NEW!
AARP Member Benefits
AARP Members Save on select departures

Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia

The Ultimate 11 Day Guided Tour of Chile

AARP Member Benefits
AARP Members Save on select departures
SAVE UP TO $718
From $7,257
WAS $7,975
Find this price
11 Days
1 Country

Chile

6 Cities

Santiago, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Punta Arenas Pres. Ibanez, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park

21 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines, 2 Dinners, 4 Lunchs

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

View all Insight Vacations Tours

Journey across Chile on an immersive 11-Day adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element at the Kingston Family Vineyard where a private Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting uncorks the finest local tipples—including regional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Torres del Paine, join the Patagonia Ranch cultural experience and see the world through the eyes of your local baqueano guides—the cowboy descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches over a century ago. In Atacama, journey 14,000 feet up into the Andes for a dip in the Puritama Hot Springs before an evening of stargazing under the crystal-clear skies of the Chilean desert.

Reviews
0
Average group size
average 33
Tour brand
Insight Vacations
Globe

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago

Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Skyline, Santiago, Chile
Accommodation The Singular Lastarria Hotel, Santiago
Included Meals Dinner with Wine
Authentic Dining Dine On Coastal Delicacies
Dinner in Valparaíso

In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel, where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner while getting to know some of your n...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Valparaíso and the Casablanca Wine Country

Begin your day with a visit to the coastal city of Valparaíso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert as you discover its church-dotted hillsides and unique amphitheater-like layout. After lunch, visit Bodegas RE Winery for a private wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognized for crafting exceptional wines with passion and precision, embodying the essence of Chilean terroir in every bottle. The evening is yours at leisure to relax or have a night out on the town.

Colourful houses, Valparaiso, Chile
Accommodation The Singular Lastarria Hotel, Santiago
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Top Rated Highlights View of Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaiso Visit

Join a Local Expert on a guided tour of the coastal city of Valparaiso and explore this colorful UNESCO protected site.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Kingston Family Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Wine Tasting at Kingston Family Winery

Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 3

On to Atacama

Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival you'll head to San Pedro de Atacama. You’ll then be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. True to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.

San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama

About the Hotel

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Embracing the natural environment and emulating its desert surroundings is Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, high up in the Cordillera de Los Andes. Soothingly minimalist, this oasis is tranquil and restful, allowing you to recharge before going out and exploring the landscapes and geography of the driest desert in the world. The Atacama Desert showcases salt flats, lagoons, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, as well as some of the best stargazing and astronomical observatories in the world due to the clear, bright skies with little to no light interference.

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Moon Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Moon Valley Visit

Head to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns.You'll learn more about i...

See More
Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Explore Atacama

This morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers known as El Tatio Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains, you'll be 14,170 feet (4,230 meters) above sea level. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the Puritama Hot Springs before taking a scenic drive back to your hotel.

Atacama Sightseeing Tulor, Chile
Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama

About the Hotel

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Embracing the natural environment and emulating its desert surroundings is Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, high up in the Cordillera de Los Andes. Soothingly minimalist, this oasis is tranquil and restful, allowing you to recharge before going out and exploring the landscapes and geography of the driest desert in the world. The Atacama Desert showcases salt flats, lagoons, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, as well as some of the best stargazing and astronomical observatories in the world due to the clear, bright skies with little to no light interference.

Style

  • Boutique
Insight Experiences El Tatio Geysers El Tatio, Chile
El Tatio Geysers

Our journey to the Altiplano starts in the early hours, just in time to watch the sun rise in one of the most important geothermic fields in the wo...

See More
Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 5

Atacama Salt Flats

Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,600 kilometers). Keep your eyes open for species of wild birds including the Andean and James flamingos on the shores of the Chaxa, Miscanti and Minque Lagoons. This afternoon, make your way to Toconao, a traditional colonial village known for its volcanic rock architecture. Take a stroll through the main square and visit the handicraft stands that sell alpaca textiles.

Atacama Salt Flats  Tulor, Chile
Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama

About the Hotel

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Embracing the natural environment and emulating its desert surroundings is Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama, high up in the Cordillera de Los Andes. Soothingly minimalist, this oasis is tranquil and restful, allowing you to recharge before going out and exploring the landscapes and geography of the driest desert in the world. The Atacama Desert showcases salt flats, lagoons, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, as well as some of the best stargazing and astronomical observatories in the world due to the clear, bright skies with little to no light interference.

Style

  • Boutique
Insight Experiences James's Flamingos in lagoon, Atacama, Chile
Explore the Atacama Salt Flats

Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,60...

See More
Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 6

Atacama to Santiago

Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago. Enjoy lunch at El Galeón restaurant, located in the heart of the Central Market. Continue to the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral, traveling to the heart of the city along the famous Alameda, Santiago's vibrant main avenue. Continue your tour by crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on your way to San Cristobal Hill.

San Cristobal Hill, Santiago, Chile
Accommodation The Singular Lastarria Hotel, Santiago
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Top Rated Highlights City Tour Central Market, Santiago, Chile
Santiago City Tour

On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral, vib...

See More
Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Lunch at El Galeon

Enjoy lunch at El Galeón restaurant, located in the heart of the Central Market, Santiago's main market for fish and seafood.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 7

On to Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arenas where you'll then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. This afternoon, you’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate before heading to dinner. Famous for its spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's meal will have you savoring typical Patagonian dishes.

Exterior, Remota Patagonia Lodge Puerto Natales, Chile
Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales

About the Hotel

Puerto Natales, Chile

Hotel Remota is one of the most celebrated and awarded Hotels in Chile, thanks to its spectacular views of the fjord and glaciers. Its architecture seamlessly inserts the property into its surroundings as an eco-friendly and sustainable hotel. The beautiful space is built with high quality materials, almost no motors, no elevators, no television or internet in the rooms, natural ventilation and highly efficient energy use. Hotel Remota supports local communities and is strongly linked to social and cultural organisations in the region.

Style

  • Contemporary

Day 8

Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure.

Traveller sat on a boat in front of a glacier in Balmaceda, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales

About the Hotel

Puerto Natales, Chile

Hotel Remota is one of the most celebrated and awarded Hotels in Chile, thanks to its spectacular views of the fjord and glaciers. Its architecture seamlessly inserts the property into its surroundings as an eco-friendly and sustainable hotel. The beautiful space is built with high quality materials, almost no motors, no elevators, no television or internet in the rooms, natural ventilation and highly efficient energy use. Hotel Remota supports local communities and is strongly linked to social and cultural organisations in the region.

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Balmaceda Serrano Glacier Cruise, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier Cruise

Explore Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers aboard a sea vessel.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 9

Torres del Paine National Park

Join your Local Expert on an excursion of  Torres del Paine National Park. Situated in Chile's Patagonia region, this park is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after.
This afternoon, explore Torres del Paine with Insight Choice. Choose to join a local expert, exploring the National Park, the area is known for its rivers, lakes, mountains, and glaciers that are worth exploring. Alternatively, choose to join a tour of the region's oldest gardens at Reserva Cerro Paine which produces seasonal fruits and vegetables using bio-intensive sustainable methods.
Tonight, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy dinner at your hotel. All the ingredients are produced onsite utilizing sustainable farming techniques.

National Park Torres Del Paine Chile
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

About the Hotel

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Located inside Torres del Paine National Park, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia offers spacious and bright accommodations with large windows and fantastic views of the valley and the mountains. With a delicious array of food served and spa treatments available, your stay within the National Park is sure to be both comfortable and invigorating.

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights National Park Torres Del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park Scenic Drive

Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park, with plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia r...

See More
Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice
Tour Reserva Cerro Paine

Join an immersive tour of the region's oldest organic kitchens and garden at the Reserva Cerro Paine. Using bio-intensive sustainable methods, this...

See More
Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Experiences Steps in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres Del Paine National Park Visit

Join your local expert on an excursion of the Torres Del Paine National Park. This area is known for its rivers, lakes, mountains, and glaciers tha...

See More
Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Make Travel Matter
Savor Sustainable Meals in Torres del Paine

Enjoy the exquisite local flavors of Torres Del Paine National Park as you dine at Hotel Las Torres. Every meal features fresh, in-season ingredien...

See More
Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Day 10

Sightseeing in Torres del Paine

Today you'll spend the day sightseeing in Torres del Paine as you look out for the park's guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and marvel at the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake.
After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.

Sightseeing Torres Del Paine, Chile
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

About the Hotel

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Located inside Torres del Paine National Park, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia offers spacious and bright accommodations with large windows and fantastic views of the valley and the mountains. With a delicious array of food served and spa treatments available, your stay within the National Park is sure to be both comfortable and invigorating.

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Authentic Dining Torres Del Paine, Chile
Dinner in Torres del Paine

After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a dinner with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 11

Back to Santiago

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas where you'll fly to Santiago International Airport for your flight home.

Depart Santiago, Chile
Included Meals Breakfast

Select your date

Tour Start {{ getFormattedDate(departure.departureDate) }}
Tour End {{ getFormattedDate(departure.returnDate) }}
Definite Departure
Twin Room
{{departure.leadPrice}} per person
{{departure.fullPrice}} Save {{departure.highestDiscountAmount}}
{{departure.dealsLabel}} {{departure.epdDueDate}} {{departure.advertisementMessage}}
{{departure.dealsLabel}} {{departure.epdDueDate}} {{departure.advertisementMessage}}

Special Departure

Special Departure

Included Highlights

Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Valparaiso Visit

Join a Local Expert on a guided tour of the coastal city of Valparaiso and explore this colorful UNESCO protected site.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Moon Valley Visit

Head to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns.You'll learn more about i...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
El Tatio Geysers

Our journey to the Altiplano starts in the early hours, just in time to watch the sun rise in one of the most important geothermic fields in the wo...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Explore the Atacama Salt Flats

Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,60...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Santiago City Tour

On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral, vib...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier Cruise

Explore Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers aboard a sea vessel.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Torres del Paine National Park Scenic Drive

Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park, with plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia r...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Tour Reserva Cerro Paine

Join an immersive tour of the region's oldest organic kitchens and garden at the Reserva Cerro Paine. Using bio-intensive sustainable methods, this...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Torres Del Paine National Park Visit

Join your local expert on an excursion of the Torres Del Paine National Park. This area is known for its rivers, lakes, mountains, and glaciers tha...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Savor Sustainable Meals in Torres del Paine

Enjoy the exquisite local flavors of Torres Del Paine National Park as you dine at Hotel Las Torres. Every meal features fresh, in-season ingredien...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines, 2 Dinners, 4 Lunchs

Dinner in Valparaíso

In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel, where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner while getting to know some of your new travel companions.

Wine Tasting at Kingston Family Winery

Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.

Lunch at El Galeon

Enjoy lunch at El Galeón restaurant, located in the heart of the Central Market, Santiago's main market for fish and seafood.

Dinner in Torres del Paine

After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a dinner with wine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel Cumbres, San Pedro de Atacama
Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Chile

Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America, primarily shared by Argentina and Chile. It is known for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rugged beauty. The region covers a vast area of about 402,007 square miles.

  • Official Language in Chile: Spanish is the official language of Chile.
  • Currency used in Chile: The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso ($)
  • Capital City: Santiago (Chile)
  • Time Zone(s) in Chile: Most of Chile, including the capital city Santiago, is in the time zone known as Chile Standard Time (CLT). The southernmost regions of Chile, including the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region, follow Chile Time (CLST).

Patagonia passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Chile.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Chile is a long, narrow country located on the western coast of South America. The country has a diverse climate due to its unique geographical location. The north of Chile is home to the Atacama Desert, which is considered one of the driest places on earth. The central region of Chile has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The southern region of Chile has a colder, rainy climate, with heavy rainfall and snowfall in some areas. Patagonia, located in the southernmost part of Chile, experiences strong winds and cold temperatures year-round. Overall, Chile's climate is influenced by the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, and the Humboldt Current, which all play a significant role in the country's weather patterns.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Quick-dry pants: Opt for comfortable pants that dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing.
  • Rain gear: Waterproof rain jacket and pants are a must to stay dry during rainy spells.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

As an American citizen traveling to the Patagonia area, here's what you need to know about electricity, adapters, hair dryers, and air conditioning:

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while in Argentina and Chile, the standard voltage is 220V, and the frequency is 50Hz. The outlets commonly used are Type C and Type I. Type C outlets have two round pins, while Type I outlets have two flat pins in a V-shape and an additional grounding pin.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in Argentina and Chile. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

Adapters and Converters

  • If you plan to bring American appliances, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220 from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the power outlets.
  • It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.
  • To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Many hotels in Argentina and Chile, especially those catering to international travelers, provide hair dryers in their rooms for guests to use. These hair dryers are usually compatible with the local voltage and plug types, so you won't typically need to worry about bringing your own unless you have specific preferences or requirements.

If you have a high-powered or specialized hair dryer that you prefer to use, or if you're staying in accommodations that might not provide hair dryers, you can bring a travel hair dryer that's designed to work with various voltage levels and plug types. This way, you'll ensure that you can use your hair dryer regardless of the specific electrical setup in the hotel.

Remember also to pack any necessary travel adapters or voltage converters if your hair dryer is not compatible with the local voltage and plug type. It's always better to be prepared to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience during your trip.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can see if they provide this information on their site or contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is used in Argentina and Chile, especially during the hot and dry summer months. Given the warm climate, air conditioning helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces typically have air conditioning to provide relief from the heat. 
  • In more traditional or older buildings, air conditioning might not be as prevalent as in modern structures.
  • Keep in mind that local customs and practices might influence the use of air conditioning.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

Your GET Wishlist

{{ tour.title }}
{{ tour.duration }} Days from {{ tour.displayPrice }}

Find Your Perfect Destination

Italy
47 tours from $1,100
Britain & Ireland
44 tours from $1,452
Spain & Portugal
34 tours from $1,283
France
31 tours from $2,099
Greece
10 tours from $2,125
United States
54 tours from $1,404
Australia
8 tours from $4,473
Africa
12 tours from $3,095
Dates & Prices Back to Top