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TOUR: PATAGONIAN CHILE
Santiago, Viņa del Mar, Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales,
|Duration||:||9 days / 8 nights|
|Type / activities||:||Historical, cultural, adventure and nature|
|Reservation||:||Two months before planned departure|
|Tour Season||:||Dayli Departures|
|Places Visited||:||Santiago de Chile, Viņa and Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Glaciers Serrano and Balmaceda|
DAY 01: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL
Arrival, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon free, depending on arrival time of your flight.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: City Tour
Breakfast. In the morning a city tour of Santiago de Chile. The first place visited is the Cerro Santa Lucia Hill, an important architectural complex, which constitutes an attractive and notable element in the image of the city. At an altitude of 628 m.a.s.l. it is the place of the original foundation of the city. Buildings such as the San Francisco Church with its convent surround it. Its XVIth and XVIIth century architecture present elements that have survived in traditional Chilean architecture.
We will continue on to the centre of the city, where the Main Square - Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, the Royal Tribune - Real Audiencia, the Main Post Office - Correo Central, which used to be the residence of the Conquistador, and the Municipality of Santiago is situated. A few blocks away from the Plaza we will see the so called Coin Palace - La Moneda, which used to be the place where the Spaniards minted their coins, but today is the presidential palace and residence ever since the declaration of Chile's independence from the Spanish Crown.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO - VIŅA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. In the morning we will start out on our visit to the city of Valparaiso, picturesque city, rich in native architecture, inspiration of artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is located at 120 kilometres (almost 75 miles) from Santiago.
During the trip you will be able to appreciate the imposing view of the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca with their famous vineyards. Once in Valparaiso, we will see the picturesque houses and the cable cars. We will make a stop over at the outlook viewpoint of the Mirador 21 de Mayo, one of the many in the city and which allows for a magnificent view over the bay of Valparaiso.
We will continue on to the neighbouring city of Viņa del Mar, the Garden City, which with its paradisiacal beaches is the most important beach resort in Chile, and one of the principal ones of South America. The sea and vegetation seems to be the perfect combination for this jewel of the Pacific, also known as the Garden City. It is located 9 kilometres (about 6 miles) northwest of Valparaiso and offers all types of comfort for its visitors.
Free time for lunch (Not included in tour). Return to Santiago and your hotel.
DAY 04: SANTIAGO - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Breakfast and then on to the airport at the appropriate time to board our flight to Punta Arenas. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the city of Puerto Natales.
DAY 05: PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE: Navigation in Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers with rising to Serrano River until Torres del Paine
Breakfast. We embark early in the Sound of Last Hope - Seno de Ultima Esperanza. During the trip we will see a landscape surrounded by forests and mountains, with southern sea lions frolicking in their rookeries and the area called "Cormorant Colony" on the cliff sides and where we will be able to see thousands of these birds.
The ship will get close to the Balmaceda Glacier and anchor at the mouth of the Serrano River, where we will disembark to make a short walk through the woods to the Glacier and the lakeshore with its floating icebergs. It is quite common to observe the impressive calving of icebergs by the glacier into the fiord.
Later we will arrive by ship to the Monte Balmaceda Inn for lunch and nature walks to observe the local plant
Overnight at the Monte Balmaceda Inn.
DAY 06: Torres del Paine National Park
Breakfast. We will sail up the Serrano River in comfortable and very safe boats towards the National Park Torres del Paine, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978.
The height of this impressive mountain range starts at 200 m.a.s.l. (Approximately 650 feet) up to 3050 m.a.s.l. (Approximately 10000 feet) at the peaks.
During the trip there will be ample opportunities to observe the Southern Ice Fields and its variegated flora. Close to the Park we will take a short walk to change boats at the Victoria Falls, which present unique photo opportunities. Arrival at the National Park of Torres del Paine, lunch and afternoon free.
DAY 07: NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL PAINE - PUNTA ARENAS
Breakfast. free morning for optional excursions.Transfer back to the city of Punta Arenas.
DAY 08: PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. If the airline schedule so permits we will make a short city tour of Punta Arenas. At an appropriate time transfer to the Punta Arenas Airport to board you flight back to the city of Santiago de Chile. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Depending on time of arrival, afternoon free for last minute shopping.
DAY 09: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Free day depending on the departure time of your flight. Transfer to airport in time to board your international flight.
|Hotels Selected for the Tour|
Chilean Patagonia presents a cold steppe climate, similar to all other populated centres in the area. Average annual mean temperatures in (the southern hemisphere) summer are 10,6 ēC (51 F) and in the (southern hemisphere) winter 2,0 ēC. (35 F) Annual average mean rainfall is 425 mm (16 inches), with January being the month with most rainfall.
We recommend to bring rain proof jackets and trousers, thermally insulated shirts, polar windbreaker, headgear with earmuffs, thermally insulated gloves and socks, shorts, sandals, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and blocks and chap sticks (minimum factor 30) for your face and lips, insect repellent, sunshade, water proof hiking boots (if new, we recommend that you break them in before coming.), and other warm clothing.
Tap water is safe to drink in most places but we recommend you to stick to bottled water to avoid unpleasantries.
Punta Arenas counts with an important network of hospitals, clinics and medical posts. Most of these offer emergency services.
The Chilean cuisine is very varied, we can mention a few typical dishes such as: Empanada de Pino (fried dough pastries filled with onions, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (corn pie prepared with sweet corn, meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender beans cooked with squash and sweet corn), Cazuela de Ave or Vacuno (chicken or beef broth with cooked vegetables), apart from the typical regional local dishes.
Lastly, you must try the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert made out of cooked fruit and sweet corn.
Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Puerto Natales
Restaurants in Punta Arenas
IMPORTANT: Turismo Enjoy Chile reserves the right to, without previous notice, make changes in the order of the excursions and trips, due to climate, river levels, arrival and departure times of aircraft or buses or any other relevant reason that may affect the best enjoyment or safety of your trip.