- Cruise around Old Havana in a classic covertible
- Relax on the white sandy beaches of Trinidad
- Learn to salsa like a local & show off your moves at the vibrant night clubs
- Dive into waterfalls and enjoy wild water swimming
- Hike through the Sierra Maestro Mountains and follow Che Guevara's footsteps
- Stay in locally run Casa particulars
If you look up the word ‘adventure’ in the dictionary, it should simply contain a link to this tour. This is an all trekking, all rapid river rafting, all exploring extravaganza with exclusive wine tasting and Patagonian picnics all thrown in too. Wedged between the cool blue waters of the Pacific and the towering peaks of the Great Andes, the settings for these activities are out of this world (walking across the driest desert in the world may have you actually thinking you’re on another planet…) There’s beret-wearing gauchos on horseback to meet, exploding geysers to witness and the stunning beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park to hike. So hold onto your hat (that famous Patagonian wind is very strong) and prepare for one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
- Full day hike to the base of towers in Torres Del Paine National Park
- Spend 3 nights in the Atacama Desert at a boutique adobe styled hotel
- Spend a day in the arty town of Valparaiso
- Have a night out in the trendy Bellavista neighbourhood of Santiago.
- Go on the hunt for glaciers by cruising the lakes of Patagonia.
- Stroll through the charming streets of Santiago.
- Go wine tasting in Casablanca valley at a boutique winery
- Explore the Valle de la Luna in the driest desert in the world
- See the Tatio geysers explode like giant land whales
- Go white water rafting in the volcanic lake district
Day 1: Bienvenidos a Santiago de Chile!
Your Flash Pack representative will meet you at Santiago airport, where you’ll be whisked off to your boutique hotel by private transfer (this is how roll at Flash Pack). Once you’ve checked in, we’ll embark on a fascinating city walking tour of your Santiago surroundings. Highlights include Santiago’s main square, Plaza de Armas, La Moneda, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and Casa Colorada. We’ll then head for the skies on a railway trip up to summit of the Cerro San Cristobal, prepare for a wonderful view across Santiago and the Andes beyond. Your urban adventure draws to a close with a welcome dinner at the bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista where it’s bursting with trendy cafés, vibrant eateries and charming theatres…welcome to Chile Flashpackers!More +
Day 2: Drink in views and wine
Make sure you load up with carbs at breakfast, you’ll be drinking plenty of wine today so there’s no need to feel guilty about that extra croissant! First up we’re heading to the charming city of Valparaiso for a day tour of Chile’s oldest port. You’ll explore its historic city centre before hopping aboard one of its funicular elevators up to an amazing viewpoint overlooking the city. Take in the multi-coloured panorama of this coastal city where painted houses span across the horizon. Once you’ve drank in the view, it’s time to drink up some wine at a gorgeous boutique vineyard. Bodegas RE is a family run winery known for maturing its wine in clay barrels known as ‘Tinajas’ to produce a particularly pure taste. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour before sampling a selection of their finest wines (the best bit of any wine tour, let’s face it!) Then return back to your hotel in Santiago feeling like a true sommelier.More +
Day 3: Step into a space movie at Atacama
Us Flashpackers love to mix it up a bit and, true to form, we’re throwing you head first into a totally different landscape: the rich colours and extreme wilderness of Atacama Desert. You’ll board a flight from Santiago to Calama, where you’ll head to the small town of San Pedro. First up we’re trekking through Quebrada de Kari and its unbelievable views of Salt Mountains and dried out river beds. We’ll then continue to the awesome and otherworldy landscape of Valle de la Luna, aka Moon Valley. This surreal and beautifully alien region once fittingly served as the training ground for NASA’s Lunar Rover, so we won’t judge you if you start acting like you’re in the latest Hollywood space blockbuster. Here you’ll watch the setting sun sink behind this mesmerizing landscape whilst sipping a sunset cocktail. Then prepare to to get starry eyed, the Atacama is one of the best places in the world to star gaze thanks to vast and unpolluted skies.More +
Day 4: ROCK ON TO DEVIL’S CANYON
After an impressive drive through vast open scenery, we reach the rocky playground of Devil’s Canyon. Here the impressive rock formations have created an amazing labyrinth of narrow corridors running through the salt mountain. This epic landscape is truly a geologist’s paradise and you’ll get to explore its hidden archways and natural sculptures on a discovery tour through the rocks. You’ll also explore the awesome ridges of the Cordillera de la Sal, where its high saline content gives the constant appearance of a light dusting of snow. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure, we recommend hiring a bike and cruising along to the shimmering Tebinquinche Lagoon.
Please note: If you would like to see the glorious Atacama Desert by hot air balloon as an optional extra then please speak to a member of our team when you book!More +
Day 5: Wake up with a bang!
Far better than your phone’s morning alarm call, try one of the world’s largest geothermal fields for size! You’ll witness the Tatio Geysers explode as the sun creeps over the horizon, its rays reflecting a rainbow of colours as they mingle with the 40m high jets of boiling water and steam. Be sure to wrap up warm as the clear, high-altitude may provide a crisp backdrop to your photos, yet can get a little chilly (no pun intended!) The Puritama Thermal Baths are therefore the perfect place to warm up, and we’re heading here next. Relax in the the crystal clear water of these thermal pools, enjoying a well deserved rest after the early start, high altitude and low temperatures you so boldly conquered.
Day 6: The Chilean Lake District with fiery volcanoes
It’s time to mix things up one more, and today we exchange the dry and dusty plains of the Atacama Desert for the lush and fertile Chilean Lake District. This gorgeous region is strewn with glistening glacier-fed lakes and fiery active volcanoes rising out of the horizon. You’ll be chauffeured to Calama Airport for your connection flight to Puerto Montt in the heart of the Lake District. Here you’ll be whisked off to the charming Puerto Varas known as ‘the City of Roses. Embellished with classic German architecture, this fairytale city sits pretty on the banks of the vast Lake Llanquihue, framed by black volcanic sand shores. From your hotel, you’ll be able to gaze down at the waters below and look out to the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes in the distance, what a view!More +
Day 7: Ride those rapids!
Adventure sports enthusiasts, today is your day: it’s time to river rapid ride! The more cautious among you, never fear, our friendly local guides will be there every step of the way. You’ll be driven to the Ko’Kayak headquarters in Ensenada where you’ll meet your river experts who will be waiting to introduce you to the flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue River. After a safety briefing session and comprehensive equipment check, it’s time to suit up and squeeze some heart-pounding exhilaration from the class II and IV rapids. You can even jump off small cliffs into the water if you’re feeling brave, and it’s not as cold as you may think thanks to the bed of volcanic rock warming it up nicely. After 2 hours of river whooshing, enjoy a box lunch right on the riverbank before heading to your next hotel on the shores of Todos Los Santos Lake.More +
Day 8: Epic treks in the Chilean Lake District
Allow us to introduce you to the astonishing beauty of the Lake District National Park today, we think you’ll get along! Our trek-tastic day along the Solitario pathway begins at Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, where you’ll hike through the lush rainforest at the foot of Osorno Volcano. You’ll pass through Laguna Verde, a secluded inlet of Lake Llanquihue, as well as enjoying the epic scenery created by volcanic activity. After approximately 1 hour, you’ll reach an area where snowmelt from the fiery volcano brings down a layer of volcanic sediment every year to transform the area into a lunar landscape. Your expert guide will give you safety tips on how to cross this stunning scenery, allowing you to re-enter the dense rainforest on the other side. Recharge with an open-air picnic before continuing to wander among the ancient trees. And if rainforests, lakes and volcanoes weren’t quite enough, we’re throwing in a waterfall for good measure. Admire the rapids of Petrohue Falls before heading back to the lodge for a chilled Picso Sour.More +
Day 9: Puerto Natales, the doorstep of adventure!
Today we’re leaving Petrohue behind and heading back to Puerto Montt Airport for a flight to Punta Arenas. Here you’ll step into your private transfer ready and waiting to take you to your hotel in Puerto Natales. This lakeside city is sitting pretty on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. The next two days will be spent exploring and trekking your way through these amazing surroundings. Prepare for next level adventure.More +
Day 10: Cruise between icy giants
Today we’re hitting the waves and getting up close and personal with stunning glaciers. After an early start from Puerto Natales, we’ll set sail along the glacial waters of Seno Ultima Esperanza to Patagonia. Here you’ll find yourself in one breathtaking panorama of snowcapped mountains, sparkling waterfalls and verdant forests. Around midday, you’ll reach the icy giants of Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers where you’ll hop off the boat for a short hike to an amazing river of ice. Then jump back aboard the boat and continue cruising onwards for a delicious lunch at the Hosteria Balmaceda. From here, the waterborne adventure continues up the Serrano River until you reach the incredible Torres del Paine National Park.More +
Day 11: Trek to Base Las Torres
Get those hiking boots on because today you’re trekking through the stunning sights of the Torres del Paine National Park. The first couple of hours will be spent hiking upwards into the beautiful Asencio Valley, stopping along the way to admire the breathtaking views of Lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mountain. After a pitstop at Refugio el Chieno, we’ll carry on trekking through ancient forests and across plunging streams. There’ll be a steep climb once you reach the Campamento Torres, yet after an hour of conquering this glacial moraine, you’ll reach the Base Las Torres viewpoint. Here you’ll gaze up at three immense Andean rock towers rising jaggedly into the sky, with a bright turquoise lake shimmering beneath. Even after all the photos you might have seen before arriving, the reality will still stun you! This vast landscape is a wanderluster’s dream, so be sure to have your camera at the ready for some truly envy-inducing snaps.More +
Day 12: Back to Base
After all the adventure it’s time to put your Flashpacking feet up and relax. Today, you’ll be taking the scenic route back to Punta Arenas Airport to catch a flight back to the happenin’ capital of Santiago. Our driver will be waiting to take us to our lovely hotel by private transfer to get some well-deserved down time, then enjoy the the vibrant vibes of Santiago for your last night in this epic country. It’s been a long day of travelling so we suggest hitting the hotel bar to celebrate a life changing adventure with your new best friends.More +
Day 13: Check out of Chile
After an early breakfast it’s time to book your taxi to the airport and check out of the hotel. Say so long to your Flash Pack family, safe in the knowledge that you’ve all shared a truly unforgettable two weeks together! Before you take that final step into the aeroplane, be sure to look back and say hasta la proxima Chile!More +
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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