Chile is a long, thin country with a host of scenic landscapes, stunning natural beauty and bustling vibrant cities. The Essence of Chile takes in four essential highlights of this incredible country starting in the quirky and cultural capital of Santiago. The dazzling backdrop of the Andes frames a city full of restaurants, pubs, cafes, museums and shops with streets waiting to be explored especially in the vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria.
In the north of Chile visit the spectacular Atacama Desert. Travel through the barren desert to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama where you can submerge yourself in the magic atmosphere of the area. Spend your days exploring the local area from the Moon Valley, which resembles a lunar landscape, to the El Tatio Geysers high in the Andes and best visited before sunrise. Another highlight is the tremendous star gazing due to the perfect combination of high altitude, dry atmosphere and lack of light pollution.
After two nights relaxing and enjoying the wines in the Matetic Winery near Santiago travel south to Punta Arenas, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Filled with jaw dropping sights such as the dramatic granite pillars, spectacular lakes and rivers, clear blue glaciers and the wonderful Patagonian steppe this really is wilderness at its finest. Spend your days exploring by van, foot or horseback before retreating to your luxurious hotel.
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UK - Santiago
Depart the UK for your overnight direct flight to Santiago with British Airways.
On arrival to Santiago in the morning, transfer to the lovely Lastarria hotel. This stylish boutique hotel is located in the Lastarria district, a bohemian area surrounded by museums, galleries, antique shops and theatres. Built in 1927 the hotel has been lovingly restored and features just 14 rooms, some with balconies. The upstairs terrace area and outdoor pool are ideal spaces for relaxation and the bar-lounge serves light meals.
With your private local guide explore the city of Santiago. Spend time in the historic centre learning about the main places of interests such as the Government Palace (Palacio de la Moneda). At the Plaza de Armas visit the Natural History Museum, the Cathedral and central post office. Visit the bohemian area of Barrio Bellavista with its quirky cafes and restaurants en-route to San Cristobal Hill. The views are simply spectacular with the snow capped Andean mountains framing the city’s skyline.
Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama
Early morning departure for your flight to Calama in the north of Chile. Your transfer to San Pedro de Atacama takes around 90 minutes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. Tierra Atacama, a boutique lodge, is a gem of a hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms all furnished in a minimalist style using local sourced materials. With a lounge, bar, restaurant, pool and spa, everything you need for an enjoyable, relaxing stay is nearby. Included with your stay is a range of excursions enabling you to explore the highlights of the area.
Accommodation: Tierra Atacama
Enjoy two full days of exploration in the Atacama Desert. With the expertise of your local guide choose from a range of excursions which are included with your stay. In this dramatic region some of our favourites trips include Moon Valley, a surreal landscape ideal for walking or horseback riding, El Tatio Geysers, located at 4300m above sea level and particularly active in the morning, and the shimmering blue lake of Miscanti Lagoon in the high altiplano. There is also the option to enjoy the spectacular skies at the Ahlarkapin Observatory on a stargazing excursion.
San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago
Take the short flight from Calama to Santiago and transfer to the Rosario Valley in the heart of Chile’s wine region. Your guesthouse for the next two nights is the Matetic Winery, a colonial building dating back over 100 years and recently renovated. With just seven rooms and beautiful surroundings this is the ideal spot to sample the local wines and enjoy a meal in the guesthouse’s intimate restaurant.
Accommodation: Matetic Winery Guesthouse
Full day to enjoy the hotel and its beautiful surroundings. Visit the Matetic winery, with a full guided tour of the wine making process and the opportunity to taste the delicious locally produced wines. You may wish to venture further afield by bike and explore the native forest with its many viewpoints.
Santiago - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
Transfer to Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas in the far south of Chile. Travel by road through the Patagonian steppe towards Torres del Paine National Park where you will spend the next three nights at the Tierra Patagonia located on the edge of this beautiful wilderness. All excursions are included with your stay so you can choose from a range of tours and day hikes in the park.
Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia
Torres del Paine
Two full days exploring the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. With your local guide you can choose from a selection of included excursions, designed to suit all levels of fitness. Choose from easy half day walks to scenic viewpoints or more challenging full day treks to the base of the towers. There is also a variety of horse riding excursions or scenic tours by van. After your action packed days, relax at the hotel and enjoy the wonderful Chilean food and wine.
Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas - Santiago
Scenic transfer by road to Punta Arenas for your return flight to Santiago. Spend you final night in Chile at the Lastarria. Relive the wonderful memories of your holiday in your favourite Santiago restaurant with delicious local specialities or sip a cold drink at the hotel's rooftop bar as the sunsets.
Santiago - UK
Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Pricing Information & Dates
13 day tour, from £6420 per person
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Experiencing the wonderful essence of Chile is a fantastic way to celebrate your married life together. Chile is filled with other-worldly landscapes, stunning natural beauty and romantic vibrant cities. Travelling to four essential Chile destinations, this Latin America honeymoon will leave you nostalgic for the Chile way of life once you return.
Start your trip of a lifetime in the capital city, home to a dazzling back drop courtesy of the Andes; the quirky and cultural Santiago. You will spend two nights in the stunning Lastarria, an intimate bolthole in the heart of Santiago’s stylish bohemian borough, with modern elegant interiors to match the location. Just steps from the cities best restaurants, pubs, cafes, museums and shops, the streets of Santiago sprawl out in front of you ready to be explored and enjoyed as you wish. A sight not to be missed and sure to fill you with affection for this striking country is visiting San Cristobal Hill for spectacular views of the Santiago skyline, watching the sun fall behind the snow capped Andean mountains.
From here you will jet off to the north of Chile to the Atacama desert, the driest in the world and home to dozens of breathtaking sights. Once you have landed you will travel through the barren land to the oasis village of San Pedro de Atacama and to a warm welcome at Tierra Atacama. With minimalist rooms authentically furnished with materials from the local area and dramatic views of the Licancabur volcano, your three night stay here gives you the opportunity to submerge yourself in the magical atmosphere and mysterious secrets of the desert.
Your two unforgettable days in the desert will be filled with indescribable sights, like nothing you have seen before. One of these is the Moon Valley, where the desert landscape meets the Andean mountain range, known for its hauntingly beautiful resemblance to the moon landscape. In between all your intrepid exploring, make the most of your incredible surroundings in the hotel’s garden, relaxing in front of the wonderful views and absorbing the natural peace of the area. The lack of light pollution, high altitude and dry atmosphere combine to create conditions perfect for viewing the many constellations, stars, planets and galaxies above you. Gazing up at the think blanket of twinkling stars is an amazingly romantic way to spend the night together.
The second week of your honeymoon will start in the Chilean winelands, close to Santiago. Staying in one of seven bedrooms of the intimate Matetic Winery Guesthouse, guaranteed to deliver you a peaceful nights sleep, spend your time in the gorgeous Rosario valley and learn about the wine making process with all important tasters.
From here you will return to Santiago for your flight to the south of Chile, landing in Punta Arenas and driven to the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of the stunning Patagonia. Merging together four distinct ecosystems, the national park is filled with jaw dropping sights including the dramatic granite pillars Torres del Paine, flowing lakes and rivers, verdant forests and the clear blue glaciers. A landscape which is awe inspiring whatever the weather, if you are blessed with a clear sky the panoramic views, dotted with rheas, condors and flamingos, will astound you. At the end of your days retire to your cosy comfortable room, retreating to the warm and welcoming atmosphere to look back over your marvellous honeymoon memories.