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Atacama & Patagonia Off the Beaten Track Holiday

Coastal dunes and mining stories up north; oceanic glaciers and gaucho tales down south. Visit places few get to experience in Chile's beautiful extremes.

If you appreciate going to places where most people don’t speak English, where wi-fi works only sometimes, where roads cut across salt-flats, where your day might be distracted by a herd of guanacos, or flock of flamingos, then this is a holiday for you.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Land in Chile, explore Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to be met by your guide and settled into your hotel downtown before you head out with them to explore on foot.
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Day 2 - Travel north for sundowners in the dunes

Fly north to the desert landscapes of the southern Atacama region. Settle in to your beautiful small hotel before sundowners in the nearby ‘sea of dunes’.
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Day 3 - Private guided day around copper mines

To understand this region of Chile, you must know its mining culture. Today your guide shares this with you, including the San José mine, site of the rescue of the '33' miners in 2010.
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Day 4 - Private guided into the high Andes

Today is a long day of incredible variety as you travel right up into the highest of the high Andes. See the high bird-filled lagoons and high peaks of the Altiplano.
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Day 5 - Day to relax or head to the coast

After a very full day yesterday, today is yours to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. You might like to take a taxi to the coast to enjoy the sea views and a seafood lunch.
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Day 6 - Travel to Patagonia's Cerro Castillo National Park

Fly south to the Patagonia, an extraordinary change in surroundings which really only Chile can provide. Pick up your 4x4 vehicle to drive to the nearby Cerro Castillo National Park.
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Day 7 - Private guided day walking in the national park

Private-guided walk in the spectacular Cerro Castillo National Park following some or all of the spectacular Nuevo Zealandes valley.

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