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This 9-day trip takes you to two Chile’s most famous regions. First, you’ll spend four days in the photogenic Atacama Desert, using San Pedro de Atacama as your convenient base. Explore expansive salt flats dotted with pink flamingoes, vibrant sunsets over a jagged geologic horizon, one of the world’s largest geyser fields, and spectacular stargazing. To finish off your trip, you’ll head back to Santiago for five days of skiing champagne powder in the Tres Valles of the Northern Andes. 
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Alto Atacama
The Atacama region is described as Mars on Earth due to its vivid red hues and exotic, wind-carved landscape. The luxurious Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa, a manmade oasis that blends seamlessly into its terracotta surroundings, lies amidst the Atacama Desert’s many geologic wonders. Located in the lush Catarpe Valley and surrounded by the Salt Mountain range in the shadow of the Pukara de Quitor ruins, this tranquil 32-room lodge has comfortable accommodations, with private patios and sweeping views. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine prepared with local ingredients and paired with superb Chilean wines. The gardens are planted with local flora using ancient agricultural techniques. There are friendly llamas and alpacas to pet, several pools, and restorative massages or facials available in the Puri Spa. Alto Atacama offers guests a range of active or leisurely desert excursions during their stay and follows a no-trace philosophy of outdoor ethics and sustainability.

Valle Nevado
Considered one of the best ski resorts in Chile, Valle Nevado is known for its vast amount of quality terrain, modern chair lifts, and superior customer service. At an altitude of 3,670m/12,040 ft and with average snowfall of 7m/276 inches, Valle Nevado has some of the most consistently great snow conditions among the major resorts in the region. The resort is about a 90-minute drive from Santiago.
Itinerary
MON ARRIVE SANTIAGO – CALAMA – ALTO ATACAMA
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Calama to take you to the Alto Atacama Lodge, a mile outside of San Pedro de Atacama. After checking in, enjoy a relaxing evening exploring your tranquil surroundings on your own. (D)
TUE-WED (2 Days) ATACAMA DESERT
The Atacama offers many photogenic destinations: dramatic geysers, therapeutic hot springs, volcanoes, lagoons, salt flats, petroglyphs, Incan ruins and flamingoes. Choose which of the many wonders you’d like to explore:

By van: Choose between four half-day and eight full-day excursion options to take you to lagoons, salt flats, villages, cave paintings or the Tatio Geyser Field. These trips are paced to allow for ample photographic stops and timed for when light conditions are the most ideal.

Treks: Hikes from easy to difficult are offered to nine different locales, including half-day routes to craters of the Valley of the Moon or the Great Dune of Mars Valley.

Mountain biking: There are ideal conditions here for Atacama mountain biking through scenic terrain. Choose from six guided half-day routes that range from easy to difficult. One includes a buoyant swim in a salty lagoon. All biking equipment provided.

Mountain climbing: Mountain climbing enthusiasts will have their choice of two three-day Chile treks to the local volcanoes, Licancabur and Toco. Mountain climbing trips require a minimum of three days to allow you to acclimate to the elevation. If you’re interested in one of these excursions, contact us about extending your trip.

Stargazing: A dry climate, lack of pollution and high elevation make the Atacama a draw for scientists from around the world. With the exception of the nine days surrounding a full moon, astronomy lectures are offered nearby at a telescope-equipped observation deck on a nightly basis.

(B,L,D)
THU ALTO ATACAMA – CALAMA – SANTIAGO
Spend one final day exploring the Atacama before you meet your driver in the hotel lobby to head back to the Calama airport, where you will continue on to Santiago for a night. (B)
FRI SANTIAGO – TRES VALLES
Meet your driver in the lobby after breakfast to head to your lodgings at the Valle Nevado Resort. (B,D)
SAT-MON (3 Days) TRES VALLES
Three full days of skiing/snowboarding in Valle Nevado. Or, alternatively, you can enjoy the surrounding scenery and activities available at the Valle Nevado Resort. (B,L,D)
TUE TRES VALLES – SANTIAGO
After a full day of skiing, your driver will take you back to the Santiago Airport to make international connections home, marking the end of your adventure with Southern Explorations. (B)

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San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado Ski

Pricing
Rates, per person: 
$4125    San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado (Regular Season, Hotel Valle Nevado)
$3645    San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado (Regular Season, Hotel Puerta del Sol)

$3365    San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado (Value Season, Hotel Valle Nevado)
$3040    San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado (Value Season, Hotel Puerta del Sol)

$350       Airfare Santiago/Calama/ Santiago – Price Subject to change

Value season runs from August 25 – September 22. During value season, there is no minimum stay requirement, except for the week of September 1 to 7 when bookings must be made for 7 nights, from Friday to Friday.
  
Regular season runs from June 23 to July 13 and from July 28 to August 24. Bookings must be made on a weekly basis (7 nights from Friday to Friday) or by mini-week (4 nights from Friday to Tuesday or 3 nights from Tuesday to Friday).

Contact us for Single Supplement.
Included in tour cost
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Ski/Snowboard equipment and other personal gear
  • Optional activities

San Pedro de Atacama & Valle Nevado Ski

Trip Dates
Friday, June 22, 2018 to Sunday, September 23, 2018
Available
Valle Nevado
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.
San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.
Santiago
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.
torres del paine patagoniaSouthern Explorations enabled me to go on the trip of a lifetime, without having to worry about the trickier aspects of planning. It was well worth the cost to not have to coordinate reservations, tickets, and itineraries with people and companies that exist on the other side of the globe. The locals who work with Southern Explorations were fantastic, and I won't hesitate to recommend Southern Explorations to my friends. I will certainly consider booking with them for future trips! - Mary Vanatta (W Multi Sport)

chilean patagoniaI just wanted to let you know what an incredible time Jerry and I had on your Patagonia ‘W’ Multisport tour. Our group was amazing. The people that you connected us with were great and we bonded quite strongly with them. In fact, we have plans to visit them in Tokyo in April. The guide, Cristian Sanchez, and the chef, Miguel Chacana, made a perfect pair. Cristian was an AMAZING guide. He was entertaining, engaging, funny, serious, informative and a true leader. He was able to bring the group together and hold it together with ease. He was also very willing to spend every moment introducing us to his local friends and encouraging us to engage in the local customs like sharing tea from a “mate.” Cristian kept us on schedule at all times and made the activities flow with effortless ease. He is also one of two guides to have been born and raised in Puerto Natales and this made a huge difference in his spiritual connection with Patagonia - he was truly one with the mountains and everyone in the group could sense it. Great tour overall and I will happily recommend your company to others. Our guide was very impressed with your tour operation and he prefers to work with you since you are one of the best operating in that area. This goes a long way in giving me comfort in my recommendation of your firm. Thanks again and we will be in touch when we are ready for another great experience. - Bill Coleman and Jerry Boening, New York (Patagonia)

torres del paine patagoniaSadly, I am back from my AMAZING trip to S. America. I just wanted to thank you for everything. Your professionalism, responsiveness, & knowledge of S. America were incredible. I truly had the trip of a lifetime thanks to Southern Explorations. You guys left no stone unturned from the Galapagos, to Peru, to Chile, to Patagonia..............my expectations were exceeded 10-fold. I already recommended you guys to the gentleman on the plane next to me. It was really nice to get to meet Justin in Patagonia. It is obvious how hard he has worked to establish such strong contacts, guides, etc. I could tell that our guides were a step above the rest. I just wanted to thank you for making my dream come true. My mom & I will never forget this the rest of our lives. - Ami Jampolis (Galapagos Island Cruise, Peru, Chile & Patagonia)

chilean patagonia travelWe had a tremendous experience. Patagonia is truly heaven on earth and Southern Explorations enabled us to safely and efficiently spend 2 weeks in this paradise. Eri was a superb guide and traveling companion. Knowledgeable, smart, humorous and patient. He has a wonderful laid back style. We developed a genuine bond with Eri and we hope to see him again. He was superb with my 9 yr. old son. The estancia Tercera Baranca was wonderful, we could have stayed there indefinitely. I can't make enough positive statements to describe our experience. - Will, Beth and Max Mondzac (Patagonia)

 
Southern Explorations planned and arranged the perfect 2 week Chile trip for me and my husband. Jonathan Borgida at SE talked to me about our interests and tailored his recommendations around them. He designed the itinerary so we could visit the Colchagua Valley wine country, Easter Island, the Atacama Desert, and the Lake District, in a sequence that wasn’t too hectic. He arranged for local tour guides, all of whom were exceptional and enabled us to have a deeper experience of the people and country, and to see things we wouldn’t have been aware of regardless of the amount of research we did on our own. Because we had an evening flight home, Jonathan also arranged for us to have a guide and driver takes us to Valparaiso for our last day. All flight, hotel, and other travel arrangements were flawless, too. - Gloria Kavanah (Chile Custom Trip)

Vira Vira was awesome - it was the perfect start to the perfect trip. Michael and his family are totally hands on and committed to creating a top notch experience for their guests.  The property, the food, the excursions, the attention to detail - we could not find a single fault with anything. It literally felt like we were their personal guests. Everyone else staying there seemed very satisfied as well. Two thumbs up! Dimple (Honk Kong) (Custom Chile)
It was a wonderful trip and Southern Explorations really did a marvelous job of putting everything together for us. Thank You. We have had nothing but fantastic memories and have spoken to many people about Southern explorations and what a nice job you guys did putting everything together. Peru and other South America ventures will happen. I will be in touch. - Steve Andryk (Wisconsin) (Luxury Patagonia)

The Southern Explorations team did a fantastic job helping us plan our Galapagos adventure in 2011 and our Torres del Paine/Australis Magellan Straits cruise 2015. They were extremely helpful in planning our trips and quickly responded to each of our questions. We will definitely seek their services to assist in any future travels.   - Sharon McRae (Torres del Paine/Galapagos Islands)


Our experience from our first exploratory call to the Seattle office was excellent. Prompt and courteous responses and they accommodated our specific needs for a combined Patagonia and Galapagos trip. I cannot think of anything that was not satisfactory. I recommend Southern Explorations highly.   -Lyn Arscott (Patagonia & Galapagos Island Cruise)


Basically the trip was perfect. Our wishes about big things were totally fulfilled, like exploring Rio Brian, going up Valle del Silencio, etc. Our wishes for small things (low sugar, low gluten, good photo opps) were exceeded. It was a totally excellent trip. Your ability to deal with the unexpected was amazing .. weather, my injuries, our changing our minds. It was an amazing trip! And SE agent gave us all kinds of good advice before we left.   -Brian & Lynne Collins, USA (Chile)

Our words to describe our trip are Spectacular, Exciting, and Remote! We got to see basically everything we had hoped for, and more! - Ann Huston, California (Patagonia)

Thank you for a wonderful introduction to South America and excellent vacation. We will be returning to other SA venues in the coming years and will be sure to contact Southern Explorations for assistance.   -Gordon McPhee, South Carolina (Chile & Argentina)


This was a trip of a lifetime. The highlight was the Explora Lodge with unbelievable hikes and horseback riding. Also, the Perito Moreno Glacier was fantastic. I wouldn't change a thing. - Kyle Craig, Colorado (Patagonia)


All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, informative and relaxing trip. Well done! - Brian Parnega, Canada (Chile)

“The Southern Explorations team did a fantastic job helping us plan our Galapagos adventure in 2011 and our Torres del Paine/Australis Magellan Straits cruise 2015.  They were extremely helpful in planning our trips and quickly responded to each of our questions. We will definitely seek their services to assist in any future travels.” - Sharon McRae (Cruceros Australis + Hotel Las Torres)


Our experience planning a trip to Patagonia in South America with Southern Explorations exceeded my highest expectations!  Everything was incredibly well organized, the hotels they booked for us were very nice, the guides and people who transported us all spoke our language (English).  When my husband got very sick and we had to alter our plans,  they were on top of rebooking flights and canceling excursions, and handled all of the logistics for us.  I would highly recommend the services provided by Southern Explorations, and will certainly use them for all future travel planning that we do!! - Kristi Holland, Alabama (Patagonia))
Our two sons, ages 19 & 22, said it was the best trip they'd ever been on. (And we've been to southern Africa game camps, New Zealand, Galapagos, numerous SCUBA diving vacations all over the globe, not to mention dozens of other less dazzling spots around the world and the US). (Patagonia) is really gorgeous. Jorge (Guide) was exceptional--just perfect for us! The tents are fantastic--lots of room to put huge backpacks inside along with lots of other gear--kudos on the tents. La Tercera (estancia) was marvelous and charming--we're so glad you planned two nights for us there. The food by Carmen was the best we ate on our entire trip to Chile--really extraordinary both nights!