Day 1 - Arrive Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago and check in to your hotel. This afternoon,
remain at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at the home of an art lover and
chef. Relish every moment as she 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 lively conversation to be savored.
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 a delicious lunch served by the vineyard’s
chef. As you explore the winery, learn about each stage of the
winemaking process as well as the challenges of managing
a biodynamic farm. Return to your hotel, stopping to view the vividly colorful and wildly inventive street art that has
revitalized the look of buildings throughout Santiago’s
Day 3 - Parque Futangue
Fly to Osorno and transfer to your luxurious
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
simply relax or opt for one of the included activities offered
by your lodge, such as sightseeing at forest-lined Los Coipos
Lake or a horseback ride through the flowered meadows of
the Trahuilco River valley.
Day 4 - Parque Futangue
This morning, 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 Riñiñahue Falls. Stop amid the stunning
surroundings for a tasting of Chilean Pisco and wines. This
afternoon, choose from two different activities available
for your group. Explore the impressive greenhouses of the
Futangue Hotel to learn how they produce and harvest a
large proportion of the vegetables used in their kitchen.
Their hydroponic system, which grows plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent,
is unique in Chile. Listen to an explanation of the cultivation
process and pick some vegetables for your dinner tonight.
Alternatively, you may choose to set out for an afternoon
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.
Day 5 - Parque Futangue
Indulge in a full day at your leisure, relaxing around the
lodge, or customize your adventure by taking your choice
of half-day and full-day activities operated within the park.
You may opt to kayak on scenic Pichi Lake or discover it
from another perspective as you cycle along its shores. You
may even want to go fly-fishing (for an additional cost), just
one of many options available. Later, return to your lodge for
some free time, and then gather tonight for dinner.
Day 6 - San Pedro de Atacama
Fly to the northern 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 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 Hierbas Buenas region,
where you view petroglyphs thousands of years old that
depict scenes of local shepherds and the growth of the
farming communities. Pause for an al fresco breakfast
in this beautiful location, with time to take in its rugged
natural beauty. This afternoon, explore the pre-Columbian
archaeological site of Pucará de Quitor, a mud-and-stone
fortress dating from the 12th century. Built by the
atacameños, it offers commanding views over the San Pedro
River valley. Walk its ruins and imagine the valiant battles
once fought upon its weathered ramparts. 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 - Depart Santiago
Enjoy a morning at leisure, free to simply relax or take
advantage of one of the half-day activities available at Alto
Atacama. Later, transfer to Calama airport to fly to Santiago,
and then board your departing flight home.