Your day-by-day itinerary
Take a Break Amongst the Vineyards
From Santiago you’ll travel to the Maipo Valley; a wine valley about an hour’s drive from the capital. We’ll arrange for a transfer to take you directly to your simple but cosy B&B with its own swimming pool and views of the Andean peaks. There are no tours planned during your stay, so you can do as you please. Cycle through the vineyards or book a wine tour to sample some of the local produce.
Zigzagging through Volcano Valleys
Chile’s roads are easily accessible, clearly marked with road signs and the route from Temuco to Puerto Montt is especially nice to drive along. From Temuco you’ll drive off to Pucon, a town nestled between Villarica volcano and a volcanic lake. You’ll stay in a guest house outside the town centre and the next day you’ll join a small group of international travellers on a hike round the volcano.
The journey to Puyehue will be a long day, but also one of the most memorable. Our driving directions will take you to small towns, past lakes and volcanoes. Once you reach Puyehue, you’ll receive a warm welcome and dinner served with an incredible view of the volcano. The following morning, when it’s time to leave, you’ve only got a 4-5 hour drive to Puerto Varas. You’ll stay in a cosy guest house just 5 mins from the centre of Puerto Varas. Most of the following day is free time to see and do what you want.
Penguins at the Edge of the World
This Chile trip will take you to the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia in search of penguins. Punta Arenas town has a rugged sea port atmosphere, brightly coloured houses and a fascinating history. During your stay you’ll go on a boat trip to see a huge colony of Magellanic penguins.
In Torres del Paine you’ll find yourself in the middle of the rugged and pristine landscapes of Patagonia where you can take a tough hike to the iconic granite pillars that dominate this vast landscape or a light trek to freezing glaciers. Hop in your hire car and discover the dramatic beauty of this magical place, where you can experience three seasons in the space of a day.
Bohemian Hills of Valparaíso
The maze of cobbled streets and colourful buildings give Valparaiso an endearing, bohemian charm. Climb up the steep hillsides and absorb the impressive vistas laid out before you. During your stay we’ll arrange for an English-speaking guide to take you round the city by foot and public transport. You’ll stay in a small hotel, a converted house, in the hills above the port.