos Los Santos, where you will take a catamaran across the lake, with unbeatable views of both the Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes, to Peulla, where you can have lunch (price not included) and optional activities before returning to Puerto Varas., (3) Whitewater rafting (level III) on the Petrohue River, (4) Canyoning down some of the many waterfalls in the area, (5) Various full day trekking trips among other activities. Overnight in Puerto Varas.
Day 5 Casa Kalfu  Cumbres Puerto Varas
Today is another day to enjoy Puerto Varas and the area with an optional activity. Besides the excursions mentioned above, you can hit the water with some kayaking, either on All Saints' Lake or sea kayaking into the fjords.
Day 6 Hotel If   Indigo Puerto Natales
Transfer to the airport outside Puerto Montt for your flight down to Punta Arenas, where you will have a shared transfer of approximately 3 hours to the port city of Puerto Natales on the Last Hope Sound, and check into your room for the next three nights. You will have the remainder of the afternoon free to recharge your batteries for your next adventure.
Day 7 Hotel If  Indigo Puerto Natales
Today you will have a full day in the monumental Torres del Paine National Park, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will be immersed in a special microclimate filled with unique flora and fauna, witnessing Patagonian foxes, guanacos (American camels) and huge condors, all amid numerous lakes and at the foot of the immense granite “Torres” and “Cuernos”. Late afternoon transfer back to Puerto Natales.
Day 8 Hotel If   Indigo Puerto Natales
This morning you will take a day cruise from Puerto Natales through the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to visit the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. After approximately 4 hours of navigation, you will have the chance to disembark and hike through native forest to arrive at a lagoon filled with icebergs at the foot of the Serrano Glacier. Optional lunch in the Estancia Perales. Late afternoon transfer to Puerto Natales.
Day 9         Santiago, Home
This morning you will have a transfer from the hotel to the airport just outside of the city for your flight back to Santiago in time to make your international connection home, or to continue your vacation.
                     
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