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AGS Tour - Chile - 2016

Dates:  28 December 2016 - 17 January 2017

Leader:  Martin Sheader

Cost:  £5,550 inc flights; single supplement £1,150

Chile

Chile
 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Day 1 – Santiago de Chile – Farellones. Reception at the airport of Santiago and transfer to the area of Farellones in the middle of the Andes. Accommodation: Hotel Chalet Valluga (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: dinner.

 

Day 2 – Farellones – Valle Nevado. Full day dedicated to exploring the nearby area of the ski centre of Valle Nevado. From the base (2,860m), it is possible to take a chairlift to the area of “El Mirador” located over 3,300m (Note: the chairlift is normally open all year round except in period of maintenance/holidays). Accommodation: Hotel Chalet Valluga (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Farellones – La Parva. Full day dedicated to exploring the nearby area of the ski centre of La Parva. From the base (2.970m), it is possible to take a chairlift to the area of “El Aguila” located at around 3.500m and continue hiking for 30 minutes approx. until the Lagoon Piuquenes (Note: the chairlift is open only on Saturdays and Sundays – It is also possible to hire a 4x4 to get from the base to the lagoon). Accommodation: Hotel Chalet Valluga (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 4 – Farellones – Santiago de Chile – Cajon del Maipo. Transfer to the area of Cajon del Maipo. On the way it is possibile to visit the National Monument of Yerba Loca where you can do an undemanding hike following a small river that comes from a glacier. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Maipo (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 5 – Cajon del Maipo – El Morado – San Francisco Glacier. A day for exploring the Andean range. Visit the area of Baño Morales where we can do a beautiful and undemanding hike to the small lagoon of El Morado located inside the El Morado Natural Monument (4 hours approx. round trip). The first part of the hike is on a smooth slope (2.8km approx.) that leads to the Panimavidas sector, with permanent sources of mineral water. Then we will hike 2km on a flat area and get to the lagoon El Morado (2,200m approx.) where we can relax and admire the glacier San Francisco (2,500m approx.). Return to the hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Maipo (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 6 – Cajon del Maipo – Curico. Transfer to the city of Curico. Accommodation: Hotel Raices (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 7 – Curico – Paso Vergara – Curico. Departure in 4x4 vehicles towards the pass Vergara on the Border with Argentina. Full day to explore the area of the volcano Planchon and lagoon Teno (3,000m approx.). Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Diner and overnight at a Hotel Raices according to availability. Accommodation: Hotel Raices (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

 

 

Day 8 – Curico – Chillan – Las Trancas. Depart for the city of Chillan. We continue 80km approx. east until the small village of Las Trancas located on the base of Volcano Chillan Nuevo, Chillan Viejo and Glacier El Nevado. Diner and overnight at LODGE M-I according to availability. Accommodation: Lodge M-I (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 9 – Las Trancas. Day for exploring the area of Volcano Chillan. Possibility of some short treks to viewpoints, lagoons, cascades, stream (1,600 to 2,300m approx.).  Accommodation: Lodge M-I (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 10 – Las Trancas. Day for exploring the area of the valley of Shangri-La. Accommodation: Lodge M-I (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 11 – Las Trancas – Chillan – Los Angeles – Abanico. We depart towards the city of Los Angeles. Afterwards we continue towards the village of Abanico in the middle of the Andes range. Accommodation: Cabañas Antucalhue (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 12 – Abanico – Lagoon Laja – Volcano Antuco. Day for exploring the nearby area of the lagoon Laja (1,360m approx.) and Antuco volcano. Accommodation: Cabañas Antucalhue (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 13 – Abanico – Paso Pichachen. Day for exploring the nearby area of Paso Pichachen (border with Argentina – 2,060m). Accommodation: Cabañas Antucalhue (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 14 – Abanico – Victoria – Conguillo National Park. We continue by the Panamericana road towards the village of Victoria. Afterwards we continue until the village of Curacautin located close to the National Park of Conguillio with the impressive Llaima volcano (still active). Accommodation: Cabañas near the park, double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 15 – Conguillo National Park. Full day for exploring the area of the National Park of Conguillio (1,100m approx.). It is possible to do short hikes to lagoons, cascades, viewpoints. Accommodation: Cabañas near the park, double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast and dinner.

Day 16 – Temuco – Talca – Lake Colbun. Departure north to the city of Talca. Afterwards we continue 40km approx. until Lake Colbun. Accommodation: Lodge Chez L´Habitant (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 17 – Lake Colbun. Day for exploring the area of the beautiful Lagoon Maule located at 2,100m in the Andes, next to the border with Argentina. Accommodation: Lodge Chez L´Habitant (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 18 – Lake Colbun. Day for exploring the area of the national reserve Altos del Lircay located near the small town of Vilches. Accommodation: Lodge Chez L´Habitant (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 19 –Lake Colbun – Talca – Santiago. Transfer back to Santiago and farewell diner in a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Providencia (or similar), double or single room with private bathroom. Meals we provide: breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 20 –Santiago de Chile – Santiago de Chile airport. At the estimated time, transfer to the airport to take the flight back home. Meals we provide: breakfast.

Services Included:

• Tour leader during all the tour.

• All transfers in private vehicle.

• Vehicle pick-up 4x4 for the excursion to Paso Vergara (1 vehicle for every 4 passengers)

• Lodging as shown in the itinerary according to availability.

• 19 breakfasts, 19 box lunches or lunches and 19 dinners as detailed.

Services Not Included:

• Medical and life insurance.

• National parks fees not detailed in the programme.

• Tips.

• Drinks and beverages (some meals are without alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks).

• Optional excursions.

• Personal equipment.

• Services not shown or detailed in the programme.

• Chairlift for the day at Valle Nevado.

• Chairlift or transfer 4x4 for the excursion to Lagoon Piuquenes.

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