Chile Up Close – Altiplano and Lake Region on a Round Trip in 3 Weeks

Chile Up-Close

Overview

Discover the fascinating Altiplano in northern Chile and the picturesque Lake Region in the south. You visit the vibrant capital Santiago with its many faces, historic squares and breathtaking city panoramas. Wide sandy beaches characterize the Pacific coast near Iquique and Arica. In the Atacama Altiplano, which you are visiting on a guided multi-day tour, you are surrounded by a spectacular scenery with volcanoes, lakes and hot springs. You encounter vicuñas, llamas and alpacas and get to know the unvarnished everyday life of the locals of the Altiplano of the Chilean Andes. In the Lake Region near Puerto Varas, the view of cone-shaped volcanoes and picturesque waters will overwhelm you. Admire the mystical culture on the island of Chiloé. In the port city of Valparaíso, colorful hills, bumpy elevators and outstanding street art are waiting for you. And during an entertaining cooking course you will immerse yourself in the world of Chilean gastronomy.



Highlights

Wide sandy beaches along the Pacific coast

Hot springs and vicuñas on the Altiplano

Homestay with Andean family


Cone-shaped volcanoes on Llanquihue Lake

Street art in Valparaíso



Itinerary

Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile

Day 1-4: Santiago de Chile

Here in Santiago beats the heart of Chile. And at the same time, it feels a bit like what gave this country its name according to a legend: Chilli – where the world ends. You visit the historical center of the capital. On the city hills you enjoy fantastic panoramas of the metropolis. And you visit the beautiful Andean nature of the Maipo Valley. You are not far away from Santiago, but you experience a completely different landscape in a wonderful atmosphere.


Arica
Arica

Day 4-6: Arica

Continuing your journey, you reach the northernmost city of Chile. Under a cloudless sky you can explore the attractive city center and admire the first-class view of the desert town from the Morro Hill. Let your spirit unwind in Arica and take a break under the sun on one of the great beaches. The wide sea invites you to a refreshing bath or to surf.


Altiplano
Altiplano

Day 6-12: Altiplano in the Atacama Desert

Volcanoes, salt lakes and lagoons, desert landscapes and the breathtaking Altiplano – this and much more awaits you in the following days during your guided private tour from Arica to Iquique. You hike in magnificent National Parks, camp at the hot thermal baths of Polloquere and are hosted by an Aymara family who provide you with a very special insight into the daily life of the local llama and alpaca shepherds.


Iquique
Iquique

Day 12-13: Iquique

You leave the Altiplano and drive back to the coast until you finally arrive in Iquique. The desert city attracts its visitors with its superb beaches, the historical and architecturally interesting center and the huge sand dune at the gates of the town. Here you can feel an intense contrast to the past days in the Andes, which is a symbol for the incredible diversity of Chile.


Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas

Day 13-17: Puerto Varas

The city of Puerto Varas has its very own magic with its panorama of the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. You visit the Osorno Volcano, which appears like out of a picture book with its cone shape and snow-covered dome. Watch the endless rupture of the waterfalls of Petrohué. On the adjoining Lago Todos Los Santos, you take a pleasant boat trip. And you experience the island of Chiloé with its waterside houses on stilts and the typical wooden churches.


Valparaíso
Valparaíso

Day 17-20: Valparaíso

Back to central Chile, you stay in Valparaíso. The port city is famous for its colorful sheet metal covered houses, its historic elevators and the outstanding street art full of political and ironic messages. You stroll through the alleys of the UNESCO awarded hills and get an impression of Chilean food culture during an entertaining cooking class. Taste excellent wine in the Casablanca Valley and enjoy the peace of the fishing village of Quintay surrounded by pine forests.



What our Travel Packages Include

Travel service:

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  • Individual travel planning, organization and advice

Accommodation:

Basic package Full package
  • 13 nights in standard, comfort or premium accommodation
  • Double room usually with private bathroom and breakfast
  • Accommodation during multi-day tour see below

Local transport:

Basic package Full package

 

  • 3 national flights
  • 8 transfer connections

Multi-day tour:

Basic package Full package
  • 7-day tour with private guidance to the Altiplano in the Atacama desert with short hikes
  • Starting point: Arica
  • Endpoint: Iquique
  • Personal, English-speaking guide
  • Private transport in SUV
  • 6 nights in mountain huts, tent and homestay accommodation
  • Meals with exceptions
  • Camping equipment

Half and full day tours:

Basic package   Full package
  • City tour Santiago (private)
  • Embalse El Yeso and Maipo Valley (shared)
  • Osorno Volcano (shared)
  • Tour Chiloé (shared)
  • Lago Todos Los Santos and waterfalls of Petrohué (shared)
  • Cooking class in Valparaíso (shared)
  • City tour Valparaíso (private)
  • Quintay and winery in Casablanca (private)

Additional travel services:

Basic package   Full package
  • Intercontinental flights
  • Car rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Language course
  • Other travel services


Our Prices for your Journey through Chile

Basic Package
Basic Package

Included:

  • Travel service
  • Accommodation
  • Local transport
  • Multi-day tour

Total price per person:

From 2.577,00 €

 

Excluded:

Arrival and departure, half and full day tours, entrance fees, travel insurance, short rides, meals

Full Package
Full Package

Included:

  • Travel service
  • Accommodation
  • Local transport
  • Multi-day tour
  • Half and full day tours

Total price per person:

From 3.145,00 €

 

Excluded:

Arrival and departure, entrance fees (partly with exceptions), travel insurance, short rides, meals

Additional Travel Services
Additional Travel Services

Add individual travel services to your journey. For example:

  • Intercontinental flights from 977,00 € per person
  • Car hire from 45,00 € per day
  • Motorhome from 90,00 € per day
  • Free adjustment of destinations and order of your journey through Chile

Solidarity tourism

Chile Central promotes sustainable and solidarity tourism. By booking your trip, you support CO₂ offset as well as a social project for disadvantaged children in Santiago.


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