Chile·November 8 - 15 2024

Chilean Odyssey: Santiago, Patagonia & Wine Country

“If you don’t climb the mountain, you’ll never enjoy the view.” – Pablo Neruda

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Overview

Chile is a land of contrasts. Home to the driest desert in the world and inverted frozen waterfalls and glaciers in Patagonia, the southernmost part of the Americas. Chile is the ninth-largest producer of wine worldwide. Europeans and locals produce spectacular wines in the region. Chile boasts impressive mountain peaks, world-class skiing, and over 2,500 miles of coastline. The Nobel Prize-winning poet and politician Pablo Neruda was born and lived much of his life here. On our tour, we’ll explore Santiago's historical monuments and museums of Santiago, the capital city. Then, we’ll head west to the seaside city of Valparaiso, where Neruda made his home. We’ll also spend two days in Chile’s famous wine country at a biodynamic winery and historic boutique hotel. Plus, we'll visit the first female winemaker and winery owner in Chile, sampling traditional Chilean specialties along the way. Then, we’ll fly down to the dramatic, otherworldly Patagonia to explore the Torres del Paine National Park and soak in the majesty of snow-covered mountain peaks. We’ll marvel at Mother Nature as we visit frozen waterfalls, hidden lagoons, lakes, glaciers, and caves. We’ll get out on the water to venture close to the Grey Glacier front wall, a huge natural wonder. Part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, this is the world’s second-largest ice field, covering more than 4,000 square miles. Each evening during your Chilean adventure, you’ll feast on meals thoughtfully prepared using local products. Then, you’ll lay your head down to rest at exceptional hotels after a full and exciting day. Why don’t you join us?

Highlights

Explore the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

Explore the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

Photograph glaciers, lakes, and mountains in Torres del Paine National Park

Photograph glaciers, lakes, and mountains in Torres del Paine National Park

Take an exhilarating boat ride to Grey Glacier

Take an exhilarating boat ride to Grey Glacier

Savor delicious wine tastings in the Leyda Valley region

Savor delicious wine tastings in the Leyda Valley region

Visit Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover the Garden City of Viña del Mar

Discover the Garden City of Viña del Mar

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Santiago

Day 1: Friday, November 8th, 2024

Arrive at Santiago International Airport in the morning. Our representative will meet you at the airport and take you to Hotel Magnolia, near the Lastarria neighborhood in downtown Santiago. You can also arrive a day or too early. See below to book your extra night(s). 

In the afternoon, we'll embark on the “Santiago Autóctono - like a native” tour,  a great journey that will take us to the heart of the Chilean capital.

We'll take the Metro to Universidad de Chile station and then see Alameda, Santiago's main avenue. To the south, we'll find the iconic Central House of the University of Chile, while to the north lies Paseo Ahumada, Santiago's commercial epicenter. 

From there, we'll see iconic buildings like the Government Palace, La Moneda, and the Stock Exchange, then head to the traditional Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral of Santiago is located.

We'll visit the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. This important museum has a collection spanning 4,500 years housed in the former Royal Customs Palace. 

To finish our tour of the city, we'll catch the breathtaking panoramic view from the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. It's a sight that will leave you in awe. You're about to develop a new appreciation for the beauty of this stunning metropolis.

In the evening, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Restaurante Mestizo before returning to the hotel. 

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Valparaíso – Viña del Mar

Day 2: Saturday, November 9th, 2024

After breakfast, we'll explore the vibrant city of Valparaiso,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its captivating charm and cultural allure. 

From Santiago, we'll traverse the scenic Route 68 towards Valparaíso. We'll gather at Plaza Aníbal Pinto, the heart of the city, for a captivating walking tour.

Our first stop is La Sebastiana at the preserved house museum of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Then, we'll ride the El Peral funicular, passing the hillside neighborhoods of Alegre and Concepción. Each corner reveals hidden gems of local life and artistry.

Our journey continues with a delightful lunch at the renowned Verso restaurant, where we'll savor culinary delights while basking in the panoramic bay views.

After lunch, we'll explore Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City for its stunning parks, gardens, and beaches, and see the iconic flower clock.

As the sun sets, we will make our way towards Rosario Valley to check into the charming Boutique Hotel La Casona. Our evening will end with a delectable dinner at the vineyard, where we can savor the flavors and ambiance while bidding farewell to Valparaíso with all its cherished memories.

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All meals

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Leyda Valley

Day 3: Sunday, November 10th, 2024

Awaken to a sumptuous breakfast, savoring the flavors that set the stage for an extraordinary day of wine exploration. 

We'll embark on an enriching journey into the heart of Chilean winemaking. Our adventure begins at Matetic Vineyard, a pioneering force in biodynamic viticulture, where we'll take a guided tour and learn about the wine-making process.  

We'll enjoy a tasting session, where each sip unveils a symphony of flavors, a testament that reflects the unique terroir of the region.

We'll have lunch at the Restaurante Equilibrio in our hotel, dining on ingredients from their organic garden.

After lunch, we will take a drive to Lo Abarca, an idyllic location surrounded by hills near the Pacific Ocean. Our destination is Casa Marín winery, which is a tribute to María Luz Marín, Chile's first female winemaker and winery owner.

Lo Abarca's unique microclimate shapes the grapes, giving them exceptional depth and complexity. Viticulture and terroir interaction is understood through soil exploration. As we traverse the limestone and granite soils, we understand the interplay between terroir and viticulture.

We'll take a guided wine tour at Casa Marín and learn about their winemaking philosophy. Afterward, we'll enjoy a wine-tasting experience.

After we've said goodbye, we'll head back to the hotel. You're free to choose where to eat tonight.

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Wine Tasting & Tours

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Dinner

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Puerto Natales

Day 4: Monday, November 11th, 2024

Start your day with a delicious breakfast. At the appointed time, we'll transfer to the airport to board a flight to Puerto Natales. A local guide will escort us from the airport to the Remota Patagonia Lodge.

After checking in, we'll indulge in lunch at the hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace, whether you choose to wander through the streets of Puerto Natales or simply unwind and enjoy the hotel's ambiance. You have the option to book a spa treatment at the hotel at an additional cost. We can book it for you.

As the sun begins to set, gather for a delightful dinner at the hotel, where you can savor the flavors of a memorable culinary experience.

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All meals

Flights

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Torres del Paine

Day 5: Tuesday, November 12th, 2024

Today, we'll make an early start after a hearty breakfast at the hotel. You'll need a good breakfast to give you the energy for an unforgettable adventure.

At 8 am, our overland journey begins via van, traversing the scenic roads that lead to a majestic natural sanctuary. En route to Torres del Paine National Park, we'll make a brief stop at the Mylodon Cave, a designated Natural Monument that holds the fascinating remains of a prehistoric ground sloth, the Mylodon. 

As we enter the national park, prepare to be awestruck by the towering Andean massif, its jagged peaks piercing the sky. It's a sight that leaves an indelible impression on every visitor. The park's breathtaking landscapes encompass glaciers, waterfalls, and serene lakes, including the mesmerizing Pehoé, Nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento.

Amidst this captivating scenery, we'll pause for a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. 

After lunch, we'll continue our exploration into the heart of Torres del Paine. As the day draws to a close, we'll arrive at our hotel inside the park. 

Our lodging for the evening is the Lago Grey Hotel, a charming establishment that promises breathtaking views. Tonight, we'll savor a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant and relax as we reflect on the events of the day. Drift off to sleep with the sounds of nature, looking forward to the adventures that await you tomorrow.

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All meals

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Puerto Natales

Day 6: Wednesday, November 13th, 2024

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your lodge before embarking on an unforgettable expedition to the Grey Glacier, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. 

We'll start the day with a scenic walk along Grey Beach, leading you to the ferry that will transport you to this awe-inspiring natural wonder.

We'll be surrounded by stunning landscapes on the one-hour ferry ride. Witness the glacier's immense 25-meter height, mesmerizing colors and shapes, and the mysterious sounds from its depths. It's a spectacle of nature's raw power.

As we sail along the glacier's front, we'll try a refreshing drink made with ice from the glacier. The Grey II, a vessel designed for this excursion, offers comfort for 50 passengers with large windows, a heated interior, and passenger bathrooms.

Step onto the deck to capture spectacular photographs, and rely on our experienced guides and crew to provide expert insights and personalized attention throughout this spectacular journey.

We'll savor a delicious lunch at Lago Grey restaurant on our return to the pier before continuing our exploration of Torres del Paine National Park in the afternoon. We'll leave the national park and return to Puerto Natales by 6:00 pm. 

Tonight, after a big day, please enjoy dinner at your leisure and reflect on the amazing experiences you had at Torres del Paine National Park.

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Santiago

Day 7: Thursday, November 14th, 2024

Nurture yourself with a lovely breakfast after packing up for departure. At the designated time, your transfer will whisk you away to the airport, where you will board your flight back to Santiago.

Upon arrival in Santiago, we'll transfer to the hotel, where we can settle in and relax after our journey.

As the sun begins its descent, we'll gather for a memorable farewell dinner at Quitral restaurant, a haven of culinary excellence. Let the rich and diverse flavors of Chilean cuisine transport you to a world of refined elegance, culminating in a fitting finale to your unforgettable adventure.

Rest and reflect on the cherished memories you have created during your journey, as you prepare for your departure from Chile.

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Breakfast

Dinner

Local Flights

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Lunch

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Santiago

Day 8: Friday, November 14th, 2024

Savor a delicious breakfast on your last day in Chile before heading off to Santiago airport.

Board your flight to your next destination, carrying with you the memories of Chile's captivating landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. As the plane ascends, take one last glimpse of the country that has enriched your journey, bidding farewell to the land of contrasts and natural wonders.

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Lunch

Dinner

You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Magnolia Santiago

Hotel Magnolia Santiago

Hotel Magnolia Santiago is a design hotel that offers elegantly decorated accommodations, combined with the highest comfort, in a heritage-preserved mansion.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

La Casona Boutique Hotel  preserves the traditions and identity of the early 1900s. With its colonial architecture and refined atmosphere, it offers guests the perfect setting to experience the authentic and unique Matetic experience.

Remota Patagonia Lodge

Remota Patagonia Lodge

The Remota Lodge is a world-class refuge in the vast Patagonia located one kilometer from Puerto Natales, with a privileged view of the sea. It was designed by the architect Germán del Sol, who was inspired by the quila sheds that are typical of Chilean Patagonia.

Hotel Lago Grey

Hotel Lago Grey

The Hotel Lago Grey is situated on Grey Lake, surrounded by a crystal-clear glacier, granite mountain peaks, forests, and rivers, making it the perfect location for a getaway to Torres del Paine National Park.

Hosts

Doni Belau

Doni Belau

Doni is the owner and founder of Girls' Guide to the World and she only picks a few trips to do each year. She has traveled to 80 countries and counting. Her favorite thing about guiding tours is meeting the amazing women who join her. Exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Chile with her is a unique experience. 

 

Price

Private room

Private room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$8,985

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$7,985

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Chile: Santiago and Patagonia

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What's Included

What's Included

Expert guides and trip leaders

All transportation during the trip (except where indicated)

Accommodations at unique hotels and lodges

All meals (except where indicated), including beer & wine with dinner

Entrances to national reserves and parks

All wine tastings

In country flights

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

All personal souvenirs

Travel and medical insurance (required)

Any spa treatment desired

Round-trip airfare to Santiago del Chile

FAQs

Fly into the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), also known as Santiago International Airport in north-west of central Santiago.

The trip will commence on the afternoon of November 8th. You can either arrive in Santiago del Chile on the morning of the 8th or plan to arrive a day or two early. In case you choose to come early you can book your extra night directly on the website. See our Add On section above. 

We will have a Zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

Your host for this trip is Doni Belau owners and visionary of Girls Guide to the World.  

Overall, November is a great time to visit Chile, as the weather is generally pleasant and there are fewer crowds than in the summer months. However, it is important to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures. 


Santiago: The average temperature in Santiago in November is 25°C (77°F), with highs of around 29°C (84°F) and lows of around 12°C (54°F). 


Valparaíso: The average temperature in Valparaíso in November is 17°C (63°F), with highs of around 20°C (68°F) and lows of around 14°C (57°F). 


Puerto Natales: The average temperature in Puerto Natales in November is 9°C (48°F), with highs of around 12°C (54°F) and lows of around 6°C (43°F). 

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Chilean Odyssey: Santiago, Patagonia & Wine Country

Chile· November 8 - 15 2024· 7 nights

FROM$8,985/pp