Day 1 - Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago and check in to your hotel. Remain at
leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. Tonight,
enjoy dinner at the home of a local chef. Relish every
moment as he delights you with dishes prepared with locally
sourced ingredients and paired with superb Chilean wines —
a firsthand introduction to life in Chile, with great food and
Day 2 - Santiago
This morning, walk the streets and neighborhoods of
Santiago with a local expert, marveling at the outstanding
architecture, inspired by the art and culture you encounter.
Leave the city behind and drive out into the countryside
to the nearby wine district and visit a vineyard to sample
their organic and biodynamic wines. Savor a Chef ’s Table
experience, with lunch served by the vineyard’s chef. As you
explore the winery, learn about each stage of the winemaking
process and the challenges of managing a biodynamic farm.
Return to your hotel, stopping to view the vividly colorful
and wildly inventive street art of the Museo a Cielo Abierto
en San Miguel.
Day 3 - Parque Futangue
Fly to Osorno and transfer to your accommodations set in
the Valdivian temperate rainforest, a unique and species-rich
ecoregion that until recently lay isolated from only
the most intrepid explorer. Prepare for an active three days
of total immersion in this unspoiled wilderness, ranging
through breathtaking natural landscapes, including vast
expanses of pristine native forests and majestic mountains.
Venture among beautiful lakes, turquoise waterfalls and
spectacular lava fields. This remote and once-impenetrable
land now hosts a network of exclusive hiking trails, so you
can encounter nature firsthand like never before. Enjoy this
afternoon at leisure, free to relax and settle into your new
Day 4 - Parque Futangue
This morning, wind your way into the majestic native forest
until reaching Pichi Lake, set at the foot of an amphitheater
of mountains and waterfalls. Hike to the nearest lookout
points to admire the richly forested landscapes, before
returning to your lodge for lunch. Afterward, set out into pristine Futangue Park, a private reserve hidden in the heart
of the rainforest, hiking past turquoise mountain lakes, on
a trekking excursion that leads you to sparkling Riñinahue
Falls. Stop amid the stunning surroundings for a tasting of
Chilean Pisco and wines.
Day 5 - Parque Futangue
Continue your exploration of Futangue Park with a special excursion, as you Ride like a Local, sailing along Ranco Lake (weather permitting), absorbing beautiful views of the coast and surrounding villages. You may also choose from active treks visiting Cerro Mayo or Cascade Trail. Return to your lodge for lunch and
rest. This afternoon, set out on an excursion in search of the
Darwin’s Frog, an endangered forest denizen named for the
famed naturalist. Endemic to the region, the tiny amphibian
is distinguished by its bright skin and an unusual way of
rearing its young: the male carries growing embryos in its
vocal sack until they are tadpoles ready to emerge. Later,
return to your lodge for some free time, and then gather
tonight for dinner.
Day 6 - San Pedro de Atacama
Fly to the remote Chilean town of Calama via Santiago,
where you are transferred to your lodge near the quaint oasis
town of San Pedro de Atacama. Surrounded and embraced
by the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), luxurious Alto
Atacama rests in the driest place on earth, the Atacama
Desert. Its design borrows from local architecture to help it
blend seamlessly into its surroundings. Appearing almost
as if it were part of the natural rock ridge looming over it,
it is a sanctuary of tranquility and quiet, offering its guests
sweeping desert views.
Day 7 - San Pedro de Atacama
This morning is at leisure to explore the area on one of these
Design your Day activities.
Mountain Bike Along Winding Paths and through the
gorges of Cordillera de la Sal, taking in the inspiring views.
Walk in the High Catarpe, experiencing scenic lookouts
and viewing age-old petroglyphs and rock carvings.
Take a Rock Art Excursion to explore caves and view the
mineral-colored hills and cliffs of the Rainbow Valley.
Return to your hotel for lunch, and then depart for the
Valley of the Moon, an amazing geological formation
created through the conflicting pressure of the Andes and
Domeyko Cordillera. Stop for a Scenic Sundowner at an overlook for breathtaking views of the region, as the sun sets over the Death Valley.
Tonight, dine at your hotel as a prelude to perhaps the most
spectacular stargazing opportunity of your life. The cloud-free
skies above the Atacama Desert and the relative lack
of development nearby make this one of the finest places in
the world for observing astronomical phenomena. Take a
short walk outside your hotel to join the on-site expert who
explains how the atacameños (people of the area) still use
the stars, constellations and moon to guide their agricultural
work and other aspects of daily life. As you listen, relax in
one of several chairs that encircle a telescope, gazing up at
the dazzling firmament overhead and enjoying the refreshing
night air. Then, take the opportunity for a closer look at
celestial bodies through the telescope, as your guide shares
insights into what you’re seeing.
Day 8 - San Pedro de Atacama
Rise early for an excursion to the Tatio Geyser, and then
pause for an al fresco breakfast at this beautiful locale,
surrounded by the Andes Mountain range on the high
plateau. This evening, visit the picturesque town of San
Pedro de Atacama, and later perhaps avail yourself of a final
opportunity to stargaze in this dark-sky region.
Day 9 - Santiago
Enjoy a morning at leisure, free to simply relax. Later, transfer to Calama Airport to fly to Santiago, and then board
your departing flight home.