There is so much to explore in Chile, from its wonderful history to its sites of natural beauty. This luxury adventure will take you through the main attractions of the region, and provides you with the opportunity to explore it all in exclusive luxury. With options for an 8 day or 14 itinerary, you are sure to see some incredible sites such as Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama and the breathtaking Patagonia region as you travel throughout Chile.
A private transfer will pick you up from Santiago Airport to take you to your luxury hotel. Viña Vik is located in the Millahue Valley, in San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, 160 kilometers south of Santiago. It is characterised for being an extraordinary architectural project in the middle of the vineyards where nature is mixed with art and design. The hotel’s architecture was the design of Marcelo Daglio and it stands out for its corrugated titanium roof that shines at certain times of the day. This symbolises the name of the Millahue Valley, which in Mapudungún means “land of gold”.
The following day is free for you to spend at leisure. It is recommend you visit the 4,300-hectare park where you can experience various activities: wine tastings with our experts, visit the highly sustainable winery, horseback riding through the vineyards, among others.
Day 3 sees you transfer to San Pedro Atacama. A private transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport. Upon your arrival to Calama Airport Tierra staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. Once you get there, you will meet with the explorations team to see what do you feel like doing during your stay at the hotel. There are a number of tours and excurions you can take part in during your stay.
It is recommended you visit Moon and Death Valley.
Moon and Death Valley Tour
On Day 3, take a visit to the driest desert in the world, you cannot miss the opportunity to see the geologically spectacular Moon Valley.
A couple of kilometers outside of San Pedro de Atacama, between the jagged rocks and unusual shapes of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), we find the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a geological wonder of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. During the tour, you can take in the extraordinary shapes of the landscape, which will make you feel as if you were walking on the moon. During the afternoon, you can enjoy the unbeatable views of the Andes and its volcanoes. As dusk falls you will be overwhelmed by the red and golden colors of the desert sky. All this results in a simply unforgettable tour.
For the next few day, activities are the choice of the guest, but there are a number of tours which are recommended.
Cejar & Tebinquinche Lagoons
On Day 4, visit the extensive Atacama Salt Flats, you will visit the Cejar Lagoon, with its incredibly salty waters. It is set in a beautifully turquoise colored landscape with views of imposing volcanoes.
In the middle of the Atacama Salt Flats, you will visit the Cejar Lagoon, with its incredibly salty waters. It is set in a beautifully turquoise colored landscape with views of imposing volcanoes and the enormous salt deposits that are hidden under the surface of this huge lake. Next, you visit the Salt Flat Eyes, two fresh water pools in the middle of the driest desert in the world.
Finally, you will go onto the Tebinquinche Lagoon to enjoy an aperitif while admiring the Andes and the white salt landscape. The sunset, with its yellow colors and intense tones, will be a real treat to the eyes.
Red stones & Altiplanic Lagoons
Perhaps on Day 5 you can discover the magic nuances of the desert by visiting the Toconao village, the great
Atacama Salt Flat with its Chaxa Lagoon, the impressive mountain lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques in Los Flamencos Natural Reserve.
The journey will begin with a visit to Lagoon Chaxa, a scenery of spectacular beauty that is divided into several water mirrors where a large number of flamingos live and other birds such as large and small parinas. Then you head towards the Altiplano to reach the viewpoint of Red Stones, where you can see a volcanic conglomerate formed from the oxidation of the iron present in that place. Later you will visit Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons at more than 4,200 meters over sea level.
Surrounded by imposing volcanoes caused by the elevation of the Andes mountain chain, a habitat of a variety of birds, are a truly amazing destination. Finally, before returning, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes. Finishing in the Town of Toconao, built with volcanic stone, it stands out for its heritage architecture, with the church of San Lucas, and its bell tower, declared a National Monument. Agriculture and crafts are the main source of work for its citizens.
Tatio Geysers at Sunrise
For Day 6, your final day in San Pedro de Atacama, feast your eyes on the Tatio Geysers, one of the world’s most impressive geothermal sites and certainly an icon of the Atacama Desert. You will set off early this morning to reach the Tatio Geysers just as the sun begins to emerge above the horizon, casting an ethereal glow on vapor columns which tower over us at heights of up to 12 meters.
You will spend some time appreciating the wonder of this geothermal field, home to over 80 active geysers which protrude from bubbling pools of boiling water, then have breakfast with the geysers as your view. As you head home, you will often spot wildlife roaming outside, including Vicuñas, Foxes, Vizcachas and Andean Ostriches. You will stop at the picturesque, adobe village of Machuca. Home to no more than a dozen locals, Machuca is small, cultural site to behold with its church built from wood and handicraft stalls, a charming interlude before taking the return road to Tierra.
There are various other full-day and half-day tours you can partake in if you wish over this four day period.
A shared-premium transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Calama Airport. Following a flight, a private transfer will pick you up to take you from Santiago Airport to your hotel.
Santiago City Tour
The remainder of the day will be spent exploring the city of Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs.
Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. You will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city center. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia Hill or San Cristobal Hill. After knowing Santiago, we will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer. Return back to your hotel for the night.
If you are on the 8 Day itinerary this will be your final day. A private transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport ready for a departing flight.
Alternatively, on the 14 Day itinerary, you will explore the surrounding areas of Santiago.
Viña del Mar & Valparaíso
Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are two of Chile’s unmissable destinations. Known as the “Garden City”, for originally being surrounded by largely green areas and for now preserving its extensive and beautiful urban gardens, with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, Viña del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile’s unmissable destinations. Viña del Mar stands out for its beautiful architecture, its impressive palaces and famous Flower Clock, photographed by tourists from all over the world.
You will travel along the sea front, and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean, before arriving at the most important ports in Chile; Valparaiso. It was listed as a Unesco World Heritage site thanks to its colorful beauty and the uniqueness of its location on the hills, which create a natural Amphitheatre with the ocean as its stage. You will visit Cerro Alegre, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city, with its picturesque funiculars, multi-colored neighborhoods and unforgettable sea views. You will then head to the Sotomayor Square, to see the Monument of the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, there will be the option to take a boat out around Valparaíso’s bay to enjoy the views of the colorful hills from a different perspective.
Day 9 begins with you taking a private transfer which will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport. Upon your arrival to Punta Arenas Airport, Tierra staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. Once you get there, you will meet with the explorations team to see what do you feel like doing during your stay at the hotel.
There are a number of tours you can enjoy during your stay at Tierra Patagonia. Below, are a list of recommendations for tours you can take part in.
Origins of Life: Ancient Geology at Lake Sarmiento
For your first day, take part in this half-day tour. Unearth thousands of years of geology on this walk based around the shores of Lake Sarmiento. Here you can discover rare formations that reflect the beginnings of the Earth’s history. A 40-minute drive takes you from the hotel to the starting point, for a varied walk over both flat and slightly steeper terrain before you hit the shores of Lake Sarmiento.
This expanse of water is very special and the home of formations called thrombolites, which were formed early on in the history of the world’s geology. The conditions needed for them to be created are a precise balance between climatic conditions, alkaline levels in the water and wildlife in the area amongst others. There are very few sites in the world where thrombolites are found.
There is also much resident wildlife which occasionally accompanies us and in the springtime, vibrant colors from a variety of wildflowers.
To the Base of the Three Towers
Day 10 could be filled with an incredible full-day tour. A legendary route among the hiking community and an eye-opening experience for avid walkers, this is one of the world’s great “bucket list” hikes.
The first part is a steep climb, loosely following the natural course of the Ascensio River to Paso de los Vientos, where vegetation is thin on the ground. As you get higher, the views evolve and the mountains come into sight. After a stretch of fairly flat walking on a steep mountainside, you arrive at the “Chileno” refuge. Crossing the river, there is shade and a change of pace on a trail through native forest.
Then the terrain changes again, opening out onto a steep rocky hillside, with huge chunks of stone making for challenging walking. The effort of this severe ascent is rewarded by the view of the iconic magnificence of the Towers at the top. Take the time to appreciate both the isolation and grandeur of these mountains, a site which evokes its own sense of perspective.
Horse Riding at Estancia Lazo
Fill Day 11 with a special outdoor adventure. If you love nature and horse riding – or you’ve always wanted to try – there’s no better place to do it than 11 with here in the wonderland that is Torres del Paine, with the local Chilean gauchos at Estancia Lazo. Located on the southern shore of Lake Sarmiento, the ranch is reached via a beautiful drive along the lake from Tierra Patagonia. At the estancia, you meet the horses and saddle up, ready for an adventure on horseback through mixed terrain and glorious scenery. The first hour is spent riding through an ancient lenga forest, before arriving at a clearing which treats us to astonishing views of the Paine Massif. Looking out over the iconic mountains of the Torres del Paine National Park, is sure to inspire and stay as a warm memory long after you return home.
Biking the Cañadón Macho
For Day 12 it is recommended you take part in this experience. Brace yourself for a thrill as you pedal through the landscapes of Cañadón Macho on this biking excursion. From the Laguna Azul area, you gear up, hop on your bike and head off, riding mainly downhill for the first section of the trail. The area is heavily populated with guanaco, with sentinels watching out for the herd on the top of the hills. In the background, the Three Towers pierce the sky as you head towards the hotel.
You can opt to cycle all the way back to Tierra Patagonia, or jump back in the support vehicle when you’re ready to rest – the choice is yours.
A shared-premium transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Punta Arenas Airport. After taking a flight, a private transfer will pick you up to take you from Santiago Airport to Hotel.
This is when the 14 Day itinerary comes to an end. A private transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport for your departure flight.