Atacama & Patagonia Luxury Adventure Combination

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Why You Should Go

When hiking a wide range of areas on the Patagonian Andes, it is easy to see how Torres del Paine still has hundreds of unnamed mountains, with many points inaccessible and unexplored. The features of Patagonia are remarkable: wild rivers, muddy rainforests, glaciated peaks, granted monoliths, and vast steppes. This is a place for reflection, deep solitude, and unforgettable outdoor activities.

We feel the splendid, stark wilderness of Chile’s Atacama Desert rightly deserves a place among the world’s notable natural wonders. Atacama’s unmatched beauty and colorful moonscape-like remoteness is truly spellbinding. In the backdrop of spectacular volcanoes, some rising upwards of 20,000 feet, Atacama (covering 40,541 sq. miles) stretches 621 miles from Peru’s southern border into northern Chile. Extraordinary full-day excursions here include the otherworldly Valley of the Moon, the Salt Flats of Tara, (featuring turquoise oasis’ with three types of flamingos living off the microscopic life), and the geysers of El Tatio.

Best Travel Time: Fall Winter Spring

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Horse Riding through the fields of Patagonia

Sample Itinerary

10 Days + Optional Four-Night Cruise Extension

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Santiago
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

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Flamingos in the Atacama Desert
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Day 2

Arrive Santiago + Fly Santiago/Calama + Private Transfer to Atacama
Upon arrival in Santiago, you will connect to your onward flight to Calama, where you will be met by your private driver and transferred to either Explora Atacama or Awasi Atacama.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Explora Atacama or Awasi Atacama

Moon Valley, Atacama, Chile
Moon Valley of the Atacama Desert
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Days 3 – 4

Explora Atacama Excursions 
Using the luxury lodge of Explora Atacama as your high-end excursion gateway base, you are able to comfortably explore this amazing area. Biking, trekking, and horseback riding are among the fun activities in this alternate universe. Full-day excursions include the otherworldly Valley of the Moon, and The Salt Flats of Tara (featuring turquoise oasis’ with three types of flamingos living off the microscopic life), and the geysers of El Tatio.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Explora Atacama or Awasi Atacama

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Salar de Tara in Los Flamencos National Reserve
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Day 5

Fly Calama/Santiago + Discretionary Santiago Private Touring
Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be privately transferred to the Singular Santiago.

With the historical and lively Lastarria neighborhood as your base, you may opt to take a half-day tour of Santiago’s fun central district.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Singular Santiago

Lastarria neighborhood – Santiago, Chile
Lively Lastarria Neighborhood in Santiago
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Day 6

Fly Santiago/Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas (season dependent) + Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
This morning you will travel to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve containing a complex intertwining of ecosystems. Upon arrival, you will be checked-in to Explora Patagonia or Singular Patagonia.

Read more about remarkable Patagonia here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Explora Patagonia or Singular Patagonia

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Hiking trail in Torres del Paine National Park
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Day 7 – 9

Explora Patagonia or Singular Patagonia Excursions
Depending on your physical fitness level and general interests, Explora and Singular offer a wide variety of hiking and horseback riding options, ranging from beginner to experienced, in a number of astounding environments. While on my Patagonia scouting trip, I viewed two pumas in one afternoon hike!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Explora Patagonia or Singular Patagonia

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Horseback riding at Explora Patagonia
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Day 10

Fly Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas/Santiago + Evening Departure Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Singular Santiago (day-use room)

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Grey Glacier, Patagonia
Fjords of Tierra del Fuego Cruise Extension

Four-Night Fjords of Tierra del Fuego Cruise Extension

We feel there is no better way to experience the fjords of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost part of South America than aboard an Australis expedition cruise. The nearly identical, 100-cabin M/V Ventus and M/V Stella have been specially designed and built to navigate the narrow channels, where larger ships simply cannot go. Excursions include Ainsworth Bay and its gorgeous views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains; Tucker Island and its ample Magellan penguin population; the Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley; hiking through the Magellan forest on Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn National Park; the UNESCO-designated Drake Passage; and more. In addition to penguins, you will likely see South American fur seals, Andean condors, and even albatross.

For a full description of a typical itinerary aboard the M/V Ventus or Stella Australis, click here!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Ventus or Stella Australis

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Ventus Australis and Zodiac boat

Hotels

The 50-room Explora Atacama offers a 5-star adventure property, including four pools, horseback riding, hiking, and cycling. Of particular note are the lodge’s units 29 – 44, which provide amazing views of the Licanabur Volcano. Similar to the Explora properties in Patagonia, the service and guides here are top quality and world class. We feel one of the unique features of the lodge is its special stargazing observatory located on the property, the largest of its kind in Chile. The remote location offers one of the clearest skies for star-gazing anywhere on the planet!

Explora Atacama

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The 50-room Explora Atacama offers a 5-star adventure property, including four pools, horseback riding, hiking, and cycling. Of particular note are the lodge’s units 29 – 44, which provide amazing views of the Licanabur Volcano. Similar to the Explora properties in Patagonia, the service and guides here are top quality and world class. We feel one of the unique features of the lodge is its special stargazing observatory located on the property, the largest of its kind in Chile. The remote location offers one of the clearest skies for star-gazing anywhere on the planet!

Located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama has just 12 rooms, each with its own private patio, plenty of space, and indoor-outdoor showers. The property was modeled after the traditional architecture of Tulor, a local native site dating from 800 BC. Spacious outdoor common areas, including an onsite pool, at the center of the property allow for meeting fellow travelers. Chef Juan Pablo Mardones serves up delicious meals using local ingredients, the flavors here are unmatched! Each room is assigned with a private guide and a 4WD vehicle, so guests may explore the Atacama at their own pace. Located just a 3 minute walk from San Pedro de Atacama, guests can easily stroll into the lively town for a shopping trip.

Awasi Atacama

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Located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama has just 12 rooms, each with its own private patio, plenty of space, and indoor-outdoor showers. The property was modeled after the traditional architecture of Tulor, a local native site dating from 800 BC. Spacious outdoor common areas, including an onsite pool, at the center of the property allow for meeting fellow travelers. Chef Juan Pablo Mardones serves up delicious meals using local ingredients, the flavors here are unmatched! Each room is assigned with a private guide and a 4WD vehicle, so guests may explore the Atacama at their own pace. Located just a 3 minute walk from San Pedro de Atacama, guests can easily stroll into the lively town for a shopping trip.

Our favorite luxury hotel in Santiago, this 5-star, 62-room hotel is located in the heart of downtown Santiago, nestled in the lively Lastarria neighborhood and adjacent to Cerro Santa Lucia Park. This green hotel seamlessly fits in the iconic, bohemian neighborhood of Lastarria, which epitomizes the youth and creativity of the people of Santiago. The Singular Santiago is a striking combination of the early 20th-century design of Santiago and neoclassical French architecture. The hotel is mere minutes away from the Museum of Visual Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center. Amenities include a rooftop bar with park views, a small outdoor pool, and a spa featuring a hot-tub, steam room, sauna, and gym. Perhaps the Singular’s biggest asset is its high-energy, engaging staff and outstanding service!

Singular Santiago

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Our favorite luxury hotel in Santiago, this 5-star, 62-room hotel is located in the heart of downtown Santiago, nestled in the lively Lastarria neighborhood and adjacent to Cerro Santa Lucia Park. This green hotel seamlessly fits in the iconic, bohemian neighborhood of Lastarria, which epitomizes the youth and creativity of the people of Santiago. The Singular Santiago is a striking combination of the early 20th-century design of Santiago and neoclassical French architecture. The hotel is mere minutes away from the Museum of Visual Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center. Amenities include a rooftop bar with park views, a small outdoor pool, and a spa featuring a hot-tub, steam room, sauna, and gym. Perhaps the Singular’s biggest asset is its high-energy, engaging staff and outstanding service!

The extraordinary Explora Patagonia is our favorite luxury lodge in the entire 1,242 foot stretch of the Patagonia Andes. The 49-room Explora Patagonia, Chile is located in the very heart of Patagonia, in the unspoiled Torres del Paine National Park, sitting on the shores of Lake Pehoe. This lodge is the quintessential base for exploring the montage of ecosystems in Torres del Paine National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve! Despite its remote location, Explora Patagonia provides all essential luxuries in a comfortable, understated way that reflects Patagonia’s natural environment. The sleek, linga-wood designed rooms seem large when looking out at the splendid views. A deciduous, mountain tree, the Patagonia linga is now fully preserved in its unique South American environment. Though it is perhaps not as architecturally striking as the Singular, the Explora more than makes up for it with one of the most spectacularly picturesque settings of any lodge we have stayed at in the world! Explora’s luxurious amenities include open-air hot-tubs with the Paine River insight, a heated pool, spa, sauna, Chilean bar, and its own horse stable. With the area’s highest quality guides, wonderful food selections, and many hiking and horseback riding options, this place is certainly worthy of a four-night stay. Of special note, Explora is the only lodge in Patagonia with its own bred and trained stable of 26 horses (including Arabian!). All horses have been raised on the Ibanez Estate, not far from the Explora property. It should be noted that Wi-Fi here is only available in the common areas and not in the rooms, as the goal of Explora is for guests to relax and sleep in rooms and engage in camaraderie and communication in the common areas. For this to happen, disconnection is key!

Explora Patagonia

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The extraordinary Explora Patagonia is our favorite luxury lodge in the entire 1,242 foot stretch of the Patagonia Andes. The 49-room Explora Patagonia, Chile is located in the very heart of Patagonia, in the unspoiled Torres del Paine National Park, sitting on the shores of Lake Pehoe. This lodge is the quintessential base for exploring the montage of ecosystems in Torres del Paine National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve! Despite its remote location, Explora Patagonia provides all essential luxuries in a comfortable, understated way that reflects Patagonia’s natural environment. The sleek, linga-wood designed rooms seem large when looking out at the splendid views. A deciduous, mountain tree, the Patagonia linga is now fully preserved in its unique South American environment. Though it is perhaps not as architecturally striking as the Singular, the Explora more than makes up for it with one of the most spectacularly picturesque settings of any lodge we have stayed at in the world! Explora’s luxurious amenities include open-air hot-tubs with the Paine River insight, a heated pool, spa, sauna, Chilean bar, and its own horse stable. With the area’s highest quality guides, wonderful food selections, and many hiking and horseback riding options, this place is certainly worthy of a four-night stay. Of special note, Explora is the only lodge in Patagonia with its own bred and trained stable of 26 horses (including Arabian!). All horses have been raised on the Ibanez Estate, not far from the Explora property. It should be noted that Wi-Fi here is only available in the common areas and not in the rooms, as the goal of Explora is for guests to relax and sleep in rooms and engage in camaraderie and communication in the common areas. For this to happen, disconnection is key!

Though we prefer the Explora Patagonia’s unique location as the only luxury lodge within the confines of Torres del Paine National Park, we consider the 5-star Singular Patagonia to be the highest quality property in all of Patagonia! An approximately 10-minute drive from the town of Puerto Natales, the Singular is built on the National Historic Landmark site of an early 20th-century meatpacking and refrigeration plant. When walking through the various areas of the 57-room property, you see how much the sites industrial equipment has been integrated within the striking, modern design of the hotel. We were most impressed with the Singular’s 19-foot glass walls with picturesque views of the sea and mountain peaks. We feel the dining here is among the finest we have seen in all of South America: fresh breakfast buffet at Desayunador and lunch and dinner at El Asador for grilled meats and regional specialties. The homemade ice cream here is beyond delicious! Amenities include a spa, indoor/outdoor pool, and outdoor excursions with the Singular’s well-traveled guides.

Singular Patagonia

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Though we prefer the Explora Patagonia’s unique location as the only luxury lodge within the confines of Torres del Paine National Park, we consider the 5-star Singular Patagonia to be the highest quality property in all of Patagonia! An approximately 10-minute drive from the town of Puerto Natales, the Singular is built on the National Historic Landmark site of an early 20th-century meatpacking and refrigeration plant. When walking through the various areas of the 57-room property, you see how much the sites industrial equipment has been integrated within the striking, modern design of the hotel. We were most impressed with the Singular’s 19-foot glass walls with picturesque views of the sea and mountain peaks. We feel the dining here is among the finest we have seen in all of South America: fresh breakfast buffet at Desayunador and lunch and dinner at El Asador for grilled meats and regional specialties. The homemade ice cream here is beyond delicious! Amenities include a spa, indoor/outdoor pool, and outdoor excursions with the Singular’s well-traveled guides.

We feel there is no better way to experience the fjords of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost part of South America than aboard an Australis expedition cruise. The nearly identical, 100-cabin M/V Stella and newly launched M/V Ventus have been specially designed and built to navigate the narrow channels, where larger ships simply cannot go. Though we feel the ships to be not quite luxury standard and consider them to be in the 4-star range, the simple design and spartan cabins paired with large windows keeps the focus on the incredible views throughout the journey. The array of guided group excursions are singularly fantastic, as Australis is currently the only cruise company operating along this remote route. Excursions include Ainsworth Bay and its gorgeous views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains; Tucker Island and its ample Magellan penguin population; the Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley; hiking through the Magellan forest on Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn National Park; the UNESCO-designated Drake Passage; and more. In addition to penguins, you will likely see South American fur seals, Andean condors, and even albatross. Onboard, you may enjoy the spacious lounges and reading areas with plenty of literature and stellar panoramic views, as well as delicious meals prepared with local ingredients in the dining area. It should be noted that there is no Wi-Fi available onboard, allowing for complete immersion on this tranquil escape.

Please note that Australis recognizes the privilege to sail in one of the most unspoiled ecosystems of the world and seeks to leave the environment as untouched and wild as they found it. They accomplish this by contributing to Patagonian ecosystem research, limiting plastic products used aboard, and utilizing constructed wooden walkways on certain treks. They pride themselves on the quality and low turnover of their naturalist guides!

For a full description of a typical itinerary aboard the M/V Ventus or Stella Australis, click here!

M/V Ventus or Stella Australis

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We feel there is no better way to experience the fjords of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost part of South America than aboard an Australis expedition cruise. The nearly identical, 100-cabin M/V Stella and newly launched M/V Ventus have been specially designed and built to navigate the narrow channels, where larger ships simply cannot go. Though we feel the ships to be not quite luxury standard and consider them to be in the 4-star range, the simple design and spartan cabins paired with large windows keeps the focus on the incredible views throughout the journey. The array of guided group excursions are singularly fantastic, as Australis is currently the only cruise company operating along this remote route. Excursions include Ainsworth Bay and its gorgeous views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains; Tucker Island and its ample Magellan penguin population; the Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley; hiking through the Magellan forest on Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn National Park; the UNESCO-designated Drake Passage; and more. In addition to penguins, you will likely see South American fur seals, Andean condors, and even albatross. Onboard, you may enjoy the spacious lounges and reading areas with plenty of literature and stellar panoramic views, as well as delicious meals prepared with local ingredients in the dining area. It should be noted that there is no Wi-Fi available onboard, allowing for complete immersion on this tranquil escape.

Please note that Australis recognizes the privilege to sail in one of the most unspoiled ecosystems of the world and seeks to leave the environment as untouched and wild as they found it. They accomplish this by contributing to Patagonian ecosystem research, limiting plastic products used aboard, and utilizing constructed wooden walkways on certain treks. They pride themselves on the quality and low turnover of their naturalist guides!

For a full description of a typical itinerary aboard the M/V Ventus or Stella Australis, click here!

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Location

Overview

Chile
Temperature
Highs: Mid 80’s
Lows: Mid 50’s
Area
756,950 SQ KM
292,260 SQ MILES
Capital
Santiago
Population
18.1 Million
Language
Spanish
Currency
Chilean Peso
Argentina
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: High 50’s
Area
2.8 Million SQ KM
1.1 Million SQ MILES
Capital
Buenos Aires
Population
44.3 Million
Language
Spanish
Currency
Argentine Pesos

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