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Chile: Cities, Lakes & Volcanoes tour

Chile: Cities, Lakes & Volcanoes

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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
7 days
From: $ 2,432 $ 347 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the awe-inspiring sight of not merely one, but four snow-capped volcanoes! See Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador on this magical journey.
  • Embark on an informative, yet entertaining tour of Santiago's historical downtown!
  • Float on top of sparkling lakes and watch the rush of glistening waterfalls on your excursion to Peulla.
  • Wander around the colorful, cafe-lined streets of Santiago's artsy Bellavista neighborhood. Yes, Pablo Neruda really did live there, and you can visit his amazing former home!
  • Try Chilean favorites like asado, empanadas, cazuela - and of course - tres leches cake for dessert.

Short Description

Picture this: you're walking down a colorful street in Santiago. The smell of sizzling empanadas is making you hungry, friendly vendors are selling colorful artwork, and you turn around and see the majestic Andes in the distance. Now, add in towering snow-capped volcanoes, boat rides atop glistening lakes, majestic waterfalls. The best part? It's not too good to be true! On this amazing vacation package, explore the spectacular city of Santiago, then immerse yourself in the picture-perfect natural beauty of Puerto Varas and Peulla, all in one trip.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Santiago
End City Chile

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Santiago (SCL)
  • All airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Santiago at the Hotel Torremayor Lyon, or similar
  • Santiago Historical Downtown City Tour
  • One-way, economy class flight from Santiago (SCL) to Puerto Montt (PMC)
  • Private city tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas (en-route from airport to Puerto Varas hotel)
  • 2 nights in Puerto Varas at Cabana del Lago, or similar
  • Peulla Excursion
  • Lunch in Peulla
  • One-way, economy class flight from Puerto Montt (PMC) to Santiago (SCL)
  • 1 night in Santiago at the Hotel Torremayor Lyon, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Santiago!

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

Touch down in the sunny city of Santiago! Immerse yourself in fascinating history, colonial architecture, and sweeping natural beauty in Chile's capital and largest city. Feel your eyes widen as you gawk at the sight of the majestic snow-capped Andes that surround the vibrant city.

Enjoy a comfortable ride to your first luxurious hotel and check-in. Once you're all settled, start exploring! Head to the upscale neighborhood of Providencia and treat yourself to a decadent first-night dinner. Try some traditional Chilean favorites, like Pastel de Choclo or Cazuela, a hearty homemade stew!

Transfer from Santiago airport (SCL) to Santiago hotel

Day 2: Santiago

Wake up smiling, enjoy breakfast, and get ready for your first fun-filled day in Chile! Grab your camera and embark on a tour of Santiago's historical downtown. Explore the Plaza de Armas, City Hall, the Cathedral, and much more.

After the tour, consider roaming around Santiago's artsy, bright Bellavista neighborhood. Discover unique street art, browse around handmade craft shops, and indulge in some tasty snacks at authentic empanada joints!

Santiago Historical Downtown City Tour

Explore Santiago, Chile's capital, which is nestled in the central valley, right below the majestic Andes. Feel the legacy of the "Mapuche" natives, who inhabited this land during the Pre-Colombian era, as well as the modernity of a thriving, booming city. Stroll along beautiful streets, visit interesting museums, admire amazing architecture, and learn all about the city's fascinating history.

Depart from your hotel and get ready to explore! Journey towards the city center, where you will see all of the main attractions. You will visit the Plaza de Armas, where you'll see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building, the National History Museum, and more! Stand in awe of the gorgeous Government Palace, where you'll have the opportunity to walk through some of the most traditional streets and neighborhoods in Chile.

The fun's not over yet! Head uptown along the Costanera Highway until you reach the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Cordova Avenue. Check out the FABA handicraft shop, which specializes in lapis lazuli jewelry, a semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan. To conclude a fabulous tour, enjoy a traditional pisco sour while appreciating the beautiful spectacle of colorful jewelry.

Day 3: Santiago

Ahh, a day at leisure to relax in Santiago - what could be better? Recharge with a pleasant breakfast, then venture out!

Today, head to the Central Market (Mercado Central) and walk through stalls and stands of fresh seafood, local delicacies, and fresh produce and spices. This market is more than just a place to shop; it's a colorful spectacle of art and culture!

Are you a literature lover? If so, check out La Chascona, the former residence of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda! Visit this home-turned-museum on your own, or splurge for a guided tour. The building's unique architecture and wacky shapes and colors will make you feel like you're in a wonderland of creativity!

In the afternoon, make your way to Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia) and/or St. Christopher Hill (Cerro San Cristobal). These beyond-gorgeous hilltop parks boast some of the best views in Santiago, so make sure your camera is fully charged! Feast your eyes on an unforgettable sunset over the city's surrounding mountainscape.

Day 4: Santiago - Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Cabana del Lago

Say "see ya" to Santiago (for now) and jet off to the bright blue lakeside city of Puerto Varas! Nestled on the banks of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas boasts quaint German-style architecture, which is reflective of its colonial past! In this picturesque city, you'll feel overwhelmed by the beauty of the picture-perfect snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco Volcanos that can be seen from every angle.

On the way to your hotel, enjoy an included private city tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas! After the tour, check-in to your hotel and take delight in a lovely evening at leisure.

Transfer from Santiago hotel to Santiago airport (SCL)

Fly to Puerto Varas!

Transfer from Puerto Montt airport (PMC) to Puerto Varas hotel

Private city tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas (en-route from airport to Puerto Varas hotel)

Explore Puerto Varas, known as the "City of Roses." The city is famous for its German traditions mixed with Chilean culture, and some of its highlights are the wooden architecture, local food and crafts, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and Costanera Avenue.

The tour continues to Puerto Montt, the region's capital and a commercial and fishing center. As you tour the city, located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy panoramic views of the bay and Tenglo Bay. In Puerto Montt, see the cathedral, the colorful seafood market where fishermen going about their daily business, and the handicrafts market of Angelmó with a variety of copper, wool, wood and lapis lazuli products.

Day 5: Puerto Varas

Refuel with a yummy breakfast, then look forward to a day of volcanoes, lakes, and waterfalls! Embark on an unforgettable excursion to Peulla, where you'll sail atop picturesque Lake Santos and see several active volcanoes up-close!

Peulla Excursion with lunch

Grab your camera and get ready for a day of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and local cuisine. Depart from your hotel in Puerto Varas and head towards the south shore of Lake Llanquihue until you reach Vincente Perez Rosales Park, where you'll appreciate the sparkling spectacle of Petrohue River Falls! Watch the river water flow over the volcanic lava rocks, creating a true feast for the eyes.

Next stop, Peulla, a small ecological village of 120 inhabitants! Sail on the glistening waters of Todos Los Santos Lake for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, where you'll spot the impressive Osorno, Puntiagudo, and Tronador Volcanoes. In Peulla, you'll have the chance to partake in some outdoor activities, visit the Bridal Veil waterfall, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Day 6: Puerto Varas – Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

After breakfast, hop on a quick flight back to Santiago. Once you're all re-settled into your hotel, spend your last full day in Chile discovering new treasures, or revisiting your favorite sites!

Santiago is filled with interesting museums, like the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the National Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (free). Get your history on and check them out!

Unwind with a glass of local wine and treat yourself to a delicious last night meal.

Transfer from Puerto Varas hotel to Puerto Montt airport (PMC)

Fly to Santiago!

Transfer from Santiago airport (SCL) to Santiago hotel

Day 7: Depart Chile

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and enjoy a convenient ride to the airport. As you take off, wave goodbye to Chile, then spend the flight home dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer from Santiago hotel to Santiago airport (SCL)

Fly home!

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