Waterfalls & Penguins

11 days from £2,095pp

If you’re looking to explore Chile together as a family, with a side of adventure thrown in, this is the trip for you.

Begin in the mesmerising Santiago, before heading to the Atacama Desert where you’ll stargaze with a local Atacaman who will teach you about indigenous culture, and help you identify various constellations. Your trip finishes in the stunning lakeside city of Puerto Varas where you'll pick up your hire car and explore Osorno Volcano and the Petrohué Waterfalls, and can try white water rafting! You'll round off your trip with a day trip to Chiloé Island, home to a penguin colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins.

Highlights

  • Star gaze in the the Atacama Desert with an Atacaman local

  • Get your adrenaline fix with white water rafting in Puerto Varas

  • Take a boat ride to Chiloé Island and visit the penguin colony

  • Visit a geyser field, and hike across lava fields at the Osorno Volcano

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I was born in Peru and worked as a tour guide across Latin America for 14 years, including Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Waterfalls & Penguins

11 days from 2095pp
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Itinerary

This exciting trip to Chile includes international & internal flights, transfers, selected excursions, accommodation, all breakfasts, most dinners and one lunch.

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.

 

Day

Resort

Type

1-2

Santiago

General tour

The day for your family adventure to Chile is here at last! Pack up any last minute items before hopping aboard your plane to Santiago. You’ll be met by a guide and taken to your hotel, Luciano K, where the evening can be spent at your leisure.

Tomorrow you'll be heading straight to the Atacama Desert.

 

 

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3-5

Atacama Desert

General Tour + Activity & Adventure

On day 3 you’re off to one of the driest places on earth – the Atacama Desert. Check into your hotel and get a good night's sleep, ready for your desert adventure tomorrow.

Day 4 begins with a private half day excursion to the Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama). You will also visit the Salar de Atacama, an imposing salt lake spanning over 3000sqkm, its surface covered by a thick layer of snow-white salt crystals caused by the evaporation of the lake’s water. The world’s largest lithium deposits are found here, but the salt flat is also home to several flamingo species, including the Andean, Chilean and James flamingo, who feed on the micro organisms found in the saline lagoons. 

Get to know the Atacama Desert even better on day 5, with a half-day excursion to Ayllu de Coyo, which will give you an insight into daily life on a traditional farm in the Atacama region. 

In the evening, visit the San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Observatory, and learn about the basics of astronomy whilst getting a glimpse of the distant stars and galaxy through a telescope.

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6

Santiago

General Tour

On day 6, you'll head back to Santiago, where the evening can be spent at your leisure: we recommend getting plenty of rest though, because tomorrow you'll be travelling to Puerto Varas

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7-11

Puerto Varas

General Tour + Activity & Adventure

On day 7, Puerto Varas will welcome you with open arms. Arrive at your accommodation, the comfortable Cabaña del Lago.

You'll be spending the remainder of your trip in Puerto Varas, exploring the Chilean Lake District by car will give you the opportunity to see the regions highlights. 

Adventure seekers may choose to join in with a white water rafting excursion for the ultimate adrenaline thrill, or explore the Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls where you can hike across lava fields and marvel at the astounding views over Lago Todos Los Santos. On your final day, you may wish to take a trip to see the 'pinguinera' (penguin colony) at the mystical Chiloé Island! 3km off the mainland of Chile, the island is just a short barge ride away yet feels worlds apart thanks to its peaceful atmosphere. The colony is home to both Magellanic and Humboldt penguins who nest here between November and March.

On Day 10 you’ll head home with new precious family memories to cherish forever.

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