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Si! Chile (16 days)

Ladatco Tours

Santiago, Chile To San Antonio, Chile

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Santiago, Chile
Singular Santiago Breakfast

Morning arrival in Santiago. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the Singular Santiago in the heart of the friendly Lastarria for immediate check-in and two night stay. Afternoon city tour of Santiago, fourth largest city in South America and beautifully set among a backdrop of the snowcapped Andes. Visit the highlights including the Club Hipico, the area of "La Moneda" government palace with statues of national heroes of the early Independence years; historic Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, Post Office and National Museum, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, with one of the most complete collections of ceramics, ancient textiles and relics of American culture, among other places of interest.

Day 2
Santiago, Chile
Singular Santiago Breakfast, Lunch

Today you'll enjoy a full day's excursion to the twin cities of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Begin with a scenic 90 minute drive west to these coastal cities. Vina del Mar is a popular seaside resort and Valparaiso, Vina's neighbor, has been named by UNESCO as a "Patrimony of Mankind". Visit the main points of interest in Vina and then continue to Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a sheer surprise and long overlooked. It is built on a series of hills and has narrow winding streets, houses that seem to cling to the hillsides, unique architecture, many hip restaurants and clubs. Historic cable-cars are still a popular means of transportation from the sea level town below to these bustling neighborhoods. Enjoy lunch at one of the popular restaurants and late afternoon return drive to Santiago.

Day 3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Calama, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning pick up at your hotel by your private car and guide for transfer to the airport for flight north to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert, considered one of the driest deserts on earth. Meeting by staff from the Alto Atacama and drive about 90 minutes by hotel van into the heart of the desert to the town of San Pedro de Atacama for a four night stay at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa. This afternoon you'll have your first chance to begin visiting the area.

During your stay you will enjoy all meals, an open bar and a daily menu of activities and excursions including biking, hiking, and visits to main points of interest in the area such as the Salt Flats, the geysers and the town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will choose from the menu of excursions as offered by Alto Atacama.

Day 5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Again today you can choose from the menu of excursions as offered by Alto Atacama.

Day 6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last day to explore the area Alto Atacama style.

Day 7
Santiago, Chile
Calama, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Ritz Carlton Breakfast

At the appropriate time Alto Atacama will transfer you back to the Calama airport for your flight south to Santiago. Meeting and transfer to the Ritz Carlton in the heart of the city for overnight stay.

Day 8
Puerto Varas, Chile
Puerto Montt, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Radisson Puerto Varas Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for flight south to Puerto Montt, gateway to the scenic Lake District of Chile. Meeting upon arrival and visit the main points of interest in Puerto Montt including Angelmo's fish market and colorful handicraft market. Then transfer 40 minutes north to Puerto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue with snow-capped Osorno Volcano as a backdrop. You'll stay two nights in a Superior Lake View room at the Radisson Puerto Varas.

Day 9
Puerto Varas, Chile
Radisson Puerto Varas Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day exploring this side of the Lake District. Visit the highlights of Puerto Varas, often called The City of Roses. Enjoy a drive along scenic Lake Llanquihue with a visit to the monument to the first settlers, en route to Frutillar where you will visit this picturesque city and its small but excellent museum. Frutillar was settled by the Germans and has a distinct alpine atmosphere. Then continue on to Octay on the Centinela Peninsula. Lunch is included en route today.

Day 10
Puerto Varas, Chile
Radisson Puerto Varas Breakfast, Lunch

Today you'll enjoy a day trip to the island of Chiloe. Drive from Puerto Varas to the ferry port for an hour's crossing to Chiloe. Then drive to Ancud, on the north coast 30 km west of the Strait of Chacao. Founded in 1767 to guard the shipping route, it was defended by two fortresses on opposite sides of the bay. Visit the San Antonio Fort built in 1770, and the Museo Regional with an interesting collection of artifacts from Chiloe's early history. The Jesuits arrived on Chiloe in 1608 and by the time they were expelled in 1767 the island had 69 churches. The island is famous for its traditional handicrafts, woolens and basketware. Visit all the main points of interest and enjoy lunch before return ferry and drive back to Puerto Varas.

Day 11
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
Puerto Montt, Chile
Puerto Varas, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer to Puerto Montt for flight south along the Andes to Punta Arenas where you will be met by the staff of Tierra Patagonia for the five hour transfer to the edge of Paine Towers National Park, one of the icons of Patagonia, and without a doubt, one of the most spectacular mountain areas on earth. In the center of the park is a granite massif from which rise the Torres (Towers) and the Cuernos (Horns) of Paine, oddly shaped peaks of over 2,600 meters. There are 15 peaks in the park above 2000 meters, the highest of which is Cerro Paine Grande. The valleys are filled with beautiful lakes and the enormous Campo de Hielo Sur icecap gives the park four main glaciers: Grey, Dickson, Zapata and Tyndall. Two other glaciers descend from the west side of the central massif. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park (105 species of birds, 25 species of mammals and over 200 species of plants) due to a micro-climate especially favorable to plants and wildlife. You'll spend four nights at the Tierra Patagonia.

Please NOTE: During your stay you will enjoy all meals, an open bar and a daily menu of excursions. Each night the guides will discuss the options for activities the next day. They range from half day, easy excursions to full day, difficult excursions and include walks, hikes, treks, horseback riding and motor launch excursions. The excursions are designed to give you ample time to explore the beauties of the park. Be sure to include a visit to Estancia Cerro Guido, an authentic still working Patagonia Estancia for an opportunity to learn about life in this remote part of the world.

Day 12
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia. You have options both inside and outside of the park.

Day 13
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day to enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia.

Day 14
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day to enjoy activities and excursions as offered by Tierra Patagonia.

Day 15
San Antonio, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
La Casona Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer by Tierra Patagonia van for the five hour drive south along the rolling steppes of Patagonia to Punta Arenas airport where you catch your flight north along the Andes to Santiago. Meeting upon arrival in Santiago and transfer a little over an hour south to the San Antonio Valley and the charming La Casona, guesthouse for Matetic Winery, for a one night stay.

Day 16
Santiago, Chile
San Antonio, Chile
None Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing morning at La Casona, have lunch and then depart to the coast and the town of Isla Negra, a quiet summer resort made famous by the Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda who arrived there in the 40's and made it his home. Here you will visit his home, today a museum, declared a Historical Monument in 1990. In it the poet kept thousand of objects collected during his trips from all over the world, among them large shells, large bows masks, bottles, books, etc. Late afternoon return drive to the Santiago airport to check-in for your departure flight.

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Description

Highlights:


  • Santiago

  • Atacama Desert

  • Scenic Lake District

  • Spectacular Paine Towers National Park

  • Matetic boutique vineyard

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:

CANCELLATION FEES - LAND & CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS:

CANCELED BETWEEN FEES PER PERSON

Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.



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By: RBW


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Linda

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy


Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Quito

By: anonymous


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott

PERU

By: NANCY S


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

THEY WERE ALWAYS ON TIME AND VERY FRIENDLY AND INFORMED ON HISTORY AND OUR INTINERY. THE DRIVERS WERE EXTREMELY GOOD. THE GUIDES MADE ALL OUR ADVENTURES WELL INFORMED.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu


Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Peru

By: Doug


Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel