Chile's Little North: Dunes, Whales, Wine & Stars

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Chile's 'Little North' is a place of epic views by day...

elqui valley stargazing

... And glorious night skies by night

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You will get close to whales, penguins & more...

elqui valley winery

Visit sunny wineries below the Andes...

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... And enjoy irresistible Piscos, Chile's national drink

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Go way off the beaten track with your guides...

copiapo sand dunes

To explore a Sea of Dunes...

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... And visit the mine of the famous 'Los 33' rescue

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This trip is a self-drive journey through Chile's undiscovered Little North. It's a place of coastal dunes, high mountains, marine wildlife, wineries and incredible night skies.

  • Epic desert scenery
  • Coast & mountains
  • Whales up close
  • Wine & Pisco sours
  • Unforgettable stargazing
  • Packed with local flavour
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What's included

Key Inclusions

12 nights hotel accommodation

(enquire for hotel details)

4x4 vehicle hire

Private airport transfers

2 x internal flights

All breakfasts

Guided Activities

Private Santiago city tour

Private Sea of Dunes 4x4 tour

Private mines visit

Shared whale-watching excursion

Shared stargazing

Shared Valparaíso community tour

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Holiday Guide with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Exclusive departure date

Please note: International travel & fuel for vehicle hire not included.


Day 1

Explore Santiago with a helping hand

Your trip begins in Chile's thriving capital, where a friendly face will introduce you to their home city. You'll have no trouble finding somewhere good for dinner tonight in this foodie hotspot.

Day 2

Wander in Santiago at your own pace

Day 3

Fly north to the Atacama

Day 4

Explore the Sea of Dunes

Day 5

Discover the Atacama's mining heritage

Day 6

Travel through coastal deserts to La Serena

Day 7

Get close to incredible marine wildlife

Day 8

Visit wineries on the way to Elquí Valley

Day 9

Experience the world's first International Dark Sky Sanctuary

Day 10

Soak up sunshine, linger at your lodge

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Travelling with one of the first UK travel companies to be certified B Corp means your holiday, according to Which?, meets "the highest standards of social and environmental performance".

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