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Tour: SANTIAGO AND TORRES DEL PAINE

Tour to Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Easter Island


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Tour Details
Duration : 9 days / 8 nights
Type / activities : Cultural and Nature
Price from : US$ 1 242
Reservation : 4 months in advance is suggested for the high season in Patagonia (September through March).
Dates of Service : Every day of the year, subject to flight availability. Navigation to Magdalena Island on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.
Places Visited : Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Easter Island

Tour Description

DAY 01: ARRIVAL SANTIAGO
Reception at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and transfer to your hotel of choice.
Lodging.

DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
Hipódromo Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the City of Santiago de Chile. We begin our tour through the city’s colonial sector, where the O’Higgins Park and the Racetrack stand out; going along the Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue we will reach the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, nearby we will find the Palace of Justice, the Plaza de Armas, the old Post Office Building and, in front of the Mapocho River, the Cultural Center Mapocho Station and the Palace Museum of Fine Arts beside the Forestal Park. We will leave the city’s civic center behind visiting the Cerro Santa Lucia, the founding place of Santiago and the picturesque barrios of Paris and Londres, to access the modern business centers of the barrios of Providencia and El Bosque and the elegant residential and commercial barrios of Vitacura and Las Condes. Return to your hotel.
Afternoon off.
Lodging.

DAY 03: SANTIAGO - VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
Valparaiso of Panoramic Breakfast. In the morning we will begin our visit to the City of Valparaiso, a picturesque city rich in an autochthonous architecture, inspiration for artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO; this city is located 120 km away from Santiago alongside the Pacific Ocean.
The impacting view of the wine producing Valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca can be appreciated during the trip. The tour through the City of Valparaiso begins at the Prat Pier, from where we can watch the port’s ceaseless activity, which is located on steep slopes through which narrow streets and funiculars climb up. The tour continues visiting the city’s most important plazas, the building of the Senate and lastly, a stop at the vantage point Mirador 21 de Mayo, with a view of the city and the Bay of Valparaiso.
Then we will visit the neighboring City of Viña del Mar, known as the “Garden City”; on our tour through this traditional beach resort we will be able to appreciate the beautiful residential neighborhoods from the early XX century, the monumental clock of flowers, the Presidential Palace and the Quinta Vergara with its beautiful gardens and amphitheater, where the popular Festival de la Cancion de Viña del Mar takes place. Following the coastline we will reach the modern beach resort of Reñaca and the rather more traditional of Con Con. We will stop on the way for lunch.
After that return to Santiago.
Lodging in Santiago.

DAY 04: SANTIAGO - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Breakfast. In due time transfer to the airport of Santiago to take a flight bound for Punta Arenas. Arrival, reception and transfer towards the City of Puerto Natales.
Lodging.

DAY 05: PUERTO NATALES: Navigation Glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano
Serrano Glacier Breakfast. Early departure from Puerto Natales to take a vessel and navigate the Sound of Last Hope. During the tour it is possible to watch an environment surrounded by mountains and forests, sea lions frisking on the rocks, and in the sector called "Colony of Cormorants" you will be able to appreciate these huge birds, the biggest in Chile. The vessel approaches the Balmaceda Glacier and then stops at the Serrano, where we will come ashore for a walk through the forest up to the shore of the lagoon and its floating icebergs. It is common to see huge chunks of ice cracking and plunging into the waters of the fiord. Lunch at the lodge. Return navigating to Puerto Natales.

DAY 06: PUERTO NATALES: Visit to Torres del Paine
Cave of the Milodon Breakfast. Early departure from the hotel starting with a visit to the Cave of the Milodon, a natural monument composed by three caves (the largest being 150 m high) and a rocky conglomerate called La Silla del Diablo; a great number of remains from the primitive inhabitants of this zone can be found in this place, along with bones of prehistoric animals; you can visit the small field museum. Continuing the tour we will border Lakes Sarmiento, Nordenskjöld and Pehoé, always before the imposing presence of the mountain massif of Torres del Paine and with a varied fauna, where the characteristic herds of Guanacos stand out. We will tour the park’s vantage points and waterfalls, where amazing and diverse views will wonder us at every stage. Through an inner route we arrive in Lake Grey, where we will appreciate the glacier of the same name, which is one of the largest in the sector and constitutes the end of Campo de Hielo Sur.
Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon return to Puerto Natales.
Lodging.

DAY 07: PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS: Navigation Reserve of The Penguins on Magdalena Island (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
Magdalena Island Breakfast. Transfer bound for the City of Punta Arenas. In the afternoon navigation to Magdalena Island, which along with Marta Isle conform this natural monument called The Penguins, natural habitat to more than 120.000 Magellanic penguins and one of the largest penguin nesting places in southern Chile, paradise for birdwatchers.
Arriving in the island is a spectacle. It is a two-hour navigation across the Strait of Magellan where you can watch spectacular panoramic views of Punta Arenas, the plains of Tierra del Fuego and the oil fields of Cabo Negro or Laredo Bay. All to arrive in this place 35 km away from the City of Punta Arenas and deep into the proper strait. Once there, the scenery is even more beautiful, where penguins, cormorants and sea lions, among others, are the main players. For an hour you will be able to watch thousands of penguins and their nesting places going through paths running from the coast up to the top of the island, where there is a lighthouse along with the Center of Environmental Interpretation with the history of the strait and the fauna of the place.
Transfer to the City of Punta Arenas.
Lodging.

DAY 08: PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. Depending on the time of your flight, we suggest you take a tour across the city or visit some of its interesting museums. Transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas to catch a flight bound for the City of Santiago. Arrival, reception and transfer to your chosen hotel.
Lodging.

DAY 09: SANTIAGO: Returning flight
Breakfast. Time off according to your flight and in due time transfer to the airport for your departure.


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Tour Rates

Price per person in US dollars
Prices not valid for residents of Chile


PRICES HIGH SEASON
FROM OCTOBER 01st TO DECEMBER 31st, 2008


Referential Prices 2008

SERVICES ON REGULAR BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
  Superior Tourist Superior Tourist
Single room 2 580 1 736 * 1 586
Double room 1 767 1 309 * 1 242
Triple room 1 621 - 1 086

* With the Hotel Atton you have to apply a price supplement from 01/10/08 to 15/12/08 of SGL (USD79) / DBL (USD37) (Please consult)


SERVICES ON PRIVATE BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
Single room 3 484 2 639 * 2 489
Double room 2 088 1 630 * 1 563
Triple room 1 835 - 1 299

* With the Hotel Atton you have to apply a price supplement from 01/10/08 to 15/12/08 of SGL (USD79) / DBL (USD37) (Please consult)



Referential Prices Only. May be modified without previous notice depending on US Dollar exchange rate with local currency.

Note 1: Prices valid until December 31st, 2008
Note 2: These Prices subject to change without previous advice, as in the Case of Easter Week, May 1st, Christmas, New Years etc.
Note 3: Prices in Regular Tours based on a minimum of 2 persons, inclusive for the prices based on single supplements.
Note 4: Ask for special rates for groups from 4 persons up that travel together and for a single person travelling alone in a regular tour.


Domestic local flight are not included




Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

City Deluxe Superior Tourist Tourist
Santiago Marriott Santiago 5*
Standard Room
Atton Las Condes 4*
Standard Room
Río Bidasoa 4*
Standard Room
Puerto Natales Costa Australis 4*
View sea
Martín Gusinde 4*
Standard Room
Saltos del Paine 3*
Standard Room
Punta Arenas Finis Térrea 4*
Standard Room
Tierra del Fuego 4*
Standard Room
Isla Rey Jorge 3*
Standard Room





Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 4 lodging nights in Santiago at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • 3 lodging nights in Puerto Natales at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • 1 lodging night in Punta Arenas at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Santiago and Punta Arenas
  • Land transfers Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas on regular bus line, plus transfers to and fro your hotel
  • Half day city tour regular in Santiago
  • Full day regular tour to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, lunch not included
  • Full day navigation to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers in Puerto Natales, with lunch
  • Full day regular tour to Torres del Paine National Park, lunch included
  • Half day navigation to the penguins’ nesting areas on Magdalena Island in Punta Arenas.
  • Tours with bilingual guide Spanish / English

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Air tickets
  • Entrance tickets to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Tips and extras at hotels
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary




Additional Tours

Departing Place Tour Name Duration Prices from
 
Santiago Wine Route of Colchagua 1 day
 
Santiago Night Tour with Dinner Show Half a day
 
Santiago Isla Negra and Pomaire 1 day
 
Puerto Natales Perito Moreno Glacier 4 days
 
Punta Arenas Tierra del Fuego, Porvenir 1 day
 
Punta Arenas Cruise Australis: Punta Arenas - Ushuaia 5 days
 
Puerto Montt Puerto Varas, Lakes and Volcanos 4 days
 




Useful Information

WEATHER
Santiago has a mild weather with Mediterranean hints. Thermometers can reach 30º C in summer – December to March –, while there are short although intense rain showers in winter – June to August –. The annual average is of 14º C.
The City of Valparaiso has a subtropical weather, with an average temperature of 20° C.
The Chilean Patagonia has a weather of cold steppe, similar to that in all the populated centers in this region. The average annual temperature in the summer time is of 10.6º C and of 2.0º C in the winter time. The annual average precipitation is of 425 mm, being January the rainiest month and the warmest as well.

WHAT TO PACK
It is necessary to pack all sorts of clothes, since it is very cold during winter mornings and temperatures can reach 30º C during the summer in the capital city.
For the austral zone it is recommendable to bring impermeable jackets and pants, thermal t-shirts, wind-resistant polar jacket, cap with ear coverers, thermal gloves and socks, short pants, sandals, shades with UV protection, sunscreen (minimum factor 30) for face and lips, repellent, sun cap, waterproof footwear for hikes (use them before traveling if new), among other warming items of clothing.

WATER
There is fresh water in almost the entire territory, although for those unused to tap water and in rural areas, it is advisable to drink bottled water.

HEALTH
Santiago has an important network of clinics, hospitals and medical centers, which have emergency service in most cases.
Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales have a great variety of hospitals and clinics, all very well equipped to respond to any emergency.

CHILEAN GASTRONOMY
Chilean cuisine is very diverse. Among its typical dishes we have: Empanada de Pino (dough stuffed with onion, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (made mainly of corn with meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender potatoes cooked with gourd and corn), Cazuela de Ave o Vacuno (clear soup of chicken or beef with boiled vegetables), besides those typical of each region.

Lastly, you can not fail to taste the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert elaborated from a boiled fruit and mote wheat.

Recommended Restaurants during your trip:

Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

IMPORTANT: Enjoy Corporation retains the right to make changes in the order of the excursions or trips without previous notice due to weather conditions, level of the rivers, arriving and departing hours of planes or buses, or for any other relevant reason, which will ensure and guarantee a better outcome for your trip.







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