A Taste of Chile

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  • Chile

Description

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Travel through the mesmerising landscapes of Chile on this in depth small group tour. Explore modern Santiago, be fascinated by the other-worldly terrain of Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama and explore the lush Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve. Learn about local life in Chiloe Island and uncover the charm of the Patagonian Lakes District.

Journey to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world!

Our ultimate tour of Chile starts off in Santiago where we take in amazing city views and visit the famous Maipo wine region. We then journey to the Atacama Desert and Tatio Geysers, a dramatic geothermal field, where we witness spectacular views at dawn!

Rainforest & Volcanoes

We travel into beautiful Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, set amongst lush rainforest and dotted with picturesque lakes, staying in unique tree house accommodation. As we continue to Puerto Varas, we enjoy more of Chile's amazing wilderness visiting the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes and stopping to enjoy the rapids of Petrohue Falls.

Explore the Lakes District and Chiloe Island

Discover Puerto Varas, the ‘City of Roses’, and cross the beautiful turquoise waters of Todos Los Santos Lake to Peulla, marvelling at the impressive views of Cerro Puntiagudo and the active Osorno Volcano along the way. Explore Chiloe Island off Chile’s Pacific coast, learning how their culture and way of life differs from continental Chile.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Santiago

Bienvenido a Santiago, Chile’s colonial capital! Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail this afternoon. We’ll also see the Sky Costanera building towering over the city and visit its 360° observatory.

Day 2. Santiago

Discover modern and historic Santiago on a city tour this morning. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely drive down to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s famous wine region. After a tour of the Undurraga Winery we'll return to Santiago for a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

We fly to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert. The remote area’s landscape is really like no other. We’ll take an incredible sunset tour of the Moon Valley. Dusk bathes the unique rock and salt formations and the Licancabur Volcano in constantly changing light for a mesmerising display of colours. [B]

Day 4. San Pedro de Atacama

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Special Experience: Visit a traditional Atacameño farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert, and then try the authentic products of the land at a tasting.

After lunch we discover the immense Salar de Atacama, the third largest salt flat in the world. The flat’s surface is decorated by a layer of white salt crystals and is home to several flamingo species - a beautiful photo opportunity. [B,L]

Day 5. San Pedro de Atacama

We head to the incredible El Tatio before dawn this morning to watch the sun rise over the craters and geysers. The geysers shoot up to 10 metres high and reflect countless colours as they mingle with the sun’s rays. [B]

Day 6. San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago - Temuco - Pucón

This morning we fly to Temuco via Santiago and travel to Pucón in Chile’s Lake District. [B]

Day 7. Pucón

Situated on the shores of Lake Villarrica, Pucón’s location is the perfect starting point for us to tour the Villarrica Volcano’s underworld. This morning we explore the tunnels and caves created by a giant lava flow more than 2 million years ago. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Learn all about Chile's Mapuche culture and enjoy a traditional lunch at Kila-Leufu farm this afternoon.

Day 8. Pucón - Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

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Special Experience: For the next two nights we'll be staying in a luxury treehouse lodge, immersing ourselves in life in the rainforest.

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We travel into the lush Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, a beautiful private reserve in the heart of the Patagonian Rainforest. After lunch we set out on a short hike along the Spirits Trail to the Leone, Huilo Huilo and Puma waterfalls. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

Today is at leisure to enjoy this stunning Nature Reserve at your own pace. You might choose to relax and take in the lush surroundings from the hotel, visit the nearby Chochuenco Volcano, birdwatch or go horse riding. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve - Puerto Varas

This morning we depart for Puerto Varas, stopping along the way at the small German settlement of Frutillar, a scenic lakeside town. While here make sure you sample some of the delicious cakes on offer! We’ll arrive in Puerto Varas, the 'City of Roses', later this afternoon and explore the compact city centre on a walking tour. [B]

Day 11. Puerto Varas

We explore Chiloe Island this morning, an archipelago off Chile's Pacific coast. We'll get to meet some of the locals, known as 'Chilotes', and learn how their culture and way of life differs from continental Chile. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Enjoy a hands-on lunch experience as we help prepare a traditional Curanto lunch in an earth oven.

Day 12. Puerto Varas - Peulla

This morning we cross Todos Los Santos Lake to Peulla. Todos Los Santos is also known as Lago Esmeralda due to the water's colour and, on a clear day, we'll enjoy spectacular views of Cerro Puntiagudo and the active Osorno Volcano. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Discover the serene beauty of picturesque Peulla, a charming small village in the heart of the Patagonian Lakes District.

Day 13. Peulla - Puerto Varas

Enjoy a morning at leisure, with the option to take advantage of the many adventure activities available in Peulla. We then return to Puerto Varas in the afternoon. [B]

Day 14. Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago

Today we return to Santiago. We’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant tonight before transferring to the airport. [B,D]

Day 15. In Transit

Day 16. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Chile. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Chile
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in a treehouse hotel in the temperate rainforest at Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Experience the natural wonders of Chile

  • Visit the tallest building in South America and enjoy the view from the "Sky Costanera" in Santiago.
  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.
  • Discover Chile's famous wine-producing region, the Maipo Valley, and enjoy a tour of the Undurraga winery.
  • Experience an incredible sunset over the Atacama Desert's Valle de la Luna - a mesmerising display of colours thanks to the constantly changing light.
  • Visit a traditional Atacameño farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert and taste some of the local products.
  • Marvel at the Salar de Atacama - a salt lake covered by snow-white salt crystals as far as the eye can see.
  • Watch the sun rise over the steaming El Tatio Geysers.
  • Tour the Villaricca Volcano's underworld in the tunnels and caves that were created by a giant lava flow more than 2 million years ago.
  • Learn all about Mapuche culture and enjoy a typical Mapuche lunch at Kila-Leufu Farm.
  • Spend 2 nights in a treehouse hotel in the Patagonian Rainforest at Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve.
  • Be amazed by the beautiful scenery and discover the abundance of trails, waterfalls and lakes in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve.
  • Stop in the quaint German settlement town of Frutillar - why not try some of the delicious German cakes on offer?
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Puerto Varas, the "City of Roses", on the banks of majestic Lake Llanquihue.
  • Visit Chiloe Island and the former capital of the island, Ancud.
  • Enjoy a traditional Curanto lunch on Chiloe Island.
  • Enjoy the Lakes Crossing journey from Puerto Varas to Peulla.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide
Other departure cities: Clients ex Hobart add $100pp & Perth add $250pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $830pp
Single supplement: from $1,950
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Solace, Santiago

Featuring a fantastic location, Solace Santiago offers accommodations in the Providencia district of Santiago. Guests will find a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness centre. The hotel has a terrace and views of the city. Additionally there is a 24-hour front desk. The property is steps away from an array of restaurants and commerce. Costanera Shopping Centre is also just a 20-minute walk away. Merino Benitez Airport is approximately a 25-minute drive.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Altiplanico, San Pedro

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax from the sun in the shade of the private terraces or by having a dip in the pool after a day exploring the driest desert in the world! The fresh yet cosy rooms are decorated very simply to give the feeling that the hotel has risen from Atacama and is part of the earth.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Cumbres del Sur, Pucon

Situated only 850 metres from Villarrica Lake and 2 blocks away from the main street, Hotel Cumbres del Sur offers accommodation with free wifi access in Pucón's city centre. Guests can unwind in the shared lounge. A 24-hour front-desk is available to welcome guests and provide tourist information.

Facilities: wifi; central heating

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa, Huilo Huilo

Set in the middle of the forest within a picturesque wooden building inspired by The Little Prince, Huilo Huilo Nothofagus Hotel & Spa offers accommodation within Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. The property features an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, as well as a spa. Decorated with wooden walls and ceilings, rooms at Nothofagus Hotel & Spa are fitted with large windows and private balconies overlooking the reserve. There is a charming restaurant on site, offering a wide variety of dishes. Darwin Tavern serves drinks and snacks. Sun loungers are available by the pool. Guests can relax in the hot tub or make use of the sauna.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor & indoor swimming pools

Hotel Solace, Puerto Varas

Solace Hotel is located in a green area of Puerto Varas, 600 m from the Llanquihue Lake shores. It provides rooms with panoramic views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes or city views including the famous church of Puerto Varas. Each spacious guest room at the Solace includes a seating area equipped with cable TV channels. There is a sofa, a work desk and a laptop safe. Guests can discover the many cafes in central Puerto Varas, a 10-minute walk away, serving traditional German pastries. Other facilities of the Solace Hotel include a free internet hotspot.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; gym; outdoor seasonal pool

Hotel Natura Patagonia, Peulla

Offering a terrace and water sports facilities, Hotel Natura Patagonia is set in Peulla in the Los Lagos Region. The hotel has a spa centre and sauna, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Hotel Natura Patagonia features free wifi throughout the property.

Facilities: wifi; spa & wellness centre

Weather

Weather

Santiago

Summer: December to February

Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

Spring: September to November

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Dry Season: Year round

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Currency

Currency

Chilean Peso

The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CH$).

  • Chilean Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of CH$20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000
  • Coins are in denominations of CH$500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1, although the latter is no longer in circulation

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, a Reciprocity Fee is payable upon arrival in Chile for Australian passport holders. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A Chile Reciprocity Fee of $117pp US is payable upon arrival by cash or credit card.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Tour Extensions

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit a traditional Atacameño farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert, and then try the authentic products of the land at a tasting.
  • Learn all about Chile's Mapuche culture and enjoy a traditional lunch at Kila-Leufu farm this afternoon.
  • Spend two nights in a luxury treehouse lodge in the heart of the Patagonian rainforest.
  • Enjoy a hands-on lunch experience as we help prepare a traditional Curanto lunch in an earth oven.
  • Experience the serene beauty of picturesque Peulla, a charming small village in the heart of the Patagonian Lakes District.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, ferry & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Explore modern and historic Santiago • Experience an incredible sunset in the Atacama Desert • Watch the sun rise over the steaming El Tatio Geysers • Be amazed by the beautiful scenery in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve • Visit Puerto Varas, the 'City of Roses' • Help prepare a traditional Curanto lunch on Chiloe Island

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