|Day 1:||Fly to Chile (NB international flights are not included).|
|Day 2:||Arrive in Chile. On arrival you will be transferred to your comfortable hotel. Explore some of Santiago later with our local advice and tips.|
|Day 3:||Sunset in the Atacama. Early morning flight to the Atacama Desert, with time to relax in your boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. Late afternoon drive and walk via a sand dune, salt flats and a gorge for sunset in the desert. (B)|
|Day 4:||Bike ride to lagoons. Morning bike ride across salt flats to a number of lagoons, where you can take a swim before driving back. Ride up to 20km, 3hrs, almost flat. (B)|
|Day 5:||Day walking in the Andes. Full day walking on old Inca roads from the high Andes down to the Salt Mountains. Walk 18km, 5hrs, down 1,000m. (B,L)|
|Day 6:||Volcano walk to summit. After several days of being active at altitude, today’s walk takes you high to the summit of a dormant volcano. Walk 6km, 3hrs, up 420m, down 420m. Afternoon to relax. (B)|
|Day 7:||Fly south. Very early start to visit the Tatio Geysers, the world's highest geothermal field. Stop at hot springs for a dip on the return to San Pedro. Later you fly back down to Santiago and stay overnight. (B)|
|Day 8:||South to Patagonia. Fly south along the spectacular spine of the Andes to Punta Arenas, where your lodge guide meets you. You are driven north around 5 hours to your beautiful ecolodge, set just to the south of the Torres del Paine Park on a private reserve. (B,D)|
|Day 9:||Torres del Paine. Choose your excursion from a daily menu of varied options, from gentle walks to full day hikes, bike rides to kayaking. The following is a suggestion of how you might spend your days, but you're free to structure this as you please. Head into the Torres del Paine National Park today to hike up to Mirador Ferrier and then down to Glacier Grey. On a clear day, there is no more spectacular introduction to this most emblematic and beautiful mountain range. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10:||Torres del Paine. Walk across the Lago Toro peninsula through the beautiful old-growth forests of the lodge’s private reserve and back on foot to the camp. One of the striking features of Torres del Paine is how few trees there are. Your ecolodge is privileged to be set inside its own beautiful forest. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11:||Torres del Paine. Hike to the base of the famous Torres ('towers') , the most iconic hike in the entire national park. If you have the energy and the weather is set fine, the hike to the base of the towers is the most emblematic in the park, in Chile for that matter. Set off early to hike up to the distinctive mile- high granite towers. (B,L,D)|
|Day 12:||Torres del Paine. Walk from the Camp through young forest to a lovely waterfall which cascades down across the rocks and into the lake. Once back at the camp, you might like to take to the waters of Laguna Bonita or Lago Toro for a paddle. If the winds are low and the weather is right, there are few places in the world you would rather be in a kayak. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13:||Travel north. Drive back to Punta Arenas to fly to Santiago. A long travel day, but with beautiful scenery, so sit back and enjoy. (B)|
|Day 14:||Depart Chile. Morning free to explore Santiago before transferring to the airport for your flight home (flight times may vary). (B)|
This holiday is unique to us. We have an unrivalled passion for Chile and this trip was designed for our clients to gain a real feel for the Atacama Desert and Patagonia’s Torres del Paine. Our guides in Chile are all experts in their areas: this is what makes a huge difference to the quality of your experience in the country.
We are passionate about the places we visit. To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
We work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels and restaurants. We know the hotel owners except in the large cities. We work with local guides so that our holidays are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally. And, we make payment to suppliers before our clients arrive.
Raft deep canyons and pristine wilderness of Patagonia
From £3220 9 days excluding flights