Chile: Towering peaks and beautiful countryside
Day 1-5 Santiago
Wealthy Santiago is Chile’s cultural hub and cosmopolitan capital. Ride the funicular up Cerro San Christobal and admire the views across the surrounding countryside before descending to the cafes, restaurants and bars of the lively Bellavista district. Las Condes, nicknamed Sanhattan, is the place to go to search out a hot deal in the best malls in town.
Transfers to Puerto Montt 10h26m1h40m
Day 6-9 Puerto Montt
Head to the gateway to the Patagonian fjords and the city of Puerto Montt. Founded in 1852, and named after the president of Chile at the time, Manuel Montt, it was first settled by German immigrants. You can find contemporary art at the Casa del Arts Diego Rivera by local artists.
Transfers to Puerto Varas 0h23m
Day 10-13 Puerto Varas
Also known as La Ciudad de las Rosas, Puerto Varas is the gateway to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the Petrohué falls, and to Lake Todos los Santos. Three volcanoes are found nearby and skiing is popular in the winter.
Transfers to Punta Arenas 25h00m2h05m
Day 14-17 Punta Arenas
Travel almost as far south as you can to Chile’s most southerly city located on the Strait of Magellan. Punta Arenas is the jumping off point not only for travellers going to Antarctica but also those heading a few hours north of its airport to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Before you leave, tour the Austral Brewery, visit the Braun-Menéndez Museum, Museo del Recuerdo and the Nao Victoria Museum.
Transfers to Torres del Paine 3h22m