Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Description of Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Get off the beaten track in the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine National Park, before relaxing and exploring the winelands.
Climb an active volcano, cycle through salt flats and soak in hot springs.
Head into Torres del Paine National Park to hike the most iconic trails, or explore quieter corners.
Explore the fantastic, contrasting landscapes of the Atacama Desert and Patagonia: in depth, on foot.
Spend as much time as possible in the open air of the Atacama, seeing the people, wildlife and scenery with the help of your expert guide.
Sleep in comfortable 'yurts' in Paine, set in a private reserve just outside the park. Enjoy a hot meal and a warm bed at the end of each day.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Santiago this morning and meet your guide for a private tour, exploring the heart of Chile's vibrant capital. Stretch your legs later by heading up Cerro San Cristobal for great views over the city and surrounding mountains.|
|Day 2:||Sunset in the Atacama. Take an 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.|
|Day 3:||Walk across the open desert, following a dry river bed between the salt mountains and the Andes to an ancient Adobe settlement.|
|Day 4:||A full day walking on old Inca roads, from the bird rich high Andes to the salt mountains through Incan terraces and grazing llama.|
|Day 5:||An early start today for breakfast among the incredible Tatio Geysers, watching the sun rise over a spectacular display of steam, before a lovely hike along the river to some nearby hot springs.|
|Day 6:||After several days of being active at altitude, you're ready for today’s walk to the high summit of a dormant volcano. Return for an evening's stargazing in the desert.|
|Day 7:||Wake up this morning looking out over the towering desert volcano of Licancabur before flying along the spectacular spine of the Andes to the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park. Tonight you sleep overlooking the mountains and watery expanse of the Last Hope Sound.|
|Day 8:||Stroll along the shores of the sound and explore the charming town of Puerto Natales before heading to a forest on the edge of the National Park, with increasingly dramatic views of the Torres del Paine mountains. Stay in a very comfortable private yurt, with its own bathroom and stunning views over the lake to the mountains. The following is a suggestion of how you might spend the next few days, but when you first arrive you will sit with one of the guides to design your perfect stay, from a daily menu of varied options from gentle walks to full day hikes, bike rides to kayaking.|
|Day 9:||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.|
|Day 10:||Head back into the park today, perhaps to saddle up and do some exploration by horseback or walk the shores of the Laguna Azul. If the weather is clear you can take on the park's most iconic hike, up through beech forests to the glacial lake at the base of the mile-high Paine Towers.|
|Day 11:||Perhaps take to the waters of Laguna Bonita or Lago Toro for a kayak, or head out into the central part of the park to the Salto Grande and Salto Chico waterfalls, where you will be rewarded with the most wonderful views of the black basalt peaks of the Cuernos (horns) of Paine.|
|Day 12:||Walk from the Camp through the old-growth forests of the reserve, or through the trees to a lovely waterfall, which cascades down across the rocks and into the lake.|
|Day 13:||A long, though beautiful, travel day as you fly north to the warmth of the Colchagua Valley, Chile's premier wine region. Stay for the next few nights on an old family estate with just nine rooms nestled in beautiful gardens, within strolling distance of the town centre.|
|Day 14:||Spend today getting to know the wine, food and landscapes of the winelands Walk in the hills, taste a few wines and then enjoy a long and leisurely lunch looking out over the vineyards.|
|Day 15:||Another day among the finest of Chile's wineries. Visit the eclectic Museum of Chile or walk along a river flowing between the Andes and the coastal mountains.|
|Day 16:||A morning free to relax, before heading back to Santiago and onward to home.|
Planet and peopleThis 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.