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Essence of Chile

Atacama desert, Santiago, Torres del Paine and Wine country

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.

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

Adventure, Couples, Fishing, Honeymoon


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)
4 nights

Road transfer to San Pedro

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
2 nights

Fly to Santiago

The Singular Santiago
2 nights

Fly to P Arenas and road transfer

The Singular Patagonia
4 nights

Road transfer

Patagonia Camp
2 nights

San Antonio Valley

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
Fly home

Location & Directions

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.

When to go

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.

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