Chile highlights tour, 10 days

“A ten day, tailor made of Chile’s magnificent natural highlights. Start in Santiago, fly north to Atacama and then south to Patagonia. this is one colossal trip. With transfers throughout. ”

Highlights

Santiago | f San Pedro de Atacama | Atacama Desert | Pukara de Quitor fortress | White village of Toconao | Tatio Geysers | Patagonia | Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park

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Chile highlights tour, 10 days

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We work hard to protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint, and we use overland travel using local transportation as opposed to domestic flights wherever this is possible. Chile is a very long, thin country, however, and so some internal flights are included in this itinerary. To put things into perspective, the bus journey from Santiago to San Pedro takes nearly 2 days. For this reason this vacation focuses on spending more time in just two areas of Chile, rather than many internal flights and short stops in numerous destinations.

We work with locally-owned and run hotels within the Torres del Paine National Park which have a focus on sustainability, such as the Las Torres hotel, which has its own vegetable garden to cut down on imported produce. In all of our trips we include national park entrance fees in all of our vacations. This money goes directly towards protecting and sustaining the relevant parks for future generations.

In our UK office we have an active recycling policy and also use recycled ink cartridges and paper. We also minimise our waste by limiting the number of vacation brochures we print. Instead, we refer potential customers to our online resources and send most of our vacation information via email.

Community

In order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible vacations we always recommend locally-owned restaurants and hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give customers the opportunity to ‘travel like a local’. On this trip we particularly recommend El Cormoran de las Rocas in Puerto Natales, which serves fantastic fresh seafood, straight from the town's harbour that morning.

We only use local suppliers and guides within Patagonia, Santiago and Atacama for all transfers and tours, which helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities through employment of local guides, drivers and reps.

We also choose to work with hotels who run local community projects and support local cultures, for example, Las Torres is located on an old Gaucho ranch, and traditional customs are at the heart of the hotel’s ethos. In Atacama, we only do small group tours to villages in the Atacama Desert in order to avoid causing disruption to local communities whilst still supporting their tourist industry.

We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes.

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Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019 by

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


Torres del Paine park with its magnificent vistas.

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


South America has some 'interesting' quirks including frequent changes of departure times and cancellations by airlines, toilet paper goes in the bin not the
toilet (yuk!), limited services in many hotels (eg no tea/coffee other than with meals, poor maintenance) and a manana attitude (no hurry). But also friendly
people, good local food and excellent wine (in Chile and Argentina anyway). Learn some Spanish especially in more remote areas - even if they speak some
English, the effort to speak their language will be very well received. Tips not essential but warmly welcomed.

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


Lots of local people get jobs with tourism and the level of environmental awareness was surprising. Real effort made to reduce rubbish, keep visitors to
marked paths, reduce impacts on local wildlife.

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


Challenging in parts eg the extreme cold in Patagonia, but really interesting if you keep an open mind and go with the flow.

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

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


Epic scenery throughout.

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


Double check weather forecasts for when you are traveling. We were unfortunately affected badly by the “Bolivian winter.”

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


Hotels seem very environmentally minded.

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


Really enjoyable time.

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