The Land of Sand & Snow

12 days from £3,395pp

Do you want to see Chile’s highlights? Look no further than our Land of Sand & Snow trip. You’ll start out in the capital of Santiago where you’ll see the top attractions and head into the Andes, before heading out to the Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert on earth and get stuck into outdoor activities like trekking, horse-riding and canoeing. Then it's onto the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park where you'll try your hand at kayaking. Here you’ll stay in a deluxe yurt under the starry skies before rounding off your trip back in Santiago.

Highlights

  • Sleep in a yurt in the shadow of the Torres del Paine and hike through this fabulous wilderness

  • Star gaze and ride mountain bikes through the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth

  • Explore the vibrant capital city of Santiago

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I found world class wine, amazing food and wonderful people everywhere I went in Chile. Riding on horseback through Torres del Paine National Park was the perfect way to travel through the breathtaking landscape of this iconic part of the world.

The Land of Sand & Snow

12 days from £3,395pp

Itinerary

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.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Santiago

Capital city

Today is the day! You’ll touch down in Santiago, the capital of Chile, where you’ll be met by a guide and taken to your hotel - La Reve - to settle in. 

On day 3, you'll enjoy a half-day tour of the city. Old and new collide here, with modern buildings giving way to Santiago's old world charm of past colonial years. Visit the presidential palace and bustling Plaza de Armas, home to the mighty cathedral and National History Museum, before leaving the centre and heading towards the soaring Andes where you’ll visit the stylish districts of Providencia and Las Condes; think quirky boutiques and fine restaurants.

 

Places to Stay

Things to do

4-6

Atacama Desert

General Tour + Activity & Adventure

You'll head to Atacama on day 4, arriving at your tranquil accommodation, NOI Casa Atacama. Other than the poles, this desert region is the driest place on earth.

Arise on day 5 ready for adventure as your private guide escorts you to the Salar de Atacama, a beautiful salt lake that measures 3000 square km and is home to several flamingo species. These beautiful birds and other species can be observed in their natural habitat at the Salar de Atacama’s Chaxa Lagoon, which is part of the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos. On the way to the salt flat, you will stop at the village of Tocoano to see its green square with large cacti, and also its white church with free-standing spire, and interesting constructions using cactus wood. 

You will also have a chance to visit the San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Observatory. 

On day 6, you'll head to the breathtaking Geyser of El Tatio for sunrise. The sun’s first rays reflect countless colours as they mingle with boiling jets coming from the geysers, creating a strong contrast with the rising steam and the surrounding summits. After the spectacular show there, you have the choice of recovering from the morning chill and warming up in natural hot springs or spending the afternoon relaxing in San Pedro.

 

Things to do

7

Santiago

General Tour

It's time to bid farewell to Atacama as you head back to Santiago. You'll stay here overnight, before catching a flight in the morning to Torres del Paine.

8-10

Torres del Paine

General Tour + Activity & Adventure

On day eight you’ll head to Torres del Paine – a glorious national park in Chile’s Patagonia region famed for its huge expanse of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers.

By day you’ll explore this fascinating natural landscape, joining treks organised by the hotel to nearby viewpoints, learning top photography tips on a photo safari, or following fauna trails where you'll learn about the history of the area. If you fancy taking to the water, you can kayak or test your balance with stand-up paddle-boarding. By night you’ll enjoy an open bar before heading back for 40 winks in your deluxe yurt, inspired by Mongolian tents.

Places to Stay

Things to do

11-12

Santiago

City

Your trip ends where it all started, the bustling Santiago. You'll arrive back at your previous accommodation, Le Reve, on day 11, where the rest of the evening can be spent unwinding - perhaps looking through the photographs you've taken on your trip! 

On day 12, you'll be transferred to the airport, where it's time to bid goodbye to Chile.

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