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Hidden Treasures of Central Chile Road Trip

From islands to volcanoes, vineyards to desert, experience Chile's flavours, cultures and landscapes on this grand journey along roads less followed.

This is a grand driving tour dedicated to Chile's beautifully varied landscapes, people and cuisine, all the way from Chiloé on the northern edge of Patagonia, through the Lake District and winelands, all the way to Copiapó on the southern edge of the Atacama.

Enjoy reading this taster itinerary. Please Request Full Details if you'd like to know more, or to discuss how we can tailor this holiday for you.

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Itinerary

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1 of 28

Day 1 - Land in Chile, explore Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to be met and transferred to your hotel downtown. Set off directly to explore the city with your guide on a flexible tour tailored to your interests.
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2 of 28

Day 2 - Fly south to start exploring Chiloé

Fly south to the island of Chiloé to start your journey. You are met by your host and guide who introduces you to the island's emblematic wooden chapels and colourful stilt houses.
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3 of 28

Day 3 - Private guided day on the Pacific coast

Full day guided on the northern and western edge of the island, home to penguin colonies as well as remote fishing communities and traditional smallholders.
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Day 4 - Cross to the mainland to stay on a lake

Leave the island this morning by ferry to travel to the pretty lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Get your bearings with a private walking tour.
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Day 5 - Visit the Petrohue Falls

Drive a lap of Llanquihue Lake to walk on the slopes of Osorno Volcano and through the dense forests of the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
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Day 6 - Travel north into the Huilo Huilo Reserve

Start your travels in earnest today as you move north into the heart of the Chilean Lake District and your wonderfully eccentric hotel deep in the forest of a huge natural reserve.
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7 of 28

Day 7 - Self-guided walking in the huge reserve

The Huilo-Huilo is a private reserve extending over 100,000 hectares of precious temperate forest with a wide variety of self-guided trails to follow.
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8 of 28

Day 8 - A day of activities on land or water

Another day for you to walk, or you can get more active with kayaking, mountain biking, zip lines and even rafting on offer.
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Day 9 - Move on to Pucón, looking out over a volcano

Time to move on to Pucón, the Lake District’s adventure playground, nestled in the shadow of snow-capped Villarica Volcano. Settle in to your beautiful country house hotel.
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10 of 28

Day 10 - Explore the area using our guidance

Set out to begin exploring your stunning surroundings today, with the help of our local information in which we share some of our favourite ways to spend time in the area.
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11 of 28

Day 11 - Ride, raft, climb a volcano or soak in hot springs

Another full day to get out and explore as actively as you like. The variety of terrain offers up all sorts of possibilities, from horse riding or mountain biking, to rafting and hiking.
Images itinerary images original 88a7kryuzhn28jidd0bgi1etw813e19n chile saltos de laja waterfall20201120 474 ffl012

12 of 28

Day 12 - Travel into the Maule Valley

Set of driving north towards the Maule Valley, Chile's most southerly major wine producing area. Stay in a lovely colonial home in the heart of a 1,000 hectare estate.
Images itinerary images original ngeahh8ztmeaew1ltmosoopgj5cipodt chile maule valley casa bouchon pickers20201120 474 1e6uue0

13 of 28

Day 13 - Spend today on your wine estate

Explore your winery today, with strolls and bike rides through the vines. You can also book a horse ride or guided bike ride if you prefer to structure your day.
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Day 14 - Visit the nearby coast

As well as wine tastings and trails through the vineyard, a rickety old train can take you to the charming coastal town of Constitucion.
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Day 15 - Travel to a foodie haven in the Andean foothills

From staying out near the coast, your next stop is a gastronomic hideaway in the foothills of the Andes. Along the way, stop at the food market of Curicó.
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16 of 28

Day 16 - Learn to cook regional specialities

This stop is perfect for you to enjoy time walking in the great outdoors as well as appreciating great food, and wine. A cookery class is available for you to pick and prepare some delicious classics.
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17 of 28

Day 17 - Travel to the Colchagua Valley

It's a fairly short drive to the heart of the Colchagua Valley where you should visit the curiosity that is the museum with artifacts from throughout Chile's history.
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18 of 28

Day 18 - Walk, taste wines and enjoy a long lunch

Spend this morning walking into the hills above one of the region's oldest wineries, working up a thirst to taste wines alongside a leisurely lunch.
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19 of 28

Day 19 - Visit Pablo Neruda's Isla Negra home

Take the slow road along the coast, stopping to appreciate the views, there's not much except the wide ocean between you and New Zealand.
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20 of 28

Day 20 - Visit colourful, ramshackle Valparaiso

Visit the wonderfully colourful and ramshackle port city of Valparaíso. Explore on foot, up stairways and down 19th century funiculars, before lunch overlooking the harbour.
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21 of 28

Day 21 - Travel north towards the desert

Set off early for the longest drive of your trip as you travel alongside the Pacific Ocean all the way up to the heights of the Elqui Valley, gateway to the night skies of the north.
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22 of 28

Day 22 - Explore the Elqui Valley by day, the sky by night

Today is a day of two halves: day and night. By day you can visit the pisco distilleries surrounding you, by night you are guided through the incredible night skies.
Images itinerary images original vv6mszl73dmdnh1ywkuk7qapkghoxcja chile patagonia group of seven endangered humboldt penguins on a rock on the edge of the water20201120 474 ib0v8p

23 of 28

Day 23 - Travel to a small fishing village

Head back down to the coast and the traditional fishing village of Chanaral de Aceituna which looks out over the Humboldt National Marine Reserve.
Images itinerary images original zfhfqpdfwjev2qs1250yvdb0pvvs0u35 chile la serena isla damas dolphins20201120 474 tgzlx5

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Day 24 - Take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins

Take a boat out into the bay to spot whales - everything from blue to fin to humpback to orca come here between December and March.
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25 of 28

Day 25 - Enjoy sundowners in Copiapó's Sea of Dunes

Complete your journey through Chile's heartlands with a beautifully comfortable stay near the enormous Sea of Dunes. Enjoy a sundowner with a view.
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26 of 28

Day 26 - Private guided visit to mines

Visit copper mines from through the ages, notably, the San José mine, scene of the emotional rescue of 33 trapped miners in 2010.
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27 of 28

Day 27 - Day to relax or visit the nearby beach

Enjoy your last day in Chile with a visit to the nearby Bahia Inglesa beach, or with time simply soaking up the sun and relaxing in your own private patio garden.
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28 of 28

Day 28 - Time to leave, flying back to Santiago

Drop off your car back at the airport to fly south to Santiago and connect to your flights home. Note that international flights are quoted separately for this trip.
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1 of 28

Day 1 - Land in Chile, explore Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to be met and transferred to your hotel downtown. Set off directly to explore the city with your guide on a flexible tour tailored to your interests.
Images itinerary images original iiimmlsiocxpcb7ui5a4uhd3dfhao3p8 chile chiloe grande island fishing boats moored20200129 3528 5f9k1i

2 of 28

Day 2 - Fly south to start exploring Chiloé

Fly south to the island of Chiloé to start your journey. You are met by your host and guide who introduces you to the island's emblematic wooden chapels and colourful stilt houses.
Images itinerary images original ga7cjh6r2lfhryey5jj1lrbspgpnkdgh chile chiloe grande wild coastline20180502 22186 6e1dnn

3 of 28

Day 3 - Private guided day on the Pacific coast

Full day guided on the northern and western edge of the island, home to penguin colonies as well as remote fishing communities and traditional smallholders.
Images itinerary images original h6zbrjmxu657ho0wbd923wdunzpjkbki chile lake district puerto varas lake llanquihue single mast boat osorno backdrop20201120 474 15nk55k

4 of 28

Day 4 - Cross to the mainland to stay on a lake

Leave the island this morning by ferry to travel to the pretty lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Get your bearings with a private walking tour.
Images itinerary images original zbn9fhpqui863c3hwb73bi4vz9qoctwn chile lake district petrohue waterfall in vicente perez rosales national park20201120 474 fvew4q

5 of 28

Day 5 - Visit the Petrohue Falls

Drive a lap of Llanquihue Lake to walk on the slopes of Osorno Volcano and through the dense forests of the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
Images itinerary images original 94ecnv08in4kq54c63xobfn5bkrqrng8 chile lake district huilo huilo puente colgante20201120 474 c9ooye

6 of 28

Day 6 - Travel north into the Huilo Huilo Reserve

Start your travels in earnest today as you move north into the heart of the Chilean Lake District and your wonderfully eccentric hotel deep in the forest of a huge natural reserve.
Images itinerary images original t3p3xj65s523mawrho1omr02u8f0pljm chile lake district huilo huilo salto huilo huilo20170509 1872 15iqhc7

7 of 28

Day 7 - Self-guided walking in the huge reserve

The Huilo-Huilo is a private reserve extending over 100,000 hectares of precious temperate forest with a wide variety of self-guided trails to follow.
Images itinerary images original 5thnt4za04pgd3pgwhgrxsfdx5hbt6r chile lake district huilo huilo mocho choshuenco volcano and lake20201120 474 u50lla

8 of 28

Day 8 - A day of activities on land or water

Another day for you to walk, or you can get more active with kayaking, mountain biking, zip lines and even rafting on offer.
Images itinerary images original nkav6igjvb1bq1eikrr5bztvostvqglh chile lake district pucon antumalal lodge gardens20200129 29650 1p4ojyx

9 of 28

Day 9 - Move on to Pucón, looking out over a volcano

Time to move on to Pucón, the Lake District’s adventure playground, nestled in the shadow of snow-capped Villarica Volcano. Settle in to your beautiful country house hotel.
Images itinerary images original mu6aeh6ag76mkl99yuwtz3zca8ni6p8j chile lake district ojos de caburgua pucon20170113 21952 1975h9f

10 of 28

Day 10 - Explore the area using our guidance

Set out to begin exploring your stunning surroundings today, with the help of our local information in which we share some of our favourite ways to spend time in the area.
Images itinerary images original 9n6pg3iwl8k97f60sqtxubgwrms87d49 chile lake district pucon rodolfo riding horse20200129 29650 3jvyxw

11 of 28

Day 11 - Ride, raft, climb a volcano or soak in hot springs

Another full day to get out and explore as actively as you like. The variety of terrain offers up all sorts of possibilities, from horse riding or mountain biking, to rafting and hiking.
Images itinerary images original 88a7kryuzhn28jidd0bgi1etw813e19n chile saltos de laja waterfall20201120 474 ffl012

12 of 28

Day 12 - Travel into the Maule Valley

Set of driving north towards the Maule Valley, Chile's most southerly major wine producing area. Stay in a lovely colonial home in the heart of a 1,000 hectare estate.
Images itinerary images original ngeahh8ztmeaew1ltmosoopgj5cipodt chile maule valley casa bouchon pickers20201120 474 1e6uue0

13 of 28

Day 13 - Spend today on your wine estate

Explore your winery today, with strolls and bike rides through the vines. You can also book a horse ride or guided bike ride if you prefer to structure your day.
Images itinerary images original 5tj6cqwh0a40l2tk4fbjghrmrh4py4s2 chile constitucion coast with large rocks20200107 10404 ozpa7x

14 of 28

Day 14 - Visit the nearby coast

As well as wine tastings and trails through the vineyard, a rickety old train can take you to the charming coastal town of Constitucion.
Images itinerary images original s53q89gv3ufbg1yhoos1sq8m2vo4tgxv chile wine shutterstock red grapes20191015 10498 65llqe

15 of 28

Day 15 - Travel to a foodie haven in the Andean foothills

From staying out near the coast, your next stop is a gastronomic hideaway in the foothills of the Andes. Along the way, stop at the food market of Curicó.
Images itinerary images original wsgg3yd5wt9tti7fxd6uuneommosf3xi chile patagonia puerto natales remota hotel machas a la paremsana food shot20180801 18995 1w1x6mv

16 of 28

Day 16 - Learn to cook regional specialities

This stop is perfect for you to enjoy time walking in the great outdoors as well as appreciating great food, and wine. A cookery class is available for you to pick and prepare some delicious classics.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero chile winelands lapastolle winery

17 of 28

Day 17 - Travel to the Colchagua Valley

It's a fairly short drive to the heart of the Colchagua Valley where you should visit the curiosity that is the museum with artifacts from throughout Chile's history.
Images itinerary images original gpox1nv6gnk063838ps0kcfbsilkhi1c chile wineries vines with andes in distance20201009 16861 1nyjnl6

18 of 28

Day 18 - Walk, taste wines and enjoy a long lunch

Spend this morning walking into the hills above one of the region's oldest wineries, working up a thirst to taste wines alongside a leisurely lunch.
Images itinerary images original ufqas1rdz7hld39nqkvaqadfhdd91gy3 chile valparaiso pacific coast hotel isla negra neruda house20201120 474 ohc4i

19 of 28

Day 19 - Visit Pablo Neruda's Isla Negra home

Take the slow road along the coast, stopping to appreciate the views, there's not much except the wide ocean between you and New Zealand.
Images itinerary images original hwlesordbzauuwevjrwjw1gavrow6s5 chile valparaiso man looking out from ramshackle house20201120 474 15qd5he

20 of 28

Day 20 - Visit colourful, ramshackle Valparaiso

Visit the wonderfully colourful and ramshackle port city of Valparaíso. Explore on foot, up stairways and down 19th century funiculars, before lunch overlooking the harbour.
Images itinerary images original vol0o16in17p210njddilq5k97jpwg2 chile atacama copiapo camanchaca car appearing c tom power20201120 474 1l1yebd

21 of 28

Day 21 - Travel north towards the desert

Set off early for the longest drive of your trip as you travel alongside the Pacific Ocean all the way up to the heights of the Elqui Valley, gateway to the night skies of the north.
Images itinerary images original fx0za2r0hq72lbapmpyddwj2qvuzvfht chile la serena elqui valley20180214 26831 16rphu6

22 of 28

Day 22 - Explore the Elqui Valley by day, the sky by night

Today is a day of two halves: day and night. By day you can visit the pisco distilleries surrounding you, by night you are guided through the incredible night skies.
Images itinerary images original vv6mszl73dmdnh1ywkuk7qapkghoxcja chile patagonia group of seven endangered humboldt penguins on a rock on the edge of the water20201120 474 ib0v8p

23 of 28

Day 23 - Travel to a small fishing village

Head back down to the coast and the traditional fishing village of Chanaral de Aceituna which looks out over the Humboldt National Marine Reserve.
Images itinerary images original zfhfqpdfwjev2qs1250yvdb0pvvs0u35 chile la serena isla damas dolphins20201120 474 tgzlx5

24 of 28

Day 24 - Take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins

Take a boat out into the bay to spot whales - everything from blue to fin to humpback to orca come here between December and March.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero chile copiapo walking sand dunes c alvaro guide

25 of 28

Day 25 - Enjoy sundowners in Copiapó's Sea of Dunes

Complete your journey through Chile's heartlands with a beautifully comfortable stay near the enormous Sea of Dunes. Enjoy a sundowner with a view.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero chile copiapo sand dunes c alvaro guide

26 of 28

Day 26 - Private guided visit to mines

Visit copper mines from through the ages, notably, the San José mine, scene of the emotional rescue of 33 trapped miners in 2010.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero chile north chanaral aceituno dune beach

27 of 28

Day 27 - Day to relax or visit the nearby beach

Enjoy your last day in Chile with a visit to the nearby Bahia Inglesa beach, or with time simply soaking up the sun and relaxing in your own private patio garden.
Images itinerary images original kqg0a93jmxuczw6rx136k0xcexjojquo chile santiago chilean flag tito alarcon20201120 474 3pc4ey

28 of 28

Day 28 - Time to leave, flying back to Santiago

Drop off your car back at the airport to fly south to Santiago and connect to your flights home. Note that international flights are quoted separately for this trip.

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