The Atacama Desert, Chiloé Island, and Patagonia

Please note this itinerary reflects our Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season, which has completed. We are finalizing the details of our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 season, please call for details.


From the high and wild Atacama Desert to the temperate rainforests of Chiloé Island and soaring peaks of Paine National Park, our north-to-south arc explores a dazzling array of Chilean landscapes and cultures. We’ll hike the epic realm of the Atacama, with its cardon cactus and flamingo-thronged lakes, and on Chiloé Island, follow lush coastal trails to a Magellanic penguin colony. In Patagonia, down at the bottom tip of Chile, we’ll hit the trail to surround ourselves with the mountain majesty of Paine National Park, home to the twisted granite spires and horns of the Paine Massif. As we hike and explore, we’ll sample Chile’s best wines, meet local artisans, and discover a wildly diverse country.



Hike amid the wild landscapes of the Atacama Desert
Discover fascinating Chiloé Island, with its temperate rainforests and Mapuche culture
Hike beautiful trails in Paine National Park for views of the famed granite towers
Enjoy dinner with a local family, savor Chilean feasts including a traditional Patagonian asado


Length: 12 days
Cost From: $7995  
Arrive: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 2-5 hours a day with some longer days, altitudes in the Atacama between 8,000-13,000 feet

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