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Trekking Highlights of Chile - Exodus Travels
Trekking Highlights of Chile - Exodus Travels
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10 reviews
Starts
Santiago
+16 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Santiago
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Highlights

  • Explore colourful Valparaiso
  • Trek through beautiful national parks
  • Enjoy magnificent mountain views
  • Hike in the shadow of glaciers
  • Admire lunar landscapes
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Santiago! With the hiking & trekking tour Trekking Highlights of Chile, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Santiago, Chile and 10 other destinations in Chile. Trekking Highlights of Chile includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 1
    Written on March 5, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    An intense trip due to the distances covered and sights seen, sleep lost due to very early starts and some late arrivals. Walks may not start a.m. with recovery late in the afternoon due to moving around the country. Hotels are good, refuges range from good [Orsono Volcano] to poor [base of Torres del Paine], all have electricity and powerpoints. This trip provides more to see than any other of my previous ones, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal and Tibet. The local travel partner provides the best welcome pack I have seen, excellent information on each place and a map of Chile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the viewpoint at the Torres del Paine viewpoint despite the wind and up and down trail, I was limping because Iberia denied me an aisle seat I had paid for, 13.5 hours trapped in the centre of the 'plane with the passenger infront reclined and sat on my legs wrecked my knee/hip. What did you think of your group leader?Felipe Voigt handled the frequent transfers excellently and went to a lot of trouble to make sure I got an aisle seat on the return flight to Madrid [fortunately this was with LAN not Iberia, LAN were excellent also with the internal flights]. Everywhere we went Felipe made sure we knew what was necessary and answered all questions thoughtfully and fully, he provided good information on many topics, Geology/History/Economics etc.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be aware that the flights will be shown as being with Iberia but they code share with BA and LAN and all three struggle to take responsibility for problems picking seats and checking in. The trails in Patagonia are described as good but are often quite rough, especially on the Torres del Paine day which is described as strenuous but was tougher than many I have done on grade C trips, there is enough time to do this slowly as long as you are prepared to be at the back all day.Is there anything else you would like to add?Wonderful country - go for it.

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 2
    Written on March 5, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    An intense trip due to the distances covered and sights seen, sleep lost due to very early starts and some late arrivals. Walks may not start a.m. with recovery late in the afternoon due to moving around the country. Hotels are good, refuges range from good [Orsono Volcano] to poor [base of Torres del Paine], all have electricity and powerpoints. This trip provides more to see than any other of my previous ones, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal and Tibet. The local travel partner provides the best welcome pack I have seen, excellent information on each place and a map of Chile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the viewpoint at the Torres del Paine viewpoint despite the wind and up and down trail, I was limping because Iberia denied me an aisle seat I had paid for, 13.5 hours trapped in the centre of the 'plane with the passenger infront reclined and sat on my legs wrecked my knee/hip. What did you think of your group leader?Felipe Voigt handled the frequent transfers excellently and went to a lot of trouble to make sure I got an aisle seat on the return flight to Madrid [fortunately this was with LAN not Iberia, LAN were excellent also with the internal flights]. Everywhere we went Felipe made sure we knew what was necessary and answered all questions thoughtfully and fully, he provided good information on many topics, Geology/History/Economics etc.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be aware that the flights will be shown as being with Iberia but they code share with BA and LAN and all three struggle to take responsibility for problems picking seats and checking in. The trails in Patagonia are described as good but are often quite rough, especially on the Torres del Paine day which is described as strenuous but was tougher than many I have done on grade C trips, there is enough time to do this slowly as long as you are prepared to be at the back all day.Is there anything else you would like to add?Wonderful country - go for it.

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 3
    Written on December 8, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    A lot of travelling but you get to immerse yourself among beautiful scenery in diverse landscapes. Stunning volcanoes, incredible mountain peaks and glaciers, and stark desert landscapes will imprint indelibly your mind's eye. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the 19Km round trip to the Towers of Paine on a stunningly sunny and clear day. Nothing can prepare you for the final and sudden view of the glacial lake below the three imperious spires. We were lucky to see so much wildlife. Highlights were  guanacos, vicunas, condors, flamingoes, a desert fox, an andean cat and comical viscacha.  For me - a flower fanatic - the plants of Patagonia were a delight especially two species of calceolaria endemic to the area.What did you think of your group leader?Ian was the perfect leader. He was knowledgeable, had a sense of humour, was easy going, managed the fast and the slow on walks with sensitivity, went the extra distance to make all our transferrances as smooth as possible, had excellent english, was a good organiser, and most important of all was patient!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't bother to pay extra for the Villarica volcano walk unless the chair lift is open and the weather is almost guaranteed to be good. You will not make the top and the rainforest walk is just as delightful; (we know this as we split up and did both options...).Make sure you are prepared for hot, cold, and windy conditions. You are likely to encounter all on this holiday!Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it. Even the long days of travelling had something of merit at the end and holidays shouldn't all be about arriving. The first LAN airways box of goodies is a novelty but after 5 the same you want to throw them out of the window!

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 4
    Written on December 8, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    A lot of travelling but you get to immerse yourself among beautiful scenery in diverse landscapes. Stunning volcanoes, incredible mountain peaks and glaciers, and stark desert landscapes will imprint indelibly your mind's eye. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the 19Km round trip to the Towers of Paine on a stunningly sunny and clear day. Nothing can prepare you for the final and sudden view of the glacial lake below the three imperious spires. We were lucky to see so much wildlife. Highlights were  guanacos, vicunas, condors, flamingoes, a desert fox, an andean cat and comical viscacha.  For me - a flower fanatic - the plants of Patagonia were a delight especially two species of calceolaria endemic to the area.What did you think of your group leader?Ian was the perfect leader. He was knowledgeable, had a sense of humour, was easy going, managed the fast and the slow on walks with sensitivity, went the extra distance to make all our transferrances as smooth as possible, had excellent english, was a good organiser, and most important of all was patient!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't bother to pay extra for the Villarica volcano walk unless the chair lift is open and the weather is almost guaranteed to be good. You will not make the top and the rainforest walk is just as delightful; (we know this as we split up and did both options...).Make sure you are prepared for hot, cold, and windy conditions. You are likely to encounter all on this holiday!Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it. Even the long days of travelling had something of merit at the end and holidays shouldn't all be about arriving. The first LAN airways box of goodies is a novelty but after 5 the same you want to throw them out of the window!

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 5
    Written on January 5, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous country. Up with Nepal, Vietnam, Peru - all of which I've visited - for variety and beauty of scenery. Great people, great food, excellent guide. Also, feels very safe....you don't feel the need to be so alert/streetwise as (say) Peru or Morrocco.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Going to the Towers of Paine. Seeing them in bright sunlight...which in Patagonia is not always guaranteed! Also, ascending Villarica volcano (an optional trip)What did you think of your group leader?Pablo was very enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and proud of his country...a great guide, and a delight to travel with.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1. Take a camera with a big memory! 2. Definitely take the optional trip of ascending Villarica volcano...a tough haul, but definitely worth it - a feeling of real achievement, and great views from the top

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 6
    Written on January 5, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous country. Up with Nepal, Vietnam, Peru - all of which I've visited - for variety and beauty of scenery. Great people, great food, excellent guide. Also, feels very safe....you don't feel the need to be so alert/streetwise as (say) Peru or Morrocco.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Going to the Towers of Paine. Seeing them in bright sunlight...which in Patagonia is not always guaranteed! Also, ascending Villarica volcano (an optional trip)What did you think of your group leader?Pablo was very enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and proud of his country...a great guide, and a delight to travel with.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1. Take a camera with a big memory! 2. Definitely take the optional trip of ascending Villarica volcano...a tough haul, but definitely worth it - a feeling of real achievement, and great views from the top

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 7
    Written on January 8, 2008
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Hardly energetic at all and at 38 I was easily the youngest of the group.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing the volcano at Pucon.What did you think of your group leader?Nice bloke, but rather arrogant and lacking in information when asked questions.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do this trip if you don't like too much walking.

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 8
    Written on January 8, 2008
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Hardly energetic at all and at 38 I was easily the youngest of the group.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing the volcano at Pucon.What did you think of your group leader?Nice bloke, but rather arrogant and lacking in information when asked questions.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do this trip if you don't like too much walking.

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 9
    Written on October 4, 2007
    4.0 - Good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summit of Villarica volcano after my kit had got tangled with the chairlift which threw me over the back of the platform. A few bruises but no broken bones.

  • Trekking Highlights of Chile reviewer 10
    Written on October 4, 2007
    4.0 - Good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summit of Villarica volcano after my kit had got tangled with the chairlift which threw me over the back of the platform. A few bruises but no broken bones.  The slide down the snow slopes was brilliant.Everything about Patagonia . The space, the quality of air and light,  the Mountains and the wildlife.Atacama Desert, what a contrast, again the light and variety plus fascinating history.  I must not forget lovely Katherina in the Cafe Tierra, San Pedro. (off the record). What did you think of your group leader?Alexis was top rate and nothing was too much troubleI put my Camera out of action in the Villarica incident and he lent me his own equipment for the remainder of the trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Respect local custums. Do your research before you travel and read your dossier then relax, let it flow and have a good time.Is there anything else you would like to add?Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to my next trip

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  1. Day 1: Start Santiago; walking tour of the city.
  2. Day 2: Walking tour through Valparaiso and Vina del Mar.
  3. Day 3: Fly to Punta Arenas, drive to Puerto Natales.
  4. Day 4: To Torres del Paine National Park; walk at Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul.
  5. Day 5: Hike to the Grey Glacier.
  6. Day 6: Hike to the French Valley.
  7. Day 7: Hike to Cuernos del Paine viewpoint; transfer to Puerto Natales then bus journey to Punta Arenas.
  8. Day 8: Fly to Calama; to San Pedro de Atacama.
  9. Day 9: City tour; afternoon walk amid the strange rock formations of the Cornizas and Moon Valleys.
  10. Day 10: Hike at Quebrada del Diablo; afternoon visit to Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Village.
  11. Day 11: Visit El Tatio Geysers; hike in Guatin Valley.
  12. Day 12: Transfer to Calama; fly to Santiago; End Santiago.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 8,055 km.
  • Santiago (Chile)
  • 102 km
  • Valparaiso (Chile)
  • 7 km
  • Vina del Mar (Chile)
  • 97 km
  • Santiago (Chile)
  • 2,189 km
  • Punta Arenas (Chile)
  • 191 km
  • Puerto Natales (Chile)
  • 108 km
  • Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine (Chile)
  • 299 km
  • Punta Arenas (Chile)
  • 3,419 km
  • Calama (Chile)
  • 90 km
  • San Pedro De Atacama (Chile)
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