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Chile - Best Tours & Trips 2019

529 trips to Chile tours from 119 tour companies. 766 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Chile is a country nearly 3,000 miles in length, and as a result is blessed with a diverse geography and a rich culture. Stunning coastlines, the Andes, Easter Island, and the driest desert on the planet are all within Chile.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Icons of South America Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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21 days
$ 353 / day
$ 7,410
From : $ 9,114
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • Cruise in Chile's Lake Region
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Santiago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru
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Lakes, Deserts and Wineries

Lost World Adventures
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10 days
$ 726 / day
$ 7,260
From : $ 8,276
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the cultural and natural history of the Atacama desert
  • Explore Vira, set in a marvellous native park surrounded by stunning volcanoes and along the shores of the peaceful Liucura River
  • Enjoy active nature experiences such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, birding or visiting nearby national parks
  • Explore Volcano Villarrica from the inside or outside, or relax in a volcanic thermal spring
  • Relax in Lapostolle Residence, the perfect place to enjoy nature with sophistication
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert, Lake District, Santiago, Chile
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El Calafate & Torres Del Paine tour
Private Guided
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El Calafate & Torres Del Paine

Say Hueque
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5 days
$ 123 / day
$ 615
From : $ 830
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Travelling to Patagonia
  • Experience Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park
  • Travel in Argentina & Chile
Visits:
El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina, Chile
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South American Odyssey

SmarTours
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16 days
$ 262 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 5,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • San Cristobal Hill (Santiago)
  • Picturesque Bariloche
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Tango Show (Buenos Aires)
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Rio)
  • Copacabana (Rio)
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, San Cristobal, Santiago, Valparaiso, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
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Torres del Paine W Trek – 5 Day Self Guided (In ...

5 days
$ 215 / day
$ 1,075
From : $ 1,505
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy this trek  you will see many of the incredible sights within the park, including: The Torres, Lake Pehoe, the French Valley, Almirante Nieto, and Lake Nordenskjold
Visits:
Torres del Paine National Park, Uyuni, Chile
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Patagonia Active - 16 days trekking through Chile & Argentina
Small Group Tour
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Patagonia Active - 16 days trekking through Chile ...

Moser Active
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16 days
$ 249 / day
$ 3,990
From : $ 5,387
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Breathtaking view onto the Grey Glacier - Torres del Paine National Park – Patagonia
  • Unforgettable panoramic view during the descent from Paso John Garner - Big Circuit
  • Imposing, blue-shining ice wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier - Patagonia - Argentina
  •  Three giants of granite - The Torres Towers in the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Relaxation in Patagonia - while drinking Mate-Tea
Visits:
El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina, Chile
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Best Of Patagonia 13 Days tour
Private Guided
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Best of Patagonia 13 Days

Say Hueque
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13 days
$ 135 / day
$ 1,760
From : $ 2,376
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy El Calafate Tours
  • Experience Hiking in Chalten
  • Visit to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Visit Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas
  • Explore  to Ushuaia
Visits:
El Calafate, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Argentina & Chile: Across the Andes Horse Ride

Wild Frontiers Travel
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12 days
$ 496 / day
$ 5,950
From : $ 8,033
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Argentina’s captivating capital, Buenos Aires
  • Ride through the beautiful landscapes of Lanín National Park
  • Experience the rich cultures of Argentina and Chile
  • Drive through the Valdivian rainforest
  • Mountain lodges, camps and breath-taking vistas
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chile
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Antarctic Express - Peninsula in Depth
Small Group Tour
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Antarctic Express - Peninsula in Depth

Peregrine Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 1,590 / day
$ 25,105
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Flying over the famous drake passage to king george island is the fastest, most direct way to travel to antarctica
  • Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguins
  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the great white continent, but you'll be one of them
  • A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular antarctic peninsula from multiple perspectives
  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping can take your adventure to the next level. book early, as these sell out fast
  • On-board lectures and presentations led by polar specialists provide in-depth knowledge about antarctic history, geology and wildlife
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Punta Arenas, Antarctica, Chile
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Patagonia Expedition: Andean Crossing
Small Group Tour
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Patagonia Expedition: Andean Crossing

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 309 / day
$ 2,785
From : $ 3,760
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Trek through a variety of unspoiled Patagonian landscapes, in both Argentina and Chile
  • Camp out beneath the stars in the shadow of Andean peaks, on the homestead of a 200-year-old house of a longtime local, and riverside in the Rio Blanco Valley
  • Bathe in natural thermal pools in the middle of the forest and take a refreshing dip in Esperanza River
  • Take in unforgettable views of the Tronador volcano and the beautiful Todos los Santos Lake
Visits:
Patagonia, Bariloche, Puerto Varas, Argentina, Chile
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Chile: Atacama to Altiplano Overland Adventure

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 495 / day
$ 5,935
From : $ 7,300
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Embark on an epic overland adventure through the heart of the Atacama Desert
  • Traverse into the Altiplano plateau as your expedition takes you in regions experienced and known by few
Visits:
Atacama Desert, Chile, Bolivia
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Total Trekking in 15 days
Small Group Tour
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Total Trekking in 15 days

15 days
$ 351 / day
$ 5,261
From : $ 7,102
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the city of Buenos Aires
  • Visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza Congreso
  • Explore De Agostini campground
  • Enjoy the view of this hanging glacier
  • Enjoy the day while descent towards El Chaltén via Laguna Capri
  • Visit local museum and try the national tipple of Pisco Sour
  • Enjoy the Torres del Paine and take lots of photos you start the trek back down
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Palermo, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina, Chile
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Patagonia Tour - Patagonian Overland Adventure
Private Guided
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Patagonia Tour - Patagonian Overland Adventure

15 days
$ 749 / day
$ 11,235
From : $ 12,808
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America” & paired lunch in a chic restaurant
  • Visit San Antonio de Areco, the cradle of Gaucho’s traditions
  • Explore Ushuaia, the “End of the World” in 4X4WD
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, Cruise Chilean fjords between Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park, Cruise The Perito Moreno Glacier
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Patagonia, San Antonio, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Torres del Paine Circuit
Small Group Tour
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Torres del Paine Circuit

World Expeditions
Premier
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12 days
$ 375 / day
$ 4,299
From : $ 4,820
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Trek in beautiful Torres del Paine National Park
  • Hike the stunning O-Trek and circumnavigate the peaks of Torres del Paine
  • Take in the magnificent views of Grey Glacier
  • Marvel at the incomparable Towers of Paine
  • Enjoy a spectacular day cruising, and incredible scenery, to the head of the Fiord
  • Search for wildlife and birdlife while walking though truly awe-inspiring scenery
Visits:
Patagonia, Chile
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The Patagonia Tour
Small Ship Cruise
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The Patagonia Tour

ROW Adventures
Preferred
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4 days
$ 450 / day
$ 1,800
From : $ 2,214
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover the hidden wonders of the most fascinating wilderness in the world
  • Exploring the Alakaluf fjord
  • Discover how the glaciers form and their influence in the natural features of the region’s channels
  • Visit to Magdalena island
  • This amazing Patogonia tour will start in Ushuaia, Argentina and end in Punta Arenas, Chile or in reverse order depending on the departure date.
Visits:
Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Top Chile Experiences and Attractions

Top Chile Experiences

Riding a cable car to reach the summit of Cerro San Cristobal hill

Seeing the largest penguin colonies in Los Pinguinos Natural Monument

Walking the cobblestone alleyways of Valparaiso and looking at its colorful houses

Taking a boat ride to view the San Rafael Glacier located within the Laguna San Rafael National Park

Looking at the sand dunes of Valle de la Luna

Trekking in Torres del Paine national park

Visiting Lauca National Park to see the Lago Chungara lake and dormant volcanoes: Volcan Parinacoa and Volcan Pomerape

Sand boarding in the Atacama desert

Exploring Pablo Neruda’s imaginative and whimsical homes

Meandering the open air art alleys of Valparaiso

Star gazing in the Elqui Valley

Spotting all kinds of diverse wildlife on nature excursions

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Chile Trip Reviews

766 Chile Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 577
Great 173
Average 8
Disappointing 4
Terrible 4
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Luggage Handling and follow up

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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Operator Holland America Line

Fantastic !!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

This was a great trip to Patagonia. A couple of the hiking days are strenuous, but the views at the end are spectacular. The camping days are more "glamping" than camping, with thick sleeping pads, warm sleeping bags, and hot meals in the dinning tent. The long travel day to Ushuaia was even enjoyable, with great scenery to past the time, along with a ferry ride across the Magellan Straight. And, to finish it all, penguins in Ushuaia. Take the trip !

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Operator Intrepid Travel

Very nice

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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Operator Special needs at Sea

What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.

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Operator Peregrine Adventures

Absolutely superb trip.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Absolutely superb trip. I would put this tour up there with the best I have ever done. The scenery is otherworldly and travelling in a small group (a driver, an English-speaking guide and 5 tourists) is perfect.
Would recommend to everyone who considering doing this. Yes, the accommodation is basic, it gets very cold at night (I was there in early October) and there are a couple of very early starts, but it is all part of the adventure!
I only have 2 negative comments:
1. Our guide was in a bad mood on the final day (we had our suspicions as to why this might be, but they were only suspicions, so it wouldn’t be right to mention them here) and was quite rude to the whole group – in particular to the 2 Swiss people, for no reason whatsoever.
2. Our guide insisted on taking the salt flats perspective photos with our phones – because “it is too complicated with cameras”, but this means we got rubbish photos, with either the foreground or the background out of focus. (My advice is to use your camera. Set it on aperture priority and use a high f-stop number – at least 9 – and set your focus to ‘wide’, not ‘centre’. Finally, don’t put the camera too close to whatever is in the foreground and don’t zoom. (OK, maybe he was right – that does sound a bit complicated, but if you do it right, you’ll get amazing photos!)
Finally, I’m glad I’d spent 3 days in San Pedro to acclimatise before doing this tour, as the altitude didn’t affect me at all.
Anyway, book this tour – you won’t regret it.

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Overall my experience with Acoss Argentina is excellent.

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
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I like the way they plan my 23 days trip to South America tour in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Although we can enjoy more in Brazil but we have only 3 days left before we go back to Manila. Since our tour was made from our own IT expectation and budget, Acriss Argentina was able to fulfill our dream vacation in South America. We will use tgis agency again when we explore Patagonia and Antartica.

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Chile Tours and Travel Guide

Chile Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Chile, which runs like a thin ribbon nearly 3,000 miles down the western coast of South America yet averages only about 100 miles in width, is blessed with a remarkable variety of notable geographic features.

Ocean coastline? Of course.

Andes Mountains? Look no further.

The world’s driest desert? Right here.

Beautiful lake country and offshore islands? Chile has both.

Vineyards? In abundance.

Patagonia? Shared with neighboring Argentina.

Cape Horn and Easter Island? Both part of Chile.

World-class cities? Start with Santiago and Valparaiso.

It all adds up to an indispensable destination in South America.

For a country that seems to be almost entirely coastline, Chile offers an unexpected range of modern cities, stunning wilderness, and a warm and vibrant culture, even as far South as freezing Patagonia. Traveling in this country is as much about rugged adventure as it is about world class dining and fine arts and there are tours that cover it all, from the Northern deserts to the shivering South of Patagonia.

Nature

For nature lovers who crave the most extreme and remote locations, Chile is ideal. With a stretch of 4,000 latitudinal miles, the climates and landscapes vary greatly. In the North, visit the Atacama Desert with its dry, otherworldly scenes of orange sand dunes and the rocky and desolate Moon Valley. Glistening white salt flats crunching underfoot and aquamarine salt flats in the middle of remote altiplanos are scenes from another planet entirely.

In central Chile lies the Elqui Valley, a lush, fertile valley strewn with vineyards and pisco production. By day, take a hiking tour or go to different pisco factories for tastings. However, the real surprise appears when the sun dips behind the mountains. As darkness spreads, so do the number of stars along the sky.

The valley has on average, 360 clear days a year, making it ideal for stargazing. Chile guided tours can take you to one of the many observatories or you can appreciate the celestial magnificence during a guided horseback ride. The layers upon layers of constellations are dizzying in this dark and silent valley.

Hiking Trails in Chile

Chile tops many a trekker’s bucket list and yet it can be daunting figuring out just where to go. Based on how long you have, your fitness level, your penchant for adventure, whether you want to camp or stay in luxury lodges and how independent you’d like to be, your Chile guided tour might include any of the following:

1. “W” Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park, four to five long, fairly strenuous hiking days and an easier trail than the full circuit

2. “O”Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park, eight days, covering even more lakes, mountains and glaciers than the “W” Circuit

3. Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park

4. Glacier El Morado, in Cajón del Maipo near Santiago, no more than four hours of hiking up through the Andes for a close-up look at the glacier (the hot springs at the trailhead are an added bonus!)

5. Villarrica Volcano, Pucón, an opportunity to trek up an active volcano (take advantage of the town’s myriad adventure activities, from whitewater rafting to mountain biking to kayaking)

6. Valle de la Luna, in San Pedro de Atacama, a moon-like landscape that truly transports you to another world

7. Kari Gorge, in San Pedro Atacama, a complementary trek to Valle de la Luna, with its out-of-this-world landscape of sand dunes, red cliffs and a desolate gorge that winds on for miles

Chilean Wildlife

Here in the “spine of South America,” a diverse landscape allows for many distinct ecosystems and therefore a wide range of wildlife. Ever seen a penguin outside of a zoo? Now’s your chance. Hoping to add the prized Diademed Sandpiper-Plover to your life list? Give it a try here. From flamingos to elephant seals, Darwin’s fox to the elusive puma, a rich wildlife population makes the pristine landscapes of Chile its home.

In mighty Torres del Paine National Park, search for guanaco and the Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world. In Patagonia, and particularly on Isla Magdelena, get to know a Magellanic penguin and its thousands of mates. And who can resist taking (too) many photos of the pudú, a tiny deer (in fact, the smallest deer in the world) that lives deep in the forests of southern Chile.

5 Great Places to Spot Wildlife in Chile

Grab your camera equipment and head to these five top spots in Chile to glimpse the local wildlife in its natural habitat:

1. Atacama Desert, home to the undeniably photogenic Humboldt penguins; light and dark brown guanacos and vicunas, relatives of the llama and alpaca; the Andean American gray fox; salt flat lizards; and three species of flamingo, which make their home on the Atacama salt flats and in the Los Flamencos National Reserve.

2. The Lake District, where you may be lucky enough to spot Darwin’s frog, an odd little creature that could easily be mistaken for a dead leaf. Keep a trained eye out for the slender-billed parakeet, distinguished by its bright green body, red tail feathers and blue wings.

3. Torres del Paine, like the Atacama, is home to guanaco and the Andean gray fox, plus the daunting Patagonian puma and Andean condor (largest of any land bird).

4. Río Los Cipreses National Reserve, home to the majestic condor, small herds of guanaco and the fascinating burrowing parrot.

5. Tierra del Fuego, the rugged and southernmost spot on the planet, home to Magellanic penguins, the only colony of King penguins in the Americas and a new colony of black-browed albatross.

And a bonus! Take the ferry from the mainland to Chiloe, where around a decade ago, scientists discovered hundreds of blue whales in the waters around the island. Keep an eye out, also, for Humboldt and Magellanic penguins, and the Southern river otter, the rarest otter species on Earth.

Chile Patagonia Tours 

Patagonia is a dream for serious trekkers and adventure seekers. This is a land of vast, untouched landscapes and lonely gauchos, riding for miles across freezing deserts, their breaths fogging the pure mountain air in front of their noses. Here, you can trek for days, marveling at novel sights like massive glacier walls or scraggy mountain peaks reflecting the pink orange hues of the sunrise.

Patagonia spans an area of over 400,000 square miles (which is larger than the entire United Kingdom), which means you have dozens of options for things to see and do, and how to get between destinations. Some of the most popular sites include the two, world-class national parks Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares.

The two are physically close to each other, and are often combined on many group tours of Patagonia. If luxury accommodation and good meals are somethingy ou care about, then you should consider spending most of your time in this area: it is well developed, and there many beautiful lodges, hotels, and restaurants for tourists.The farther south you go, the more rugged Patagonia becomes.

The coast of Patagonia is an oft-forgotten bonus. Home to some of the best whale watching on the planet, with gorgeous, desolate fjords framing your view. If wildlife is one of your main interests, Patagonia's coastline is also home to year-round populations of killer whales, elephant seals, fur seals, dolphins, sea lions, and even penguins. 

Can’t-Miss Chilean Cuisine

All that outdoor adventure on your Chile guided tour is sure to leave you with a hearty appetite and fortunately, the country’s niche cuisine won’t disappoint. Flavorful, farm-to-table meals mainly comprised of meat, seafood and veggies will satisfy any palate - be sure to wash it down with one of the many remarkable local wines or a tangy pisco sour, a local specialty.

Dive into these dishes on your next Chile tour:

1. Empanadas are decadent, doughy and delicious, typically filled with cheese, seafood, beef and onion.

2. Humitas, also known as Chilean tamales. These can be sweet or savory - look for them in most corner markets, stuffed with corn, basil, onion and ground paprika and tied up with thread or twine.

3. Pastel de Choclo combines the Spanish empanada and Andean humita, resulting in a sweet and savory corn pudding full of beef, olives, onions, egg and raisins.

4. Asado, a must for lovers of barbecue. Beef, pork, mutton or chicken is prepared over charcoal for several hours, resulting in a slow-roasted, succulent treat.

5. Charquican stew, a traditional recipe passed down through generations, prepared from dry preserved meat and pumpkin. It’s not only delicious, but this favorite Chilean comfort food is high in nutritional value as well!

6. Chorillana, a popular Chilean fast food. Take a heaping pile of French fries and pile on sauteed beef, onions, sausages and fried egg. It’s found in almost every bar in Chile - don’t leave without trying it!

What to wash it all down with? Chilean wine, of course. The award-winning vintages of the Colchagua Valley make for one of the best wine lists in the world.

A few to put on your must-taste list: Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (named best Chilean winery for 2017), Montes Folly Syrah 2010, considered Chile’s best, and Concha y Toro Don Melchor “Puente Alto Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.

Top Chile Cities

Yes, Chile is a stunning outdoor adventurer’s dream, but what about those of us who also enjoy a sophisticated city with energetic nightlife, worldly dining and a cosmopolitan vibe? Look no farther than Santiago and Valparaiso.

1. Santiago is a boon for museum-lovers, art aficionados and finicky foodies. One can spend days strolling through its many distinct neighborhoods, breaking for alfresco picnics in one of the verdant hillside parks (most within view of the heaven-piercing Andes). Santiago’s bohemian district, Barrio Bellavista, shines with exuberant vitality.

These tree-lined, mural-dotted streets are where Chilean artists and intellectuals live and play. Sit at a sidewalk café, snacking on sopapillas and sipping on a terremoto (literally, earthquake), made from sweet wine and pineapple ice cream. The hum of art and music vibrating from open galleries and bars is palpable as you saunter down the rows of venues, looking for your next drink, and the next dance.

One can’t miss Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago’s largest park - you don’t even need walk the whole thing. Instead, hope onto the funicular or the cable car, on opposing sides of the park, to whisk you off to different sections.

2. Valparaiso, while smaller in scale, is equally as enchanting as Santiago, particularly for lovers of art and boho. This port town is comprised of steeps hills jutting almost immediately from the shoreline. Many brightly colored boxy houses are stacked one on top of the other, lackadaisically, all along the hills, tilting so perilously on stilts, like a child’s imaginative diorama.

Here, high up on a ridge overlooking the entire town and the endless stretch of the Pacific Ocean, is where Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda’s house sits. His house is a curiosity in itself, giving you a little more insight into this poet’s world, a fantastical, whimsical dream. Making your way back down the steep streets, you are surrounded by brilliant murals, taking up entire walls. Each turn, another piece of art made for and by the public.

Visiting Easter Island

If time allows, including a trip to Easter Island and Rapa Nui National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) as part of your Chile guided tour will prove not only worthwhile, but magical - a hefty undertaking for a remote destination 2,000 miles off the western coast of Chile.

The mystical island, also known as Rapa Nui, is just 63 square miles, yet packed full of wonder with its volcanic cones, steep cliffs, rocky coves dotted with megalithic statues.

Explore approximately 900 maoi statues, or Easter Island Heads, as they’re often called, photograph wild horses running unfettered across the rolling hillsides and embrace the lack of dependable WiFi - if ever there’s a time to be disconnected, this is it.

Getting the Most Out of Easter Island

How did the Rapa Nui construct these enormous monuments - on average 13 feet tall and weighing 14 tons? Why did they move them about the island and place them where they did? Why did they ultimately topple them?

And, come to think of it, how and when did the first people arrive on the island? For those with a penchant for archaeology and ancient history, Easter Island is a boon of questions, observations and hypotheses. It is generally believed in academia that the statues were meant to honor ancestors or chiefs, but the truth, while out there, isn’t clear, given the lack of written or oral history about the island itself.

Armchair archaeologists and hobbyist historians will find much to marvel at as one explores the Rano Raraku quarry, where most of the stone came from for the moai. The quarry is home to nearly 400 statues, all in various stages of completion. On a more somber note, the time to visit is now … many of the maoi are rapidly deteriorating, erasing detailed carvings and morphing into plain volcanic rock due to weathering and climate change.

Why the Hats?

Why is it that some of the maoi statues don hats of red stone? Recent research has led scientists to believe that the island inhabitants discovered a quarry where they mined red volcanic pumice. The hats may have first been carved between 1200 and 1300 and likely represent a plait, or top knot, worn by chieftains who were engaged in a struggle of dominance. Just one more piece of the puzzle that is Easter Island.

How to Get to Easter Island

While it’s certainly easier for modern visitors to approach Easter Island than it was for the ancient Rapa Nui people, there’s no denying that the island is, well, far from anything. Hours-long flights depart from Santiago, Chile and Tahiti, bound for this mystical isle. Once there, most visitors get around by hired car, motorcycle or mountain bike.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Common Chile Guided Tour Lengths

Thanks to a superior transit system within this region of South America, tours to Chile can include several areas of the country in one go, whether you have one week or four. To get a solid feel for the country and its remarkable geography and fascinating culture, it’s wise to at least plan for ten days at a minimum. That said, if you have two to four weeks open on your calendar, you will certainly be able to fill it here!

Physical Requirements for Chile Guided Tours

Depending on your goals for your Chile guided tour, your physical fitness requirements may vary. Of course, if you’re planning to tackle many miles of trekking in Torres del Paine National Park or sandboarding in the Atacama Desert, you’ll be most comfortable if you are a regular exerciser back home.

Less physically demanding activities abound, however, and are suitable for those who are comfortable walking for a couple hours each day. This might include walking along Valparaiso’s cobblestone alleyways, zooming up to the summit of Santiago’s Cerro San Cristobal Hill by cable car and boating in to view the San Rafael Glacier.

Top Chile Destinations

In a country this vast and varied, Chile guided tours are a valuable way to take it all in … or at least as much as your time allows. Look for tours that include many of the following: Torres del Paine National Park, San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago, the vineyards of Colchagua and Millahue Valley, the Vina del Mar coastline and, if time allows, Easter Island.

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