Duration: 31 Days - 30 Nights
Location: Chile
Special Info: From USD $1,980 per stage

                             huerquehue 169 Hiking Lake and Volcano

 Amity Tours has developed the ultimate hiking tour experience for people that love walking during the day and rest comfortable at night in a hotel or ecolodge. You’ll hike among Chile’s most astonishing landscapes surrounded by the driest desert in the world, active volcanoes, pristine lakes, ancient glaciers, the Pacific coast,  and Patagonia. In addition to learning about history, culture, archaeology, and our country’s fascinating native flora and fauna.

You can do all our hiking program at once in 31 days or, you can choose from one, two and up to 5 hiking stages in one trip and then come back for more. You can set your own dates on private departure or join us on our fixed departures tours between September and May. We run this tour for small groups, up to 10 persons maximum. 

The Five Hiking Stages are described here, just clink on them and start your ultimate hiking experience in Chile.

*Click on Hiking Stage to see the details.

  • Arriving to Chile – Santiago

    Upon your arrival, our friendly staff will meet you at Santiago’s International Airport and drive you to our capital city. Here in Santiago you can spend a minimum of one night, exploring some the best attractions. We work with good boutique hotels, all located in Providencia district or in some of the bohemian areas of Barrio Lastarria and Barrio Bellavista.

    You may consider additional nights in Santiago if you want to explore the Wine Country or if you are transitioning between stages, specially Patagonia stage and Easter Island stage.

     

  • Stage 01 – Atacama Desert – 6 Days

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    During 6 days, you will be visiting the following places:

    – Chaxa, Miscanti, Miñiques, Cejar and Tebinquinche lagoons
    – Tatio Geysers and wetlands
    – Moon Valley, Death Valley and beautiful gorges Cari and Nacimiento
    – Ancient Inca villages, history, culture and local people
    – Atacama Salt Flat and Rainbow Valley

    Day 1. Kari George – Valle de la Luna (MoonValley)

    Get ready for your hiking tour in the Atacama Desert!

    Once you arrive to Calama Airport, you’ll take a 90 minutes transfer to San Pedro de Atacama and check in at your hotel.

    Highlights: Salt Mountain Range – Coyote Rock – Kari Gorge – Moon Valley – Big Sand Dune
    Time hiking: 2 – 3 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Don Tomas Hotel 3* or Cumbres Atacama Hotel & SPA 4*                                                                                
    Meals: Welcome Cocktail

    Day 2. Tulor – Death Valley – Cornisas – Catarpe – Quitor

    Highlights: Tulor – Death Valley – Las Cornizas – Catarpe Valley – Pukara Quitor  
    Time hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Don Tomas Hotel 3* or Cumbres Atacama Hotel & SPA 4*                                                       
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

    Day 3. Miniques – Miscanti – Quebrada de Nacimiento

    Highlights: Atacama Salt Flat – Flamingos National Reserve – Socaire Village – Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons – Nacimiento Gorge
    Time hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Don Tomas Hotel 3* or Cumbres Atacama Hotel & SPA 4*                           
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

    Day 4. El Tatio Geysers – Wetlands – Machuca – Rio  Grande Hike 

    Highlights: El Tatio Geysers – Machuca Village – Rio Grande Village – Altiplano Wetlands
    Time hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Don Tomas Hotel 3or Cumbres Atacama Hotel & SPA 4*
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

    Day 5. Rainbow Valley and Cejar Lagoon

    Highlights: Rainbow Valley – Cejar Lagoon – Ojos del Salar Lagoon –  Tebinquinche Lagoon
    Time hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Don Tomas Hotel 3or Cumbres Atacama Hotel & SPA 4*
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Cocktail

    Day 6. Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport

    After breakfast, you will have time to walk on town and buy some souvenirs for family or friends.
    Depending on the time of your domestic flight, a shared transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Calama airport to catch the flight for your next hiking stage.  

    Meals: Breakfast

    WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS HIKING STAGE.

  • Stage 02 – Easter Island Rapa Nui – 5 Days

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    During 5 days, you will be visiting the following places:

    Mataveri coast line – Ana Kai Tangata cave – Rano Kau Volcano – Orongo ceremonial village – and other archaeological sites such as Ahu Tepeu – Ahu Vai Mata – Mai Taki Te Moa – Omohi – Hanga O Teo and Papa Tekena (each Ahu is an altar with Moai) – and beautiful Anakena beach.

    Likewise, we’ll visit Vai a Heva – Pua Katiki – Moai iti iti – Poike mount – Ana O Keke cave,  Ahu Akahanga, Maunga Toa Toa, Vai To Iri, Rano Raraku Volcano, – Puna Pau quarry – Ana Te Pahu cave,  and the ceremonial village of Tahai.

    Day 1 Easter Island – Orongo and Rano Kau Half Day Hike- Welcome Dinner

    Get ready for your hiking tour in Easter Island!

    Our van and local guides will welcome you at Mataveri airport and take you to the Hotel.

    Highlights: Mataveri – Ana Kai Tangata – Conaf – Rano Kau – Orongo Ceremonial Village
    Time Hiking: 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Tiare Pacific Hotel 2* or Puku Vai Hotel 3*                                                                                      
    Meals: Welcome Dinner

    Day 2 Full Day Hike Hanga o Teo, Leyends of Rapa Nui

    Highlights: Ahu Te Peu – Ahu Vai Mata – Omohi – Hanga O Teo – Papa Tekena – Ahu Naunau and Anakena beach
    Time Hiking: 4 – 5 hours
    Accommodation at: Tiare Pacific Hotel 2* or Puku Vai Hotel 3*                                                                                      
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

    Day 3 Full Day Hike Poike and Terevaka Volcanoes, Views of Rapa Nui

    Highlights: Poike Volcano – Vai a Heva – Pua Katiki – Moai iti iti – Ana O Keke cave – Vai Tea forest – Terevaka Volcano – Ahu Akivi (very important Moai altar)
    Time Hiking: 6 – 7 hours
    Accommodation at: Tiare Pacific Hotel 2* or Puku Vai Hotel 3*                                                                                      
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

    Day 4 Rano Raraku Volcano and Caves + West Coast, The Moai’s Road

    Highlights: Ahu Akahanga – Maunga Toa Toa – Vai To Iri – Rano Raraku Volcano – Puna Pau quarry – Tahai village
    Time Hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Tiare Pacific Hotel 2* or Puku Vai Hotel 3*                                                                                      
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

    Day 05 Transfer from Hanga Roa to Mataveri Airport  

    After breakfast, you will have time to walk around town and buy some souvenirs for family or friends.
    Depending on the time of your domestic flight, our transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Mataveri airport to catch the flight for your next hiking stage.  

    Meals: Breakfast

    WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS HIKING STAGE.

  • Stage 03 – The Lake and Volcano District – 8 Days

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    During 8 days, you will be visiting the following places:

    – Kutralkura Geopark, Lonquimay Volcano, Nalcas-Malalcahuello National Reserve
    – Conguillio National Park, Llaima Volcano, Sierra Nevada Volcano, Araucaria tree forests
    – Pucon, Huerquehue National Park, Huife Hot Springs, Villarrica Volcano
    – Villarrica National Park, Pichillancahue Glacier, Geometricas Hot Springs, Quetrupillan Volcano
    – Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano, Chile’s Seven Lake Route
    – Puerto Varas, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Osorno Volcano, Llanquihue Lake, Petrohue Waterfalls
    – Puerto Montt, Angelmó Seafood Market, Alerce Andino National Park

    Day 1 Temuco Airport – Malalcahuello – Kutralkura Geopark – Lonquimay Volcano

    Get ready for your hiking tour in The Lake and Volcano District!

    Upon your arrival, our friendly staff will meet you at the local airport or bus station in Temuco, followed by heading toward the Andean area of La Araucania and after 2 ½ hours we’ll arrive to our hotel in Malalcahuello, a small and quaint mountain village that looks toward the stunning Lonquimay Volcano.

    Highlights: Kutralkura Geopark – Lonquimay Volcano – Navidad Crater – Nalcas Malalcahuello National Reserve
    Time Hiking: 2 – 3 hours
    Accommodation at: Suizandina Lodge 2* or Corralco Mountain Hotel & SPA 4* 
    Meals: Lunch and Welcome Dinner

    Day 2 Conguillio National Park – Pucon

    Highlights: Kutralkura Geopark – Llaima Volcano – Sierra Nevada Volcano – Conguillio Lake – Ancient Araucaria tree forests 
    Time Hiking: 4 – 5 hours
    Accommodation at: Geronimo Hotel 2* or Martina de Goñi Hotel 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch. 

    Day 3 Huerquehue National Park – Huife Hot Springs – Pucon

    Highlights: Araucarias Biosphere Reserve – Tinquilco Lake – Villarrica Volcano – Andean Lakes – Ancient Araucaria tree forests 
    Time Hiking: 5 – 6 hours
    Accommodation at: Geronimo Hotel 2* or Martina de Goñi Hotel 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch. 

    Day 4 Villarrica National Park – Pichillancahue Glacier – Geometricas Hot Springs – Huilo-Huilo

    Highlights: Araucarias Biosphere Reserve – Calafquen Lake – Villarrica and Quetrupillan Volcanoes – Pichillancahue Glacier – Ancient Araucaria tree forests 
    Time Hiking: 4 – 5 hours
    Accommodation at: Marina del Fuy Hotel 3* or Nothofagus Hotel & SPA 4*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 5 Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve – Patagonian Temperate Rain Forest

    Highlights: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve – Pirihueico Lake – Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano – Huilo Huilo Waterfall – Patagonian Temperate Rain Forest
    Time Hiking: 3 – 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Marina del Fuy Hotel 3* or Nothofagus Hotel & SPA 4*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 6 Huilo Huilo – Vicente Perez Rosales National Park – Puerto Varas

    Highlights: Llanquihue Lake – Petrohue Waterfalls – Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes – Patagonian Temperate Rain Forest
    Time Hiking: 3 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Kalfu Hotel 3* or Cumbres Patagonicas Hotel & SPA 5*
    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch. 

    Day 7 Alerce Andino National Park – Puerto Varas

    Highlights: Carretera Austral – Larch tree forest – Sargazo Lake – Patagonian Temperate Rain Forest
    Time Hiking: 4 – 5 hours
    Accommodation at: Casa Kalfu Hotel 3* or Cumbres Patagonicas Hotel & SPA 5*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner 

    Day 8 Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport

    After breakfast, you will have time to walk around town or the Angelmo Market and buy some souvenirs for family or friends.

    Depending on the time of your domestic flight, our transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Puerto Montt airport to catch the flight for your next hiking stage.  

    Meals: Breakfast

    WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS HIKING STAGE.

  • Stage 04 – Patagonia, Torres del Paine – 6 Days

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    During 6 days, you will be visiting the following places:

    – Ultima Esperanza Sound and Milodon Cave
    – Paine Towers and Paine Horns
    – Sarmiento Lake and Azul Lake
    – Lake Pehoe and Salto Grande waterfall
    – Nordenskjold Lake trail
    – Lake Grey and Pingo Trail
    – French Valley Trail
    – Paine Towers Base Trail and Ascencio Valley

    Day 1 Punta Arenas Airport – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park (Sun)

    Get ready for your hiking tour in Torres del Paine National Park – Chilean Patagonia!

    The trip begins with you being picked up from Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park.

    Highlights: Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Ultima Esperanza Sound and Milodon Cave
    Accommodation at: Ecocamp Patagonia, in Suite Domes
    Meals: Welcome Cocktail

    Day 2 Sarmiento and Laguna Azul + BBQ (Mon & Thurs)

    Highlights: Sarmiento Lake – Laguna Azul – Macho Canyon – Patagonia Fauna, Guanacos.
    Time Hiking:  5 km/3 mi, 2 hr walking
    Accommodation at: Ecocamp Patagonia, in Suite Domes
    Meals: Breakfast, BBQ Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 3 Western Lakes, Hike Pingo Trail (Tues & Fri)

    Highlights: Paine Grande and Los Cuernos – Lake Pehoe – Salto Grande waterfalls – Nordenskjold trail – Lake Grey – Pingo Trail
    Time Hiking:  14 km /9 mi, 4 hours
    Accommodation at: Ecocamp Patagonia, in Suite Domes
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 4 Navigation Pehoe Lake and hike French Valley* (Wed & Sat) 

    Highlights: Boat ride in Lake Pehoe – French Valley – Hanging Bridge at French River – Refugio Paine Grande
    Time Hiking:  21km /13 mi, 8 hours
    Accommodation at: Ecocamp Patagonia, in Suite Domes
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    *The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto dock and Refugio Pehoe: September, October and April (shoulder season) the navigation will not operate and therefore the excursion will be replaced by an excursion from Estancia Lazo to Weber Bridge. November 1st to 15th : Hike is limited and only reaches camp Italiano. November 16th until March 15th: excursion operates on a regular basis. March 16th until 31st: Hike is limited and only reaches camp Italiano.  

    Day 5 Paine Towers Base Hike (Thurs)

    Highlights: Ascencio Valley – Torres del Paine
    Time Hiking:  22km /14 mi,  9 hours
    Accommodation at: Ecocamp Patagonia, in Suite Domes
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 6 Transfer from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas Airport (Fri)

    We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago for your next hiking stage.

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • Stage 05 – Cochamo Valley and Chiloe Island – 6 Days

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    During 6 days, you will be visiting the following places:

    – Tagua Tagua Lake and Tagua Tagua Park (Conservation Land Trust)
    – Cypress and Larch tree forests
    – Cochamo Valley and Puelo River
    – Angelmo Seafood and Produce Market
    – Ferry crossing at Reloncavi Estuary
    – Chiloe Island, Chacao and Ancud city.
    – Birdwatching seashore birds in Caulin cove – Oyster Tasting –  Senda Darwin Biological Field Station
    – Penguins and Sea Mammals at Puñihuil Bay – Sendero de Chile, Pacific coast trail

    Day 1 Puerto Montt – Tagua Tagua Lake – Tagua Tagua Park – Quetrus Refuge

    Get ready for your hiking tour in Chiloe Island!

    Upon your arrival, our friendly staff will meet you in the morning at the local airport or bus station in Puerto Montt, followed by heading toward the Andean area of Cochamó Valley and after 4 hours we’ll arrive at Lake Tagua Tagua. Here a boat we’ll take us across the lake and in 20 minutes we’ll arrive at the base of the Tagua Tagua Park trail.

    Highlights: Lake Tagua Tagua and Tagua Tagua Park (Land Trust)
    Time Hiking: 6 – 7 hours
    Accommodation at: Quetrus Refuge 
    Meals: Picnic Lunch and Welcome Dinner

    Day 2 Tagua Tagua Park – Mitico Puelo Lodge 

    Highlights: Cypress and Larch tree forests – Andean lakes – Andean waterfalls – Mitico Puelo Lodge 
    Time Hiking: 5 – 6 hours
    Accommodation at: Mitico Puelo Lodge 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 3 Tagua Tagua Lake – Puerto Montt – Pargua – Ancud 

    Highlights: Angelmo Seafood and Produce Market – Ferry Crossing Reloncavi Estuary – Chacao and Ancud 
    Time Hiking: 1 hour
    Accommodation at: Chil-hue Beach Lodge 2* or Ancud Hotel 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 4 Birdwatching & Oyster Tasting   

    Highlights: Birdwatching seashore birds in Caulin cove – Oyster Tasting –  Senda Darwin Biological Field Station 
    Time Hiking: 2 – 3 hours
    Accommodation at: Chil-hue Beach Lodge 2* or Ancud Hotel 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner. 

    Day 5 Penguins & Sea Mammals at Puñihuil Bay – Sendero de Chile hike, Duatao to Chepu River trail

    Highlights: Penguins and Sea Mammals at Puñihuil Bay – Sendero de Chile, Pacific coast trail 
    Time Hiking: 4 – 5 hours
    Accommodation at: Chil-hue Beach Lodge 2* or Ancud Hotel 3*
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner. 

    Day 6 Transfer from Ancud to Puerto Montt Airport   

    After breakfast, you will have time to walk around town and buy some souvenirs for family or friends.

    Depending on the time of your domestic flight, our transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Puerto Montt airport to catch the flight for your next hiking stage.  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to info@amity-tours.com.
    Atacama Desert Stage – Rate per person USD $1,995 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $215
    Easter Island Stage – Rate per person USD $2,790 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $320 (Standard Option)
    Lake & Volcano District Stage – Rate per person USD $1,980 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $590
    Patagonia Stage – Low Season (SEP 12th to OCT 15th 2016 and APR 18th to MAY 7th 2017) Rate per person in Suite Domes, USD $2,250 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $1,350
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦ ATACAMA DESERT, EASTER ISLAND AND LAKE & VOLCANO DISTRICT HIKING STAGES HAVE A LUXURY VERSION AVAILABLE.

  • ◦ Lodging on mentioned Hotels described in the itinerary or similar.
    ◦ Professional tour guide.
    ◦ Private transportation.
    ◦ Accident Insurance
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary  (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; BL: Box Lunch; D: Dinner)
    ◦ Entrance fees to national parks and attractions.
    ◦ Insurance and all activities according to the itinerary.
    ◦ Guided hikes including natural interpretation on the volcanology and the indigenous flora and fauna of the parks, as well as cultural interpretation and focus on the history and traditions of local communities.
  • ◦ International and domestic flights.
    ◦ Gratuities & Extra drinks.
    ◦ Laundry.
    ◦ Reciprocity fees for VISA in Chile.

  • ◦ We run this tour under a regular departure and private departure. In the latter case you set the dates.
    ◦ ATACAMA DESERT, EASTER ISLAND AND LAKE & VOLCANO DISTRICT HIKING STAGES HAVE A LUXURY VERSION AVAILABLE.
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    PACKING TIPS

    For your Discover Chile Hiking Tour – The Ultimate Hiking Experience, you definitely want to be well prepared.

    No matter which hiking stages you choose, we recommend the following packing list:

    Underwear: Synthetics are easier to wash and dry. Synthetic thermal underwear. You need a lightweight long underwear top and bottom of a polyester-type fabric. Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable for 4 hiking stages excepting Easter Island.

    Clothing: Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt. Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts. Medium-weight sweater or jacket of synthetic fabric, such as fleece. Gore-Tex wind parka for foul weather. Full-length pants, preferably of quick-drying synthetic fabric. Hiking shorts, preferably of quick-drying synthetic fabric.  Pile/fleece pants, ideal for relaxing time after hiking.

    Accessories: Sun hat with wide brim, preferably with a chin strap to keep it from blowing off. Bandanna. It will keep your neck from getting sunburned and can double as a hand towel. Wool or pile hat or ski cap. Gloves or mittens (wool or pile).

    Foot wear: Sturdy, properly fitting footwear can make your trip much more pleasurable. If you’re buying new boots for this trip, please break them in beforehand by wearing them as often as possible before the trip. Medium-weight, all leather, sturdy trekking boots with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your trekking boots should be well broken in, and suitable for prolonged walking on sandy and rocky terrain. Running shoes are NOT appropriate for this trip. Medium weight synthetic socks (we recommend Thorlo® Lt. Trekking). Athletic socks (synthetic for easy washing and drying) that are suitable for the shoes you’ll be wearing while in towns. Inner socks (synthetic) that can be washed and dried quickly.

    Other Items: Swimsuit (for hot springs and Easter Island); One set of casual city clothes that are dressier than your trek clothes (for the cities);  Hiking sticks (optional but highly recommended). These are helpful, if not essential, to relieve the impact on your knees during long downhills; Camera with plenty of memory!; and Binoculars.

    Travel Accessories: Wide mouth water bottles, 1-liter capacity. Bring two and make sure they are leak-proof, heavy duty plastic (preferably Nalgene brand). Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on; Moisturizing lotion; Ace bandage or brace if you’re prone to sore knees or ankles; Sunglasses (very important); Sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. The sun in Chile can be much more intense than you probably imagine, even in Patagonia!; Sunscreen lipstick of SPF 15 or higher; Small flashlight with spare batteries, or small headlamp with spare batteries; Zip-lock bags (they’re great for camera gear); Personal first aid kit; Swiss Army-type pocket knife with can opener and scissors.

    Your favorite snack food. We’ll have plenty of excellent food, but you might want to bring along your favorite snack food (such as raisins or chocolate). Although we accommodate vegetarians, meat is one of Chile’s main staples, Vegetarians might want to bring some protein supplements. 

    WEATHER NOTES

    We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic.

    Here is a general description for each hiking stage:

    Atacama Desert

    The Atacama Desert is commonly known as the driest place in the world. Although the almost total lack of precipitation is the most prominent characteristic of the Atacama Desert, exceptions may occur. The Invierno Boliviano or Altiplano Winter is a phenomenon which can produce a little rain and abundant electrical storms, and occurs in January and February. The average rainfall is about 15 mm. (0.59 in) per year. Moreover, some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. This desert is so arid that many mountains higher than 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) are completely free of glaciers; indeed, only the highest peaks have some permanent snow coverage. In San Pedro de Atacama, the local climate is extremely dry and mild, with daytime temperatures between 25ºC to 30ºC  (77ºF–86ºF) in the summer (December to February) and 18ºC to 25 °C (64 to 77 °F) in the winter (June to August). Nighttime temperatures routinely drop below 0 °C (32 °F) and can reach as low as −10 °C (14 °F) in the winter.

    Easter Island

    Rapa Nui or Easter Island is classified as a tropical rainforest climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The temperatures are mild and suffer minimal seasonal variations. The lowest temperatures are recorded in July and August (18 °C or 64 °F) and the highest in February (maximum temperature 28 °C or 82 °F), the summer season in the southern hemisphere. Winters are relatively mild. The rainiest month is May, though the island experiences year-round rainfall. Easter Island’s isolated location exposes it to winds which help to keep the temperature fairly cool. Precipitation averages 1,100 mm or 44 inches per year. Occasionally, heavy rainfall and rainstorms strike the island. These occur mostly in the winter months (June–August). The driest months are between October and February. The temperature of the sea is for the whole year above 20ºC , its varies between 25ºC in the months of February and March and 20ºC in the months between July and October. Since it is close to the South Pacific High and outside the range of the intertropical convergence zone, cyclones and hurricanes do not occur around Easter island.

    The Lake and Volcano District + Cochamo Valley and Chiloe Island

    Generally the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, specially the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the southern hemisphere) present milder temperatures 10ºC to 25ºC (50°F to 77°F) with some scattered rain (likewise during our Fall, March and April). During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 10ºC to 27ºC (50°F to 81°F).  In January and February temperatures range between 15ºC and 35ºC (60°F / 95°F). Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

    Torres del Paine in Patagonia

    The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the influence from the strong marine currents and Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather hard to predict.
    In Torres del Paine in spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to march) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). Rest assured, however, that just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become pleasantly warm! Night-time temperatures will most likely range from –1°C to -5°C (30s and 40s F) depending on the weather.

    DATES

    We run this tour under a regular departure and private departure. In the latter case you set the dates.

    Private and regular departures from September 2015 until May 2016.

    Atacama Desert, Easter Island and Lake & Volcano District Hiking stages have a Luxury Version available.

    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Mainly hiking, some days including natural hot springs, wildlife observation, and boat rides.

    DIFFICULTY

    This tour presents two difficulty levels,  intermediate and advanced level.

    Intermediate Hiking: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these hiking trips can require sustained endurance levels, hills and longer days. These outings are more demanding than the previous level, intended for active people who are comfortable participating in up to 4-5 hours of hiking per day. They may include hiking on difficult terrain, sometimes steep and/or uneven trails, with obstacles such as wet logs, branches and muddy areas.

    Advanced Hiking: You love hiking. These hiking excursions are physically demanding and best suited for strong people with a high endurance level. These hikes are more demanding than the previous level, intended for active people who are comfortable participating in up to 6-9 hours hiking per day. A typical day may include hiking over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Trails are along high meadow paths and/or maintained cliff-side or Andean trails, with some steep ascents to make you feel exhilarated.

    VISAS

    Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile. Australian and New Zealand citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted.

    US and Canadian citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00) to enter Chile. A valid USA or Canada passport is required  travelling as a tourist for 90 days.

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets.

    Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print -.

    HOTELS

     As indicated in the program or similar. In Santiago area we work with excellent boutique hotels located in great areas.

    For hiking stages in Atacama Desert, Easter Island and Lake & Volcano District we work with 2 star, 3 star and 4 star hotels. Likewise, we offer a luxury version for these three stages, staying at 5 stars hotels or luxury lodges.

    For hiking stage in Torres del Paine Patagonia we only work with Ecocamp Patagonia

    For hiking stage in Cochamo Valley and Chiloe Island we use a combination of mountain refuge, mountain lodge, beach lodge and 3 star hotel.

    VEHICLES

    Modern van or minibus according to group size, air-conditioned

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $600 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour (except in Torres del Paine). The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

    GRATUITY

    In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. People usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips. At the end of the trip gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $120 dollars per person, per guide.

    FOOD

    Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, kosher food is not available.

    AIRLINE INFORMATION

    We highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from your country to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights to Calama (CJC), Easter Island (IPC),  Temuco (ZCO), Puerto Montt (PMC) and Punta Arenas (PUQ) . This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

    We are happy to help you find and book your domestic flights, without extra cost.-

    The international terminal at SCL is located in the same building than the domestic terminal.

    Note: The local flights in Chile have a luggage allowance of 23kg. You will need to pay excess if your baggage exceeds this.