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Surprise yourself with 1000 stories in 15 days in Chile

Surprise yourself with 1000 stories in 15 days in Chile

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CULTURES AND LANDSCAPES OF THE NORTH, CENTRE AND SOUTH OF CHILE

Chile is a very diverse country. Its 4,300 km long coastline and mountains with its natural and cultural diversity make Chile a unique country in the world. This tour invites you to take a trip through the different areas of our country and their diverse attractions and cultures. We will start the tour in the northern zone, which is characterized by the most arid desert in the world, the Atacama Desert. We will visit San Pedro de Atacama and be amazed by its peace, colors, salt flats, geysers, fauna and above all, the Lickan Antay culture.

 

Then we will visit the Araucanía area, a magical place surrounded by ancient forests, lakes and volcanoes. Its people, characterized by their warm welcome, will teach you about the typical customs of the Mapuche people and their culture and worldview

 

Finally, we will return to the central area, where we will enjoy the history, architecture, valleys, sea and mountains. We will discover the capital of Santiago, with its historical heritage, as well as its bohemian and gastronomic districts. We will also be able to get to know the life, scents and street art of the hills of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage city.

 

Come and live this exceptional experience, full of intercultural exchanges. Dare to know Chile from its people through a community-based tourism!

 

 

HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Lickan Antay Community in San Pedro de Atacama.
    • Lickan Antay Community of Coyo 
    • Río Grande Community and the Petroglyphs
    • Visit to the Moon Valley
    • Astronomy
    • Rainbow Valley 
    • Tatio Geysers
  • Mapuche Community in Quinquén.
    • Mapuche Ancestral Story
    • Millennial forests
    • Hiking
    • Typical community activities
  • Santiago de Chile, the capital
    • City Tour
  • Walk through Valparaíso.
    • Visit the La Matriz Neighborhood
    • Lunch in a local house
    • Tour to the Port
    • Visit the museum of Pablo Neruda “La Chascona”

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Cultural 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Physical Demand 40%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Family 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Nature 80%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Gastronomy 70%

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night / Rainwear / Good trekking shoes / Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Water bottle (At Travolution we avoid buying plastic bottles and appreciate if you bring a reusable one)
  • Included
    24/7 assistance
    Contribution to WINTA or TDLF
    Local guide in Spanish
    Meals when mentioned
    Payment by bank transfer or credit card
    Standard room w/private bathroom
    Transport when mentioned
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic drinks
    Camping
    Domestic flights
    Interpreter guide
    Meals not mensioned
    Nights in cabins run by local families
    Tickets
    Tip
    Transportation on excursions
    Travel insurance
1

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CHILE

Transfer: Private transfer from/to Santiago airport.

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, room with breakfast.

2

DAY 2 - VALPARAÍSO, THE JEWEL OF THE PACIFIC

Public bus: Today, early in the morning, you will take public transport to the bus station and then a bus to Valparaiso (2 hours).

 

La Matriz Valparaíso: Valparaíso, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our local guide will welcome you upon arrival and you will have the opportunity to visit the oldest district of the city together with a local poet. Interesting characters and beautiful views towards the colorful hills are waiting for you.

We start at the atrium of the Iglesia La Matriz, in the area of the foundation of Valparaíso, to visit the oldest temple in the city. Later, we continue with a visit to the 421 soup kitchen, where we will learn about the social work done by neighbors and neighborhood volunteers, in benefit of the homeless.

Then we will walk around the Barrio Puerto area, visiting old shops and bars, and then we will go up the stairs of Santo Domingo Hill, the first hill in the port to be inhabited and which keeps countless architectural and heritage secrets, accompanied by our poet.

After this interesting tour, we will meet the 'Chinita', who will receive us in her own house, to enjoy lunch with a pleasant conversation about the life of the Buenos Aires neighborhood.

Duration: 4 hours

 

City tour Valparaíso: You will go through the city center through the hill area to continue with this unforgettable trip in one of the places recognized as World Heritage, UNESCO. You will continue to walk appreciating the street art that highlights Valparaíso as a bohemian city and cultural center at a national level. Together with the local guide you will visit Pablo Neruda's house museum, La Sebastiana.

Duration: 4 hours

* Tickets to the Museum la Sebastiana not included ($7.000 CLP). Mondays closed.

 

Public bus: Bus back to Santiago (2 hours).

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, guide in Spanish/English/French/Italian, local guide, lunch, room with breakfast.

3

DAY 3 - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, THE MOST ARID DESERT IN THE WORLD

Transfer: Private transfer from/to Santiago airport.

 

Flight: Flight from Santiago to Calama (2 hours).

* 1 suitcase of 23 kg included.

 

Transfer: Once at the Calama airport, go to the Transvip offices to take the shared transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour).

 

Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna): On this first day we will go to the Moon Valley in a small group (maximum 14 people), passing through the Salt Mountains, to get to know one of the most picturesque spots in the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world. The names already give an idea of what the landscape is like, dominated by rock formations shaped by erosion, layers of salt on the ground and views that make you feel as if you were on another planet.

We will cross the valley, visiting its famous rock formations: The Three Marys, The Canyon, The Amphitheatre and the Coyote Stone. Finally, we will enjoy the sunset from a natural viewpoint, where you can observe how the desert changes color, with large volcanoes on the horizon, offering a spectacle without words.

Start time: 15:50

Duration: 4 hours aprox.

* Remember to bring cash for the payment of the entrance fee ($3.000.- CLP per person)

** To begin the tour, you must come to the Whipala office, Tocopilla 418.

 

Astronomic Tour*: Later we will have the opportunity to enjoy the Atacama skies, one of the best in the world for stargazing. The local guides will teach you, as part of a small group, the Andean constellations and the western stars, and how to understand the cosmos according to the ancient inhabitants of the Andes. Using modern telescopes, they will tell and show you the most amazing objects in the universe. You will be back in your accommodation late at night.

* The excursion depends on the sky conditions. If the sky is not clear at night, you will be called to your accommodation. The activity will be postponed to the next night if the weather conditions get better

* What to bring: clothes for the COLD: fleece, warm jacket, polar jacket, gloves, long trousers and warm shoes.

 

Hotel Jardín Atacama: Night at Jardín Atacama Hotel* / Private room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of generating the reservation (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, domestic flight, excursion, guide in Spanish/English, room with breakfast.

4

DAY 4 - LICKAN ANTAY DE COYO COMMUNITY

Transport: In the morning, we will pick you up from your lodging in a private transfer and we will go to the Ayllu of Coyo (15 min. approximately).

 

Lickan Antay experience: Indigenous people called Atacamenians, or Linkay Antay, have been living in the Atacama for thousands of years and their descendants still inhabit this land. In all this time, they have learned to live with the desert and to discover all his secrets.

Duration: 3 hours / 1-hour walk.

Difficulty: Easy.

 

Atacameño Lunch: You will enjoy a lunch of authentic Atacama "fusion" food with preparations based on products traditionally used by the Lickan Antay, such as corn, quinoa, llama or lamb meat and fruits and vegetables produced in the community gardens. After lunch, you will return to the hostel to rest or stay and enjoy the restaurant's garden.

 

Ancestral Caravan: The Ancestral Llama Caravan once was a traditional way of traveling long distances through the Chilean Andes to visit relatives and exchange goods. Now, the local indigenous community Lickan Antay tries to recover the tradition. You will also be able to relive this beautiful experience by walking with llamas through the Atacama Desert and learning how to handle this animal. Our local guides Sandra and Carlos will tell you stories of the desert and the relationship between men and llamas: from herding to transportation to making various products from llama’s fur.

Duration: 2-hour walk.

Difficulty: Easy.

 

Hotel Jardín Atacama: Night at Jardín Atacama Hotel* / Private room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of generating the reservation (prices may change).

Included: excursion, local guide, transport, room with breakfast.

5

DAY 5 - ATACAMA SALT FLAT AND ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS

Altiplanic Lagoons, Atacama Salt Flat: In a small group, you will visit the Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons, the town of Socaire, the great Salar de Atacama, the Chaxa Lagoon and the town of Toconao. You will have the whole day to enjoy the impressive landscape that the desert offers, choosing a good place to have lunch. You will be back in the afternoon.

Pick up: 06:00 - 06:30 am.

Duration: 7 hours aprox.

*Remember to bring cash for the payment of the entrance fee ($5.500 CLP per person).

 

Hotel Jardín Atacama: Night at Jardín Atacama Hotel* / Private room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of generating the reservation (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, guide in Spanish/English, room with breakfast.

6

DAY 6 - PETROGLYPHS, ARCOIRIS VALLEY AND RIO GRANDE

Hierbas Buenas & Rainbow Valley: After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hostel to go to the Hierbas Buenas Valley (1:30 hours), where you will meet Pamela Condori, who will guide you to see the impressive petroglyphs of the place and visit the Rainbow Valley with its many colors.

 

Río Grande: Later, we'll head to the Rio Grande. Discover this town nestled in one of the deepest canyons in the desert. Visit its orchards and stone houses. We will have lunch here, all prepared by local people. We will be back in San Pedro in the afternoon.

* Recuerde traer efectivo para el pago de la entrada ($3.000.- CLP por persona).

 

Hotel Jardín Atacama: Night at Jardín Atacama Hotel* / Private room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of generating the reservation (prices may change).

 

Included: transportation, local guide, lunch, room with breakfast.

7

DAY 7 - TATIO GEOTHERMAL FIELDS

Tatio Geysers: This day will start very early, before dawn. The guide will pick you up at the lodge and take you to the northeast with a small group, going up the hills and mountains of the Andes, to reach the Tatio Geysers after approximately 1:30 hours of travel. Located about 89 km from San Pedro de Atacama, and 4,230 meters above sea level, this geothermal field is composed of more than 80 active Geysers of different magnitudes. In summer the temperature can be about -6ºC and in winter about -20ºC. Arriving at this reserve, we will have time to visit the different Geysers and steam columns.

On the way back to the hotel we will pass through the small town of Machuca.

Pick up: 05:00 - 05:30 am.

Duration: 7:30 hours approx.

* Don't forget to bring: $10,000 CLP per person in cash for entrance fees; sunscreen; windbreaker; plenty of warm clothes; comfortable clothing and walking shoes; water (minimum 1 liter per person)  

Transfer: A shared transfer will take you to Calama airport (1 hour).

 

Flight: Flight to Calama from Santiago (2 hours).

* 1 suitcase of 23 kg included.

 

Transfer: Transfer privado desde/hacia el aeropuerto de Santiago.

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, excursion, guide in Spanish/English, domestic flight, room with breakfast.

8

DAY 8 - MEET SANTIAGO

City Tour in Santiago: The tour starts in the traditional center of Santiago, walking among heritage buildings such as La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, The Cathedral, etc. Later, we continue through the emblematic Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, passing by the Santa Lucía Hill with the best views of Santiago, the Lastarria neighborhood, the Parque Forestal and the Fine Arts Museum. This neighborhood, full of art, shops and alternative cafes, has the most beautiful architecture of the city center. Finally, the Barrio Bellas Artes is connected to the Cerro San Cristobal and the Home Museum la Chascona* of the poet Pablo Neruda.

Afterwards, you will be in Barrio Bellavista, a famous bohemian neighborhood where you can taste typical Chilean food or drink pisco or wine.

Duration: 4 hours

* The guide leaves the passengers at the Museum ¨La Chascona¨ and does not accompany them, because there is an audio guide. Entrance fees not included ($7.000 CLP). Museum closed on Mondays.

 

Bus: Night bus from Santiago to Lonquimay (12:00 hours).

 

Included: excursion, guide in Spanish/English/French/German/Italian, bus ticket, transportation.

9

DAY 9 - WELCOME TO QUINQUÉN, MAPUCHE WORLDVIEW

Transfer from Lonquimayto Quinquén: When you get off the bus, Alex or Joaquin will be waiting for you to take you by private transfer from Lonquimay to the Pehuenche community of Quinquén (1 hour).

 

Kelu Trufken Trail: Alex, a young teacher from the community and also a local guide, will take us on a hike through the mountains and ancient forests of this place. With him, we will learn about the daily practices of the Mapuche Pehuenche culture, we will learn about the art of piñoneo ("pine-nut picking"), one of the main activities of this territory. We will also learn about the interesting history of this people's struggle for the recovery of their land.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with typical ingredients from the valley.

 

Matetún: The Mate for the Pewenche people is a form of communication, of uniting in word and also of listening and welcoming those who visit the community. Here you will meet with one of the wise men of the community while enjoying hot mate and tortillas. This journey is also an invitation to open up the meaning of listening and learning.

 

Accommodation and family dinner: After an exciting day, we will have dinner with our host families, where we will also spend a night of absolute peace and silence.

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.
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DAY 10 - MOUNTAIN LIFE

Mountain Life: We will get up early to accompany the family in the field and help out where possible: foraging animals, collecting eggs and walking in the fields, getting to know the Pewenche lifestyle.

 

The Condor Trail: Watching the spectacular Lake Galletué and the Batea Mahuida Volcano on the border with Argentina is undoubtedly a must in Quinquén. Together with our guide and at a slow pace, we will continue to learn about the stories of the ancient Pehuenche on this quiet trail.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Afternoon Free: You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the woods, talk to people or do optional activities.

* Ask about optional activities, workshops, etc.

 

Accommodation and family dinner: Volveremos a nuestras casas para cenar y dormir.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

11

DAY 11 - AD MAHUIDA TRAIL

Ad Mahuida Trail: This path has been specially prepared to get to know the forest between mountain ranges and the beings that inhabit it. Araucarias, lengas and nirres will accompany us in this beautiful tour.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Afternoon Free: You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the woods, talk to people or do optional activities.

*Ask about optional activities, workshops, etc.

 

Accommodation and family dinner: Volveremos a nuestras casas para cenar y dormir.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

12

DAY 12 - SPINNING AND WEAVING WORKSHOP

Lifkan Mahuida Trail: As a grand finale, Joaquín, a craftsman of the picoyo and local guide, will take us to know the sacred forest he respects, loves and cares for so much. Through a walk, the forest invites us to awaken all our senses to hear the birds, smell the flowers and plants, and perhaps even see some puma tracks. With our senses already open, we will finally arrive at the top of the mountain from where we can enjoy the moving and imposing peaks of volcanoes, the best landscape for saying goodbye to these days.

Duration: 5 hrs / 4-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Weaving and spinning workshop: Weaving is a way of making a specific item but also of building, reflecting and sustaining the memory of a people. That is what many women in the south of Chile do. To learn more about this practice, we will participate in a wool spinning and weaving workshop, which will be guided by a woman from the community. Here, the wool is completely natural as well as all the elements used for dyeing.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Accommodation and family dinner: Volveremos a nuestras casas para cenar y dormir.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, workshop, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

13

DAY 13 - FREE MORNING AND RETURN TO SANTIAGO

Free morning: This morning will be free, so you can enjoy at your own pace. 

* Ask about optional activities, workshops, etc.

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Transfer from Quinquén to Lonquimay: Private transfer from Quinquén to Lonquimay (1 hour). 

 

Bus: Night bus in lounge-bed from Lonquimay a Santiago (12 hours).

 

Included: lunch, transportation, bus ticket.

14

DAY 14 - ENJOY SANTIAGO AT YOUR OWN PACE

Free day: This morning will be free, so you can enjoy at your own pace. 

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: room with breakfast.

15

DAY 15 - END OF YOUR ADVENTURE, SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

Transfer: Don Rodrigo will take you by private transfer to the airport in Santiago, so you can take the flight back home.

 

End of activities and of an incredible journey!

 

Included: transport.

Location

Chile

CHILE

Chile is a magical country that remains unnoticed by many. Being the longest country at 4,00 km, Chile has a lot to offer: from the world's driest desert and the clearest skies of the Atacama, numerous wine cellars in the central part, to the magnificent landscapes of Patagonia. 
 
But as not many know, Chile is not only landscapes. It is full of different cultures and deep knowledge from its inhabitants. Originally, Chile was populated with more than 9 etnias of indigenous people. As Mapuches say, their biggest richness and legacy are not huge pyramids or constructions, but the Words. Words that come from Mother Nature who expresses itself through the people
 
Each of them has managed to preserve their traditions up until today and they are always very happy to share their time and experience with visitors. Here in Travolution, we work every day to help travelers meet the indigenous and rural communities and transform traveling into something meaningful and sustainable.
 
Chilean modern history goes back to the 16th century when Spanish conquistadors arrived to discover new territories in their American rade. Arriving in Chile, the Spanish tried to colonize the country but weren’t able to cross the Biobio river, where the Mapuches stood unwavering.
 
Nevertheless, after the independence of Chile, Mapuches have been relegated to smaller areas, and the conquerors have spread through all the country.
 

DIVERSITY OF CLIMATES AND LANDSCAPES

If you consider the distinct climates through Chile, different flora and fauna and the mix of cultures and ethnicities, you will understand how diverse this magical country is in every term you may imagine.
 
If you go to the north...
...prepare to very hot days and quite cold nights. It almost never rains in the north of Chile and, of course, it’s reflected in the panorama from Arica to La Serena. The most famous place around here is the Atacama desert, but we insist that you have a closer look and add a couple of other stops in your journey around Chile. Some of them are Putre, Chañaral de Aceituno, La Serena, Valle del Elqui and more..
 
If you decide to stay in the centre...
...Unless you travel by land, your first city in Chile will most probably be the capital, Santiago. And it’s fantastic. The city of contrasts has a lot to offer, from colonial and modern architecture, bohemian neighborhoods, hikes in the mountain, wineries, and much more. You can even meet some indigenous communities who live right in the city and welcome travellers to their homes. Isn’t it the best way to break some stereotypes and finally learn what indigenous people really mean!?
 
If you go to the south...
... What comes to mind when you hear the word Patagonia? Mountain ranges? Cleanest rivers and lakes? Glaciers? Numerous national parks? Yes! All of those are something you can expect in Patagonia, whether it is in Chile or in Argentina (we share this paradise on Earth). The climate in the south is way more cool and wet than in the central part, so prepare to have a jacket and raincoat always with you, even in the summer (from December to February). However, it’s the climate who we have to thank for the wonderful landscapes that attract so many visitors. As soon as you get there, you’ll understand what we are talking about. Its ancestral inhabitants will be waiting for you.
 
Why choose only one part and not visiting them all? In Travolution we prepare tailor-made trips, and yours can include the north, the centre and the south, and all of them can be sustainably visited in just 21 days! You are welcome to contact us if you need some help organizing your trip to our such naturally and culturally diverse country!
 

Come and experience it for yourself in this unique adventure!

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