Day 1 - Arrive Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago, the dynamic capital of Chile, where you
are met and transferred to your hotel, enjoying guaranteed
early check-in. This afternoon, remain at leisure to relax
or explore the city on your own. Tonight, after a welcome
briefing, enjoy dinner at the private home of an art lover and
chef who has appeared on MasterChef Chile, a nationally
viewed competitive cooking television show. 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, set out on a walking tour of Santiago with
a local expert guide. Stroll the streets and neighborhoods,
marveling at the outstanding architecture, inspired by the art
and culture you encounter. Begin in front of the presidential
palace, La Moneda, and proceed to the historical Court
of Justice and National Congress to reach the Plaza de
Armas. Proceed to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art for
an introduction to the main pieces of the collection. Next, drive out into the countryside to the nearby wine district,
for a visit to a vineyard, where you sample the organic and
biodynamic wines produced on site. Enjoy a Chef ’s Table
experience with a delicious lunch served by the vineyard’s
chef. Afterward, tour the winery to learn about each stage
of the winemaking process as well as the challenges of
managing a biodynamic farm. Enjoy a brief street art tour in
Santiago’s Bellavista neighborhood before returning to your
Day 3 - Pucón
This morning, fly to Temuco, gateway to the gorgeous
Chilean Lake District. Proceed overland to Pucón, a lakeside
town surrounded by forested hills, to check in to your
luxurious hotel. Set in an idyllic location, on a sprawling
estate in a park on the shores of the Liucura River, it is
surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. It is adorned with
natural lagoons, flowing rivers and sensational views, and
boasts a modern working farm and an organic vegetable
garden on site. The Lake District, known locally as Los
Lagos, is exceptional in its beauty, even for a country such
as Chile that is noted for its stunning scenery. The white of
the snow on the region’s conical volcanic peaks contrasts vividly with the clear, blue-green glacial water that fills its
many lakes. Picturesque villages and vast swaths of rugged
forest beckon visitors to set out to explore it in a variety
of ways including walking, biking and horseback riding.
Tonight, enjoy a private wine tasting at your hotel, hosted by
a sommelier, an exclusive way to experience the region’s most
Day 5 - Pucón
During your two-day stay here, experience the natural beauty
of the hotel’s pristine surroundings. Enjoy a spectacular array of curated cultural activities and outdoor excursions.
Privately tour a cheese factory to see what goes into creating
its premium Parmesan, Gruyère and Camembert, and marvel
at the massive wheels of aging cheese on display. You may
also create your own exciting adventure as you select from
a wide range of inspiring experiences, perhaps setting out
to discover the mystic ambience of the ancient Mapuche
territories on your own. Extending from southern Chile into
western Argentina, this area remains the home of Chile’s
indigenous peoples, whose collective history dates back to
600 BC. Or choose from more active options, such as rafting on the Trancura River, floating on Villarrica Lake, trekking
in the Cordilleras or hiking in a nearby natural park. On the
evening of Day 5, savor a private dinner that features a chef-led
cooking demonstration just for your group.
Day 6 - San Pedro de Atacama
Fly to the northern Chilean town of Calama via Santiago.
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your amazing
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. In the late
afternoon, enjoy a private excursion to the Valley of the
Moon, a spectacular geological formation created through
the conflicting pressure of the Andes and Domeyko
Cordillera. Refresh with a cocktail, enjoying a Scenic
Sundowner as the setting sun paints the stark surroundings
in flaming oranges and pinks.
Day 7 - San Pedro de Atacama
Early this morning, enjoy a private breakfast in the beautiful,
natural location of Laguna Tebinquinche, sitting beside its
crystal clear salt waters, surrounded by imposing mountains,
to witness the intense contrast of color, texture and shadow
of a high Andean sunrise. Watch as the landscape appears
to shift and change as the sun rises and the light levels
move across the plains. Later, enjoy 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.
Additional activity options are also available. Tonight, take
advantage of one of the best locations on earth for stargazing,
beholding the spectacular majesty of the Milky Way through
some of the clearest skies in the world.
Day 8 - San Pedro de Atacama
Today, visit the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Pucará
Quitor, a mud and stone fortress dating from the 12th
century. Built by the local atacameños to defend themselves
from attack by other towns and, later, the invading Spanish,
it offers commanding views over the San Pedro River valley.
Walk its ruins and perhaps imagine the valiant battles once
fought upon its weathered ramparts. This afternoon, relax at
your leisure or select from the variety of included excursions available, such as biking, a trek of the Catarpe Valley or a
guided hike up to the Toco Volcano. This evening, visit the
picturesque town of San Pedro de Atacama before your
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. Eat lunch at your lodge. Later, transfer to Calama
airport to fly to Santiago, and then board your departing