Experience the best of central Chile on this 8 day escorted tour. Visit the lake district and marvel at the imposing Osorno volcano and aquamarine Petrohue Falls. Explore vibrant Santiago, wander picturesque Valparaiso, then discover the beauty of Elqui Valley including a visit to pisco distillery and a tasting of this national drink. Enjoy the solar eclipse viewing in Elqui Valley with picnic including local food and drinks before returning to Santiago
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of the Solar Eclipse
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Santiago and colourful seaside town of Valparaiso
Reach incredible vantage points to see the Osorno Volcano
Relax in style in luxury accommodation
Small group tour with maximum 12 people
Itinerary in Brief
26 June: Flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt
27 June: Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano tour
28 June: Senda Romahue Excursion and flight to Santiago
29 June: Exclusive Santiago city tour
30 June: Depart Santiago to La Serena via Valparaiso
1 July: Elqui Valley tour
2 July: Solar Eclipse viewing
3 July: Depart Santiago
Continue your explorations of Chile with a visit the the striking Atacama Desert and stay at the luxurious all inclusive Explora Atacama hotel
Stay a few more days and discover the why Buenos Aires is called the 'Paris of the South' on our Buenos Aires Essentials extension package
Have a little more time? Add on a few days and visit the impressive Iguazu Falls on the tri-border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
26th June: Flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt
Today you will meet at Santiago airport for your departure flight to Puerto
Montt. There are several options from which to choose, with both morning and afternoon flights available. On arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer you to
your hotel in Puerto Varas.
27th June: Full Day Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano
After breakfast, you will head towards the Vicente Pérez Rosales
National Park. Once there, you will visit the beautiful Petrohué
Waterfalls where you will take time to explore your surroundings to the
fullest and take some beautiful pictures. Afterwards you will continue a
little further up the path and arrive to the Todos Los Santos Lake
where you will take a 30-minute boat ride across the emerald water.
After, you will board your vehicle for a 40-minute drive to reach the famous Osorno Volcano.
Along the way you will make several stops to visit different highlights
such as the Verde Lagoon, three lookout points and the ski centre. There
you will have some time at leisure to enjoy your surroundings before
returning to Puerto Varas.
Breakfast and boxed lunch included.
28th June: Half day Senda Romahue excursion- depart to Puerto Montt airport
we will visit Senda Nativa Romahue, a protected area of forest located
just 14km from Puerto Varas. We will start our excursion with a hike
through the Valdivian rainforest, where we will learn more about the
unique ecosystem of this region. Here in the midst of this beautiful
environment we will witness trees of over 750 years of age and even
possibly spot some native wildlife, such as the curious Chucao bird. We
will continue our exploration with a boat ride along the Maullin River,
followed by a delicious lunch from the centre’s organic garden.
Afterwards,we will visit the conservation area for
animals where will have the opportunity to interact with the sanctuaries
fauna including Tricahue parrots, Pudus (the smallest deer in the
world) and even pumas. This excursion offers the perfect setting to
interact with nature while contributing to its protection.
At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to
Puerto Montt airport for your return flight to Santiago.
Breakfast & lunch included.
29th June: Santiago city tour
Let us introduce you to the classic city we know and love on this 6 hour tour exploring the city’s most popular sights along with some of our personal favourites. Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541.
We continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background. We’ll also visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high rise buildings and classy boulevards before we offer you a choice of the activities designed to enhance your Santiago experience.
Later we take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market where you can try some of the local cuisine on offer. On completion of the tour you’ll be returned back to your hotel and have free time to further explore the city at your leisure.
30th June: Santiago to Elqui Valley via Valparaiso
After breakfast, you will depart Santiago by first class coach and head over to the coast and explore one of the most fascinating cities in Chile; Valparaiso. ‘Valpo’, as it is fondly known by locals, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, and it is not difficult to see why. Picturesque architecture and multi-coloured urban housing spread out over more than forty hills, creating one of world’s most eclectic, unique cities.
You will visit the downtown area with its new government house, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the harbour area. Afterwards, take a funicular up into the hills where there is a fantastic collection of brightly painted houses and a fantastic view over the city. Enjoy coffee in one of the many cosy restaurants before taking a stroll through the labyrinth of colourful streets lined with impressive street-art. Enjoy time for lunch at leisure before we head north to the Elqui valley to spend your next three nights. The drive will take approximately five hours and upon arrival at Elqui Domos you will enjoy a welcome cocktail and in the evening dinner is included. At Elqui Domos, you find yourself in a magical place, ideal for rest, introspection and observation, where you can experience a different, more personalised form of relaxation.
Your stay includes a talk on basic astronomy, which is supported by specialized software, and guided observation from our observatory using a state-of-the-art electronic telescope.
Breakfast & dinner included.
1st July: Elqui Valley tour
Today you will further explore the Elqui Valley and visit its picturesque villages such as Montegrande, Vicuña, Pisco Elqui which dot the valley’s cultivated slopes. This is also the heart of pisco grape growing country and a visit just wouldn’t be complete without a distillery visit and tasting. Discover how Chile's national drink is made and enjoy a tasting followed by lunch in a typically Chilean restaurant.
The evening is at your leisure after returning to your hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
2nd July: Solar Eclipse viewing
In the morning, you will be at your leisure with lunch included at your hotel. After lunch you will be transferred to the Elqui Valley. Weather permitting, you will see the first glimpse of the Solar Eclipse. A picnic will be set up with local food and drinks while you discuss interesting topics with your guide. After the Solar Eclipse, if the sky is clear, you can enjoy some stargazing before returning back to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
3rd July: Depart Santiago
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Santiago Airport where your tour ends. or alternatively, arrangements can be made with us should you wish to extend your trip in South America!
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Hotel Plaza El Bosque Ebro
Cumbres Puerto Varas
Accommodation in deluxe hotels
Internal flights from Santiago to Puerto Montt return
Transfers as listed
English-speaking guided tours
Standard alcoholic beverages at Elqui Domos
Meals as specified
Astronomic tour at Elqui Domos in the private observatory
What's not included?
International flights to/from Chile
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable