Chile | Glaciers, Gardens, Wine and the Sea

Chile | Glaciers, Gardens, Wine and the Sea

About this trip

Discover beautiful Chile and its native and endemic flora as you visit botanical gardens, national parks, and private reserves during this 13-day garden tour. Begin in seaside Viña del Mar, Chile's "Garden City," to explore the impressive collections of the National Botanical Garden. Continue south to Chile's central valley and stand among towering, ancient Alerce trees, endemic to this region. Then head to iconic Patagonia for views of verdant forests and colorful flora against windswept mountain scenery in one of the most beautiful places on earth. After rewarding days spent among glorious natural surroundings, enjoy delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, and cap your experience with an unforgettable stay in a comfortable, eco-friendly yurt.

Highlights

  • Visit the National Botanical Garden in Viña del Mar and view one of the few documented collections of the toromiro of Easter Island (Sophora toromiro), now extinct in the wild.
  • Take a sunset cruise on Lake Llanquihue in Chile’s lake district. 
  • Explore the glaciers, lakes, and multiple vegetation zones of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Meander through Lahuen Ñadi Park, famous for preserving Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides), practically extinguished due to overexploitation.
  • Discover the cultural influence of German immigrants on a walking tour in the small town of Puerto Varas.
  • Awaken to breathtaking views from the comfort of a luxury camp immersed in the forests of Patagonia.
11 Travelers

$8,550

Land Cost

Group size

Book 10 travelers and 1 group
leader travels for free

16 Travelers

$7,995

Land Cost

Group size

Book 15 travelers and 1 group
leader travels for free

Day 1

Today depart from your home city for your flight(s) to Santiago, Chile.

Overnight at Depart US

Santiago

Day 2

Upon arrival this morning at the Santiago International Airport, after clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you will be met and transferred to Hotel Plaza El Bosque Ebro. Your room will be available for check-in upon arrival. You will have the day to relax; perhaps take a stroll in the lovely neighborhood with its interesting shops, vibrant cafés, and cocktail bars. This evening at 7 pm, meet your naturalist guide and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby for a quick overview of what you can expect during the next few days, then take a stroll to a neighborhood restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner. Accommodations in Executive Suite.

Dinner included
Overnight at Plaza El Bosque Ebro

Concón

Day 3

Today travel to the coastal resort town of Viña del Mar, nicknamed "the Garden City." Enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific as you have lunch at an open-air seafood restaurant on the water's edge. This afternoon, after checking in at your hotel in Concón, just north of Viña del Mar, you'll have the remainder of the day and evening at leisure. Accommodations in Ocean View.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concón

Santiago

Day 4

Spend the morning at the National Botanic Garden of Viña del Mar. The grounds encompass 976 acres, 79 of which are dedicated to a public park. (Its remaining 897 acres are made up of natural hills, on which 269 native species grow.) The garden features more than 280 tree species, including one of the few documented collections of the toromiro of Easter Island (Sophora toromiro), now extinct in the wild. There's also a collection of plants from the Juan Fernández archipelago, with 420 individuals representing 37 endemic species; a cactarium with 670 cactus of 60 Chilean species; a collection of Chilean Myrtaceae; a collection of "bosque valdiviano" plants, referring to the native forest of Valdivia in northern Patagonia; medicinal plants; and fuchsias. In total, the garden has cultivated more than 1,100 plant species. En route back to Santiago, have a late lunch with wine pairings at one of the lovely wineries in the Casablanca Valley. This evening is at leisure. Accommodations in Executive Suite.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Plaza El Bosque Ebro

Puerto Varas

Day 5

This morning, transfer to the Santiago airport for your flight to Puerto Montt, where you will be met and taken the short distance to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, with incredible views of Lake Llanquihue and Osorno Volcano, followed by a guided walking tour of the town. It was founded by German immigrants who settled the shores of the lake as part of a government colonization project during the presidency of Manuel Montt. This evening, dine at a local restaurant that serves the traditional German food of the city. Acommodations in Premium Studio.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Day 6

Today a guided hike in Lahuen Ñadi Private Park has been arranged, including a nice picnic lunch. The Lahuen Ñadi Park is an area of great importance since it preserves a small sample of the beautiful alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) forests of the Central Valley, which have been practically extinguished due to overexploitation. Other examples of flora that can be seen are the coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi) and the cinnamon tree (canelos). During your walk, you may also see birds such as the Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula), Chestnut-throated Huet-Huet (Pteroptochos castaneus), and Fire-eyed Diucon (Xolmis pyrope). Late this afternoon, take a sunset cruise on Lake Llanquihue. This evening is at leisure to enjoy the town on own.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas

Punta Arenas

Day 7

Enjoy most of the morning at leisure to explore on your own until your transfer to Puerto Montt. Take a driving city tour and then have lunch before heading to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Punta Arenas in Patagonia. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner (on own) and overnight. Accommodations in Ocean View.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Cabo de Hornos

Torres del Paine

Day 8

This morning you will have time at leisure before meeting the representative from Patagonia Camp, who will transfer you to their amazing property, located just a 15-minute drive from Torres del Paine National Park. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the staff and directed to the main building, which contains a sitting area, dining area, and bar. As you enjoy a welcome cocktail, the staff will explain the daily activities offered, the dining schedule, and the various cocktails, wine, and beer that are complimentary during your stay. You will then be given your "room" key and you can discover your wonderful accommodations-a yurt! These are delightful, comfortable, circular, and completely independent tents immersed in a coigüe tree forest, all with a spectacular view of Toro Lake and the Paine Massif. After you get settled, you will have the remainder of the late afternoon and evening at leisure to enjoy the views, a cocktail or two, and a delicious dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in the area. Accommodations in Deluxe Jacuzzi Yurt.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Patagonia Camp

Torres del Paine

Day 9

After breakfast, meet with the guides, who will give you an overview of the day and review the logistics of the activity you have chosen the night before. Enjoy a picnic lunch during your outing. When you return to the camp, you will have time to freshen up before dinner and reflect on an amazing day in Torres del Paine National Park.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Patagonia Camp

Torres del Paine

Day 10

After breakfast, meet with the guides, who will give you an overview of the day and review the logistics of the activity you have chosen the night before. Enjoy a picnic lunch during your outing. When you return to the camp, you will have time to freshen up before dinner and reflect on an amazing day in Torres del Paine National Park.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Patagonia Camp

Santiago

Day 11

After breakfast, bid farewell to Patagonia Camp and travel to Punta Arenas for your mid-afternoon flight to Santiago. (Patagonia Camp will supply you with a boxed lunch.) Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The evening is yours to select from the many wonderful restaurants in the area for your last dinner in Chile. Accommodations in Executive Suite.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Plaza El Bosque Ebro

Santiago

Day 12

Spend the day at leisure; perhaps take a stroll from your hotel, do some last-minute shopping, and/or rest and relax to get ready for your international flights. You will have use of your hotel room until being taken to the airport early this evening.

Breakfast- included
Overnight at Plaza El Bosque Ebro - Day room

Arriive

Day 13

Welcome home!