Unwrap Chile’s loveliest layers on a journey that takes you from the culturally significant cityscape of Santiago and nearby Casablanca Valley wine country, to the Valdivian rainforests of the Lake District, to the soaring wilderness of Torres del Paine.
- December 1-9, 2018
- February 16-24, 2019
DAY 1: SANTIAGO: Your guide is waiting at the Santiago airport to take you to your hotel for a little rest. Refreshed, it’s off to the Central Market for a Chilean seafood lunch paired with local wines, then a visit to some of Santiago’s most famous landmarks and museums.
DAY 2: CASABLANCA VALLEY AND VALPARISO: This morning we explore the wine country of Casablanca Valley, tasting wines at the Bodegas RE vineyard, where they REcreate, REinvent and REveal ancient wines produced in beautiful clay jars. Next up is the colorful seaport city of Valparaiso and Concepción Hill and Sotomayor Plaza. Evening finds us back in Santiago.
DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS AND PUERTO MONTT: A relatively short flight takes us south to Chile’s Lake District. We’re quickly awash in local color at the Angelmó fish market, where vendors offer a variety of fish, shellfish, and artisanal products. From there we head to the Catedral de Puerto Montt, designed along the lines of the Parthenon and built entirely of larch.
DAY 4: ALERCE ANDINO NATIONAL PARK: A morning drive takes us past traditional fishing villages and up through forested mountains to the entrance of Alerce Andino National Park. Our hike along the River Chaicas leads to mature Valdivian rainforest, marked by ferns, bamboos, and a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees. Our trail eventually takes us to the falls on the Chaicas River and “The Grandfather,” an alerce tree that is more than 3,000 years old.
DAY 5: PETROHUE FALLS AND OSORNO VOLCANO: At Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, on the eastern slope of Osorno Volcano, we follow gentle paths through Valdivian rainforest to Petrohue River Falls, where water cascades through lava chutes in a roaring rush. Later, a short forest walk delivers us to Laguna Verde, said to be a fountain of youth. Imbued with new vigor, we hike up to Burbuja Crater for spectacular views of the Petrohue Valley, Calbuco Volcano, and Andes.
DAY 6: PUNTA ARENAS AND TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK: This morning we fly to Punta Arenas and our ultimate destination, Torres del Paine National Park, where soaring granite spires dominate a landscape further bejeweled by azure lakes, emerald forests, ethereal-blue glaciers, and a wealth of distinctive flora and fauna. The next two incredible days are based at the matchless EcoCamp Patagonia.
DAYS 7 and 8: ECOCAMP PATAGONIA: Each day brings a choice of guided activities immersing you in this awe-inspiring landscape. Among the diverse options: An easy-going walk complete with guanacos and Andean condors. A moderate hike through fairytale forest to the furious Salto Grande waterfall. A longer, harder hike across a hanging bridge onto a steep trail leading to the heart of the Paine Massif. On all these outings, keep an eye open for guanacos, Andean condors, ostrich-like ñandús, and the huemul deer.
DAY 9: PUERTO NATALES TO SANTIAGO FOR CONNECTIONS HOME: Bidding adios to your new EcoCamp family, we transfer to Puerto Natales for flights back to Santiago and connections home.
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