Under the Chilean Sun: Wine Culture, Street Art, and The Atacama Desert

Under the Chilean Sun: Wine Culture, Street Art, and The Atacama Desert

8 days /
7 nights

Price: $4,389 / person

Based on 2 people All Pricing Info
Destinations
SANTIAGO, VALPARAISO, ATACAMA

Discover the diverse wonders of Chile with this incredible 8-day adventure, as we take you on an unforgettable journey through Valparaíso and the otherworldly Atacama Desert. Experience the vibrant street art, exquisite wines, and bohemian charm of Valparaíso. Then, venture into the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert, where geysers, salt flats, and stargazing await. Get ready for an enchanting escapade under the Chilean sun!

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Itinerary

DAY;

1

Flight to Chile: Begin Your Adventure

Welcome to Chile, a land filled with fascinating landscapes and a vibrant culture! Begin your adventure by taking an international flight to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Upon arrival, you can choose to embark on a guided tour of the city's highlights, getting a glimpse of its rich history and vibrant atmosphere. Afterwards, settle in for an overnight stay in Santiago.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Hotel Bidasoa or similar

Meals

DAY;

2

Valparaíso + Wine: Bohemian Coastal Charm

Embark on a delightful journey from Santiago to the enchanting coastal city of Valparaíso, where a captivating blend of culture, scenery, and exquisite wine awaits you. Discover the colorful houses and captivating street art that have made Valparaíso famous. Immerse yourself in its rich history, visit charming neighborhoods, and indulge in delicious seafood. Enjoy an overnight stay at Casa Higuera or a similar hotel and savor the delightful flavors of Valparaíso.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Higuera or a similar

Meals B,L

DAY;

3

Valparaíso Exploration: Murals and Street Art

Once a thriving port in the South Pacific, Valparaíso lost its prominence with the opening of the Panama Canal and the devastation caused by earthquakes and fires. However, as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has reinvented itself with a vibrant tourism industry and a flourishing economy. Explore the enchanting streets adorned with colorful murals and climb the hills to discover hidden surprises at every turn. On our immersive half-day walking tour, visit historic sites like Echaurren Square, the birthplace of the port, as well as the lively artist workshops of Concepción and Alegre Hills. Delve into the captivating world of graffiti, learning about techniques, artists, styles, and the profound impact it has on Valparaíso. Marvel at the works of renowned South American graffiti artists like Cekis, Horate, Grin, and many others. With our expert guide leading the way, prepare for an unforgettable journey into the underground realm of street art.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Casa Higueras or similar

Meals B

DAY;

4

Atacama Desert: Surreal Landscapes Await

Transfer from Valparaíso to Santiago Airport and catch a flight to Calama, the gateway to the otherworldly Atacama Desert. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take some time to relax and enjoy the facilities before dinner. Get ready for the adventure that awaits you in the Atacama Desert, filled with stunning landscapes and breathtaking experiences.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Desertica Hotel Atacama

Meals B

DAY;

5

Moon Valley & Kari Lookout: Awe-Inspiring Journey

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through the Cordillera de la Sal, an area adorned with salt, gypsum, and reddish clay. Explore magnificent caves, traverse sharp ridges, and witness the breathtaking view of the Salar and regional volcanoes. Marvel at the unique rock formations in the Valley of the Moon and discover cultural and geological wonders at Yerbas Buenas. Visit the vibrant Rainbow Valley with its colorful rocks, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Atacama Desert.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Desertica Hotel Atacama

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

6

Immerse in Atacameñan Culture: Authentic Experiences

Immerse yourself in the authentic and participative Atacameñan culture through a range of activities. Experience ancient caravans with llamas, witness the production of chañar syrup, explore the wine route, and learn about the process of preparing typical food like "Patasca." These experiences provide a genuine understanding of the Atacameños' way of life, shaped by their Andean worldview. Explore the center of San Pedro de Atacama, learning about its history and challenges. Visit Toconao, known for agriculture and handicrafts, and marvel at the largest salt flat in the country. Enjoy the stunning landscape and diverse bird species, including the majestic flamingo, at Chaxa Lagoon.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Desertica Hotel Atacama

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

7

El Tatio Geysers: Nature's Overwhelming Spectacle

With the sunrise, venture into the Andean Highlands, passing through important altitude ecosystems of rich biodiversity, such as the wetlands of Machuca and Putana. Stop at Machuca, a small farmer's village, before continuing towards the overwhelming spectacle of nature known as the "El Tatio" geyser field. Witness the power and beauty of the geysers, and explore the surrounding area, including the majestic "Geyser Blanco" (White Geyser). Take a dip in a thermal water river, allowing the natural wonders to rejuvenate your spirit. Return to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama for a restful evening.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Desertica Hotel Atacama

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

8

After an unforgettable journey through Valparaíso and the Atacama Desert, it's time to bid farewell to Chile. Enjoy a private transfer to Calama Airport for your domestic flight back to Santiago, where you can connect with your flight home or continue your adventure. Reflect on the captivating experiences and memories you've made during your time in Chile.

Optional Activities:

Overnight

Meals B

DAY 

2

Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.
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