A region defined by its rugged shorelines, pretty coastal cities, and vast salt flats, this 9 day Chile tour in the far north takes you off the beaten path.
Your journey begins with a visit to the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, where you'll tour the government offices and historic landmarks to gain an understanding of the country's colorful past and cultural identity. See the city from above as you stand atop San Cristóbal Hill, then catch a domestic flight and make your way to Chile's northernmost city of Arica, a beach destination that enjoys a year-round mild climate.
Celebrate the works of French engineer Gustave Eiffel here as you visit the Gothic-style Catedral de San Marcos and Ex-Aduana de Arica, the very same Eiffel who designed Paris's famed iron wrought Eiffel Tower.
Visit the laid back villages of Poconchile and Socoroma, where timeless traditions linger and base yourself in Putre for a visit to Lauca National Park. Comprised of an extensive 1380 sq km, the altiplano landscape is dotted with looming volcanoes and peppered with gemlike lakes.
Observe colonies of flamingos at Salar de Surire, a 113 sq km salt flat, and uncover Chile's ancient past as you visit the geoglyph, Gigante de Atacama.
Explore the lost ghost town of Humberstone, and cap off your Chile tour with a day at leisure in Iquique, as you indulge in an afternoon of cocktail sipping at one of the beachfront bars, or suntanning on its golden stretches of sand.
Boasting ancient cultures, varied landscapes, and geological wonders, Chile's far north proves rewarding for anyone who makes the journey.