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Chile 2 weeks Itinerary: Deserts and fjords

Chile 2 weeks Itinerary: Deserts and fjords

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This is our proposal for a 2 weeks Itinerary around Chile.

Days one and two: Santiago to the Atacama Desert

  • Touch down in Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and take a two-hour internal flight and short bus journey to arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, the main town in the Atacama Desert.
  • Experience dawn at El Tatio Geysers, some of the highest in the world, before descending for a lazy afternoon in the thermal springs of Puritama. Watch the pink hues of sunset at Laguna Tebinquinche and spend a day exploring two impressive lake, Miscanti and Miñiques, both of which are a short distance from the Bolivian border.
  • Dine on delicious steak coupled with Chilean red wine and finish with a stargazing tour in the desert to view some of the world’s clearest skies.

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Days three to eight: Santiago to Punta Arenas

  • Return to Santiago to fly three and a half hours south to Chile’s southernmost city, Punta Arenas. Located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is also close to Torres del Paine National Park and the ‘W’ trek.  
  • Go hiking and camping or splash out on deluxe, eco-domes that serve up a liberal dose of luxury and adventure – plus excellent food and wine.

Days nine to thirteen: Punta Arenas to the Chilean fjords

  • Back in Punta Arenas, board your cruise ship to explore the region’s magical highlights, stopping at colonies of Magellanic penguins based on islets in the Strait of Magellan before sailing through the silent Chilean fjords to land on otherwise inaccessible stretches of subpolar forest.
  • Disembark at legendary Cape Horn, the tip of South America, before venturing through the Beagle Channel to finish at the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia.

Days fourteen: Santiago

  • Take a bus from Ushuaia back to Punta Arenas and board a plane back to Santiago for your flight home.   

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