Jewels of Chile

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Santiago

Available

2019 / 2019

Cities to visit: Santiago De Chile, Valparaiso, San Pedro De Atacama, Antofagasta, Calama

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Owner or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

Day

One of the best ways to understand Santiago is through its historical development. We will start the visit in the Santa Lucía hill, place where the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia founded the city, baptizing it as Santiago de Nueva Extremadura, in honor of the apostle Santiago, patron of Spain. Continue to the Plaza de Armas. Around the square today the buildings of the Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the National Historical Museum and the Illustrious Municipality of Santiago are erected. Afterwards we will visit the Pre-Columbian Chilean Museum and the Illustrious Municipality of Santiago. We will finish in the Plaza de la Constitución, which with its privileged view of the government palace "La Moneda", will serve as a site to address the historic landmarks from Independence to the present day. We visit the Republica and Concha de Toro neighborhood before returning to the hotel.After lunch, we will go to the La Chascona Museum, located in the Barrio Bellavista in Santiago. This unique museum is one of the three houses of Pablo Neruda, the famous poet and diplomat who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. In 1953, Pablo Neruda began to build this house for Matilde Urrutia, his secret love and in his honor was named the house "La Chascona" after his nickname that arose because of his abundant red hair. During your visit, you can see a large collection of an interesting gallery with works by Chilean and foreign painters from different periods of time. You will also have the opportunity to experience Neruda's surroundings, such as the impressive dining room with original crockery and cutlery. For your convenience, the museum has a self-guided audio system, available in English, French, Portuguese, German and Spanish. Finally, we will return to your hotel.

We will drive along Route 68 from Santiago to the Pacific coast, arriving at Valparaíso, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, mainly due to its architecture. We will enjoy a walk along the hills of the city with its narrow streets, passages and many terraces. Here we will witness a fabulous natural amphitheater, which encloses the bay and shows the history of this port of the city. Then we will continue the journey to Viña del Mar to admire its beaches and other main attractions.
Later we will return to Route 68 towards Casablanca where the vineyards tempt the cold climate of the Pacific as they get closer and closer to its coast in this relatively new wine region. The vines perch on the rolling slopes just 4 km from the sea, challenging the character of the cultivators and winemakers of strong vocation.
In 1999, the Matetic family decided to diversify their business and enter the world of wine, trusting in the virtues of climate and soils in Valle del Rosario. With the firm conviction of the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional, they incorporated external consultants into the project to ensure that the wines of Viña Matetic reach the highest quality. Viña Matetic produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. The visit begins at the reception of the winery. Visitors are welcomed by a bilingual guide who will invite you to learn about the history of the vineyard, organic and biodynamic agriculture and the winemaking process, while enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards. The tank rooms, the beautiful and quiet aging room and the architecture of the cellar are all highlights of the visit. The tour ends with a wine tasting, either in the underground tasting room or on the outside terrace with views of the vines. After the tour, we will enjoy a lunch at the Equilibrio restaurant in Matetic, enjoying drinks from its most exquisite productions.

In the afternoon we will visit the Vitacura district, known for its first class shops and restaurants, art galleries, designer shops and independent boutiques. This is where we will find Vinolia, a place that invites you to learn about aromas, taste wines, and travel through the geography of the wine valleys of Chile. A sensory experienceWe begin in a special room where visitors discover 48 essences associated with wine in an environment that also recreates the sound and the images that give the impression of being in a vineyard. While watching the video, five wines of superior quality will be tasted; one from each wine cellar. This while the sommelier guides the tasting on the screen and reveals the secrets behind each label and brand. The tasting is accompanied by a selection of cheeses and nuts.Once the tour is finished, visitors are invited to continue enjoying their visit to the Emporium. Finally we will return to the hotel.

After breakfast, at an agreed time, you will be escorted to the airport to take the flight to Calama Airport. Once arrived, a transfer of just over an hour to San Pedro de Atacama awaits us.
In the afternoon we will make our first trip in the desert and mysterious Atacama. We will begin our tour visiting the Valley of Death, also known as the Valley of Mars, where we can experience one of the most desolate and arid landscapes of the earth, hence the name of Death Valley. We continue to the Valley of the Moon, where we can walk and enjoy a great geological show of its angular geology and rocks sculpted by millennia of erosion. Visit the salt caverns before climbing the most important sand dune.

Breakfast and free morning. In the afternoon we will visit the Cejar lagoon. Natural rain of a spectacular beauty, where we can enjoy the experience of floating in highly saline waters similar to the Dead Sea. The lagoon has turquoise waters and is surrounded by salt crystals of different shapes and sizes. Further south we will visit the impressive eyes of the Salar and the Tebinquiche lagoon.
Winter: Departure 15:00 hrs. / Return 19:00 hrs.
Summer: Departure 16:30 hrs. / Return 21:00 hrs.

After breakfast we went to the Altiplanic Lagoons of Miñique and Miscanti, located 138 km from San Pedro de Atacama and at an altitude of 4,300 meters. We take the road to Toconao, this goes straight through the plain overlooking the imposing Licancábur volcano, on the route we can see species of native trees in the area such as tamarugo and chañar, at km 38 arrival to the town of Toconao, brief visit to the main square and church, they emphasize their houses constructed in volcanic stone (Liparita). Panoramic view of the beautiful contrast that occurs between the greenery of the Valley of Jere and the desert, we continue brief visit to the village of Socaire. Then we ascend the Andes mountain range to reach the Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons of intense blue color and white shores, located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, surrounded by imposing hills and volcanoes, creating a unique landscape in this region. Walk directed in the sector. Then we return on the route we stop in Socaire.
Lunch at a local restaurant. We enter the Salar de Atacama, visit the Chaxa Lagoon where we can witness flamingos and other types of birds. At sunset. Return to San Pedro at 18:00 Approx

We will leave very early in the morning, around 5am from the hotel, to take gravel road, roughly by which we begin to ascend towards the Tatio Geysers located 97 km from San Pedro and at an altitude of 4,300 meters. The whole route we made at night, we arrived at this spectacular sector of our plateau at approximately 06:45, normally the temperature at this time is below zero. Breakfast and hike led by the geothermal field, observation of the impressive columns of steam (Geysers), fumaroles, hundreds of pools of boiling water and high peaks is a spectacular view of nature at dawn. Later, stop at a small town called Machuca located atacameño 4000m and practically uninhabited due to the drastic migration to nearby towns. Its few inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture, grazing and dairy production. In this city we will visit an old church from the colonial era.

After breakfast, at an agreed time,you will be escorted to the Calama airport to take the return flight. End of our services.


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