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                     Chili between culture and nature                      

Chile holds plenty of surprises and a wide variety of landscapes. The country is fortunate to have many of the UNESCO heritage sites. Fall under its spell on a holiday to the beautiful colourful city of Valparaiso and the wild Chiloé island. Follow Esencia for a holiday combining culture and nature in the most beautiful parts of the country.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Valparaiso & Viña del mar
  • Day 3: Valparaiso & Viña del mar - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 4: Santiago de Chile
  • Day 5: Santiago de Chile - Temuco - Santiago de Chile - Temuco - Lago Budi
  • Day 6: Lago Budi - Pucón
  • Day 7: Pucón - Huerquehue National Park - Pucón
  • Day 8: Pucón - Huilo Huilo
  • Day 9: Huilo Huilo - Puerto Varas
  • Day 10: Puerto Varas - Petrohué - Puerto Varas - Petrohué - Puerto Varas
  • Day 11: Puerto Varas - Punihuil Natural Monument - Castro - Chiloe
  • Day 12: Castro - Chiloé National Park - Castro - Chiloe
  • Day 13: Castro - Puerto Varas
  • Day 14: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile - Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 15: Santiago de Chile

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Santiago de Chile


Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer.
Visit of Chile's capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and bustling city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved their atmosphere and a romantic charm.
You will visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc.
Visit the museum of pre-Columbian art of Chile in Santiago.

(Closed every Monday)

Visit the museum La Chascona in Santiago.

(Closed every Monday)

Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Valparaiso & Viña del mar


Departure at 09:00 from your hotel and ride to Valparaiso.

Visit of this town and its old quarters, listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. With its many hills crowned with picturesque houses and warehouses, its steep narrow streets, its funicular railways and street singers, the city has a particular identity and a very special atmosphere.
Make sure you have lunch in a typical seafood restaurant.
Visit of La Sebastiana, one of Pablo Neruda's houses.

Night at Hotel Casa Higueras ****

Included : english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 3: Valparaiso & Viña del mar - Santiago de Chile

Departure from the hotel in the morning.
Leave Valparaiso and go north to reach Isla Negra, a charming bay bordered with maritime pines where you will visit the house of Pablo Neruda, famous Chilean author and poet who won the Nobel price in 1971. Neruda, a lover of the sea and all things maritime, built the home to resemble a ship with low ceilings, creaking wood floors, and narrow passageways. Every room has a different collection.
Lunch at the village.
Arrival in Santiago in late afternoon.

Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Santiago de Chile - Sewell - Santiago de Chile

Your guide will come and pick you up at your hotel to take you for a visit of the mining town of Sewell, located at an altitude of 2,000 m in the Andes, where the climate is very harsh. The town was built in 1905 to accommodate the miners working in what was about to become the biggest underground copper mine in the world, El Teniente. This is a great example of cities that were established in many remote parts of the wold in order to run a mine. To deal with the accessibility problem, the city was built around a giant staircase rising from the railway station. Along the slope, weirdly-shaped squares, accompanied by trees and plants, are the main public spaces of the city. The buildings built along the streets are made of wood, sometimes painted in bright green, yellow, red and blue. During its golden age, the population of the city was about 15,000 but it was deserted in the 1970's.
Return to Santiago.
Lunch included.
Diner non-included.

Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Santiago de Chile - Temuco - Lago Budi

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.
Domestic flight from Santiago to Temuco (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Departure for Lake Budi to reach the Mapuche camp of Lafkenche where you will spend the next two days.

Welcome to Paliwe Lewfu. During these two days you will discover the Mapuche culture close to the beautiful Lake Budi.
You will learn the secrets of natural medicine of Mapuche women, you will participate in various activities: making handicrafts, cooking, walks or boat rides.
Spend the night in a Ruka, a typical Mapuche house, an unforgettable experience.

English speaking guide
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, all inclusive, english speaking guide

Day 6: Lago Budi - Pucón


Suggested itinerary : Wake up by the lake. More activities are offered today, you can horse ride, taste the typical local products, enjoy a nice Mapuche meal. In the afternoon, you drive to Pucon and reach your hotel.

Night in the hotel Vira Vira ****

Included : room & breakfast, dinner

Day 7: Pucón - Huerquehue National Park - Pucón


Your guide will pick you up in the morning for a sightseeing day. You can do a 5-6h hike in the beautiful Huerquehue National Park, a visit of the area (Caburgua Lake, waterfalls...), and relax at the end of the day in one of the many hot springs of the area.
Back to Pucón at the end of the day.

Night in the hotel Vira Vira ****

Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast, dinner

Day 8: Pucón - Huilo Huilo


Departure from your hotel at 09:00am with your guide.
You leave the shores of Lake Villarrica in the early morning to go further south. The road "Interlagos" was build specifically to enjoy the beauty of each of these lakes and to get off the Pan-American Highway. You can take lots of breaks, to take pictures and enjoy the fresh water of the lakes or in the warm waters of the hot springs, typical in this volcanic region. A two-hour drive will take you along the lakes Calafquén and Panguipulli. You will have views of the Villarrica volcano, from different angles, at almost all times. You will arrive on the outskirts of the Huilo Huilo reserve with in front of you the Choshuenco volcano. Check into your hotel which architecture surprisingly integrates perfectly with the environment. The magic of this reserve will enchant you. Relax at the hotel spa complex.
Option: You can stop at the Geometric Hot Springs on the way (extra cost).

Night at the Nothofagus hotel ****

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 9: Huilo Huilo - Puerto Varas


Today you will go round the Lake Ranco to go down south to the lakes Puyehue and Rupanco where you will take a short break. Finally, you will reach the Lake Llanquihue, the third largest natural lake in South America where you will also have a wonderful view of the Osorno Volcano. Head east to end your day at Puerto Varas, a tourist town on Lake Llanquihue.

Night at the Enjoy Puerto Varas hotel ****

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Puerto Varas - Petrohué - Puerto Varas

Early in the morning, you will leave for an amazing boat-trip on the Todos los Santos lake and a visit of the famous Petrohué waterfalls and the city of Peulla, a small eco-town of 120 inhabitants.
At 10.00, in Petrohué, you will embark on a boat for a 1h45-crossing of the Todos los Santos lake. It the weather is clear, you can see the Osorno volcano, the Cerro Puntiagudo and Cerro Tronador.
Lunch in Peulla and return to Pétrohué.
Drive back to Puerto Varas in the afternoon.
Note: one restaurant is open to visitors in Peulla.
Note 2: this excursion is subject to weather conditions.

Night at the Enjoy Puerto Varas hotel ****

Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, transfer arrival, cruise, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Puerto Varas - Punihuil Natural Monument - Castro - Chiloe


Departure at 9:00 to reach Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt, capital of the Lake District, you will take the Panamericana 5 to the port of Pargua from where you will take a ferry to Chiloe island. The crossing takes 30 minutes and you will land in the village of Chacao. You will visit the Puñihuil Penguins National Reserve before descending further south to the capital of the island, Castro. Visit of the Cathedral of Castro, built in 1910 and declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Night at the hotel Centro de Ocio****.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Castro - Chiloé National Park - Castro - Chiloe


Excursion in the Chiloé National Park. Possibility of multiple walks (from 30 minutes to 2 hours).
Back on the east coast to the small fishermen's village of Dalcahue, visit of the craft shops. The restaurants serve Curanto, the typical dish of the island with meat, potatoes, corn cakes and seafood.
Boat trip in the afternoon to reach a small island off the coast of Dalcahue (Achaco or Quinchao) to explore the fishing villages. Visit of the churches that, in 2000, were listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Return to Castro.

Night at the hotel Centro de Ocio****.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 13: Castro - Puerto Varas


Departure at 9:00am to visit Castro. The peculiarity of Castro lies in its houses on stilts, handy indeed for those standing by the water, but even for those further away because of the high level of precipitation. The churches of Chiloé are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will visit some of them on the way. You will also pass through fishing villages. Fishing and agriculture are the main activities of the island. Take a nice walk at the pace of this quiet island. By late afternoon, you will return to Puerto Varas with the same ferry that brought you there.

Night at the Enjoy Puerto Varas hotel ****

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 14: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile


Two hours before your flight, transfer from Puerto Varas to El Tepual airport (Puerto Montt).

English-speaking guide.
Domestic flight from Puerto Montt to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer.

Night at the hotel The Aubrey ****

Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 15: Santiago de Chile

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.
International flight from Santiago de Chile to Europe (time to be confirmed, flight not included).
Included : transfer departure

Hotel The Aubrey   Santiago de Chile

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The Aubrey Hotel is the result of the combination of a unique history and a successful renovation. It is a real haven of peace which allows to escape from the turmoil of the Chilean capital city. Each one of the 15 beautiful bedrooms are decorated with taste and uniqueness, has its own private bathroom, and most of them have a terrace or a balcony. The garden, with the swimming pool, the jacuzzi and the falls, is a real oasis. The games of light turn your stay at The Aubrey into a real artistic experience.

Hotel Casa Higueras   Valparaiso & Viña del mar

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay of Valparaíso, the simple front of Higuera street hides in the inside this sophisticated and warm boutique hotel of over 1,600 m2. Casa Higueras uses the five original levels of the old house, where 20 guestrooms are distributed and designed with good taste and elegance, different from one another –Traditional, Premium, Premium Superior, Superior and Deluxe categories, with surfaces ranging from 22 to 56 m2. In the garden level, the spectacular swimming pool with its white deck chairs and spa invites you to a full relax. The hotel is located steps from the Yugoslavo Walkway and the century-old El Peral funicular, in a city zone declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Vira Vira hotel   Pucón

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner

Nothofagus   Huilo Huilo

Level : 4*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Located in the Lakes Region, not far from Pucón or Valdivia, the Huilo Huilo Reserve combines perfectly tourism and protection of the environment. Declared Biosphere Reserve in 2007 by the UNESCO, Huilo Huilo offers different types of accomodation, between hotels, cabañas, camping and hostals, while developing projects to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the area. You can find, in the middle of the forest, some original and comfortable hotels, sometimes even luxurious, like Nawelpi Lodge, Nothofagus, Canopy Lodge, Montaña Mágica etc.

Enjoy Puerto Varas   Puerto Varas

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel opened its doors in 2009 to become the first five-star hotel in an area that offers visitors a unique set of experiences. The hotel is strategically located on the shore of the Llanquihue Lake and offers a privileged view of the Osorno Volcano. Each room features state-of-the-art technology and is decorated with natural, hand-crafted materials. In addition, the walls of each room are adorned with examples of Chilean poetry, offering visitors a warm welcome with verses such as “Aquí te amo”… (Here I love you…) by the Nobel prize wining poet Pablo Neruda.

Centro de Ocio hotel   Chiloe

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

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