Chile highlights holiday, 14 days
Description of Chile highlights holiday, 14 days
Over the length of 12 days, this Chile highlights holiday takes you from sparse desert to wild, snow-capped mountains, leaving nothing to the imagination when it comes to mind-blowing landscapes and stunning variety.
You’ll kick off your trip amongst the other worldly landscapes of the San Pedro de Atacama desert, where you’ll explore salt caves and watch the unparalleled beauty of an Atacama sunset. Then you’ll head down south to experience life in Chile’s vibrant capital, Santiago de Chile, and enjoy the ocean breezes in the seaside cities of Viña del Mar and Valparíso.
It’s the lake district next, where you’ll visit the beguiling Laguna Verde, hike over lava fields and don your hiking boots to work up a sweat in Vicente Pérez Rosales, Chile’s oldest National Park. Your final adventure will be had in the wilds of Patagonia, home to the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll hike though incredible scenery in one of South America’s most beautiful protected areas.
PlanetAs a locally owned Argentine business, we strive to operate all of our tours in a responsible manner. We work with local tour operators, tour guides and properties to ensure that they understand the importance of protecting the environment as it is a finite resource that, if managed properly, can provide economic benefit to the local community.
We follow all local environmental laws and legislation, and work with local partners that minimally impact the natural surroundings to ensure that we protect the national parks and destinations that we visit for future generations.
National Park entrance fees are paid directly to the national parks by the clients to ensure that they directly support the parks´ maintenance and preservation.
During our trekking tours with overnight camping in a national park, local or wilderness site, we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter behind, keeping all water sources clean and leave the camp sites cleaner than we found them. At the core of this effort is the desire to leave no trace behind and to minimize our impact on the beautiful lands that we visit.
We are working to keep our operations green and are utilizing web/e-communication to reduce paper consumption. We have taken the decision to no longer produce 75 page printed brochures and focus on web/e-communications. We utilize low energy lightbulbs in our offices, recycle paper/glass and try to minimize our water consumption. We also reduce our plastic bottle waste by providing refillable large water coolers. Additionally, we are constantly assessing our operations to see how we may partner with and support local communities, NGOs, wilderness areas, regional and national parks that we visit.
For example, in this tour you will find that we programme some activities that cause less impact on the enviroment: kayaking and horseback riding in Puerto Varas, is benefitial in terms of low carbon and low impact in the area.
PeopleAs an Argentine owned travel business, we understand the importance of supporting our local partners during both the good times and the bad times. By partnering with locally owned hotels, activity providers, guides, restaurants and properties over the years, we not only ensure a high level of quality and that our clients' needs are satisfied, but we also develop long term relationships with local business owners and help them plan and prepare for the busy and slow times of the year. And this also helps our clients to better experience the local culture.
We hire local guides and pay them a solid wage (which is generally higher than the local average). We also train our guides and cover the associated costs with the training program.
We prefer small, family run operations to ensure that we help sustain the community economy, and actively seek them out rather than using international chains.
We donate each month to the Argentine not-for-profit organization, “Por los Chicos” and our support benefits poor and vulnerable street children in Argentina.
In addition, we also share our ethos of cultural and environmental respect with our local partners. Be it a small hotel, mountain lodge, kayak or hiking guide/outfitter, we ensure that they work their best to incorporate environmental and culturally sensitive best practice in their operations, so as to benefit the diverse communities in which we operate