The Chilean Andes & Chiloe Tour
Experience the magic of central and southern Chile as you travel through its charming towns and stunning Andean landscapes to the Pacific. Start your trip in laid-back Valparaiso, before picking up the pace in the capital Santiago. From there you’ll travel south into the Lake District and the Andes, where you’ll hike the beautiful mountain trails around Quinquen and meet the local indigenous communities who live there. Finally, journey on to the Pacific Ocean and discover the unique culture and natural beauty of the island of Chiloe.
- Stroll through the streets and markets of the charming seaside town of Valparaiso
- Find out about Chile’s history and culture in the charismatic capital Santiago
- Stay in the rural community of Quinquen and enjoy delicious meals with the locals
- Hike stunning Andean trails with panoramic views of lakes, forests and mountains
- Visit the colourful island town of Castro with its brightly-painted stilt houses at the water’s edge
- Get to know the unique culture of Chiloe, visiting historic villages and sharing meals with the locals
- Explore Chiloe’s Cucao National Park with its fascinating wildlife and outstanding natural beauty
This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide throughout your time in the south. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.
Day 1: Valparaiso (-/-/-)
You’ll be welcomed at Santiago airport by your local guide and transferred to your charming B&B in the lovely coastal town of Valparaiso (approx 1 hour). The town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique character, with brightly-painted houses clinging to steep cliffs and a thriving port. Relax at your hotel and take a stroll around the area.
Day 2: Valparaiso (B/-/-)
Spend the day getting to know the town. Browse in the markets, scoot up the hillsides in the rickety old funiculars, visit the Pablo Neruda museum and spend the evening dining on freshly caught seafood in the port area.
Optional: guided city-tour.
Day 3: Valparaiso to Santiago (B/L/-)
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the coach station for the journey to Santiago (approx 1 hour). You’ll be welcomed at the other end and driven to your charming hotel in the heart of this charismatic capital. On the way, get the low-down from your guide who will be bursting with tips on how to make the most of your time. You’ll then enjoy lunch with your guide and take a tour of the city. Admire the grand Plaza de Armas, watch the sunset from Cerro Santa Lucia, and wander through the historical Lastarria and bohemian Bellavista neighbourhoods. Free evening.
Day 4: Santiago to Lonquimay (B/-/-)
Spend a second day in the capital, perhaps taking an optional wine tour, or just visiting the museums and parks on your own. Late evening, board an overnight bus south to the Lake District (approx 12 hours – with comfortable reclining seats).
Day 5: Lonquimay (-/-/-)
Arriving in the beautiful mountain town of Lonquimay you’ll be met by your local guide who will be with you throughout the rest of your trip. Transfer to your comfortable B&B and the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the town.
Day 6: Lonquimay to Quinquen (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to the rural community of Quinquen, known for its powerful spirit and strong ties to the land. Upon arrival, take the Manque hiking trail for fantastic views of the Galletué Lake and the surrounding countryside. Return to the valley for a traditional Pehuenche countryside lunch. Meet one of the leaders of the community who will tell you about the story of their land and the protection of the sacred Araucaria tree. Later, go to the lake for a swim or a walk and take a second hike through these fascinating forests. Enjoy a delicious dinner with your hosts. Accommodation in a cozy family home stay.
Day 7: Quinquen to Temuco and Chiloe (B/L/-)
After breakfast take a full day's hike along the beautiful Kelu Trufken trail. Discover its endemic flora and fauna and enjoy stunning panoramic views over the Andes. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way. Later travel back to Lonquimay and say goodbye to your hosts. Take an evening bus to Temuco (approx. 3 hours) and a night bus on to Chiloe (approx 7 hours – with comfortable reclining seats).
Day 8: Chiloe - Ancud (-/L/D)
We will meet at the Bus stop in Castro to start the journey.
Once in Castro, we will go to the Quinchao Island. Here we will enjoy lunch in a typical food market where we will meet local people.
After lunch we will visit the Quinchao and Achao churches, both declared world cultural heritage. On our way home, we will stop at the impressive viewpoint along the way in order to farewell this island.
Back in the Chiloe Island we will go to our accommodation in Tenaún, the place where the houses float.
Day 9: Ancud to Quellon (B/L/D)
We will embark towards the Mechuque island. On our way we will be able to enjoy the dolphins that will follow us meanwhile we navigate. On our arrival to the island we will walk around the village and its lookout.
In a typical restaurant in Mechuque Island, we will taste a traditional Curanto; organic and fresh seafood prepared on hot stones along with Chilean wine. (Vegetarian option available).
After lunch we will be able to walk through the the village and its beach. And then we will back to our accommodation.
Day 10: Quellon (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will drive to the southern area of the island. We will hike through the Chiloe and Cucao National Park where we will be able to learn about its innumerable plants and bird species.
After lunch we will drive towards the spring of souls, and enchanted place were the souls embarked to the unknown.
At sunset we will return to our pleasant refuge at Tenaún where we will enjoy a warm homemade soup.
Day 11: Quellon to Santiago (B/L/-)
We start our return journey though the San Antonio de Colo village whose churches have been declared world cultural heritage. Then we will walk above the water to Aucar Island. And the rest of the day, you can choose between hiking excursions to natural private reserves, or take part in farming or handicraft activities.
Later we’ll head to Castro and then take the overnight bus from Ancud to Santiago (approx 17 hrs, comfortable reclining seats)
Day 12: Santiago (-/-/-)
Arrival in Santiago and transfer to the airport. Optional: fly directly home from Puerto Montt.
- Trip duration: 12 days
- Countries visited: Chile
Adventure: Accommodation in hostels (always in a private room) and B&Bs, and sometimes in hammocks, rustic cabins or tents. Internal transport is overland rather than by plane wherever possible.
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Low
- Accommodation: 2 nights in a B&B in Valparaiso, 1 night in a hotel in Santiago, 3 overnight bus journeys (with comfortable reclining seats), 1 night in a B&B in Lonquimay, 1 night in a cabin in Quinquen, 3 nights in a B&B in Chiloe
- Transport: Bus, private car, ferry
- Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 28%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly.
No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups.
Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements, immunisations and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website (UK citizens) or the US Travel Advice Website (direct links for Chile).
Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided.
This tour of Chile, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss.
What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, wind and waterproof jacket, warm clothes to layer, warm socks, fleece, hat, gloves, scarf.
- Best time to travel: September - April
- Extra budget recommended: Around £200 / $250 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
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The Chilean Andes & Chiloe Tour
£ 1,880 GBP
Experience the magic of central and southern Chile as you travel through its charming towns and stunning Andean landscapes to the Pacific. Start your trip in laid-back Valparaiso, before picking up the pace in the capital Santiago. From there you’ll travel south into the Patagonia Lake District and the Andes, where you’ll hike the beautiful mountain trails around Quinquen and meet the local communities who live there. Finally, journey on to the Pacific Ocean and discover the unique culture and natural beauty of the island of Chiloe.