DAY 01: ARRIVAL SANTIAGO
Reception at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and transfer to your hotel of choice.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
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.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO - VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
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.
DAY 05: PUERTO NATALES: Navigation Glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano
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
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.
DAY 07: PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS: Navigation Reserve of The Penguins on Magdalena Island (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
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.
DAY 08: PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO
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.
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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