Secrets of Patagonia
Do you want to get off the beaten track in Chile? This is the trip for you! The Secrets of Patagonia is the perfect trip for those looking for something unusual and unique. You’ll come away enriched, relaxed and with plenty of unique stories to tell about one of VIVID's favourite countries!
In Santiago you'll learn about the evolution from colonial city to a bustling city, uncovering the history of its inhabitants and their ancestors, and learn how to cook a traditional Chilean dish. Stargaze from your bed in the Elqui Valley and see the marble cathedral on Chile’s largest lake, created over years by the sea. Trek through Parque Patagonia, one of the world's largest national parks, and admire rugged mountains and verdant rainforests. Enjoy some downtime in the beach resort of Zapallar and reminisce about the hidden gems you've visited.
Hike your way through the stunning natural scenery at Parque Patagonia
Relax on the beach in the sweet seaside village of Zapallar
Cruise across Chile's largest lake and see the natural marble cathedral
Learn how to cook like a local
Tour the capital city of Santiago and view it from above at South America's highest observatory
This exciting trip to Chile includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Are you ready to take the road less travelled in Chile? Today is the day! You’ll touch down in the capital city of Santiago where you’ll be met by a guide and taken to your hotel to settle in. You’ll enjoy a half day tour of the city where you’ll get to grips with Santiago’s evolution from colonial city to urban metropolis. After exploring some lesser known districts or "Barrios", you’ll head to Sky Costanera - a stunning 300m tall observation platform, the highest of its kind in South America. From here you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the Andes, on a clear day.
Places to Stay
Things to do
You’ll kick-start day four with a culinary food tour of Santiago where you’ll explore several local produce markets before using your purchased goodies to prepare a classic Chilean meal which you’ll enjoy with a bottle of local wine. You’ll also sample olive oils and learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour. With full bellies you’ll bid farewell to the capital city and make your way to the Elqui Valley – an enchanting and under visited location. You’ll be staying in a two storey geodesic dome with a detachable roof for stargazing from bed. There are plenty of other activities you can arrange at the hotel, such as night-time horse riding and mountain biking. Or why not check out their astronomy observatory?
Places to Stay
From here you’ll pick up your air conditioned hire car and drive down to the small but perfectly formed lake town of Puerto Rio Tranquilo in the Aysén region. The region is famed for its ice fields and startling blue water, formed by the melting glaciers that flow into the region's many lakes and rivers. The water is so pure, you can fill up your water bottle directly from the lakes - although it may be a little cold!
Places to Stay
Activity & Adventure
On day nine we suggest you drive down to Chile’s largest lake - Lago General Carrera. Here you can board a boat to get up close to the renowned ‘Marble Cathedral’. Over the years the crystal clear water has carved amazing shapes into the rock creating a stunning natural sculpture which has a cathedral quality about it. After your tour you’ll continue driving down to Parque Patagonia, a gorgeous natural landscape of grasslands and glaciated peaks. You’ll be staying at a luxury lodge in the heart of it; the perfect base for accessing the many hiking trails. Back at your hotel you can rest next to the roaring fire, gaze at the original photographs or simply stare in awe at the beautiful views of Mount Tamanguito.
Today you’ll drive to Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén region. Spend your time here as you please; take out a bike from your hotel and explore the stunning surroundings or chill out in the outdoor hot tub. The towering Cerro Mackay hill is the most recognisable feature of the town, looming over the landscape, and you might spot a condor or eagle flying above the peak, if you're lucky.
Places to Stay
After dropping back the hire car you’ll fly back to Santiago and from there head out to the seaside village of Zapallar. Spend your time here relaxing at the beach, cooling down at the hotel’s swimming pool or indulging at the onsite gourmet restaurant.
On Day 14 you’ll leave Chile behind and head home with plenty of new and unique experiences to share with your friends and family.