Essence of Chile
Atacama desert, Santiago, Torres del Paine and Wine country
per person based on 2 people sharing, including domestic flights, transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Santiago, on a half board basis at La Casona at Matetic and on a full board basis with activities at Alto Atacama and Patagonia Camp.
At a Glance
A great first-time introduction to Chile's diverse and spectacular landscapes
A wonderfully varied combination of desert adventure, wine and wild Patagonia
Stay in carefully selected properties that allow you to experience each destination fully
This itinerary combines well with most of South America, so think about adding another country
Best time to travel is October to April
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Due to its length and topography, Chile’s north, central and southern regions have different climates:
The north of Chile is a year round destination but its weather, particularly in the Atacama desert, is affected by the high altitude with temperatures fluctuating dramatically from day to night. In winter (June, July and August) the average temperature is 22ºC during the day and at night it drops to around 4ºC. In summer (December to February) the temperature varies between 30ºC during the day and 16ºC at night. There can be some rain between January-March.
Southern Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering traveling outside this time, especially rewarding in April (for autumn colors) or October (for spring flowers) because winds can drop significantly and there are fewer visitors in the National Parks.
The Central Valley enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate from Mid-October to April with cooler temperatures and higher rainfall from May to September. The wine harvest takes place in March.
This suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.
A wonderful introduction to Chile, staying in stylish lodges and exploring some of the country's most remote regions, including the spectacular Atacama desert, spellbinding Torres del Paine National Park and a historic wine lodge.
On arrival in Santiago, take a flight up to the north of Chile for a desert adventure in the Atacama, staying at the superb Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. It is the perfect spot to absorb the color and silence of the desert and you can choose from over thirty cultural and adventure activities, with everything from a visit to the workshop of a local artisan or a meeting with a shaman, to bike rides, volcano treks and visiting high altitude salt lakes frequented by flamingos and geysers further afield.
Return to Santiago and spend a couple of nights in the village-like neighborhood of Lastarria at the elegant Singular Santiago. Soak up the neighborhood's creative atmosphere, walk across the park to the Mercado Central for seafood or take the funicular up the Santa Lucia hill for panoramic views across the city and Andes beyond.
From here, journey to the deep south of Chile, flying to Punta Arenas where you can marvel at the sweeping Patagonian landscapes from the beautiful Singular Patagonia, perched overlooking the Esperanza Fjord. Enjoy guided hikes and horse-rides, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife and taking in dramatic glacial scenery on a boat trip across the Last Hope Sound.
With its majestic mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and unique flora and fauna, Torres del Paine, the next stop on your itinerary, is considered one of the earth’s most spectacular national parks. Combine luxury and adventure, including trekking, fly fishing and horse riding, whilst staying in a luxury yurt at Patagonia Camp.
Fly back to Santiago from where we suggest taking a couple of days to gently explore Chile's beautiful wine country, and La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is the perfect place to unwind before returning home. Superb wines to taste, exquisite cuisine and a horseback ride through the estate make for a lovely end to your journey.
Please see our Original itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Note: Patagonia Camp is closed from 1 May until 1 September
Fly to Calama (via Santiago)
Days 1-4: Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Tucked away in a valley of serene beauty, Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is blessed with a most spectacular location, flanked by dramatic mountain ranges, iconic archaeological sites, and the San Pedro river trickling its way alongside.
Days 5-7: The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago is located in the charming area of Lastarria one of Santiago's most characterful neighborhoods with its galleries, street cafes and park. The Singular offers style in abundance, spacious guest rooms and a prime location.
Days 7-9: The Singular Patagonia
Near Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
A unique hotel, the Singular Patagonia started life as a cold storage plant now transformed into a luxury hotel. The Singular is ideally located to explore the Chilean fjords, Patagonian wilderness and the nearby Torres del Paine National Park.
Days 9-13: Patagonia Camp
Near Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Patagonia Camp on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, offers guests exclusive and unique accommodation against the backdrop of stunning Lago Toro and Patagonian peaks. It's simply the ultimate camp experience in Patagonia.
Days 13-15: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
San Antonio Valley, Chile
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a beautiful colonial wine retreat set amongst rolling vineyards in the Rosario Valley, and a perfect place to relax and sample some of Chile’s finest biodynamic wines or to explore the wonderful nearby port of Valparaiso.
Atacama desert, Santiago, Torres del Paine and Wine country
First to the Atacama Desert and Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, which is in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins and near the San Pedro River, 10-minutes outside the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, in the North of Chile. Next to Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago in the foothills of the Andes, to your hotel in the historic Lastarria neighborhood. Fly south to Punta Arenas and drive to the Singular Patagonia. From here, head north to Patagonia Camp on Lake Toro with view of the legendary Torres del Paine granite peaks in central Patagonia. The varied and untouched landscapes of this area led UNESCO to declare it a biosphere reserve. Located 113 kilometers to the north of Puerto Natales, between the Andes and the plateau. The final stop is at La Casona de Matetic a colonial wine retreat in the Rosario Valley an hour from Santiago.