The Patagonia portion of all three packages outlined below is the same. Please see the third itinerary below, the “Experience Patagonia” Five (5) Night Package, for the September 3 - 8, 2020 day by day Patagonia itinerary.
“Atacama to Patagonia” 10 Night Package | August 29 - September 8
Saturday, August 29 – Please be sure to plan your flight for arrival at the Santiago International Airport (SCL) this morning before 10 AM. We will leave from SCL on a 12:15 PM flight to Calama El Loa Airport (CJC). Enjoy relaxation time this afternoon after checking into the Hotel Terrantai Lodge. We will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner and briefing. (Dinner included)
Sunday, August 30 - San Pedro de Atacama is famously known for its amazing landscapes and its rich national archaeological site. This is why, in order to understand the historical roots of this region, a cultural tour is a must. We will start at the Tulor Village that represents the first settlement of the Licanantay Culture (People of this Earth), which will help us understand the rough life on the desert. Next, we will visit the Pukará de Quitor, which marked a peak of the Licanantay community around 1100 AD and almost the end of the culture in 1540 AD with the battle against the Spanish conquerors.
Leaving San Pedro de Atacama we will next visit the Salt Crystal Mountain Range to experience “Dinosaur Valley”, “Death Valley”, “Moon Valley”, as well as stunning views of the areas mountain range and volcanoes. For the adventurers in the group, we will have the optional opportunity to ski down the local dunes on sandboards. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday, August 31 - Today, we will enjoy the Atacama Salt Flat and part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. Here, at the Chaxa Lagoon, we will enjoy a variety of birdlife, mainly pink flamingos, which are the main attraction at the salt flats!
We will also visit the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons located at 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level on the foothills of the volcanoes of the Andes Mountain Range under the same names. Hiking the trails, we will enjoy nature in a breathtaking landscape full of contrasts, such as the deep blue clear sky, colorful vegetation and wildlife.
Lastly, we will visit the town of Toconao with its bell tower and Saint Luke’s Church, both of them national monuments since 1951. Here we will be able to understand the mixture between local culture and religion as well as handicraft products made out of pumice stone, cactus wood, alpaca and llama wool. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday, September 1 - Today is an early day! This morning we will drive north and after approximately 90 minutes, we will reach one of the most important geothermal fields in the Southern Hemisphere and one the highest in the world located (4,300 M). This geothermal field is known as the “Geysers del Tatio”. Moreover, we will arrange for a dip in these hot springs if you are inclined! This forty-minute stop will allow you to rest and enjoy one of nature’s natural healing springs.
While returning to San Pedro de Atacama, you may be able to spot some friends like the camelids Vicuñas, foxes and birds. It will be our mission to get the best photos of them during a few stops with breathtaking views. We will visit the small town of Machuca, with its adobe houses, a church built in the early 18th century and a concentration of llama, sheep and goat shepherds, who keep the traditions alive. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday, September 2 – This morning is our final time to enjoy this stunning natural wonder. In the afternoon, we will transfer from the hotel to the airport of Calama and back to Santiago. Tonight, we will stay at the Holiday Inn – Santiago Airport to make our early morning departure to Patagonia a little easier on the group. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 8 - Please note: group round-trip airfare between Santiago and Patagonia; and airport transfers are included in this package. For the daily itinerary please see the “Experience Patagonia” Five (5) Night Package below.
“Experience Chile” Seven (7) Night Package | September 1- 8
Tuesday, September 1 – Please be sure to plan your flight for arrival at the Santiago International Airport (SCL). Join us for a welcome brunch from 9:30 - 11:30 am. This afternoon enjoy exploring the local neighborhoods in Santiago before joining us for an optional late afternoon 'light' training run. Your evening starts with a Welcome Reception from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, which includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks. (Brunch and Welcome Reception included)
Wednesday, September 2 – Choose between an optional full-day tour to Valparaiso (#1) or explore Santiago on your own (#2). Enjoy exploring Santiago tonight and having dinner on your own. (Breakfast included)
#1 Valparaiso is coastal port city that dates back to 1536. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Valparaiso is a magical place of unforgettable landscapes and colorful neighborhoods. After visiting this landmark city, enjoy a stop at a local winery for a tour and lunch. (Lunch included)
#2 Explore Santiago on your own.
Thursday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 8 - Please note: group round-trip airfare between Santiago and Patagonia and airport transfers are included in this package. For the daily itinerary please see the “Experience Patagonia” Five (5) Night Package below.
“Experience Patagonia” Five (5) Night Package | September 3 - 8
Thursday, September 3 – Arrive at the Hotel Rio Serrano. Depending on your arrival time, it’s possible we will have time for an afternoon activity. Once settled in at the Hotel Rio Serrano, we will regroup for a Welcome Reception and briefing at dinner. (Dinner included)
Friday, September 4 - After breakfast we will depart for a six (6) hour introductory tour of the Torres del Paine National Park. The bus and easy trekking tour will make a number of stops for you to explore the park on foot with your bilingual guides. We will return to Rio Serrano in time for you to relax in the pool and spa area before meeting for our pre-race pasta dinner and race briefing. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
Saturday, September 5 – It’s RACE DAY. After breakfast we will board our buses for a ride to the marathon, half-marathon or 10K starting lines for our late morning start. The finish line is at our hotel where you will be able to freshen up, enjoy the spa and then join in for our post-race celebration dinner. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Sunday, September 6 – Recovery day starts with breakfast and is followed by your choice of elective morning activities, lunch and then afternoon elective activities. Tonight join us on the deck for drinks, appetizers and a traditional Patagonia BBQ at sunset. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday, September 7 - After breakfast, we recommend you join our guides for a full-day trek to Base Las Torres, the most iconic activity throughout the park. We approach through Ascencio Valley; the ancient beech forests will lead us to the base of the front moraine (left by the old advance of Torres Glacier), where we will climb to reach the imposing Torres del Paine and its lagoon. Please note, this is a difficult trek that is worth the effort. As an alternative, you can choose from the other elective activities. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
Tuesday, September 8 - Today is departure day. Return flights from SCL to your home airport should be booked to depart after 9:00 PM. Or, better yet continue on with us to the group extension on the classic W Circuit Trek in Torres del Paine. (Breakfast and lunch included)