Chile North to South

A celebration of Chile’s wild landscapes

  • A one-of-a-kind adventure connecting three stunning regions: Patagonia, Lake District, and Atacama Desert
  • Enjoy active explorations—from hiking to horseback riding—by day, and nights spent at elegant lodges
  • Be among the first to explore Patagonia National Park, helping support the efforts of Conservación Patagónica
  • Departures magazine explored this region with the assistance of GeoEx for its September 2016 guide to Patagonia
Explore Chile with GeoEx
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking, Horseback Riding, Rafting
Trip Extensions: Argentina & Chile Extensions

Long before poets like Pablo Neruda and Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga paid tribute to Chile, Nature itself engaged in some inspired poetic license in creating this elegantly thin, magnificently varied land. This customizable, end-to-end journey introduces you to its many wonders.

After a look around Santiago, you go south the stunning, remote Aysén region to discover the future Patagonia National Park. For two full days, you hike amid glowing, glaciated landscapes dotted with waterfalls, guanacos, and wildflowers, and learn about conservation efforts. From here it’s another full day of travel—and well worth every minute—to reach the Lake District, a gorgeous  patchwork of peaks and lakes that’s crisscrossed by fertile farms, dense woodland, German-flavored  towns, and Mapuche settlements. From a sophisticated, riverside hacienda, explore with a range of activities from hiking to river rafting and rodeo watching to craft-market shopping.

Then fly north to the lunar-like Atacama Desert, the world’s driest place. Among its high tableland of sprawling salt flats, 20,000-foot volcanoes, steaming geysers, and Aymara villages, you stroll, hike, and perhaps even bike and ride horses. Fully invigorated, you return to Santiago for flights home or onward.

Note that there are handy extensions to Torres del Paine, moai-dappled Easter Island, and captivating Chiloe Island.

Chile tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Santiago, city tour
  • Day 2: fly to Aysén region, drive to Chacabuco Valley
  • Days 3 & 4: Patagonia National Park hiking
  • Day 5: drive to Balmaceda, fly to Puerto Montt, drive to Puerto Varas
  • Days 6–8: Lake District exploring
  • Day 9: fly to the Atacama Desert
  • Days 10 & 11: Atacama exploring
  • Day 12: fly to Santiago, depart.

  • Optional Easter Island Extension:
  • Day 12: fly to Easter Island
  • Days 13 & 14: explore archaeological sites, beaches, and craters
  • Day 15: fly to Santiago, depart.