Luxury Chile Tour Trip Highlights

  • Combine two of the world’s most beautiful, remote and strikingly opposite landscapes in one trip
  • Stay at two of South America’s leading luxury adventure lodges at unbeatable prices and receive a 10% discount at Explora
  • Unparalleled flexibility to choose from a vast array of excursions with a range of physical exertion
  • Evenings back at Explora – consistently ranked as one of the top two lodges in South America and top ten world wide – with gourmet food and wine
  • Meander the bohemian, colonial port city of Valparaiso discovering one of South America’s most vibrant arts and culinary scenes while feeling the heartbeat of Chile
  • Enjoy private winery tours and special barrel tastings at hidden gem wineries in the Casablanca Valley

Itinerary Overview

This dream trip pairs two of the most distinct, remote, and utterly beautiful landscapes the world over with Chile’s most fascinating city as well as off-the-beaten path wine country visits in one trip. And you’ll stay in two of the continents leading lodges while enjoying Explora’s experience-focused luxury lodges.

Chile Luxury Travel

Day 1  Santiago

Upon arrival you’ll be taken into the capital to enjoy a half-day guided exploration of the city and to rest up.

Days 2-6  Santiago – Patagonia, Explora Salto Chico Lodge

Flying in the morning you’ll arrive to Patagonia and embark on a scenic overland transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, crown jewel of Patagonia. After settling into Explora Salto Chico Lodge with its unrivaled location and views, you will discuss with your guide Explora’s wide range of excursions in Patagonia and chart out your time in this remote and beautiful land at the bottom of the Earth. From this wide range of excursions choose more casual driving safaris to demanding full-day hikes near glaciers, glacier boat expeditions to private catamarans on turquoise lakes, canters through vast grasslands with gauchos or more introductory horseback rides in striking scenery. Click to see Explora’s complete list of excursions.

At Explora Salto Chico the focus is adventure and an expedition tailored to your interests, while returning to a centrally located lodge of understated elegance.

Explora may be substituted in this program for a custom, private adventure in Torres del Paine, or any of our other recommended lodges in the park such as Awasi Patagonia, Tierra Patagonia, EcoCamp Patagonia, etc.

Day 6 Patagonia – Santiago

Depart the rugged beauty of Patagonia flying back north to Santiago where you will spend the evening and relax prior to beginning the next leg of your trip.

Days 7-10 Santiago – Easter Island, Explora Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Today you fly four hours into the Pacific to Easter Island, the world’s most isolated inhabited island. While staying at Explora you’ll meander through the picturesque countryside dotted with volcanoes, learn about the mysterious Moai statues erected by the original Polynesian tribes who inhabited the island, relax on deserted, white sand beaches, explore volcanic caves with petroglyphs, and walk the rim of a seaside volcano. Upon arrival chart out your explorations of the island with a top guide ensuring a perfect Easter Island trip. If you have time, we recommend considering 4 nights rather than 3.

Day 10 Easter Island – Santiago – Valparaiso

Departing Easter Island in the afternoon you’ll arrive to Santiago where you’ll be met and taken an hour and a half to charming accommodations in Valparaiso.

Day 11  Valparaiso

Walk cobblestone streets while discovering the eclectic charm of Valparaiso, the ‘San Francisco of Chile’ which was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage city for its historic architecture. Visit an enigmatic cemetery with elaborate, above-ground tombs from colonial times, and finish the day with a boat tour of the bay.

Day 12  Casablanca Valley wine country – Onward

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Valparaiso before being picked up and taken into nearby wine country for tours and tastings at both a boutique winery and an award-winning international exporter.  Enjoy an elaborate wine country lunch will taking in this unique slice of Central Chilean culture. Following your day you’ll be taken to the airport for your onward overnight flight home, as this will conclude your Chile tour. *Biking in wine country is also an option

Is It For Me?

Utilizing Explora lodge’s flexible inclusive adventure concept coupled with private explorations of Chile’s most fascinating city as well as wine country, this adventure is for anyone looking to discover Chile’s extremes and two of the most striking juxtapositions of landscapes possible in the world while maintaining a very high level of accommodations and guided explorations throughout.

Knowmad has vast knowledge and operating capacities in Chile: this is a private trip and we are happy to modify excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests.

Have questions? Talk to an expert: 612-315-2894

Important Info

Patagonia Chile Tour

Costs

Listed prices are approximations. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

Luxury Chile Tour Itinerary Price (based on a stay in Salto Chico Room)

  • From $7,415 per person / 2 travelers

Luxury Chile Tour Itinerary Price (based on a stay in Cordillera Paine Room)

  • From $7,810 per person / 2 travelers

When traveling to both Explora Patagonia and Explora Easter Island we’re able to give 10% off both the lodge rates. Knowmad always guarantees the best pricing at Explora and all of Chile’s luxury lodges.

Additionally, regional airfare is estimated at $900 (Santiago/Punta Arenas/Santiago/Easter Island/Santiago – subject to change).

Type Flexible Date Private Departures

Light, Moderate or Vigorous Trip Activities at both Explora Patagonia and Explora Rapa Nui are flexible and can include hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, photography, horseback riding, cultural opportunities, snorkeling, fishing and spa.

Length 12 days, 11 nights luxury boutique hotels

Departures Year round; can be set up to match your dates. Patagonia’s milder season is Nov-Mar

Begin / End Santiago, Chile

Air Travel

InternationalAirfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our feedback and assistance in helping you book it.

RegionalIf booked by Knowmad Adventures, internal airfare for this trip (Santiago/Punta Arenas/Santiago/Easter Island/Santiago) averages $900, however this is an approximation and the airfare is subject to change upon booking. If you would like to arrange your own regional flights, please consult us prior so we can verify the departure and arrival times.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email travel@knowmadadventures.com and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to Patagonia and Easter Island

The dry summer season is November through March, but it can rain any time of year and can also get windy. Layerable, non-cotton clothing designed for hiking and athletics with a rain shell is the recommended outfit for a day in the Patagonia. Daytime temperatures during this season are typically in the 50s and 60s  F (10-16 C). 

Weather in Southern Patagonia

Easter Island has nice weather year round. Throughout the year daily average temperatures are in the 70s and 80s F with evenings generally in the 60s and 70s F. North America and Europe’s summer is Easter Island’s winter so those are the slight cooler months with slightly fewer sunny days, but temperatures during the day will still be in the 70s F.

Weather in Easter Island

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.

Accommodations

Explora Lodge Patagonia emphasizes simple elegance. The lodge features lakeside hot tubs, pool, spa, nice rooms and common spaces, and most importantly one of the most privileged locations with the best views of any lodge in the world.

Explora Lodge Rapa Nui combines the local culture and surrounding nature beautifully in their design and activities. This lodge focuses on disconnecting, relaxing and truly experiencing the area. They offer guided hikes, bike rides, fishing and snorkeling and offer a pool area, comfortable rooms and well-designed common spaces.

Easter Island and Patagonia Luxury Travel

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago

Upon arrival you’ll be taken into the capital to enjoy a half-day guided exploration of the city and to rest up. Your private Knowmad guide will highlight Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. Pass by the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets and stroll by the many bustling stalls to see the tremendous variety available from Chile’s bountiful sea. You’ll also visit some of the lesser-known barrios of Santiago including Republica and Concha y Toro, which were historically privileged neighborhoods and home to Santiago’s high society. There will be time to walk around and take photos of the varied styles of architecture dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will walk through the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city, you will visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 984 feet above the city.

Days 2-6 Santiago – Patagonia, Explora Salto Chico Lodge

Flying in the morning you’ll arrive to Patagonia and embark on a scenic overland transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, crown jewel of Patagonia. After settling in to Explora Salto Chico Lodge with its unrivaled location and views, you will discuss with your guide Explora’s wide range of excursions in Patagonia and chart out your time in this remote and beautiful land at the bottom of the Earth. These range from more casual driving safaris to demanding full-day hikes near glaciers, glacier boat expeditions to private catamarans on turquoise lakes, introductory horseback rides in striking scenery to galloping through vast grasslands with gauchos and much more. At Explora Salto Chico the focus is adventure and an expedition tailored to your interests, while returning to a centrally located lodge of understated elegance. Click to see Explora’s complete list of excursions.

Included in cost:

  • Round trip transfers to/from airport
  • All guided excursions including transport
  • Gourmet meals including picnics for full day excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages and wine
  • National park entrance

Explora may be substituted in this program for a custom, private adventure in Torres del Paine, or any of our other recommended lodges in the park such as Awasi Patagonia, Tierra Patagonia and EcoCamp Patagonia.

  • B, L, D – Explora Salto Chico or similar

Day 6 Patagonia – Santiago

Depart the rugged beauty of Patagonia flying back north to Santiago. As transfers out of the park take approximately four hours and a half you will not fly out until afternoon or later and will likely arrive to Santiago in the evening and depart the early following morning for Easter Island, in most cases it’s advisable to stay at the Holiday Inn across from the airport as opposed to going into the city. If flight times are otherwise, we are happy to suggest an alternative hotel in the city.

  • B, L – Holiday Inn Aeropuerto or similar

Days 7-10 Santiago – Easter Island

Today you fly four hours into the Pacific to Easter Island, the world’s most isolated inhabited land. While staying at Explora you’ll meander through the picturesque countryside dotted with volcanoes, learn about the mysterious Moai statues erected by the original Polynesian tribes who inhabited the island, relax on deserted, white sand beaches, explore volcanic caves with petroglyphs, and walk the rim of a seaside volcano. Upon arrival chart out your explorations of the island with a top guide ensuring a perfect Easter Island trip. In addition to the many hikes and site-seeing excursions a range of bike rides are offered as well as boat rides, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling are available to choose from. Click here for a full list of available excursions.

Rapa Nui, Explora’s new property, which opened in 2013, is the island’s premier hotel enjoying a privileged location with vast ocean views and has all the amenities for very comfortable and relaxed evenings after exciting day-time explorations.

Included in cost:

  • Round trip transfers to/from airport
  • All guided excursions including transport
  • Gourmet meals including picnics for full day excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages and wine
  • National park entrance

Explora may be substituted in this program for a custom, private adventure on Easter Island. If you have time, we highly recommend considering four nights on Easter Island

Day 10 Easter Island – Santiago – Valparaiso

Departing Easter Island in the afternoon you’ll arrive to Santiago where you’ll be met and taken an hour and a half to charming accommodations in Valparaiso.

Day 11 Valparaiso

Departing after breakfast today you enjoy a privately guided exporation of Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance, the city is also one of Chile’s most interesting. You will start in the downtown sector, learning about the history of “Valpo” and its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside ascensores (elevators) will transport you up into the city’s steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below. Your tour will lead you on foot through two of the most famous and eclectic neighborhoods, Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre.

Your lunch in Valparaíso will be at one of the city’s top restaurant nestled in the hills. With a privileged vista of the bay and a varied menu paired with a fresh pisco sour or a glass of excellent wine, what could be better?

After lunch, you will continue your tour in the resort city of Viña del Mar, also known as “the garden city” for its lush gardens and palm-lined boulevards. You’ll pass by the “Reloj de Flores” (flower clock) and the sandy beaches while learning about the colonial history of the city as well as its contemporary flair.

Day 12 Casablanca Valley – Onward

After breakfast with your bags packed you will be met by your guide and head back towards Santiago and into the renowned Casablanca Valley. Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal Casablanca region. The valley is now world-famous for its technology and commitment to terroir, producing some of Chile’s best white wines and cool-climate reds.

Your first visit will be to Loma Larga vineyards. Named “Winery of the Year 2011” by Wine & Spirits magazine, Loma Larga continues to represent the best of the Casablanca Valley. Loma Larga sets the bar for quality cold-climate red wines with several award winners and consistent 90+ point ratings by such prestigious publications as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. You will enjoy a tour and private tasting of Loma Larga’s distinctive wines.

After your tour and tasting, we will head to HOUSE Casa del Vinofor a special food and wine pairing lunch comprised of three courses, each served with a glass of wine specially selected to accompany the flavors of the dish. After lunch you will visit Viñedos Organicos Emiliana. A true leader in the concepts of biodynamic and organic agriculture, Emiliana aims to create the highest quality wines while promoting sustainability and social responsibility. Emiliana’s wine portfolio is backed by major national and international awards and recognition, and its wineries are certified Fair Trade and Carbon Neutral.

After your amazing day in wine country you will continue on a short bit to the Santiago airport where you will be assisted in checking in for your onward overnight flight home. *Biking in wine country is also an option

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Extend Your Adventure

Wine Country

Bike from vineyard to vineyard on gentle country roads, tour the cellars, taste fine wines, eat gourmet cuisine and stay in charming boutique hotels. With premier wine growing valleys just an hour from Santiago, a few days in wine country is an ideal extension to your adventure and a good example of the diversity of landscapes and lifestyles within Chile.

Atacama Desert

Looking for unique? Earth’s closest thing to Mars, Atacama will not disappoint. Your trip to this surreal landscape offers countless cultural and adventure excursions to choose from during the day, while spending nights in a true oasis, the Tierra Atacama boutique hotel and spa. Return for a dip in the pool and enjoy a local cabernet with gourmet cuisine. Don’t forget to take advantage of the world’s best moonscape and stargazing. 

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