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CHILE

Welcome to Chile

As legends reveal, when God created the world, He saved a little piece of every continent to form this beautiful southern country. Come to Chile to enjoy splendid ski slopes, astound in the mysteries of Easter Island, Patagonia, impressive glaciers, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, forest and the world’s most arid desert. Countless natural wonders are awaiting for you in Chile. Come join us to discover one of the most beautiful countries in the world !!

 

 

CHOOSE ONE OF OUR EXCITING PROGRAMS TO CHILE !

 

NEW The Lake District and Patagonia 10 days/8 nights....Visiting Santiago, Puerto Montt, Lake Todos Los Santos, then to Torres del Paine National Park and Grey Lake.

 

Easter Island -Rapa Nui 9 days/7 nights program....Visit the most exciting archeological site in the middle of the Pacific Ocean !

 

Atacama Desert-Explora 10 days/8 nights visiting Santiago and the Atacama Desert 

 

Patagonia -Torres del Paine & Explora   10 days/8 nights....Visiting Santiago, Punta Arenas, Paine National Park and staying at the fabulous Explora.

 

Patagonia 1,2,3...from US$2,230 per person including local airfare ...7 nights

 

Unbelievable Chile 14 days/12 nights .... Visiting Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Atacama desert, and more.........

 

Double Patagonia 14 days.....Visiting Torres de Paine (Chile) and Perito Moreno (Argentina)

 

Skorpios Glacier Cruise & Paine National Park 9 days/7night days  Cruise the Glaciers of Chile aboard the Skorpios III and visit Paine National Park

 

Chile wine country  4 nights exploring the best wineries in Chile

 

Australis Cruises & Expeditions   8 days/6 night ....Cruise to the end of the world...Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Cape horn and visiting Santiago and Buenos Aires.......also, extension to Torres del Paine National Park...

 

Trekking Patagonia & Torres del Paine National Park   7 days/6 nights

 

CHILE & PERU Easter Island & Machu Picchu 14 days/13 nights -The most remote island on earth with the most beautiful archaeological site in the world....

 

CHILE & ARGENTINA New ! Lakes & Falls - 10 days visiting Buenos Aires, Iguassu, Bariloche, Lake Crossing, Puerto Varas and Santiago.

 

CHILE & ARGENTINA South America Capital Cities  8 days/6 nights....visiting Santiago & Buenos Aires ....

 

CHILE: Extensions & Optionals  Thermas de Puyuhuapi, Skorpios Cruises, San Pedro de Atacama, Catamaranes del Sur...

 

Antarctic Cruise  one of the most fascinating trips in the world...Discover Antartica... 12 days...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Island

 

 

 

On the southeast side of the immense Pacific Ocean, surrounded by immeasurable distance of the sea, hides the most distant and remote inhabited island on earth. Here, 2,400 miles west of Chile, is one of the world’s great travel experiences. Get ready to explore Easter Island, 45 square miles of mind-boggling mystery that has defied explanation for centuries. In "Rapa Nui" Eye of the God- as it is known to natives, you will see great "towering stone-faced statues that stare out in eerie silence at the eternal sea. It was named Easter Island by its Dutch discoverer who found It on Easter Day in 1722.

 

9 days/ 7 night

Daily Departures

Locally Hosted

 

Day 01 - U.S.A- Santiago

Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles for your overnight flight to Santiago, Capital of Chile.

 

Day 02 -  Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel FUNDADOR or ATTON LOS CONDES. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful  city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (AB)

 

Day 03 - Santiago: At leisure to explore Santiago on your own, visit Vina & Valparaiso or take an optional excursion to Concha y Toro vineyards. HOTEL FUNDADOR OR ATTON EL BOSQUE (BB)

 

Day 04 - Santiago-Easter Island:

Transfer to the airport for flight to mysterious Easter Island. Arrive and transfer to your hotel  TAHA TAI for overnight. (B)

Note. Maximun weight allow by the airline on this flight...20 kilos or 44 pounds.

 

Day 05 - Easter Island

A morning tour will begin with a visit to the archaeological zone of Tahai. There you will see the famous gigantic statues. From there, you will go to the local museum started by Father Sebastian Englert. The tour will proceed to Ahu Vinapu with its incredible stone walls similar to those built by the ancient Incas. The architecture of these walls is sometimes used as an argument to support the theory that the early islanders came from South America. In the afternoon, you will visit the archeological sites of Rano Kao, Orongo and Vinapu.  Return to your hotel for overnight. HOTEL TAHA TAI. (B)

 

Day 06 - Easter Island

Our full day tour will start with a visit to the ruins of Vaihu. From there, the tour will proceed to the Ranu Raraku volcano’s quarry which is the classical symbol of the island and original factory of the moai. The statues can be admired in the different stages of production, from carving in the rock to upright position and lying face down on their intended road to the platforms. Then you will continue to Ahu Tongariki, formerly the biggest platform on the island, which was destroyed by a tidal wave in 1960, and from there past La Perouse Bay to the beautiful archaeological zone of Anakena Beach where you will be served your pic-nic lunch next to the beach and near to Ahu Nau Nau. Retun to your Hotel via Vaitea Road. HOTEL TAHA TAI.  (B).

 

Day 07 -  Easter Island

Day at leisure to explore more sights on your own or take an optional excursion. HOTEL TAHA TAI. (B).

 

Day 08 -  Easter Island-Santiago

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago. Arrive and transfer to hotel ATTON EL BOSQUE or FUNDADOR (B)

 

Day 09 - Santiago- U.S.A :

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami, N.York or L Angeles (see add-ons from other USA cities)

 

INCLUDING: Breakfast daily, tours as mentioned, hotel for 7 nights with room taxes & services charges, English speaking tour guides, all transfers and assistance of our local representatives.

 

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket).

 

2015 LAND TOUR RATES PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE

 

4 star Hotels

 
Double US$1,780
Triple 1,735
Single 2,995

For 5 Star hotels add: DBL $655; TRP $628; SGL SUPP $1240. (Marriott in Santiago and Altiplanico in Easter Island)

 

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED. Approximately cost from Miami to Santiago and Easter Island US$1600-1800; New York 1700-1900; Los Angeles 1800-1990 plus taxes and fuel surcharges. Please call us for an update on airfares  (We have special rates for Business Class) or email us to: tara@taratours.com 

 

HOTELS USED: 

4 stars: Fundador, Atton El Bosque or Galerias in Santiago & Otai, Taha Tai or Iorana Superior rooms in Easter Island.

5 Stars: Marriot or Intercontinental in Santiago and Hanga Roa or Altiplanico Rapa Nui in Easter Island.

 

ADD-ONS TO THE MIAMI RATE:

From Zone 1 & 2 add $250; Zone 3 $320; Zone 4, 5 & 6 $380

 

CITY ZONES  FOR LAN CHILE AIRLINES:

ZONE 1: ATL, JAX, ORL, TPA, EYW, FMY, JAX, TPA (via Miami)

ZONE 2: LIT, AUS, ABQ, DFW, ELP, HOU, MSY, OKC, SAT, TUL, ABI, ACT, FSM, FYV, GGG, LAW, SJT, SPS (via Miami)

ZONE 3: BOS, BWI, WAS, BGR, PHL, GSP (via NYC); BDL, BOS, BWI, PHL, RDU, WAS, ALB, BDL, BUF, CAE, CHS, CLT, GSO, MHT, ORF, PIT, PVD, RDU, RIC, ROC, SYR, PHL, (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 4: AZO, BNA, CLE, DTT, GRB, GRR, IND, LAN, MBS, MEM, MKC, MSN, MSP, OMA, SDF, CHI, CID, DSM, DTT, GRR, MKE, CHI, CID, CLE, DSM, DTT, GRR, ICT, MKE, MKC, MSP, OMA, STL, COS, TUS, PIA, BNA, CHA, CLE, CVG, IND, MKE, SDF, TYS, BHM, CMH, DAY (Via MIAMI) and 

PHX (via LAX)

ZONE 5: DEN LAS RNO SAN SFO SCJ FAT MRY OAK SNA; BOI DEN EUG GEG LAS RNO SAN SFO SJC SLC OAK; DEN; BOI EUG GEG SFO; LAS, PHX (Via L.ANGELES)

COS, MSO (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 6: PDX,SEA,ANC (Via L.ANGELES)

  

 

 

 

 

CHILE WINE COUNTRY

 

VISITING SANTIAGO, CASABLANCA, ACONCAGUA & MAIPO VALLEYS
 

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Includes:
 

- 4 nights hotel accommodation in Santiago with daily buffet breakfast.
- Private transfer on arrival and departure.
- Private half day City Tour in Santiago.
- Full day excursion to Maipo Valley, with tasting at two wineries Concha y Toro and Santa Rita.
- Full day excursion toCasablanca Valley, tasting at two wineries Matetic and Indomita.
- Full day excursion to Aconcagua Valley with wine tasting at two wineries San Esteban & Errazuriz.
- Private services with English speaking tour guides**

- Assistance of our local representative while in Santiago 24/7

2015 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON:

 

Hotels used: Double Triple Single Supplement
Hotel Torremayor (4 stars) US$1574 1484 358
Hotel Plaza San Francisco (5 stars) 1691 1628 457
Ritz Carlton (5 stars) 1970 NA 664

 

Minimun 2 passengers.

** Day visit to wineries include private transportation, the tour of the winery facility might be with other visitors. Lunch not included.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

AIFARE FROM USA TO SANTIAGO; Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

Sample airfares Via Lan Airlines:

From Miami US$800-1100; New York $900-1200; Los Angeles, San Francisco $1000-1300. (Business Class available upon request)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiles's Atacama Desert

 

 

 

 

10 day/8 nights

 

Daily Departures-Locally hosted

 

Day 01 USA-SANTIAGO 

Depart from U.S.A for Santiago, Capital of Chile.

 

Day 02 SANTIAGO 

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the 5 star Hotel Marriot. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes.

 

Day 03 SANTIAGO  Vina & Valparaiso

Full day excursion to Vina del Mar -Chile’s main sea side resort and stop at the port of Valparaiso. Travel out of Santiago past the vineyards, farms, orchards and olive plantations of Curacavi and Casablanca valleys. At the coast, drive along the beaches of Las Salinas and Reñaca to Viña del Mar, a town Chileans refer to as “Ciudad Jardín” due to its parks, flower beds and gardens. The beach is the resort’s main draw, however, and visitors and locals alike make use of Costanera Avenue and the oceanfront promenade in the shadows of the imposing Casino Municipal. Follow España Avenue to neighboring Valparaíso, a port christend by the Spanish in 1536. Climb up, down and around these narrow twisty streets—the city is balanced on some 40 hills—and pause at the water front to watch the ships, boats and fishermen in the bay. The tour proceeds to the heart of the city, the Plaza Sotomayor, a pleasant sanctuary, opposite the Maritime Authority.  Just beyond this is Muelle Prat, the pier complete with small crafts market. Lunch (not included) can be had at one of the many restaurants that border the beach; the perfect opportunity to sample the port’s famously fresh fish and seafood. For the afternoon, visit La Sebastiana, another of poet Pablo Neruda’s homes-turned-museums, ride one of the city’s many elevators, an effective mode of moving about this largely verticle port back at the turn of the century. Ascendor Artillería, built in 1898, is one of the oldest still in operation and offers a beautiful view of the ocean. Finally, enjoy a drive through the financial and commercial districts before setting out for Santiago through the Curacavi Valley where traditional Chilean sweets and snacks are for sale. (B)

 

Day 04 SANTIAGO-CALAMA-EXPLORA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Calama, then by bus to Hotel Explora Atacama  (B,D)

 

Day 05, 06, 07  EXPLORA IN ATACAMA

The program at Explora in Atacama,  puts visitors in the middle of a fantasy where exploration, the leaving and returning, acquires a shape of its own. Here you will stay for 4 nights with full board (3 meals per day and wine). You will have daily explorations through Atacama's natural environment, and to the sites of pre-Columbian, colonial and contemporary cultures, offered according to program, with bilingual guides. Equipment, horses, vehicles and food (groups no larger than 10 per guide). You will have an opportunity to pick and choose the explorations that fits you the best. (B,L,D daily)

 

Day 08  EXPLORA-CALAMA-SANTIAGO 

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago with immediate transfer to hotel Sheraton or Marriot. (B)

 

Day 09 SANTIAGO

Day at leisure to enjoy Santiago on your own or you may take an optional excursion to visit Concha y Toro winery. (B)

 

Day 10 SANTIAGO- U.S.A

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami, New York or Los Angeles. (B) 

 

LAND TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Hotel accommodations for 8 nights with room taxes and service charges. Daily Buffet Breakfast and meals as specified in itinerary (Explora Atacama includes all meals and excursions). Transfers to/from airport and hotels. Ground transportation from Calama to Larache (Explora). English speaking tour guides. Tips to airport and hotel porters. Local airfare Santiago-Calama-Santiago

 

NOT INCLUDED:

AIFARE FROM USA TO SANTIAGO; Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance.  Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA -usually included in your airline ticket and Chile US$30.00.

 

 

ABOUT HOTEL EXPLORA IN ATACAMA:

 

The Atacama oasis, in the middle of the driest desert in the world, have an altitudinal peculiarity: they are situated at 2,500 meters (7,800 feet high) above sea level, making the Atacama not only the driest, but also the highest desert on earth. For this reason, the year-round climate is pleasant and the transparency of light, unique. The outlandish geography of volcanoes, salt flats and high altitude wetlands, has an unparalleled appeal.

Explorations in Atacama will allow you to become acquainted with the multiple aspects of this region: its geography, history, fauna, and geological features, volcanoes and ancient villages. Explorations have been designed to allow for gradual acclimatization to the altitude. Some excursions take place in the vicinity of San Pedro, between 2,500 and 3,000 meters (7,800 and 9,850 feet high) above sea level; others are at intermediate levels between 3,000 and 4,500 meters (9,840 and 13,120 feet); and the most demanding reach heights of up to 6,000 meters. (19,680 feet)

Each day explora guests can join a variety of explorations; walking, horseback riding or biking. You can choose from 8 to 10 different options which have been specifically selected according to the weather, guests' desires, the duration and its difficulties.

All explorations are accompanied by explora guides and are available at all levels of abilities to explore the nature or the history of Atacama. Be in the Andes experiencing the power of heights of more than 4,000 meters (13,120 feet), enjoy the volcanoes and plateaus or visit the small villages with their traditions and folklore. 


2014-2015 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON

Includes local airfare Santiago-Calama-Santiago

Double Single

4-12

years old

13-18

years old

Tulur Rooms - Sharing double 

US$5,780 7,883 3,574

4,340

Yali Rooms - Sharing double

6,185 8,270 3,970

4,790

Suite Catur - Sharing double 6,420 8,720 4,880 5,591

SAMPLE AIRFARE:

From Miami to Santiago, US$800-1000; New York $900-1200; Los Angeles $1100-1300

Have your travel agent call Tara Tours 1-800-327-0080 or email us: tara@taratours.com

 

 

**SEASONS:

Valid all year...except during Christmas and New Years. Please call us or email us

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally the most exciting combination in South America...!

 

 

Easter Island & Machu Picchu

 

 

The most remote island on earth with 

 

the most beautiful archaeological site in the world....

 

 

12 days/ 10 nights

Daily Departures-Locally hosted

 

DAY 01 - U.S.A- SANTIAGO

Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles for Santiago, Capital of Chile. (Add-ons available from more than 100 other USA cities, please see below)

 

DAY 02 -SANTIAGO

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to HOTEL PLAZA SAN FRANCISCO or Fundador. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (B)

 

DAY 03 - SANTIAGO-EASTER ISLAND

Transfer to the airport for flight to the exotic and mysterious Easter Island. Meeting on arrival and transfer to HOTEL  OTAI. Time to enjoy the beautiful views of one of the most isolated Island on earth. (B)

 

DAY 04 -  EASTER ISLAND

A morning tour will begin with a visit to the archaeological zone of Tahai. There you will see the famous gigantic statues. From there, you will go to the local museum started by Father Sebastian Englert. The tour will proceed to Ahu Vinapu with its incredible stone walls similar to those built by the ancient Incas. The architecture of these walls is sometimes used as an argument to support the theory that the early islanders came from South America. In the afternoon, you will visit some of the caves such as Te Pahu, Te Pora and Ana Kai Tangata where you will see some wall paintings. Return to your hotel for overnight. HOTEL OTAI (B)

 

DAY 05 -  EASTER ISLAND

Our full day tour will start with a visit to the ruins of Vaihu. From there, the tour will proceed to the Ranu Raraku volcano’s quarry which is the classical symbol of the island and original factory of the moai. The statues can be admired in the different stages of production, from carving in the rock to upright position and lying face down on their intended road to the platforms. Then you will continue to Ahu Tongariki, formerly the biggest platform on the island, which was destroyed by a tidal wave in 1960, and from there past La Perouse Bay to the beautiful archaeological zone of Anakena Beach where you will be served your pic-nic lunch next to the beach and near to Ahu Nau Nau. Retun to your Hotel via Vaitea Road . HOTEL OTAI (B).

 

DAY 06 - EASTER ISLAND

Day at leisure to explore more sights on your own or take an optional excursion. HOTEL  OTAI (B).

 

DAY 07 - EASTER ISLAND-SANTIAGO-LIMA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima via Santiago. Arrive and transfer to HOTEL RADISSON MIRAFLORES (B)

 

DAY 08 - LIMA

Morning sightseeing tour of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your guided tour will take you to see the most important sites of modern and colonial Lima. HOTEL RADISSON. (B)

 

DAY 09 –  LIMA-CUZCO

Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to HOTEL SONESTA CUZCO. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco –at one time- Capital of the Inka Empire. Then, continue to the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

 

DAY 10 –  CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO

Full day excursion via Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Early morning transfer to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour train ride along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes, then by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Here your guide will explain the advanced world of the Inkas. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain –it is a very magnificent site. Late afternoon return to Cuzco by train and to hotel SONESTA CUZCO. (B) (Optional overnight in Machu Picchu upon request).

 

DAY 11 –  CUZCO

Day at leisure to explore Cuzco on your own. The city of Cuzco is like a walking museum –wherever you go- you will find remains of the Inka Empire and the Spanish Conquistadores. Also great place for shopping alpaca rugs, sweaters, gold, silver and beautiful colorful handicrafts. (B)

 

DAY 12 –  CUZCO-LIMA-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with flight back home. (B)

 

INCLUDING:

Breakfast daily, tours as mentioned in itinerary, 4 star hotel accommodations for 11 nights with room taxes & services charges, English speaking tour guides, entrance fees when necessary, all transfers to/from airport/hotels. Local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima via Lan Peru.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

AIRFARE. Tips to tour guides, drivers, bellboys, chamber maids. Insurance (cost for this program thru Insure America $228). Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

 

2014-2015 RATES PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE (Includes local air Lima-Cuzco-Lima)

4 star Hotels

 
Double US$3,760
Triple 3,580
Single 5,920

International airfare not included (USA-Santiago-Easter Island-Lima-USA).

Approximate cost from Miami : US$1800-1950; New York 1900-2100; Los Angeles 2000-2200

 

DEPOSIT: $400 per person.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS : From Zone 1 & 2 add $230; Zone 3 $280; Zone 4, 5 & 6 $330

 

CITY ZONES  FOR LAN AIRLINES:

ZONE 1: ATL, JAX, ORL, TPA, EYW, FMY, JAX, TPA (via Miami)

ZONE 2: LIT, AUS, ABQ, DFW, ELP, HOU, MSY, OKC, SAT, TUL, ABI, ACT, FSM, FYV, GGG, LAW, SJT, SPS (via Miami)

ZONE 3: BOS, BWI, WAS, BGR, PHL, GSP (via NYC); BDL, BOS, BWI, PHL, RDU, WAS, ALB, BDL, BUF, CAE, CHS, CLT, GSO, MHT, ORF, PIT, PVD, RDU, RIC, ROC, SYR, PHL, (Via Miami)

ZONE 4: AZO, BNA, CLE, DTT, GRB, GRR, IND, LAN, MBS, MEM, MKC, MSN, MSP, OMA, SDF, CHI, CID, DSM, DTT, GRR, MKE, CHI, CID, CLE, DSM, DTT, GRR, ICT, MKE, MKC, MSP, OMA, STL, COS, TUS, PIA, BNA, CHA, CLE, CVG, IND, MKE, SDF, TYS, BHM, CMH, DAY (Via MIAMI) and PHX (via LAX)

ZONE 5: DEN LAS RNO SAN SFO SCJ FAT MRY OAK SNA; BOI DEN EUG GEG LAS RNO SAN SFO SJC SLC OAK; DEN; BOI EUG GEG SFO; LAS, PHX (Via L.ANGELES)

COS, MSO (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 6: PDX,SEA,ANC (Via L.ANGELES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lake District & Patagonia

 

 

 

Discover the beautiful Lake District of Chile, passing by Llanquigue Lake -largest of Chile’s lakes, see cascading Petrohue river and falls and in the background the spectacular and almost perfect cone shape " Osorno Volcano", then to Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park

 

 

10 days/8 nights

Daily departures

Locally hosted

 

Day 01. U.S.A - Santiago de Chile.

Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles  for Santiago, Capital of Chile.

 

Day 02-Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel selected (see below). Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (B)

 

Day 03 - Santiago: Full day excursion to Vina del Mar

 Travel towards the Pacific Coast, through the valley of Casablanca, known for its vineyards, wine tasting at one of its vineyards (only in Private Service). On arrival at the coast, visit the town of Viña del Mar with its pretty parks and floral ornaments. Continue to the picturesque port of Valparaíso, founded in the XVI century. The oldest part of town was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. The town is built on many hills which are accessed by narrow streets, long stairways and a series of lifts which were built towards the end of the XIX Century. Optional visit to the Museum House of Pablo Neruda, before returning to Santiago (Lunch on own)  (B)

 

Day 04 - Santiago to Puerto Montt-Puerto Varas:

Transfer to the airport for flight to P.Montt with transfer to Puerto Varas and to your hotel (see hotel options at the end of the program). Afternoon tour of the picturesque port of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and surrounding area. (B)

 

Day 05 - Petrohue: Travelling along the southern shore of Lake Llanquihue, take the road to Petrohué to visit the wonderful falls of the River Petrohué in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. A gentle walk along a marked pathway leads to the falls which tumble over a lip of volcanic rock, the waters turning shades of blue and green. The falls are surrounded by thick native forest and the Osorno Volcano can be seen towering over this amazing scenery. Time for photos before continuing to the All Saints Lake, which is also known as Emerald Lake for the colour of its water. Free time to enjoy a boat ride on a local boat (optional) or to enjoy the wonderful scenery. Return to Ensenada village where there is time for lunch (optional) and visit the Laguna Verde which is hidden along a pathway in a thick forest of coihue trees. Return. (B)

 

Day 06-Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas

Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. (If time allows it a city tour of P.Arenas will be provided).Visit the traditional sites of the city such as the Plaza Muñoz Gamero, the historic mansions of bygone years built with the profits from sheep farming, the port and the coastal road, the historic cemetery. Also there is the duty free zone and some interesting museums such as the Salesian Regional Museum and the Museo del Recuerdo. (B)

 

Day 07 - Punta Arenas-Penguins-Puerto Natales

Northeast of the Brunswick Peninsula on the Otway sound is a place where Magellan Penguins come every year to nest and care for their young (OCT-MAR). From the access point, there is a walk of around 2 km (just over a mile) to arrive at this wonderful open air museum where it is possible to watch the penguins and study their behaviour , then  continue to Puerto Natales and to Hotel ALTIPLANICO for 3 nights with taxes and breakfast. (B)

 

Day 08 Puerto Natales-Torres del Paine National Park

Full day excursion to visit Torres del Paine National Park, World Biosphere Reserve. Visit Lake Grey, Salto Grande, Lake Nordenskjold, and lake Pehoe. The impressive granite massif of the Paine complement the landscape. The National Park has 242,242 hectares, of protected land, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. It is the most famous Chilean park, and its name comes from the granite spires or “torres” which reach into the sky. Other attractions include the Cuernos or “horns” of Paine, another rock formation which is very interesting as well as glaciers such as the Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Patagonian Ice Field and a large number of lakes and peaks which make for wonderfully fantastic scenery. The flora and fauna of the park is also very interesting, and wildlife to look for includes the condor, puma and guanaco. Return to Puerto Natales for overnight. (B, Box Lunch)

 

Day 09  Puerto Natales-Glaciers

Full day excursión by boat Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers. Board a small motor vessel and start the journey along the Sound of Last Hope. On the way it is possible to see sea lions, cormorants and black necked swans amongst other birds. The sailing takes about 3 hours and on arrival at Mount Balmaceda, it is possible to view the glacier of the same name. Continue on to the Serrano Glacier and following a short 15 minute walk arrive at the view point. Both glaciers are in the Bernardo O‘Higgins National Park. On the way back, enjoy lunch in the Estancia Perales and return to Puerto Natales. (B, L)

NOTE: Daily operation from October to March; Except December 25th and January 1st).  Departure time at 8:00 am. Then from April to August operates on Sunday only with a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

Day 10 Puerto Natales- Punta Arenas-Santiago

Transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas to catch your flight to Santiago where you will be connecting with your international flight back to USA   (B)

 

 

Including: Hotel accommodations 8  nights with full day excursion to Lake Petrohue; Tours as mentioned in itinerary with English speaking tour guides; all transfers;  daily Buffet breakfast and local airfare Santiago-Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas-Santiago.

 

Not included: International airfare USA-Santiago-USA, Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance.  Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes from USA and Chile (usually included in your international air ticket) .

 

 

2014-2015 COST LAND TOUR PACKAGE (Includes local airfare Santiago-P.Montt-P.Arenas-Santiago)

 

RATES PER PERSON

 

4* Hotels 5* Hotels
Sharing double US$3,220 3,792
Sharing triple 3,112  3,520
Single 5,951 7,135

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED:

SAMPLE AIRFARES: From Miami to Santiago, US$800-1000; New York $900-1200; Los Angeles $1100-1300

 

HOTELS USED

4 stars: SANTIAGO: Fundador, Galerias or Atton El Bosque. PUERTO MONTT: Cabanas del Lago; P.NATALES: Altiplanico; P.ARENAS=Finis Terrae

5 Stars: SANTIAGO: Marriot or Sheraton. PUERTO MONTT: Patagonico; P.NATALES: Costa Australis; P.ARENAS=Cabo de Hornos

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS: (to the Miami airfare)

Add $200 from CHI, CLE, DEN, DTT, LAX, RDU, SFO and ZONE 4,5,6; add $250 from ATL, ORL, SJU, TPA and ZONE 1; add $330 from DFW, HOU, MSY and ZONE 2,3 -  SEE ZONE CHART AT THE END OF PAGE.

 

DEPOSIT: $600 per person.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Patagonia

 

 

Torres del Paine (Chile) and Perito Moreno (Argentina)

 

12 days/10 nights

Daily Departures

Locally Hosted

 

DAY 01  U.S.A- Santiago
Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles for Santiago, Capital of Chile. (Add-ons available from other USA cities, please see below)
 

DAY 02  Santiago
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel FUNDADOR or CROWN PLAZA. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (B)
 

DAY 03 Santiago- Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales 
Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas.  Arrival reception at Punta Arenas airport and transfer by bus to Puerto Natales. Transfer to hotel EBERHARD OR GLACIARES. (B)
 

DAY 04 Puerto Natales & Glaciers: 
Full day excursion by boat through the Ultima Esperanza fjord and visit the impressive Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers.

The only access to this zone is by sailing through the Seno de Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). The 6,200 feet high Balmaceda mountain is part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Travelling to Balmaceda is a real treat. The journey starts at Puerto Natales pier.  From the ship you will see a good number of sea lions, cormorants, wild ducks, condors, seagulls and sea wolves colonies. Finally you will reach the Balmaceda glacier, where huge pieces of ice detach falling into the fjord waters......Then you will see the Serrano glacier,  where you can arrive by land next to a small lagoon formed by the de-icing activity.
On the return you will stop at local Estancia  where passengers have the chance to enjoy a delicious typical regional lunch. Arrive back in Puerto Natales about 5-6pm. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

DAY 05 Puerto Natales-Torres del Paine: 
Full day excursion to visit Torres del Paine National Park, World Biosphere Reserve. Visit Lake Grey, Salto Grande, Lake Nordenskjold, and Lake Pehoe. The impressive granite massif of the Paine complement the landscape. Overnight in Paine at LAS TORRES. (B, Box lunch)

ABOUT TORRES DEL PAINE: Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 70 miles north of Puerto Natales and 194 miles north of Punta Arenas. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is its neighbors to the west, while Los Glaciares National Park is located to the north in Argentine territory.
 

DAY 06 Torres del Paine-Puerto Natales-
Morning half day walking excursion to the base of Las Torres of Paine. Then continue to Puerto Natales for overnight. (B,L)
 

DAY 07 Puerto Natales-Calafate
Transfer to the bus station for bus ride to Calafate. Arrive and transfer to hotel DESIGN. (B)
 

DAY 08 Perito Moreno
Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, an impressive Patagonian Glacier formed about 1 million years ago. Today will drive about 50 miles from Calafate, to the Peninsula of Magallanes, (south arm of the lago Argentino) to see the glacier, 240 feet above sea level and 3 miles wide, it is an overwhelming view of nature and contrary to other glaciers, this is the only one in the world which is still growing. Mid-afternoon return to Calafate and to hotel Design.(B)
 

DAY 09 Calafate
At leisure in Calafate to explore this beautiful area on your own or you decide to take an optional excursion to see Upsala and Onelli glaciers or Fitz Roy Mountain. Hotel Design. (B)
 

DAY 10 Calafate-Buenos Aires
Transfer for flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive and transfer to hotel PESTANA or NOVOTEL (B)
 

DAY 11 Buenos Aires
Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, which will take you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much photographed Obelisco and Teatro Colon, La Recoleta and finally, to the colorful Boca District. Hotel Pestana or Novotel. (B)

 

Day 12 Buenos Aires-USA
Morning free until transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

 

Including: 

10 nights hotel accommodations as per itinerary;  all transfers; English speaking tour guide; daily buffet breakfast; entrance fees and local airfares Santiago-Punta Arenas and Calafate-Buenos Aires. Assistance of our local representatives.

 

Not included:

Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance.  Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

2014-2015 AIR LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON (includes local airfare Santiago-Punta Arenas & Calafate-Buenos Aires)

US$4,980   Share Double    

US$4,727   Share Triple     

US$9,610   Single

 

RATES VALID: All year. Except Christmas, New Years

 

HOTELS USED:

Four Star hotels (Five star hotels available upon request)

 

DEPOSIT: $500 per person.

 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

 

CITY ZONES  FOR LAN CHILE AIRLINES:

ZONE 1: ATL, JAX, ORL, TPA, EYW, FMY, JAX, TPA (via Miami)

ZONE 2: LIT, AUS, ABQ, DFW, ELP, HOU, MSY, OKC, SAT, TUL, ABI, ACT, FSM, FYV, GGG, LAW, SJT, SPS (via Miami)

ZONE 3: BOS, BWI, WAS, BGR, PHL, GSP (via NYC); BDL, BOS, BWI, PHL, RDU, WAS, ALB, BDL, BUF, CAE, CHS, CLT, GSO, MHT, ORF, PIT, PVD, RDU, RIC, ROC, SYR, PHL, (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 4: AZO, BNA, CLE, DTT, GRB, GRR, IND, LAN, MBS, MEM, MKC, MSN, MSP, OMA, SDF, CHI, CID, DSM, DTT, GRR, MKE, CHI, CID, CLE, DSM, DTT, GRR, ICT, MKE, MKC, MSP, OMA, STL, COS, TUS, PIA, BNA, CHA, CLE, CVG, IND, MKE, SDF, TYS, BHM, CMH, DAY (Via MIAMI) and PHX (via LAX)

ZONE 5: DEN LAS RNO SAN SFO SCJ FAT MRY OAK SNA; BOI DEN EUG GEG LAS RNO SAN SFO SJC SLC OAK; DEN; BOI EUG GEG SFO; LAS, PHX (Via L.ANGELES)

COS, MSO (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 6: PDX,SEA,ANC (Via L.ANGELES)

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

AUSTRALIS EXPEDITON

 

 

Visit Santiago -Capital of Chile, Buenos Aires "Paris of South America

and cruise Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego aboard Via Australis

 

8 days/ 6 night 

 

Departs every Saturday from  end of September to first week of April

 

DAY 01 - SAT. USA-SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles for Santiago, Capital of Chile. (Add-ons available from other USA cities, please see below)

DAY 02 - SUN. SANTIAGO

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel Crown Plaza. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful  city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (B)

DAY 03 MON. SANTIAGO-PUNTA ARENAS-CRUISE*
Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas. Arrive and immediate check-in with the cruise company.
Board The "Via Australis" expedition cruise ship. The crew, headed by the Captain, will welcome you aboard for cocktails with your cruise companions. Immediately after, the ship will depart towards the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan, sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego. The beginning of a great adventure. (B,L,D)
DAY 04 TUE. CRUISE

Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet 
At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where we enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach we observe a colony of elephant seals. Later we visit Tucker Islet, where we view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier.  (B,L,D)
DAY 05 WED. CRUISE

Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley 
We navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers.  (B,L,D).
DAY 06 THU. CRUISE
Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory at the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans merge. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. 
In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point. (B,L,D)
DAY 07 FRI. CRUISE-USHUAIA-BUENOS AIRES
Arrival at Ushuaia, the most important Argentinean city of the Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarkment of passengers at 8:00 am. Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel Pestana or Pulitzzer (4stars). (B)

DAY 08 SAT. BUENOS AIRES-USA : 

Morning city tour. The Argentina capital boasts a population of 8 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisco and Teatro Colon and finally, to the colorful Boca District. Afternoon at leisure. At night transfer to the airport for flight to Miami, New York or Los Angeles (see add-ons from other USA cities) (B) (See below optional extension to Torres del Paine National Park for 4 days/3 nights)

 

INCLUDING:

Breakfast daily, tours as mentioned, hotel for 2 nights with room taxes & services charges, The 5 day/4 night cruise aboard the M/V Via Australis (cabins category A, for AA add $120 per person), English speaking tour guides, all transfers and airfare via Lan Chile Airlines.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

2014-2015  RATES PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE (Includes local air - Santiago to Punta Arenas and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires)

 

Seasons

Rates per person
Double Sep.2014 & April 2015 US$4,570
Double October & Dec.14-18, 2014; Mar.1-15, 2015 4,480
Double Nov, Dec, 2014 & Jan, Feb, Mar.16-30, 2015 4,930

 

PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE Miami-Buenos Aires....Santiago-Miami approximate cost US$950-1050, New York $1050-1250, Los Angeles $1150-1450

 

DEPOSIT: $500 per person.

 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

NEW STELLA AUSTRALIS....if you want to use the new Stella Australis, you will need to adjust your departure from USA as the Stella Australis departs Punta Arenas on  Saturdays. Call us at 1-800-327-0080 or email us at tara@taratours.com

 

 

FANTASTIC PATAGONIA

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

at Hosterias Las Torres -all inclusive

(We highly recommend to take this extension before your cruise)

 

 

DAY 1: PUNTA ARENAS / PUERTO NATALES
Arrive in Punta Arenas. Your local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to Puerto Natales and Hosterias Las Torres
Briefing on next day activities. (D)
 

DAY 2: PUERTO NATALES / TORRES DEL PAINE
Hosteria Las Torres includes all meals and shore excursions.
ABOUT THE AREA:

Northwest of Punta Arenas, treeless pampas merge with undulating hills and valleys to form pastoral scenes of grandeur; fields carpeted with golden dandelions, dotted with pine and cypress, on which huge flocks of sheep graze, lambs gambol, cattle placidly browse and horses playfully gallop.  You pass Patagonian huasos and sheepherders.  Near Puerto Natales you see mountain seascapes of incredible awesomeness.  In the Park, a wildlife sanctuary, ducks, geese, shorebirds, gulls and flamingos abound, as do rabbit and small deer, huge flocks of ostriches.  You drive through hundreds and hundreds of flocks of bleating, careening sheep.   Cypress and pine in a wild assortment of wind-blown shapes are everywhere, as are the mountains in an ever-changing variety of vistas, depths and panoramas accented by bursts of floral coloring, the changeable blues and greens of lakes and lagoons…a prodigality of beauty that almost surfeits the senses. 

(B,L,D)

For more information about the hotel and the excursions click here

 

DAY 3: TORRES DEL PAINE
AM/PM Excursions of your choice.
Return for dinner and accommodation at Hosteria Las Torres. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 4: TORRES DEL PAINE / PUNTA ARENAS / SANTIAGO
Breakfast. Departure to Punta Arenas airport to take flight to Santiago. (Flights after 16:00 hrs) (B)

COST PER PERSON:

Hosterias Las Torres

 

October 2014 to May 3, 2015
View Almirante Nieto rooms Double: US$ 2,260; Triple: 2,038; Single: 2,999

View Sierra Contreras rooms Double US$ 2,170; Triple: 1,972; Single: 2,874

 

May 4 to September 30, 2015
View Almirante Nieto rooms Double: US$ 1,794; Triple: 1,587; Single: 2,855

View Sierra Contreras rooms Double US$ 1,685; Triple: 1,568; Single: 2,680

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unbelievable Chile....!!!

 

 

Visiting the Atacama desert, The Geysers,  Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Punta Arenas,

Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine and Santiago de Chile

 

14 days/12 nights

Daily departures

 

Day 01 U.S.A - Santiago de Chile.

Depart Miami, New York or Los Angeles for Santiago, Capital of Chile.

Day 02  SANTIAGO

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel  FUNDADOR or NOVOTEL. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes. (AB)

Day 03  SANTIAGO- CALAMA: 

Reception at the airport in Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, through the Domeyko Mountain range. In the afternoon, a visit to the valley of the Moon. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. Hotel TERRANTAI (B,D)

Day 04 ATACAMA: 

Visit the museum in San Pedro, the indigenous stronghold of Quitor, the artisan village of Toconao and a soft walk through the Jeria Valley, finally a visit ot the Atacama Salt Flat with its deposits, mineral formations and great white salt mantle. Also, good chance to see Pink Flamingos nearby at the Chaxa lagoon. Return to hotel TERRANTAI. (B, Box lunch, D).

Day 05 TATIO GEYSERS: 

About 05.00 AM our tour starts with a fascinating journey uphill to the wonders of the El Tatio Geyserfield, an amazing spectacle of steam fumaroles and spouts of water emerging from the depth of the earth.......... After box lunch we will return to San Pedro de Atacama. TERRANTAI (B, Box lunch,D)

Day 06  ATACAMA-SANTIAGO

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago with transfer to hotel FUNDADOR or NOVOTEL (B)

Day 07  SANTIAGO-PUERTO VARAS

Transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Montt with transfer to Puerto Varas and hotel Cabanas Del Lago (4 stars). Afternoon tour of the picturesque port of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and surrounding area. (B)

Day 08 PETROHUE

Beautiful full day excursion passing Llanquigue Lake, drive to Ensanada, then continue to see the emerald color waters of Petrohue river and falls. Beautiful views of green valleys and white snow peaks among them the impressive Osorno Volcano. Hotel Cabanas del Lago. (B)

Day 09  PUERTO VARAS

Day at leisure to explore the area on your own or take an optional excursion to Chiloe Island or the Alarce National Park. (B)

Day 10 P.VARAS-PUERTO MONTT-PUNTA ARENAS-PUERTO NATALES

Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas. Arrival reception at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to bus terminal to board bus to Puerto Natales (regular bus line-3 1/2 hours). Transfer to hotel Glaciares.

Day 11 PUERTO NATALES-TORRES DEL PAINE PARK

Full day excursion to visit Torres del Paine National Park, World Biosphere Reserve. Visit Lake Grey, Salto Grande, Lake Nordenskjold, and lake Pehoe. The impressive granite massif of the Paine complement the landscape. OVERNIGHT HOSTERIAS LAS TORRES. (B, BL)

Day 12 TORRES DEL PAINE-PUNTA ARENAS:  

Departure on a half day excursion on a walk to the base of Torres del Paine. Return to the hotel and transfer by bus to Punta Arenas. Overnight hotel NAVEGANTES OR CABO DE HORNOS (B, Box Lunch)

Day 13 PUNTA ARENAS-SANTIAGO:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago with transfer to hotel FUNDADOR or NOVOTEL (B)

DAY 14 SANTIAGO-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami or Los Angeles or New York via Lan Chile.

 

Including:  

12 nights hotel accommodations (4 star hotels where available) with room taxes and service charges; all transfers;al tours as per itinerary with English speaking tour guides; daily breakfast and local airfare Santiago-Calama (Atacama)-Santiago-Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas-Santiago

 

Not Included: 

International airfare. Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

2014-2015 RATES PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE (Includes local airfare)

 

 
Double US$5,830
Single 8,800

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

 

DEPOSIT: $350 per person.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

ADD-ONS TO THE MIAMI RATE: From Zone 1 & 2 add $230; Zone 3 $280; Zone 4, 5 & 6 $330

CITY ZONES  FOR LAN CHILE AIRLINES:

ZONE 1: ATL, JAX, ORL, TPA, EYW, FMY, JAX, TPA (via Miami)

ZONE 2: LIT, AUS, ABQ, DFW, ELP, HOU, MSY, OKC, SAT, TUL, ABI, ACT, FSM, FYV, GGG, LAW, SJT, SPS (via Miami)

ZONE 3: BOS, BWI, WAS, BGR, PHL, GSP (via NYC); BDL, BOS, BWI, PHL, RDU, WAS, ALB, BDL, BUF, CAE, CHS, CLT, GSO, MHT, ORF, PIT, PVD, RDU, RIC, ROC, SYR, PHL, (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 4: AZO, BNA, CLE, DTT, GRB, GRR, IND, LAN, MBS, MEM, MKC, MSN, MSP, OMA, SDF, CHI, CID, DSM, DTT, GRR, MKE, CHI, CID, CLE, DSM, DTT, GRR, ICT, MKE, MKC, MSP, OMA, STL, COS, TUS, PIA, BNA, CHA, CLE, CVG, IND, MKE, SDF, TYS, BHM, CMH, DAY (Via MIAMI) and 

PHX (via LAX)

ZONE 5: DEN LAS RNO SAN SFO SCJ FAT MRY OAK SNA; BOI DEN EUG GEG LAS RNO SAN SFO SJC SLC OAK; DEN; BOI EUG GEG SFO; LAS, PHX (Via L.ANGELES)

COS, MSO (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 6: PDX,SEA,ANC (Via L.ANGELES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patagonia

 

 

 

Visit the end of the continent -Punta Arenas- and discover one of the most spectacular sites of nature "Torres del Paine National Park" with its glaciers, lakes with icy blue waters, valleys and its Guanacos, Condors and more than 100 different species of birds.

 

10 day/8 nights

 

Daily Departures

 

Day 01 USA-SANTIAGO 

Depart from U.S.A for Santiago, Capital of Chile.

 

Day 02 SANTIAGO 

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the deluxe hotel Sheraton or Marriot. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and majestic Andes.

 

Day 03 SANTIAGO  Full day Viña del Mar

Leaving the metropolitan area, heading to the Pacific Ocean Coast and travelling across the Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys where you can admire all the Central Valley vineyard, then we arrive to Valparaíso, declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO; famous for its building built on the hill slopes and its ancient funiculars, a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the harbour is observed from the Mirador 21 de Mayo. Afterward, we will visit the Garden City: Viña del Mar the most famous and visited beach in the Central Coast, with its beautiful parks and gardens. In this city is where every year takes place the well-known Viña del Mar Song Festival. Mid-afternoon return to Santiago. Hotel Marriott or Sheraton (B)

 

Day 04 SANTIAGO-PUNTA ARENAS-TORRES DEL PAINE

Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas, then by bus to Puerto Natales and finally to Torres del Paine and to deluxe hotel Salto Chico-Explora. (B,D)

From October to April Salto Chico has set departure dates as follows: (you must arrive in Punta Arenas on  dates below to start program)

2014 ....From May to Sep...you can arrive any day.....October: 2,6,10,14,18,22,26,30. November:  3,7,11,15,19,23,27. December: 1,5,9,13,17,21...mandatory Christmas-New Years 6 night minimum Dec.22 & Dec.28.

2015 January: 2,6,10,14,18,22,26,28. February: 3,7,11,15,19,23,27. March: 3,7,11,15,19,23,27. April: 4,8,12,16,20,24,28. Then May, Jun, Jul, Aug & Sep ..you can arrive any day. October 2,6,10, 14,18,22,26,28;  November 3,7,11,15,19,23,27;  December 1,5,9,13,17,21...mandatory Christmas-New Years 6 nights minimum Dec.22 & Dec.28.

 

Day 05, 06, 07  TORRES DEL PAINE 

Full day excursions to Torres del Paine National Park with an area of more than 598,000 acres; sheltering lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, and glaciers. The park offers you one of the most impressive views of nature such as the Horns of Paine, The Towers and Gray Glacier -sculpted by the wind and snow during 12 million years. View interesting wildlife -such as Guanacos, Condors, Darwin rheas, ducks and geese and more than 100 different species of birds. Here , your tour guides will explain all the archeological, biological and geological facts of this area. Breakfast lunch and three course dinner with free flowing Chilean wine are included daily at hotel Salto Chico (Explora). (AB,L,D)

 

Day 08  PAINE-PUNTA ARENAS-SANTIAGO 

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago with immediate transfer to hotel Sheraton or Marriot. (B)

 

Day 09 SANTIAGO -Concha y Toro

Morning drive to the Maipo Valley and the village of Pirque, famous for its production of red wine. The winery was founded in 1883 and is the largest exporter of Chilean wine. The tour includes a visit to the pretty gardens, the cellars and the plants themselves, some of which were planted by the original owner, Don Melchor Concha y Toro. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

 

Day 10 SANTIAGO- U.S.A

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami, New York or Los Angeles. (B) .

Optional extension to Atacama and the rest of Chile available upon request

 

LAND TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Hotel accommodations for 8 nights with room taxes and service charges. Daily Buffet breakfast (B) and meals as specified in itinerary (Salto Chico-Explora includes all meals). Transfers to/from airport and hotels. Ground transportation from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park. English speaking tour guides. Tips to airport and hotel porters. Assistance of our local representatives.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

AIRFARES. Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

ABOUT HOTEL SALTO CHICO EXPLORA IN PATAGONIA:
Beautifully designed, the plushy hotel Explora is perched upon the shore of lake Pehoe and adjacent to Salto Chico, a small waterfall on river Paine. It has 26 rooms and 4 suites (all rooms with feather beds) with stunning views of the lake Pehoe, the Paine Massif and the Paine Horns. The hotel also has a heated pool, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and a fitness room. The EXPLORA hotel includes all your meals. Lunch and dinner with free flowing Chilean wine. EXPLORA hotel offers packages of 8 days, 5 days and 4 days, but considering how long it takes to get there and how much you can see, we recommend the 5 and 8 days programs. Packages includes the transfers to/from Punta Arenas by van (6 hours), full board, lodging, access to the spa and all EXPLORA activities. The guides at EXPLORA will lead guest on a variety of daily excursions. Guests will have a choice among -usually 5 excursions daily- that cover very different trails and roads from the sedentary to mild and strenuous hiking.

 

Average temperature High/Low:  Jan. 72-53%; Feb. 75-54%; Mar. 71-50%; Apr. 69-46%; May 61-41%; Jun. 55-36%; Jul. 57-36%; Aug. 60-40%; Sep. 61-40%; Oct. 67-45%; Nov. 70-48%; Dec. 70-52%

 

2014-2015 LAND/TOUR COST PER PERSON

  Double *Single Children 13-18 y Children 4-12 y
Sharing double (Salto Chico view) US$5,267 8,940 3,700 3,310
Sharing double (Cordillera Paine view) 5,690 9,940 4,250 3,655
Sharing double (Suites Explora) 6,996 11,950 5,395 4,970

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

Children rate: Sharing room with parents

 

**SEASONS: Valid all year, except Christmas and New Years where you will need to stay a minimun of 6 nights at Explora.

 

Sample airfare:

USA-Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago-USA

From Miami: US$1,500-1700; New York $1,600-1,800; Los Angeles $1700-1900

 

Sample add-ons from other USA cities

To the Miami sample airfare:

Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DEN, DTT, LAX, RDU, SFO and ZONE 4,5,6; add $250 from ATL, ORL, SJU, TPA and ZONE 1; add $350 from DFW, HOU, MSY and ZONE 2,3 - 

SEE ZONE CHART AT THE END OF PAGE.

 

DEPOSITS: 25% of total cost

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

INSURANCE: Cost for this program is $450-650...for further information about insurance please click Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patagonia 1,2,3.....

 

 

Visiting Santiago, Punta Arenas and Magnificent Torres del Paine National Park

 

 

8 days/7 nights

Locally Hosted

 

LAND TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

3 nights hotel accommodations in Santiago at hotel Plaza San Francisco with room taxes (2 nights at the beginning and one at the end)

Private city tour of Santiago
4 nights hotel accommodations' in Torres del Paine with room taxes (see hotel selection below)
Daily Buffet breakfast in Santiago (B) and meals as specified for each hotel in Patagonia in the table below.
Private Transfers in Santiago to/from airport and hotels.
Ground transportation from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales and to hotels in Patagonia
English speaking tour guides.
Tips to airport and hotel porters.
Local airfare Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago
Assistance of our local representatives while in Chile

2014-2015 Rates Per Person
(includes local airfare Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago)

Hotels Double Triple Single Child 13-17 Child 4-12 Observations
Remota US$4610 NA 5960 2860 2460 Remota includes all meals, drinks and all excursions in Patagonia
Tierra Patagonia (superior rooms) US$4520 TBA 6620 2190 1890 Tierra Patagonia includes all meals, drinks and all excursions in Patagonia
Singular Oct.01-May 15 4520 TBA 5995 2322 1980 Singular includes all meals, drinks and all excursions in Patagonia (Singular rooms)
Lago Grey 3050 2646 4520 call 1647 Lago Grey includes all meals, all excursions, all drinks.
Las Torres Sep-Oct & Mar-Apr 3295 2790 4691 call 1787 Sierra Contreras view rooms. LasTorres includes all meals, all excursions, all drinks.
Las Torres Nov to Feb 3390 2990 4960 call 1890 Sierra Contreras view rooms. L.Torres includes all meals, all excursions, all drinks.
Patagonia Camp Sep-Oct & Mar-Apr 2890 NA 4340 call 1863 Includes all meals, all excursions in Patagonia (Mon or Fri from P.Arenas)
Patagonia Camp Nov to Feb 3600 NA 5250 call 2070 Includes all meals, all excursions in Patagonia (Mon or Fri from P.Arenas)
Hosteria Puehue * 2430 2295 3177 call 1440 H.Puehue includes all meals and excursions (*hotel used in Santiago =Galerias)

Rates not valid during Christmas or New Years, please call. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

NOT INCLUDED:
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Tips to tour guides and drivers. Insurance. Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your airline ticket).

NOTE:
Considering how long it takes to get to Patagonia and to Torres del Paine and how much you can see, we recommend a minimum of 4 nights in this area.

Average temperature High/Low:
Jan. 72-53%; Feb. 75-54%; Mar. 71-50%; Apr. 69-46%; May 61-41%; Jun. 55-36%; Jul. 57-36%; Aug. 60-40%; Sep. 61-40%; Oct. 67-45%; Nov. 70-48%; Dec. 70-52%
 

DEPOSITS: 25% of total cost

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

INSURANCE: Cost for this program is $407-579...for further information about insurance please click Insurance

 

For more information about Las Torres and the excursions click here

For more information about Remota and its excursions click here

For more information about Tierra Patagonia click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

South America Capital Cities

 

 

Visiting Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile

 

 

8 days/6 nights

 

Daily Departures - Locally Hosted

 

Day 1 U.S.A-Buenos Aires:

Depart USA for Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina. (Overnight flight)

 

Day 2 Buenos Aires:

Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel selected.

 

Day 3 Buenos Aires:

The Argentina capital boasts a population of 8 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisco and Teatro Colon and finally, to the colorful Boca District. (B)

 

Day 4 Buenos Aires:

Day at leisure to explore the Paris of South America. (B)

 

Day 5 Buenos Aires-Santiago:

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago, where you will be met and accompanied to hotel selected.(B)

 

Day 6 Santiago:

Morning sightseeing tour of Santiago, Capital of Chile. City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura, then back to downtown to see the most important landmarks as The Fine Art Museum, National Congress Building and La Moneda Chile's Presidential Palace. (B)

 

Day 7 Santiago:

Day at leisure to explore Santiago on your own or take an optional full day excursion to the seaside resort of Vina and the port of Valparaiso. (B)

 

Day 8 Santiago- U.S.A:

Day at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight back home. (B)

 

Including:

Daily breakfast. · Hotel accommodations of your choice for 6 nights with room taxes and service charges (3 nights Buenos Aires and 3 nights Santiago). · Tours as mentioned in itinerary with English speaking tour guides. · Transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters· English speaking tour guides.

 

Not Included:

Airfare. First time entrance fee to Argentina of $160.00. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA, Argentina & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

Hotels used:

3stars: Presidente or Panamericano (SCL); Aspen Suites (BUE) 

4stars: Fundador (SCL); Novotel (BUE) 

5stars: Marriot (SCL);  Plaza (BUE) 

 

 

RATES PER PERSON-LAND TOUR COST

2014 -2015 3star Hotel 4star Hotel 5star Hotel
Sharing Double US$1196 1485 1870
Sharing Triple 1160 1440 1816
Single 2068 2510 3157

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDE.

Sample airfare from Miami US$800-1000, New York $900-1100, Los Angeles $1000-1200 per person

 

DEPOSIT: $350 per person.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

 

            

 

 

 

GLACIERS AND PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Cruising Glaciers and Exploring Patagonia

To sail towards the glaciers of the Southern Ice Field is an experience that enchants and motivates all travelers who love exploring unique and virgin sites. This route offers an enormous range of glaciers which can be sighted, explored and contemplated, while you sail through icebergs or simply walk along a glacier's moraine. The Southern Ice Field, together with the Northern Ice Field, are the third most important source of fresh water on the planet. They give us a unique opportunity to look at the last remnants of a glaciations. Then to Torres del Paine National Park which  has been declared a UNESCO heritage reserve. Its incredible natural beauty makes it one of the most popular and sought-after tourist destinations. There are no words to describe the feeling of freedom and clean air that surrounds us in this emblematic place. Its imposing Towers, its enormous lakes surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, its abundant fauna, which includes ñandus, Condors, Fox, Puma and Guanaco, will remain engraved in your memory.

 

M/V Skorpios III &  Serrano Hotel in Patagonia

9 days / 7 nights

Departures: Every Sunday (also available upon request departures on Wednesdays)

Departures available only from September to April

 

DAY 01: SUN.  USA- SANTIAGO
Depart USA for Santiago, Capital of Chile. (Overnight flight)
 

DAY 02: MON. SANTIAGO
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel CROWN PLAZA. Afternoon sightseeing tour of this beautiful city visiting La Moneda Presidential Palace and Civic Center, O’Higgins Park, University of Chile, Santa Lucia Hill, Fine Arts Museum and San Cristobal hill.

 

DAY 03: TUE.  SANTIAGO-PUNTA ARENAS-PUERTO NATALES-CRUISE

Transfer to the airport for flight to Punta Arenas where you will be met and transfer by van to Puerto Natales with transfer to Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Natales. 18:00 hours. The vessel sails from Skorpios terminal. Cruise through Seno de Ultima Esperanza, Almirante Montt Gulf, Angostura Kirke crossing, Morla Vicuña Pass,  and Union Channel. We continue to sail through the Collingwood and Sarmiento channels (B,D)

DAY 04: WED.  CRUISE

08:00 hours. Cruising Peel Fjord, and landing at Amalia Glacier. The ship approaches the Glacier. Panoramic view from the ship. 09:15 hours. We sail towards El Brujo Glacier. 11:00 hours. Arrival at El Brujo Glacier, weather and ice permitting, passengers may go ashore for a closer look at this glacier from a nearby rock. 12:30 hours. Departure for Calvo Fjord. 14:30 hours. Landing at Calvo Fjord with an excursion on the Capitán Constantino, an ice breaker, which will take us on a visit to the Fernando, Capitán Constantino and Alipio Glaciers, among others. In the course of this excursion we will visit seal colonies, approach condor and imperial cormorant nests. We will also stop at a glacier waterfall that courses down the Magellanic forest. 18:80 hours. We sail to De Las Montañas Fjord.(B,L,D)

DAY 05: THU.  CRUISE

08:00 hours. Arrival at De Las Montañas Fjord, where we can see five glaciers that fall from Cordillera Sarmiento into the sea, two of which are included in our tour. 10:00 hours. We land at Alsina Glacier, sailing through a small channel in special excursion boats, and then enter the bay of this small Glacier which abounds in colour and beauty. 12:00 hours. We continue to sail along the De Las Montañas Fjord. Our ship loads natural and pure water from a river that flows down the mountains. 16:00 hours. Visit to Bernal Glacier, trekking through a small oak forest, crossing the glacier's front and lateral moraines until we reach the base of this Glacier which has reached the end of its life-span. 18:00 hours. We sail from the De Las Montañas Fjord, cross Angostura Kirke. 21:00 hours. Farewell party, Captain's Dinner, dance. 12:00 hours. We reach the Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Natales.(B,L,D)

 

DAY 06:FRI.  CRUISE-TORRES DEL PAINE-SERRANO HOTEL  

09:30 hours. We land at the Skorpios Terminal. End of the Southern Ice Field Glaciers cruise. We will now depart to The Singular Hotel, located on a side of our Port or to the Rio Serrano Hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park, to discover the essence of this Patagonian land. Check in, a variety of excursions according to weather conditions and the preference of each passenger. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 07: SAT.  SERRANO HOTEL Full day activities

About Hotel Rio Serrano

The hotel gets its name after the sinuous Serrano River, which is born in the waters of Toro Lake and leads into Ultima Esperanza Sound. Its unique location, in front of the Torres del Paine and surrounded by an astonishing nature views. 

The decoration of Rio Serrano Hotel is both warm and cozy with architectonical lines that merge fineness and rustic. They have been designed to provide that unique home atmosphere. Wood and stone make the perfect blend, that together with a fireplace set scene of pure relaxation. The hotel is surrounded by a breathtaking natural beauty which has spectacular view from all our facilities. The spacious areas give emphasis to elegance and quality assuring a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The hotel includes all meals and all excursion, offering different activities each day from soft  to strenuous hiking...you will pick a choose your own activities.(Excursions: Full Day Paine, Salto Grande and Mirador Cuernos, Mirador Cóndor, Trekking Playa Grey, Horseback riding to Río Nutria) (B,L,D)

 

DAY 08 : SAT.  TORRES DEL PAINE (SERRANO HOTEL)

Full day activities exploring Paine National Park.

Hotel Hotel Rio Serrano. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 09 : SUN.  PAINE-PUNTA ARENAS-SANTIAGO-USA

Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for flight to Santiago where you will be connecting with your international flight back to USA. (B)

 

FROM SEP.2014 to APRIL 2015 (Airfare not included)

RATE LAND AND SEA IN PATAGONIA US$3,940 per person -double using Hotel Serrano LOW SEASON: Sep/Oct/Nov/until Dec.15; then Mar/Apr

RATE LAND AND SEA IN PATAGONIA US$4,165 per person -double using Hotel Serrano. HIGH SEASON: Dec.16 to Feb.28

For Acropolis deck please add US$140 pp/dbl; For Parthenon add US$240 pp/dbl; For Olympus deck 340 pp/dbl. For Junior Suite add US$450 pp/dbl

 

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

 

Sample airfare via LAN AIRLINES:

From Miami US$1200-1350; New York $1300-1,450; Los Angeles $1400-1,550

 

Sample add-ons from other USA cities (to the Miami sample airfare):

Add $300 from CHI, CLE, DEN, DTT, LAX, RDU, SFO and ZONE 4,5,6; add $250 from ATL, ORL, SJU, TPA and ZONE 1; add $350 from DFW, HOU, MSY and ZONE 2,3 - 

SEE ZONE CHART AT THE END OF PAGE.

 

Including:

Hotel accommodations with room taxes and service charges. 3 nights Skorpios Cruise Double B-Atenas deck with all meals and shore excursions, 3 nights at hotel Rio Serrano in Patagonia with all meals, excursions, open bar, WI-FI. One night in Santiago at hotel Crown Plaza with buffet breakfast. ·Tours as mentioned in itinerary with English speaking tour guides. Transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters·

 

Not Included:

Airfare. Insurance, tips. Airport departure taxes when leaving USA & Chile (usually included in your international air ticket)

 

 

 

 

TREKKING PATAGONIA & TORRES DEL PAINE

 

 

 

 

7 days/6 nights

Departs every Monday from Punta Arenas

 


- Day 1 (Monday):     Arrive in Punta Arenas. Meet and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park and the EcoCamp
- Day 2 (Tuesday):     Trek Paso Los Cuernos trail
- Day 3 (Wednesday):Trek Valle del Frances trail
- Day 4 (Thursday):    Trek Pehoe - Grey trail
- Day 5 (Friday):         Trek to the Towers
- Day 6 (Saturday):     Eastern Lakes
- Day 7 (Sunday):       Drive to Punta Arenas

Program Includes:


- All meals while on the program
- Cross Lake Grey.
- 4 nights accommodations in EcoCamp (Domes Standard - Double)
- 1 night in Refugio Paine Grande and 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos (shared basis)
- Visit  Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park.
- Expert bilingual guide trekking for the group.
- Sleeping in shelters if necessary.
- Luggage transport within the park while doing trekking.


 

COST FOR THE LAND PORTION: RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCC

 

SEASONS DATES  DOUBLE PP
Low Season Sep. 29 to Oct. 15, 2014 & Apr. 15 to Apr. 30, 2015 US$1,888
Shoulder Season Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, 2014 & Apr. 01 to Apr. 14, 2015 US$2,138
High Season Nov. 01 to Dec. 14, 2014 & Jan. 21 to Mar. 31, 2015 US$3,055
Peak Season Dec. 15, 2014 to Jan. 20, 2015 US$3,220

Airfares are not included.

Sample airfare from Miami to Santiago- Punta Arenas Round trip US$1200-1400, New York $1,300-1,500, Los Angeles $1,500-1,800

 

Full itinerary:

 

 

Day 1) To Torres del Paine Park

The tour leader meets you as you arrive in Punta Arenas airport from your flight* from Santiago or Puerto Montt. We transfer by private van to Puerto Natales (254 km/158 miles. If you are arriving from El Calafate, Argentina, we include a transfer from your hotel to the bus station, the bus ticket** and reception in Puerto Natales. After a brief stopover here, we continue to Las Torres Eco- Camp (147 km/ 91 miles in Torres del Paine National Park. Lunch and a visit to the Milodon Cave is provided en route. We reach our EcoCamp at Las Torres in early evening. *Important: Travel on the earliest morning flight from Santiago or Puerto Montt, arriving into Punta Arenas no later than 1 PM. **Buses depart El Calafate for Puerto Natales at 8:00AM or 8.30PM daily. (LD)

 

Day 2) Paso Los Cuernos Trail

We trek west through rolling open hills above the rocky northern shore of Lake Nordenskjold (12 kms, 4hrs). The trail is named for its spectacular proximity to the Cuernos of the Paine massif. We are walking on the slopes of one of the peaks, which dominate the skyline during the drive in from Puerto Natales: Mount Almirante Nieto (2,640 m/8,660 ft). Condors are commonly seen along this route, as they nest in the rugged cliffs rising above us. We cross several rushing streams draining down the mountain, and watch the play of wind on the turquoise waters of the lake. The easiest of all the walking days so far contains some of its most breath-taking scenery. We reach the 32-bed Los Cuernos Refugio in mid-afternoon on this warm-up hiking day (12 km/8 mi). (Horses or porters transport the camp gear today while we walk with daypacks.) Note: on some departures, the group will travel in a clockwise circuit, rather than the counter-clockwise circuit described here. (BLD)

 

Day 3) French River Valley

We trek west, first skirting the shoreline and noting the curious salt-and-pepper effect of the beach gravel, which contains rocks from black and white strata exposed on the cliffs towering over us. We climb into the hills as the trail curves inland from the lake, some

8 kms/5 mi to Campamento Italiano. Here we pick up the trail parallel to the French River, and start climbing up moraine through fantastic southern beech forest. We are

directly beneath the sheer granite faces of the “Cuernos”. It’s an easy climb to the French Glacier lookout. Ambitious hikers can continue up the valley another 90 minutes to a lookout above Campamento Británico (12 km, 3-4 hrs). In this magnificent setting, we are surrounded by high peaks and sheer granite walls on three sides of a magnificent cirque – well worth the steady climb! Once we are back at Campamento Italiano we cross the river on a suspension bridge, and continue west (2 hrs) through rolling terrain until we reach the modern, 72-bed Refugio Paine Grande for overnight. BLD)

 

 Day 4) To Lake Grey

We hike north along the eastern edge of Grey Lake. It is a 4 hour hike (12 km/8 mi) to the northern end of the lake. We climb to a lookout over the Grey Glacier to enjoy picnic lunch amid impressive scenery. After lunch, we board a motor launch for an exciting cruise to the face of the Grey Glacier. Together with the Dickson and Perito Moreno glaciers (in Argentina), the Grey Glacier drains the giant South Patagonian Ice field. After photographing the headwall, we leave the boat near the southern end of the lake. We depart by van along a spectacular drive through the heart of the park. En route, we see troops of guanacos, as well as abundant migratory birds in the many ponds. Overnight in the EcoCamp. (BLD)

 

Day 5) Ascencio River Valley

Today we enjoy another of the park’s classic treks, up the Ascencio River to a viewpoint at just under 1,000m/3,280 ft. directly opposite the impressive Towers of El Paine (2,900m/9,400 ft). These three granite monoliths are remnants of a great cirque that has been sheared away by glacial ice. Though at the highest point in our hike, we are close to sea level and thus altitude doesn’t come into play, today’s hike challenges us with two steep pitches. The first is when the trail ascends the grassy slopes of the glaciated Serrano River Valley to a terrace high above the turbulent Ascencio River. We then continue across a big scree slope, losing altitude and gaining it again before we drop down toward the river and enjoy a mainly level stroll through delightful southern beach forest. On the final pitch we switchback up through the rocks of a terminal moraine to the turn at the foot of the Towers – a heart-pounding experience with a huge emotional payoff at the top. 21 km/13 mi round trip. Note: If visibility is poor today, we’ll switch activities with the nature hikes scheduled for next day (BLD) Torres del Paine lookout

 

Day 6) Guanacos and Migratory Birds

We have a full day to hike and photograph in the wildlife zones between Lakes Nordenskjold and Sarmiento. We typically include a hike through guanaco breeding grounds, observe migratory birds in the ponds, and visit some caves where we observe cave paintings. Our guides shape this delightful day according to the weather and the particular interests of participants. Once back at Las Torres Eco-Camp, we enjoy a classic Patagonian lamb barbecue cooked over open coals to celebrate our shared

experience. Overnight at Las Torres EcoCamp (B, L, D);

 

Day 7) Travel to Punta Arenas

In mid-morning, we head back to Puerto Natales, with a stop for lunch before continuing via private transfer to Punta Arenas in time to catch the late afternoon flight departing back to Santiago. If you’re departing to El Calafate, we depart early enough to catch the morning bus at Cerro Castillo (B).

 

Included:

All ground transport private and domestic as indicated in the itinerary:

- Catamaran crossing over Lago Grey; - 2 nights in park Refugio with dorm-style bunks, shared bath, 4 nights accommodation, sharing a tent at the Eco-Camp; - Park fees for Milodón Cave and Torres del Paine National Park; - Meals as indicated on the itinerary:

B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner - One typical lamb barbecue dinner - One English-speaking trekking guide per each 8 persons; - One Spanish-speaking cook & assistant while in Pehoe and Torres. - Porterage on the trek

 

 

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