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Natural Wonders of Chile + Easter Island

Puerto Varas, Lake District, Chile
Lake District, Chile
Lake District, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Easter Island, Chile
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £5649 £5149
16 days

Holiday highlights

  • Visit Santiago, Chile’s modern capital, framed by the snow-capped Andes.
  • Hike through the soaring peaks and sweeping valleys of Torres Del Paine.
  • Unwind in the Lake District, a pristine land of volcanoes and glacial lakes.
  • Come face-to-face with the mysterious monolithic Moai on Easter Island.

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Santiago. A vibrant, bustling city exploding from the foothills of the Andes, Chile’s stylish capital city is filled with traditional markets, museums, art galleries, fine restaurants and theatres. With a backdrop of the magnificent snow-capped Andes, Santiago also has one of the most spectacular natural settings of any city.

    Meals included: Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

  • After a morning arrival in Santiago, you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. For the perfect introduction to the city, take our optional Santiago Walking Tour excursion, where you are picked up by your guide at your hotel and walk to La Moneda and through the main square, visit the Bellas Artes Museum and colourful neighbourhood of Lastarria, then climb the steps to Santa Lucía hill for a panoramic view of the Chilean capital with its Andean backdrop.

    Alternatively, rest after your flight or spend the afternoon exploring Santiago at your leisure. Perhaps visit the 16th-century San Francisco Church and traditional markets of the old town, or explore the shopping malls and trendy restaurants in the bohemian Bellavista district. The city also has plenty of green parks and beauty spots; the views from atop San Cristobal hill are particularly stunning. Read our blog to discover 6 Things to Do in Santiago

    Meals included: Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend a second day getting to know Santiago or take the full-day optional Vineyard & Valparaiso excursion, which takes you to the fascinating city of Valparaiso, where a series of funiculars transport you to the upper levels of the city for spectacular views. Also visit an idyllic vineyard in the Casablanca Valley, which produces some of Chile’s finest wines, for lunch and a wine tour. Return to Santiago in the late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Vineyard & Valparaiso excursion.

  • Fly to Puerto Montt then transfer to Puerto Varas in the heart of the Chilean Lake District. You stop for a brief tour of an ancient Alerce forest where the trees grow to almost 50 metres tall and live for 4,000 years. Puerto Varas is a charming, small town, perfectly in keeping with the tranquillity of the region. It is well known for its Germanic traditions and stunning location on the shoreline of Lake Llanquihue, with lovely views across the bay to the volcanoes of Osorno and Calbuco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Explore the surrounding area by yourself or take the optional Osorno Volcano & Hike excursion. This excursion takes you to the snow-capped Osorno Volcano and on a tour of the surrounding area, including a forest hike and a visit to the Petrohue cascades. The hike lasts approximately two hours and is on uneven terrain, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    Alternatively, take the optional Lake District Kayaking excursion where you paddle across the waters of the Reloncavi Fjord, taking in the unspoiled natural wilderness and spotting penguins, cormorants, sea lions and dolphins. After lunch, kayak to the village of Cochamo before returning to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. A packed lunch is included on the Osorno Volcano & Hike excursion and on the Lake District Kayaking excursion.

  • Transfer to Puerto Montt airport then fly to Punta Arenas, located on the Straits of Magellan. The flight takes you over the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and it is possible to see the glaciers snaking their way into the sea. Then take a three-hour transfer to Puerto Natales, a small town wonderfully set on the shores of Last Hope Sound, with especially beautiful sunrises.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The day begins with an early start from Puerto Natales for the journey to Torres del Paine. The scenic drive north takes about two hours and takes you past Lake Sarmiento, known for the strange formations of calcium deposits along its shoreline, all the way to the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the great wildernesses of the world, full of soaring peaks, glacial valleys and wild grasslands. The huge granite peaks of the Paine Massif, referred to as the ‘Towers of Paine’, rise up dramatically from the windswept terrain, creating one of the most striking natural landscapes on earth. The national park is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including guanacos (a type of llama), rheas (South American ostriches), condors, foxes and rare pumas. The tour takes you to several vantage points around the park, where you can marvel at the amazing mountain formations of the Paine Massif and the spectacular Cuernos (‘Horns’) del Paine. The tour continues across to the central area of the park and to the pristine Nördenskjold and Pehoe lakes, adorned by fresh greenery and grazing wild guanacos, and also to the majestic Salto Grande waterfall. After a respite for a packed lunch, conclude the tour with a visit to Lago Grey, one of Torres del Paine’s largest lakes. From here you can take our optional Boat to Grey Glacier excursion, a beautiful boat ride from the shoreline to the face of the magnificent Grey Glacier. At the end of the tour you are taken to your hotel, where you can spend a relaxing evening enjoying wonderful views of the Paine Massif.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. A packed lunch is included on the tour of Torres Del Paine.

  • A free day to explore Torres del Paine National Park at your leisure. Take one of the hiking excursions to make the most of your time in one of the world’s most famous trekking destinations. The easiest option is the Hike to Lake Sarmiento, a half day excursion which involves a 3 hour trek along a flatter route than most others in the park, starting at Amarga Lagoon and ending with a fabulous view over Lake Sarmiento, passing the Paine massif en-route.

    Alternatively, you can take the slightly tougher optional Las Torres Trek excursion, where you trek through beech forest before arriving at the glacial moraine, with fantastic views of the granite towers. The excursion lasts approximately ten hours and is of moderate-to-high difficulty, with a packed lunch included.

    In addition, you can also book activities directly in the hotel, including horse riding and mountain biking, as well as other tours of the park by minivan. Excursions available from the hotel can book up in advance, so if you would like to arrange an excursion from the hotel, we suggest you book this before departure.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Las Torres Trek excursion.

    Read our blog to find out what to pack on a Las Torres trek.

  • Enjoy a free morning in Torres del Paine, perhaps taking advantage of this free time to do further trekking before transferring by road to Puerto Natales in the afternoon. Alternatively, for a more scenic and exciting final day, take our optional Torres del Paine Horse Riding excursion where you ride through beautiful forests and across a lagoon to the Serrano River, with a spectacular view of the imposing Paine massif in the background. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. 

  • Take a three-hour transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas, which may be on a public coach, for your flight to Santiago, where you will stay in the hotel opposite the airport. On some occasions, the flight to Santiago departs from Puerto Natales airport in which case there will just be a short transfer from your hotel in Puerto Natales.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take a five-hour flight from Santiago to Easter Island. The most isolated inhabited island on earth, Easter Island is home to the enigmatic Moai, the monolithic stone head statues mysteriously created by an ancient civilization. On arrival, you are greeted by a traditional reception with flower necklaces before transferring to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to explore the town of Hanga Roa.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The day begins with a scenic drive along the coastal road, past stoic Moai and beautiful ocean views, to Ranu Raraku, a volcanic crater which served as a quarry and supplied the stone for about 95% of the island’s Moai. Almost 400 Moai are still found in this area. Descend the volcano to the restored Ahu Tongariki, where 15 Moai, including the largest on the island, can be found. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Anakena, a beautiful white coral sandy beach with coconut palms, where you can swim in the Pacific. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant included on the island tour.

  • Drive to the Rano Kau volcano and visit the interesting ceremonial centre of Orongo. This was the centre of the birdman cult, where an annual race was held to bring back the first sooty tern egg from a nearby islet. There are also many petroglyphs here. In the afternoon, visit Ahu Akivi, an unusual site where the seven moai gaze out across the ocean rather than facing inland. Spend the evening relaxing at your hotel and enjoying your last night in one of the most unique places in the world.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depending on your flight time, have a final chance to enjoy the island before you catch your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Santiago.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depending on your flight time, perhaps spend your last day shopping for souvenirs in the marketplaces or visit one of the many museums. Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

  • Your flight arrives in the UK.

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Accommodation in Santiago

Plaza San Francisco

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Plaza San Francisco, Santiago, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
83%
83%
Service
83%
83%
Location
85%
85%

Standard Hotel: Hotel Plaza San Francisco is situated in the heart of Santiago, within walking distance of the city’s main tourist attractions. There are 146 rooms, each providing an en-suite bathroom and various other amenities. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar, a gym and heated pool.

Why stay here: This is a comfortable hotel in a nice location, which offers all standard amenities.

Hotel Facilities

• Wifi
• Restaurant and bar
• Fitness centre and heated pool
• 24 hour room service
• All rooms have a television, mini-bar wifi and air-conditioning

About the room
The rooms are spacious, with dark wood furniture and double beds. There is a mini bar, air-con, wifi and cable TV in all rooms.

Room types available
standard rooms

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria

£60
(£60 Single Supplement)
Cumbres Lastarria Facade, Santiago, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
93%
93%
Service
90%
90%
Location
98%
98%

Superior Hotel: Cumbres Lastarria is a 70 room boutique hotel situated in the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood of Santiago. The hotel is intimate with personalised service, and boasts good amenities such as a fitness centre and the 8th floor restaurant. En-suite rooms are tastefully decorated.

Why stay here: The hotel has a good location in a lovely area, and the rooms are thoughtfully decorated.

Hotel Facilities
• En-suite rooms with safes and tea & coffee stations
• Outdoor pool
• Fitness centre
• restaurant

About the room
Rooms are large and uncluttered with en-suite bathrooms, double beds, tea and coffee machines and safety deposit boxes. All rooms also have flat screen TVs, wifi, air-con and a mini bar.

Room types available
Standard rooms

Accommodation in Santiago Airport

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal

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Holiday Inn Santiago, Airport, Chile

Standard Hotel: This 224-room hotel has a convenient location directly opposite Santiago’s international airport. High-quality amenities include an indoor pool and sauna, restaurant, café and bar/lounge. The rooms are soundproofed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? The hotel has a sleek and contemporary design with great facilities. Despite being near the airport, there is no noise from the planes landing or taking off. It is an excellent choice for those arriving late or departing early from Santiago, as you can save the time and cost of an airport transfer. 

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • There is a restaurant, bar/lounge, terrace, garden, gym, sauna, hot tub and an indoor pool.
  • The hotel offers a free shuttle service, safety deposit box, room service, laundry service, 24-hour front desk and express check-in/check-out.

About the room

All rooms have soundproofing, air conditioning, WiFi, cable TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Accommodation in Chilean Lake District

Hotel Solace

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Hotel Solace, Puerto Varas, Chilean Lake District
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
81%
81%
Service
81%
81%
Location
88%
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Standard Hotel: This 62-room hotel, located close to the centre of Puerto Varas near the lake shore, has great views towards the Osorno Volcano. The comfortable rooms are large with a good en-suite bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and free WiFi.

Why stay here? The hotel has great views, and the rooms are very comfortable.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor terrace area and a garden.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas

£80
(£80 Single Supplement)
Cumbres Puerto Varas, Chilean Lake District
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
91%
91%
Service
94%
94%
Location
94%
94%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: This 92-room hotel is located on the shores of the lake, and offers wonderful views of the surrounding area. There is a good restaurant, bar, small pool and spa. The spacious, well-appointed rooms all have lake and volcano views, air conditioning and heating, en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here? An excellent hotel with superb views of Lake Llanquihue. This is one of our favourite hotels in Chile.

Hotel Facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a gym and sauna, a spa, a pool and a garden.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities. There are also shops on site including a gift shop and news stand.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. All rooms also have partial views of Lake Llanquihue and the volcanoes.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Puerto Natales

Hotel Remota

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Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
89%
89%
Service
89%
89%
Location
74%
74%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A very comfortable, modern hotel beautifully located on the Last Hope Sound, with a restaurant, spa, swimming pool and jacuzzi. Rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and fantastic panoramic views.

Why stay here? Stay here for the beautiful views over Last Hope Sound, the excellent facilities and spacious interior which really gives a sense of the vast expanses of Patagonia. This is a very special place in which to stay.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, a shared TV lounge and various other seating areas. There is also a spa and sauna, an indoor heated pool and open-air jacuzzis.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, a wake-up call service, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have heating, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Please note that rooms have no TV and no WiFi.

Room types available

Standard

Accommodation in Torres del Paine

Hotel Rio Serrano

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Rio Serrano Grounds, Torres del Paine
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
74%
74%
Location
85%
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Standard Hotel: Located just across the River Serrano from the national park, this hotel has magnificent views towards the Paine Massif. There is a restaurant and bar, and the rooms are comfortable, with heating and good en-suite facilities. You can arrange trekking, horse riding, mountain biking and kayaking excursions from the hotel, as well as tours of the park and the glaciers by minivan. The standard rooms look out on the hill behind the hotel. The superior rooms are more spacious and have wonderful views across the river to the Paine Massif.

Why stay here? This is one of the most comfortable hotels in the Torres del Paine area, located just outside of the national park but still benefitting from wonderful scenery. The hotel can arrange a range of excursions, allowing you to visit the parts of the national park which most appeal to you.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a shared TV lounge, and various other lounges and seating areas.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, a wake-up call service, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have heating, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a mini bar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Please note that rooms have no TV and no WiFi.

Room types available

Standard room

Superior room

Accommodation in Easter Island

Hotel Taha Tai

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Standard hotel: Set within lush tropical gardens, close to the Pacific Ocean, the Taha Tai offers a laidback stay in a perfect location. The hotel features an outdoor pool with a relaxed poolside bar and a restaurant serving hearty meals.

The understated, wood-panelled rooms are comfortable and spacious and have either a private patio or balcony with views out to the ocean or across the gardens.

Why stay here: The hotel is located a short distance from the natural rock pools of Pea Beach and the archaeological site of Ahu Tautira on which stand two ancient moai statues. The Taha Tai is also only a short walk away from centre of Hanga Roa, the capital of Easter Island.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • There is an outdoor swimming pool, a restauratn and a bar. 

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air-conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms and safes.

Hotel Altiplanico

£150
(£150 Single Supplement)
Exterior, Hotel Altiplanico, Easter Island
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
80%
80%
Service
73%
73%
Location
80%
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Superior Hotel: This 16-room hotel, located 10 minutes outside of the main town, has large gardens, with trails offering sea views. There is a restaurant and an outdoor pool. The buildings are in cabins resembling ancient boat houses. The attractive rooms are simply furnished, with en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar/lounge area, an outdoor swimming pool and extensive gardens.

• The hotel offers a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

Rooms are in independent units, linked by exterior corridors of stone, sand, or grass, and each has a private terrace. All rooms have WiFi, a coffee/tea maker, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Excursions

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Santiago Walking Tour

£40
Santiago, Chile

With its striking setting surrounded by the peaks of the Andes and its fascinating history combined with a contemporary vibe, the cosmopolitan city of Santiago is a beautiful place to walk around. This two-to-three hour excursion is the perfect introduction to the city, and lets you explore some of the main sights on foot. Starting from your hotel, your guide takes you to La Moneda, one of Chile’s most important buildings, both architecturally and historically speaking. Stroll through the lively main square where you might spot buskers and local comedians, and visit the Bellas Artes Museum and colourful Lastarria neighbourhood. Finish by walking to the top of Santa Lucía hill for a panoramic view across the city, before returning to your hotel.

Full Description:

In the morning, get picked up from your hotel and start walking with a knowledgeable local guide who will fill you with stories about Santiago’s history and daily life in the city. Start at La Moneda, or ‘Palace of the Mint’, serving as the seat of the president and government ministers, with a rich history dating back to the early 1800s when it was designed to be a coin mint. Bombed by the military in the 1973 coup that overthrew Salvador Allende and brought Pinochet to power, the majestic building was restored and reinstated as a palace in 1981. The building itself is impressive, presiding over the Plaza de la Ciudadanía. Continue to the Plaza de Armas, the bustling main square in the heart of Santiago, with a fountain centerpiece celebrating Simón Bolívar, shaded by over 100 palm trees. Watch life unfold as ‘Santiaguinos’ (the people of Santiago) go about their daily lives, with local comedians, caricaturists, buskers and dancers competing to get your attention. Visit the Parque Forestal, Bellas Artes Museum and the historical Lastarria neighbourhood, brimming with local cafes, craft shops, boutiques and charming restaurants. The walking tour ends by walking for half an hour up the steps to the top of Santa Lucía Hill. Enter the park through the Japanese garden and cross plazas, statues, fountains, ponds and viewpoints on your way to the top of the fort, providing a peaceful spot in the middle of the capital, with 360 degree views of the city below.

Vineyard & Valparaiso

£200
Vineyards, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
86%
86%

Sample some of Chile’s best wines and explore its most fascinating city on this full-day excursion out of Santiago. Visit the colourful port town Valparaiso, travelling up and down the multilevel cityscape on a series of funiculars, with great views of colourful houses tumbling down the hills to the sea, before taking a leisurely tour of a vineyard in the nearby Casablanca Valley, producer of world-famous wine. Lunch is included at the vineyard.

Full Description:

This full-day excursion begins with a 90-minute drive through the Chilean countryside to the city of Valparaiso, a beautiful sea port built on tumbling hills overlooking the Pacific coast. The city was an important port in the 19th century, and was also once home to the poet Pablo Neruda, Chile’s most famous son. Nowadays, Valparaiso is best known for its bohemian atmosphere and quaint cityscape of colourful houses and unusual architecture. Spend the morning exploring Valparaiso’s winding streets and riding the funicular trams up and down the various levels of the city, enjoying fantastic views over the bay. In the afternoon travel to the Casablanca Valley, home to some of Chile’s finest wine. After lunch in a local restaurant, take a tour of one of the vineyards, visit the cavernous wine cellar and sample some of the famous produce - the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are especially good here - before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

Osorno Volcano and Hike

£220
Osorno Volcano, Lake District, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

Traverse one of the most picturesque and pristine regions in the country on this full-day walking and sight-seeing excursion to the snow-capped Osorno Volcano, where one spectacular panorama follows another in this impossibly beautiful region of volcanoes, wild forests and cobalt blue glacial lakes. A packed lunch is included.

Full Description:

This full-day excursion takes you to the snow-capped Osorno Volcano. You will ascend the lower slopes by road from where on a clear day there are fantastic views of Lake Llanquihue and the surrounding region, including Puntiagudo and Calbuco volcanoes. Then descend to the foothills and take a hike for about two hours through an ancient forest and on volcanic rock as your guide talks about the local ecology. Before returning to Puerto Varas in the late afternoon, visit the cascading Petrohue waterfalls and Lake Todos los Santos, with the Andes Mountains as a backdrop. A packed lunch is included. The walk is on uneven terrain, so a reasonable level of fitness is requested.

Lake District Kayaking

£120

This full-day sea kayaking excursion is an action-packed adventure allowing you to discover the Chilean Lake District as you should - from the water! Take in the unspoiled natural wilderness and enjoy the silence, with opportunities to spot penguins, cormorants, sea lions and dolphins. Kayak across the picturesque waters of the Reloncavi Fjord, stopping for lunch and a coffee break, then paddle back to a village known for its impressive granite structures.

Full Description:

In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel in Puerto Varas, then drive for 40 minutes through stunning scenery along Lake Llanquihue to Ensenada. On arrival, collect all the gear you’ll be needing for the day of sea kayaking, including wetsuits, life jackets and neoprene boots. From here, drive for a further half an hour to the mouth of the northernmost fjord of Patagonia: Reloncavi Fjord in Ralun Bay, where the clear waters of Petrohue river meet the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean. The protected bay provides ideal conditions to start your kayaking journey. Have a safety briefing and learn the different paddling strokes then without further ado, climb into your kayak and begin paddling across the pristine waters of the fjord. Once you find your kayaking rhythm, start looking out for birds overhead including pelicans, cormorants and penguins. As you round the first peninsula, disembark for a packed lunch followed by a coffee break. After lunch, the journey continues to unfold as you get back into your kayak and paddle past the snow-capped Yates and Hornopiren volcanoes. If you are lucky, you might spot sea lions and dolphins (a local species that is smaller than dolphins found in other parts of the world) swimming alongside you. The second leg of paddling takes you across the fjord to reach the village of Cochamo, where your vehicle awaits. Defined by enormous granite walls, Cochamo Valley is seemingly balanced between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, renowned around the world for its excellent rock climbing and hiking. Feeling tired and rewarded after your day in the fresh air, drive back to Puerto Varas in the evening.

Boat to Grey Glacier

£145
Boat to Grey Glacier, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
78%
78%

This two-hour excursion takes you from the shores of Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier in a beautiful boat ride across the icy lake. Sail among floating icebergs before arriving at the 40-metre high glacier, where you can listen to the ice breathe and watch large glacial chunks calve into the water.

Full Description:

As part of your visit to Torres del Paine, you can also sign up for a cruise across Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier, which gives you an amazing opportunity to appreciate the splendour of the natural phenomenon close up. The trip begins in a small inlet and sails the length of the lake, passing large floating icebergs and long sheets of ice, which once formed part of the Grey Glacier itself. The lakeside scenery is also spectacular, with views stretching all the way to the snow-capped peaks of the Paine Mountain. After about an hour on the lake, you reach the face of the 40-metre high glacier. Up close, you can see the stunning spectrum of the blue-white ice, and hear the crack and rumble of the glacier as it shifts and splits, scratching deep crevices into the mountainside. After spending some time at the face of the glacier return to the shore. The navigation takes approximately two hours. There is a 40-minute guided walk, partly through a forest on uneven ground and across a beach, to the pier where the navigation begins.

The navigation can be cancelled at short notice due to poor weather conditions or if the minimum number of passengers has not been reached.

Las Torres Trek

£175
Las Torres Trek, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
91%
91%

Make the most of your time in one of the world’s great hiking destinations by taking one of our trekking excursions. The tougher of the two treks we offer, the Las Torres Trek ascends through valleys and meanders through beech forests and across mountain ridges before reaching a rocky moraine, where at the end of a steep climb the granite towers reveal themselves in dramatic fashion.

Full Description:

Drive for about 90 minutes to the starting point and begin the trek by following the River Ascencio on an uphill trail through an enclosed valley. Waterfalls dramatically gush down the side of the mountains, forming streams that are crossed by rustic rope bridges. The trek continues through beech forests and mountainous ridges, where condors soar high overheard, before culminating with a steep climb up a rocky moraine, where you must navigate your way through a mass of boulders to reach the base lookout. The lookout point is a small clearing overlooking a green glacial lake. Here you are greeted with a sign announcing the end of the trek, as well as exceptional views of the three gigantic granite monolith towers of the Paine Massif. The trek lasts approximately seven hours, and due to the uphill nature of the walk, a good level of fitness is recommended before taking on the hike. A packed lunch is provided. At the end of the trek you are driven back to your hotel.

Hike to Lake Sarmiento

£95
Hike to Lake Sarmiento, Torres del Paine, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
81%
81%

This is the least difficult of our hiking excursions in Torres del Paine. Beginning at the serene Amarga Lagoon, you walk for around three hours on a flatter trail than most in the park, ending with a fabulous view over lake of Sarmiento. In addition to seeing the flora and fauna of the park, and the snowy peaks of the Paine Massif, you will also see cave paintings created by early inhabitants of the Torres del Paine region, adding an anthropological and archaeological element to your visit.

Full Description:

Drive for around one hour to the starting point of the walk, which skirts along the eastern edge of the national park. The trail is around 7km, and is not completely flat, but has only small undulations. The three-hour hike begins at Laguna Amarga, a glacial lagoon with a backdrop of the high-reaching peaks of the Paine Massif. During the walk, the guide will point out typical features of the region’s flora, and it is likely that you will pass herds of wild guanaco grazing in the steppe. Two other lagoons, Blanquillos and Los Flamencos can also be seen from the trail. One of the most interesting features of this excursion is the opportunity to see cave paintings by the Aonikenk, a native group, who were early occupiers of this area and led a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The cave paintings, which depict animals found in the region, are found in a rocky area around half-way through the walk. The trail ends close to Lago Sarmiento, offering wonderful views, from where you have a one-hour drive to the hotel. This excursion can be taken either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on availability.

The route may vary due to local conditions or the trek may be cancelled at short notice due to poor weather.

Torres del Paine Horse Riding

£105

Patagonia is the land of the Gauchos, and this is who will guide you on this incredible two-hour horse ride through the Magellanic forest and across a lagoon towards the Serrano River. The open grasslands are ideal for horses and make a superb setting for riding against an extraordinary backdrop of the Torres del Paine massif. The horses are tame and friendly, appropriate for any aged rider, including beginners.

Full Description:

Torres del Paine National Park is home to some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, characterised by its turquoise lake, forests and rivers. Taking in the majestic granite towers that dominate the skyline from horseback is an incredible way to discover this part of Patagonia. Start in the stable at Rio Serrano, for an introduction session where you learn the principles of how to ride. Meet the horse that will be your companion for the duration of the trek, then climb into the saddle to start your adventure. Ride to an ancient Magellanic forest where Nothofagus trees and endemic shrubs grow, including the calafate. Cross a small lagoon, heading towards the Serrano River. If you’re lucky, spot condors and other birdlife soaring over the snow capped peaks, or hear the cry of guanacos in the distance. Stop to take photos with the imposing Paine massif in the background, then ride back to the hotel. Helmets are provided on this excursion. 

Extensions

Atacama Desert extension

from £1299

4 days Extension

This extension to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, offers an incredible contrast to the glaciers of Patagonia. The town of San Pedro de Atacama has been inhabited since the 15th century, and there are numerous archaeological sites in the area. However, it is the natural attractions which are most impressive. The town, with views of the perfect volcanic cone of 5,900 metre-high Licancabur, makes a perfect base for exploring the surrounding desert. Visit the dramatic Valley of the Moon; the incredible Atacama Salt Flats, where the earth and sky merge; and the beautiful El Tatio geysers, at 4,300 metres above sea level.

Itinerary

All excursions are included on this extension. If you stay in the Hotel Altiplanico, the excursions will be as in the itinerary below. If you stay in the Hotel Tierra Atacama, there is a menu of excursions, so you can choose which excursions you would prefer to take. Not all excursions operate every day from the Hotel Tierra Atacama.

Day 1 San Pedro de Atacama Fly from Santiago to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, high in the desert at 2,400 metres above sea level. In the afternoon visit the Valley of the Moon, a dramatic lunar landscape of barren hills and plains. Climb a sand dune to watch the colours of the surrounding mountains change from gold to red as the sun sets (3 nights).

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama After breakfast, drive to the Atacama Salt Lake, where the salt crystals stretch out for miles and flamingos gather to nest. Drive through the Andes to the beautiful Altiplanic Lagoons of Miscanti and Miñique, stopping on the way to appreciate the panoramic views. At 4,500 metres above sea level, the lagoons are located in a stunning landscape of mountains and volcanoes, with unique flora and fauna. Walk along the lagoon shores before continuing to the town of Socaire for lunch, where a traditional farming lifestyle still thrives.

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama A 4am start for a 90 minute bumpy drive to the Tatio geysers. At 4,300 metres above sea level, these are some of the highest geysers in the world, and the water and steam jets create an incredible sight in the early morning light. You have breakfast here before visiting the village of Machuca, where ancient llama caravans used to rest. You return to San Pedro in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

Day 4 Santiago A morning transfer to Calama for your flight to Santiago (1 night).

Excursions in the Atacama Desert are taken in English and Spanish-speaking groups and may be with tourists of other nationalities.

 

Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

Hotel Altiplanico

This beautiful 29-room hotel, located just outside the town of San Pedro in large grounds, is constructed from adobe blocks. There is a restaurant, bar and open air unheated pool. The simple rooms are attractively decorated, with en-suite bathrooms, private terraces and free wifi.

Hotel Tierra Atacama

This 32-room hotel, located 2 kilometres out of San Pedro, has stunning views across the desert to the volcanoes. There is a good restaurant and bar, a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and spa treatments available. The large, modern rooms have heating, free wifi and en-suite bathrooms and are decorated with textiles and crafts from the area. All meals and drinks, including wine and beer, are included, as are all excursions.

If you are interested in adding an extension to the Atacama Desert, please get in touch with us for more details.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

Before You Go

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Morocco (020 7724 0624); South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

    Jordan

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate (020 7937 3685).

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

Travelling in Chile

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. If you want to tip guides, US$2-3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1-2 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 10% is usual in restaurants. Please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

  • In Santiago, daytime temperatures from October to April tend to be around 20°C - 30°C and night-time temperatures around 10°C. Daytime highs in Torres del Paine from October to April are around 12°C – 20°C and night-time temperatures can drop to 2°C or 3°C. Although rain is usually not heavy, it can get very windy, and wind chill can make the temperatures feel 7 or 8 degrees cooler. In Puerto Varas, daytime highs from October to April tend to be around 15°C - 20°C and night-time temperatures around 6°C - 10°C. Although this is the driest period, rain is common throughout the year. Daytime highs in the Atacama Desert are around 20°C – 25°C and night-time temperatures are around 12°C. Daytime highs on Easter Island are around 20°C – 25°C and night-time temperatures are around 15°C - 20°C. 

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. 

    Electricity in Chile is 220V, and plugs are of the round two-pin type. 

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times. 

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK. 

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$20 – 25 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Restaurant in more remote areas, including Torres del Paine and Easter Island, are more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Santiago, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. This can be higher in more remote areas.

    If you are planning on arranging any activities locally, especially in Torres del Paine, these can be expensive. These can usually be paid for by credit card.

  • Chileans love meat and there are many restaurants catering for meat lovers. There are also many good seafood restaurants in Santiago, with the Central Market having many good places to eat at lunchtime. Some of the best restaurants are to be found in the Barrio Lastarria and in the Barrio Bellavista, although they tend to be more expensive. There are many restaurants serving good value set lunches throughout the city.

    Most of the restaurants in Puerto Varas can be found close to the centre of the town. Fish is prominent on the menus, but there is also a wide selection of international cuisine. There is a good selection of restaurants in Puerto Natales, especially for a town of its size, including typical Patagonian barbecued meat places, sea food restaurants and pizzerias. In Torres del Paine, you will generally eat in your hotel, although there are some restaurants close to the hotel Rio Serrano. Hotels can also prepare packed lunches. There are few places to eat in the park itself.

    Good food and Chilean wine is also easily found in the centre of Punta Arenas. The local specialty is king crab (centolla). The hearty Chilean cazuela is a stew made from meat, squash, potatoes and other vegetables, and makes for a nourishing, warming meal in the cold Patagonian climate.

    There are several good restaurants in San Pedro in the Atacama Desert, with many serving local ingredients, including llama meat. There is a fairly limited selection of restaurants in Hanga Roa on Easter Island, although there are several good fish restaurants. Prices tend to be quite high, with shipped in food often twice the price of on the mainland, although local fish can be good value.

  • The currency in Chile is the Peso (approximate exchange rate: CLP550 = US$1). Travellers should take local currency or US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into local currency, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged, especially if changing directly into dollars. Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.