Chile vacation, 21 days south to north

“Dramatic, authentic Chile on a three week self guided tour, traveling by air and road, exploring its diverse landscapes and meeting local people on a homestay and at an estancia.”

Highlights

Santiago | Punta Arenas | estancia visit | Torres del Paine National Park | Ancud | Chiloé Island homestay | Castro | Puerto Montt | Puerto Varas | Huilo Huilo biological reserve | Geométricas Hot Springs | Pucon | National Park of Huerquehue | options: climb Villarrica volcano, Trancura River Rafting, cycling | | San Pedro de Atacama | Atacama Desert | Valley of the Moon hike | Tatio Geysers | Los Flamencos National Reserve | Valparaiso

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Chile vacation, 21 days south to north

Environment

This is a tailor-made, independent trip; groups are very small, normally composed of 2 to 4 people, helping to minimise the negative environmental and social impact.

Much of the trip is spent in pristine nature, including Torres del Paine National Park, Huerquehue National Park, the Huilo Huilo biological reserve and Los Flamenco National Reserve. Our travelers are briefed by local guides as to how to minimise their impact on the environment. Advise includes staying on marked tracks, where the picnic areas are and how to reduce waste. Some useful information on local flora and fauna and tips on how to travel responsibly, can also be found in the road book we provide to our travelers.

On this tour, we work with small hotels run by people aware of their environmental responsibilities. Most of the accommodation consists of traditional constructions, often built using local materials such as native woods.

In the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, located in Chile’s rainforest, travelers will get to know more about this great example of sustainable tourism, a conservation project of both local nature and culture.

On the Island of Chiloe, travelers will meet a group local fishermen who have created an association for the protection and development of their natural heritage. Aware of the negative impact of fishing on biodiversity, they are using tourism as a new source of income. Travelers will learn about local marine life including penguins, sea lions, sea otters and pelicans among other animals.

Community

We support local employment and communities in our choice of accommodation, tours, restaurants, etc. This trip is no different from others we provide, in that it encourages real interaction between people while respecting the culture, history and customs of each individual community. This carefully planned itinerary includes several small villages along the way, where the traveler can gain insight into the local culture. Travelers will spend a day in an authentic estancia, experiencing the traditional “huaso” culture, in the middle of the Patagonian countryside. An opportunity to learn and participate in some of their daily activities such as organic farming, herding and milking the animals... On the Island of Chiloe, travelers will have a chance to spend a couple of nights with local families of small scale farmers. In these small communities, they will meet local people, eat locally produce and have a truly authentic experience, while at the same time supporting local businesses.

We donate 3% of the total price of this trip to co-fund micro-projects implemented by local schools, associations and ONGs. These are community projects based on education and conservation activities, especially addressed to young people.

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Reviewed on 08 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There are so many memories - we enjoyed seeing the wildlife on Peninsula Valdes, driving across endless wilderness in the Chubut Valley, the lake views in
Bariloche, the white-water rafting on Petrohue River beside snow-capped volcanoes, outstanding mountain scenery and hiking in Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Teatro Colon and tango in Buenos Aires.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do not rely on debit cards to get cash, there are very high charges (25%) to withdraw money from an ATM, much better to take US dollars or euros and
exchange at the cambios in the bigger towns and cities. Chile is considerably more expensive than Argentina.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the tour operator donate part of the price of the vacation to charitable projects.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The overall package was never the same day in day out

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


My agent passed on 3% of the cost of the vacation to local good causes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Our travel agent provided excellent service both before and throughout the vacation. First class.

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