A TWO WEEKS HOLIDAY ITINERARY TO CHILE SHARED BY TATIENNE

15 NIGHTS / 6 STOPS 

Stunning sceneries from north to south and pristine nature all in a single country



Tatienne is Belgian. A young dynamic woman in her late twenties, she works for a law office in Brussels. She considers every holiday an opportunity to escape a hectic work life and is lucky to have many friends willing to join her in crisscrossing the world: discovering new cultures, sharing quality time and reveling in beautiful nature are key ingredients of each vacation. Since she considers herself past the age of backpacking and of harsher holidays conditions she now seeks a modicum of comfort but, even more importantly, strives to be in contact with local people. That aspect makes her look for authenticity and variety when choosing accommodation.
Tatienne and her friend Sasha, both 28, planned a two-week trip to Chile in order to visit another girlfriend who had moved there for work. The exceptional geographical features of Chile, a long and narrow country stretching from Perú to Argentina (Cape Horn), with a 4,300 kilometer-long coast and an average width of 180 km, allows the traveler to discover an unbelievable variety of landscapes. That means there are plenty of things to do during a two-week trip that will take you from the desert in the north to amazing forests, mountains and lakes in the south, passing through all possible climates in one single country. During you visit you will also enjoy different scenes, alternating from a funky party atmosphere in Valparaíso, Santiago and Pucone to cosy mountain evenings around a pit fire, tasting different kinds of great cheese, ham and wine.

 

BRUSSELS – SANTIAGO
11 hours
$900 with Iberia with one stop in Madrid
DOMESTIC FLIGHT & CAR
1000 km in 15 days
11 hours on the road & 8 hours in the air (with domestic flights LATAM)
6 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL: $2025 / pp
 $ 700/pp  for 15 nights including breakfast
$900 Intl flight – $120 /pp domestic flights
$80 pp
$ 225 for 4 day trip in San Pedro de Atacama with Denomades agency
 
 
 
Variety of stunning sceneries in a single country

 Hotel Los Caiquenes, Puerto Varas in the south
Colorful Valparaiso
 Valle de la Luna
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Santiago
Guided walk tour
Barrio Italia
Providencia
Matetic vineyards

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1GrnCircleAIRPORT TO
SANTIAGO
 
 
 
30 min
Santiago
  • We stayed at our friend place in Providencia district. It’s located northeast of the center of Santiago. This very animated area offers you day and night a wide choice of  restaurants and bars. If you like to stay where everything happens, then Providencia is the perfect choice in Santiag
  • Our friend Cecile took us with her for a one day walking tour of Santiago. She proposes guided city tours. Santiago is huge and not very attractive at first sight. Therefore, we highly recommend to take a guide in order to see the best of the city in no time. Check Cecile’s website Wondercake for more details.
    The district we enjoyed the most was barrio Italia. Have a walk along this beautiful avenue full of delicious restaurants and original designer shops.
    Barrio Lastarria  is  an amazing district as well with plenty of charming restaurants.

SANTIAGO  TO
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
 
 
2h flight 
San Pedro de Atacama
  • We stayed for 5 days in San Pedro de Atacama in a nice hotel l’hostal pablito. For the region, this hotel was very high end. It even had a small swimming pool. we liked this hotel as it was slightly outside of the city center that is very very crowded.
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    There are plenty of day trips to be done from San Pedro de Atacama. Each of them enable you to discover another region and amazing landscapes: stunning desert, mountain lakes, wildlife, volcanoes….We went trough an agency called Denomades. We were very happy with this choice. The groups were not too big and we were transported in mini bus with maximum 10 people.

    San Pedro de Atacama doesn’t look very appealing at first sight as you only see a succession of grey and boring house walls. Enter inside each of them and enjoy the charming decoration and the everyday life of their inhabitants.

    Day 1: we went to Valle de la Luna and walked in the desert. It is like landing on the moon with this deserted landscape surrounded by volcanoes. We recommend you to plan a sunset trip to enjoy the festival of colors of the sun going down in the desert and admire how the colors evolve. You can also book an astronomic tour in the evening to watch the stars & planets.

    Day 2: visit of  Atacama Salt Flat, the largest salt flat in Chile Walk through the trails of the Chaxa Lagoon, habitat of the three flamingo species  and Toconao town, its San Lucas Church and its old orchards. The trip goes on to the Altiplano, where we will visit the Altiplanic Lagoons,placed at the foot of volcanoes and the Andes.

    Day 3 : Salar de Tara a salt desert in the Andes Mountain Range, the Pacana lookout and wel passed by the Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, known for its coloured waters

    Day 4: we went on El Tatio Geysers tour, a one-of-a-kind natural sight in the world, with 80 steaming geysers at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,780 ft.).  On the way back we stopped at the Putana River to observe the native flora and fauna of the area.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA TO
VALPARAISOS
 
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 1h40 flight + 1h30 car
Valparaisos
  • We stayed in a charming hotel in center of town. 

  • We wandered around this colorful city, full of graffitis, we ate nice dinners and just enjoyed the town. Watch out, although Vallparaiso is located at the seaside, there is no beaches around…Vina del Mar is the nearest beach, 10 km away the city center.

    We had dinner at Fauna Hotel. Book a table with an amazing view of Valparaiso.

VALPARAISOS TO
PUERTO VARAS
 
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1h30 by car + 1h40 flight
Puerto Varas
  • We stayed in Puerto Varas (we landed in Puerto Montt….we do not recommend to stay there as the town is really not worth the visit). We stayed first in Hotel Cabaña Del Lago and then we stayed one night in a very cosy and charming hotel called Hotel Los Caiquenes: fire place, good food, charming rooms!.  
  • We rented a car to discover this southern region of Chili. It was much easier as we could explore more hidden area of the national parks. The Sur Chico area is stunning with its lovely mountain range and lake shore. You can easily practice your favorite outdoor sport: mountain biking ski trekking, rafting, canyoning…there are hundreds of possibilities.
    We visited all the small villages along lake LLanquihue and Frutillar.
    We had a wonderful dinner at La Jardinera. Highly recommended.
PUERTO VARAS TO
PUCON
 
 
 
4h / 330 km
Pucon
  • We drove then to  Pucon, where we stayed in a very remote and rustic cottage, called Ecole …a former school but the name also stands for Eco (ecology) and Ole for fiesta ;-)) Hotel owners were really very nice and helpful. We loved this place.
  • This is a great place for outdoor activities, especially water sports. There are plenty of agencies that offers day tours: kayaking, hiking, fishing, rafting. You can also hike up to Villarica volcano summit of 2847 m.
PUCON  TO
SANTIAGO
 
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4h / 330 km + 2 hours flight
Vineyards
  • We stayed again at our friend place in Santiago.
  • We went back to Santiago for a couple of days. We went for a one-day tour in the vineyards, just one hour drive from Santiago. We visited Matetic vineyard.  Their restaurant was delicious as well. 
     

GOOD TO KNOW


  • This trip can be easily adapted for a family. As you move often from one place to another, it would be more suitable for kids aged 8 years and more.
  • Beware of heights sickness in certain areas.
  • If possible try to extend this trip to a 3 weeks trip to explore Patagonia in the south of the country
  • November to February is the best period to explore Chile.
  • This is an expensive country and prices would be similar to European prices
  • Especially San Pedro de Atacama is pretty touristy and expensive. Try to organise it yourselves outside of the touristy tours.
  • We had no safety issue, even-though we  were two girls travelling alone. Of course you need to be careful in the cities as in any big city. Never take a taxi alone!
  • The transfers per coach or plane were very easy to plan and organize. The domestic airline company was very efficient and good (LATAM or SKY)
  • We booked all our hotels through booking.com

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