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Chile Discover the Beauty
40's - 50's and 60's+ Singles Vacation in South America

February 28 - March 8, 2020
$2959*

Travel to Chile, one of the world’s most diverse and beautiful countries and experience the landscapes of Patagonia and the Atacama desert. On this amazing singles vacation visit the world's driest desert and the largest penguin colony in Chile. View geysers at sunrise and valleys at sunset, climb the stairs in Valparaiso and enjoy a tour of Chile's capital, Santiago. Discover all this and more on this South American trip to Chile.
Add Easter Island for only $745 and see the famous statues called moai.

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Chile Discover the Beauty - Singles Vacation Daily Itinerary

Santiago Chile nightVacation Day 1: Welcome to Santiago, Chile
Arrive at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, also known as Santiago International Airport (airport code - SCL), collect your luggage and go through customs. Take the provided shared shuttle to the group's hotel.
Tonight we will do a quick meet and greet for those who have already arrived and walk to an optional dinner.

Vacation Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas
punta arenasAfter breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Punta Arenas, near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region and located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel and check-in.
Discover the special enchantment of this city, built between the Strait of Magellan, the valuable historical, cultural legacy and traditions on our guided tour. Its population of 125,000 is mainly Croatian, Spanish, Italian, German, English immigrants and people from the Chiloe Island. We will stop at Cerro Mirador ski center, for a panoramic view of Punta Arenas and the Strait of Magellan. Punta Arenas statueContinuing our tour we travel the main streets and avenues of the city, viewing all the different monuments. Our tour finishes in the main plaza Muñoz Gamero, which has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons.
Enjoy free time to visit one of the many museums, stroll the plaza or shop for a souvenir before we gather together for our Welcome Dinner.

 

Vacation Day 3: Punta Arenas & Magdalena and Marta Island - Puerto Natales
Magdalena islandLocated 20 miles northeast of Punta Arenas, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island is home to 120,000 Magellanic penguins and the largest such colony in Chile and Marta Island is home to more than 1000 Sea lions, Cormorants, Skuas, Austral seagull, Antarctic pigeon and Sea elephants. We will board our speed boats for a 45 minute ride to Magdalena Island. Once we have landed we’ll have about an hour to explore and take photos. Visit the lighthouse, an environmental interpretation center, where we’ll find information about the history of the strait and the ecological richness of the islands.
Isla MartaWe continue our journey to Isla Marta to see the sea lions, imperial cormorants and hundreds of southern gulls. To protect the wildlife, Marta Island is only circumnavigated to admire and photograph the Colony and the diversity of marine birds that live there. 
Then we return to the pier and to Punta Arenas. Depending on our luck we might be able to see Austral Dolphins and Toninas Overa.
Time to relax and view the beautiful scenery as we travel about 3 hour to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival we check-in to our hotel and enjoy the hotel facilities. 

 

Vacation Day 4: Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National ParkToday we discover Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. First we stop at Milodon Cave, a natural monument composed of three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called "Silla Del Diablo" (Devil´s chair). The old men of Patagonia claim the devil appears to those who come to look for him on dark nights.
Then we continue to Torres del Paine National Park passing the Sofia Lagoon, Prat Range, Porteño Lake, Mesa Hill, Del Toro Lake, Del Toro and Ballena Hill. Admire the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Grey Lake view point before we drive over Serrano bridge to walk Paine Waterfallalong the shores of Grey Lake.
After time for lunch we will begin the second part of our visit in Torres del Paine National Park, heading to Salto Grande sector. We will stop at the colorful waters of Nordenskjold lake and Paine waterfall which is a beautiful place where to see the turquoise waters that come from the Paine River. After enjoying this pleasant show, we will return to Puerto Natales, stopping at Sarmiento lake to take our last photos of Torres del Paine National Park. 


Vacation Day 5: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas -  San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast we transfer back to Punta Arenas to board our flight to Calama Airport. Upon arrival we will transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a town set on an arid high plateau in the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile. Its dramatic surrounding landscape incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. 

 

Vacation Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama & Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanics Miscanti
Atacama Salt FlatToday we have a full day excursion to Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanics Miscanti – Meñiques Lagoons. The 11,580 Atacama Salt Flat is one of the main attractions of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. The lake under the salt flat has one of the largest lithium reserves in the world. This mineral is highly used in the technology industry, and it is exploited in the southern area of the flat. The salt layer has holes which have become small lagoons and home to a number of aquatic birds, such as flamingoes, red-gartered coots, and guallatas. There are also fauna species like the Chilean and the Andean Flamingo, Puna Plover, Hudson Mohawk, Andean Seagull, Austral Negrito, Burrowing Owl, and some types of Swallow.
Miscanti MiniquesWe will also travel to the high plateau lagoons to view Miscanti and Miñiques at more than 13,000 feet. The lagoons are surrounded by imposing volcanoes originated by the elevation of the Andes mountain range and have a great variety of birds that arrive at its waters.
We will also visit the local villages of Toconao and Socaire. Toconao is known for its houses built of white stone (called Liparita) and its church dating from 1750. There are about 400 people living in Socaire and we will see some terraces of crops and plantations of fruit trees, quinoa, alfalfa and corn.


Vacation Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama - Sunrise & Sunset
Geyser sunriseGet up before dawn to enjoy the Geyers show just as the sun rises, with the craters of El Tatio as the main attraction. Located 13,700 feet above sea level, its fumaroles (smoke from the geysers) create amazing white steam columns which are at their best between 6 and 7 in the morning. On our morning excursion see how the local wildlife and other birds leave their hiding spots, looking for their breakfast among the  plants and giant cacti.
In the evening, one of the most exciting moments is the sunset, and the best place to wait for it is the “Cordillera de la Sal” with its valleys, which are called Valle de Marte (Mars Valley) and Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Cordillera de la Sal has been shaped over time by rain and wind, resulting in impressive forms and mineral shines, spectacular natural sculptures and varied mineral colorations.

 

Santiago Chile AvenueVacation Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile & City Tour
This morning we shuttle back to Calama airport for our flight to Santiago. Upon arrival our private driver we will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel. After we check-in our city tour will begin.
Santiago is bounded by the Cordón de Chacabuco to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, The Angostura de Paine in the south and the Cordillera de la Costa in the west. With more than 7 millions habitants, it´s a financial and commercial platform for many countries that do business in Chile and Latin America. Our tour begins in the eastern part of the capital, with a panoramic view santiagoof modern Santiago, its financial heart and impressive glass buildings. We continue to Santa Lucía Hill, called Huelén by the natives of the area, it was in their skirts where the conqueror Pedro de Valdivia established his camp before founding Santiago de la Nueva Extremadura. We continue to the historical center of Santiago, where we can visit el Palacio de La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office Building, the Municipalidad de Santiago, and the Central Market. Finally we return to the hotel enjoying a panoramic view of Estación Mapocho, Bellavista and Parque Forestal.

 

Vacation Day 9: Santiago de Chile & Valaparasio & Wine Tasting
Vina Casas del BosqueThe award-winning Vina Casas del Bosque winery started as a boutique family winery in 1993 and now maintains 573 acres. The winery’s specialty is Sauvignon Blanc, but Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah and Pinot Noir are also grown. Prepare to imbibe in some of Chile's most delicious wines after our guided tour of Casas del Bosque, learn about onsite production methods and taste 5 wines. Our guided walking tour will take us through the winery grounds, cellars, and museum.
ValaparisoBohemian and colorful, Valparaiso’s maze of hills has something to discover at every turn: graffiti art, a cute little shop or a cafe for lunch. There are 42 hills, where homes and neighborhoods of the city are located. Some of them still have scenic elevators which were built to quickly get to the heights of Valparaiso and enjoy their viewpoints that allow you to observe the surroundings.  Revel in the crazy architecture of Valparaiso as we stroll along its narrow streets, climb its endless staircases, ride its historic valaparaiso grafittifunicular elevators and enjoy panoramic views from its many lookout points. Its UNESCO-designated historic downtown offers charming colonial architecture, great seafood restaurants, markets and stores. The ‘Jewel of the Pacific,’ as Valparaíso is known, is also home to Chile’s legislative Congress and the headquarters of the Chilean navy. On our tour we will also admire these historic buildings and soak up the country’s maritime history.


Vacation Day 10: Time to say Good-Bye or Travel to Easter Island
Relax at our hotel before taking the provided shuttle to the airport and your flight home or transfer to the airport with the group that is flying to Easter Island. Either way, it is now time to say good-by to Santiago de Chile.

 

Rano KauEaster Island Day 1: Rapa Nui
Upon arrival on Rapa Nui, Easter Island we will take the airport shuttle to our hotel and check-in. Then we will drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, the largest volcano and one of the most beautiful and impressive natural settings on Easter Island. Rano Kau has a crater lake which is one of the island’s only three natural bodies of freshwater. The principal archaeological site on Rano Kau is the ruined ceremonial village of Orongo.
village of OrongoLocated in a narrow strip between the edge of the crater that surrounds the lagoon and the cliff that descends almost perpendicular to the sea, in front of the Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao islets, the village of Orongo was inhabited seasonally by the chiefs and main villagers of the ancient tribes, who hoped to collect the first sacred egg of the manutara bird in the months of spring. It consists of a collection of low, sod-covered, windowless, round-walled buildings with even lower doors.

 

Rano Raraku quarryEaster Island Day 2: Rapa Nui
Today we have a full day excursion on Easter Island, taking us on a historical journey. Visit the restored Ahu called Vaihu, located in Te'e Hanga Bay on the south coast. Then we continue to Akahanga Ahu, where it is believed that the tomb of the famous King Hotu Matua is located. Stop at the Rano Raraku quarry, where some 900 statues were believed to have been carved, 397 of them are still lying or standing in various stages of construction and transportation around the quarry.
beach of AnakenaWe continue to Ahu Tongariki, the largest spiritual site of its kind on Easter Island, with its 15 carved stone figures, known as moai, of varying shapes and sizes. Walk around the platform and examine the statues’ serious-looking faces. All 15 figures stand side by side and face the sunset during summer solstice. Next stop is Te Pito Ote Henua, a huge round rock, representing the “world navel” to the island inhabitants. Then we reach the beach of Anakena, a white coral sand beach that has two ahus; Ahu-Ature has a single moai and Ahu Nao-Nao has seven, two of which have deteriorated. There will be time to relax on the beach, and even take a swim in the warm Pacific waters, before the end of the day.

 

Easter Island Day 3: Time to say Good-Bye to Chile
Sad to say but our tour of Chile and Easter Island has come to an end. Time to say good-bye to all your new travel friends and take the provided shuttle to the airport.

 

Chile Hotels

 SantiagoHotel Ismael 312  Punta ArenasHotel Diego de Almagro  Puerto Natales - Hotel Natalino
 San Pedro de AtacamaHotel La Casa de Don Tomás  Easter IslandHotel Taha Tai

 
  

 Chile Discover The Beauty Singles Vacation

Date: February 28 - March 8, 2020

Price: $2959*

Easter Island Extension - $745*

  

Chile Disover Singles Vacation Includes

* 9 Nights Accommodations

* 3 Domestic Air Flights
* Breakfast Daily - 1 Lunch - Wine Tasting - 2 Dinners
* English Speaking Travel Leader
* Guided Tours and Activities per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

Easter Island Extension Also Includes

* 2 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast daily - Boxed Lunch

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $895 for main tour and $275 for Easter Island.

Not Included

* Airfare to and from Chile

* Airfare to and from Easter Island
* Tips



Deposit $500

Balance Due December 28, 2019
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