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zPatagonia and Atacama - Mountains and Desert

9 days

9 Day Small Group Escorted Journey

Small Group Discoveries for World Travelers…

  • Experience leisurely 3-night stays surrounded by South America’s most captivating landscapes... the remote Atacama Desert and magnificent Patagonia.
  • Our handpicked desert lodge and luxury lakeside camp promise fine, casually elegant dining and unforgettable accommodations in the heart of pristine and untouched wilderness.
  • Personalize your exploration into these amazing landscapes with a choice of included excursions. Just choose the ones that fit your interests and physical comfort level.
  • Enjoy remarkable value and travel carefree... we include all international air and all 4 internal flights, plus airport assistance for all your connections.

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Arrive Santiago and onward into the Atacama

Upon Arrival in Santiago, you’ll be met and assisted to the nearby Holiday Inn Airport Hotel. Day-use rooms have been arranged so you can refresh and relax. Later, return to the terminal for your evening flight to Calama, where you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the luxurious Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. Meals D


Explore the Atacama Desert

Throughout your stay here, you can choose from a wide variety of included explorations, each accompanied by an experienced Naturalist Guide. The concept is simple... pursue your own interests, explore at a pace that’s right for you, and travel in small groups so as to leave no trace. Van trips to mountain lakes or geothermal fields are a great way to acclimate to the desert environment. Treks and mountain biking are options for the more adventurous. Between excursions, you can opt for a spa treatment, go for a swim in one of six spectacular pools, or just relax on your private verandah enjoying the valley views. Meals B,L,D


Another day in the Atacama

Enjoy another day of included excursions as well as the time to relax and enjoy the superb amenities of your Lodge & Spa. You can choose from half and full-day van excursions to explore nearby salt flats, to see cave paintings or to enjoy a sunset in the Valley of the Moon. There are also a wide variety of options for guided trekking, mountaineering and mountain-biking. Some excursions will surround you in nature and others will engage you intellectually. You can choose expeditions that are physically demanding or relaxing. All are accompanied by the Lodge’s experienced and friendly guides. Meals B,L,D


From Atacama to Santiago

Enjoy your choice of another included morning excursion and a leisurely afternoon. Later, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your evening flight to Santiago. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel. Meals B,L


Onward to Patagonia

This morning you fly to Punta Arenas, where you’ll be met for the scenic overland journey to Patagonia Camp. South America’s first luxury camp is set on the shores of Lake Toro, facing the dramatic peaks of the Paine Massif. Nestled in a pristine forest of Beech trees, each of the 18 yurts features a complete en suite bath, hotel-style furnishings and a private terrace with unobstructed views over the lake. Each evening during your stay, the Camp’s experienced guides will present the explorations they will be leading the next day, based upon weather and terrain conditions. Depending upon your interests and physical condition, you’ll enjoy a variety of guided excursions, including full- and half-day journeys into the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia. Meals B,D


Out and about in Patagonia

After a hearty breakfast, set out on the included excursion of your choice. Again this evening, the Camp’s guides will present the excursions which will be available tomorrow. Meals B,L,D


Another day in Patagonia

Enjoy the full or half-day excursion of your choice. Back at camp, you can relax with fellow adventurers at the bar, perhaps sipping a Pisco Sour or enjoying a glass of fine Chilean wine. Or retreat to your private terrace and just take in the magnificent views over lake and mountain. Meals B,L,D


To Otway Fjord and Punta Arenas

Return to Punta Arenas and after checking in to your hotel, travel to Otway Fjord for an afternoon visit to a Magellanic penguin colony that is home to more than 5,000 couples. Overnight at the 5-star Punta Arenas Dreams Hotel. Meals B


Tour Punta Arenas en route to the airport

Your morning tour of this southernmost town on the Continent offers a wonderful look at Punta Arenas’ colorful roofs, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. Then fly to Santiago, where you’ll be assisted with the connection to your international flight. Meals B


Feel free to add extra nights before or after your tour.

When you purchase air from us, arrival and departure transfers are automatically included. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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