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Chile Tours

Chile Tours

Few countries in the world are as geographically diverse as Chile. From the lunar landscapes of the north to the glacially capped mountains of the south, Chile is for the photographers and adventurers.

Stretching 4,300 km in length, Chile is a long, narrow stretch of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range found at the Argentine border. The widest point of the country is only 350 km. Located within the ring of fire, Chile is home to nearly 2,000 volcanoes although most of these are dormant or extinct.

In the Atacama region, found in the extreme north of the country, our Chile tours could resemble a trip on another world. The Salar de Atacama, the world's largest salt lake is rich in...   Read More
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Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
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Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our Chile Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Andres Fernandez
Growing up in an international environment allowed me to interact with people from different cultures and learn from them. I would say that's when I…
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Sierra Searing
Sierra's dream in life is to explore every corner of the globe. When not travelling (and also while travelling), she loves the outdoors, wildlife, and…
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Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Name:
Andres Fernandez

EDUCATION:
Communication and Psychology.

LANGUAGE:
English, Spanish and French (after living in Belgium for 5 years).

TOURS LED:
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Poland, the Baltic States, Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
I love travelling in Central America. The natural history is astounding, all the birds, mammals, flora and fauna! As a certified diver and avid sportsman, the area offers many opportunities for diving, kayaking and rafting.

ABOUT:
Growing up in an international environment allowed me to interact with people from different cultures and learn from them. I would say that's when I became a traveler...

To me, traveling is not only about the sites and highlights of a destination, it's mostly about the people and their history, about how they solve things. It's about their lives!

Name:
Sierra Searing

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of International Business with a Minor in Spanish. The degree also included spending a year studying abroad in Chile.

LANGUAGE:
English, Spanish, and some French & German.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
Sierra has travelled through 44 countries on 5 continents. She has hiked through jaw-dropping Iceland, slept in an old prison off the coast of Colombia, befriended a rescued kinkajou in the highland jungle of Panama, been stung by a jellyfish in Sri Lanka, feasted on the delectable street food of Georgetown, Malaysia, and camped alongside guanacos in Patagonia.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
This is Sierra's least favourite question. It is impossible to choose between the mystery and serenity of Peru, the spectacular wildlife sightings of South Africa, and the impossible construction of Meteora, Greece. She enjoys every destination in its own unique way and has yet to find a country she didn’t fall in love with.

ABOUT:
Sierra's dream in life is to explore every corner of the globe. When not travelling (and also while travelling), she loves the outdoors, wildlife, and photography and spends most weekends hiking, no matter the season or weather.

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Few countries in the world are as geographically diverse as Chile. From the lunar landscapes of the north to the glacially capped mountains of the south, Chile is for the photographers and adventurers.

Stretching 4,300 km in length, Chile is a long, narrow stretch of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range found at the Argentine border. The widest point of the country is only 350 km. Located within the ring of fire, Chile is home to nearly 2,000 volcanoes although most of these are dormant or extinct.

In the Atacama region, found in the extreme north of the country, our Chile tours could resemble a trip on another world. The Salar de Atacama, the world's largest salt lake is rich in minerals, including borax and lithium, and is home to flamingos as well as many other bird species. Formed by waters flowing down from the Andes that, unable to escape from the basin, were forced to evaporate creating the large salt basins.

Further northeast are the spectacular geysers of El Tatio (elevation 4,400 m / 14,500 ft) located within the Andes mountains. Super-heated water gurgles in the frozen ground and emerges violently as steam in over 100 geysers, boiling pools, and fumaroles. El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world.

A highlight for any photographer on Chile tours would be watching the sunset from the Atacama's Valley of the Moon, a bizarre lunar landscape formed by erosion of the salt mountains.

As the Andes mountain range rise to spectacular heights of more than 6,000 m (19,000 ft) and create a stunning snow capped backdrop on the eastern flanks of Chile, further south the country becomes less lunar and more polar. The Chilean lakes region comes complete with lush forests, pristine waterfalls, and crystal clear lakes.

In places such as Puerto Chacabuco and Laguna San Rafael, adventure awaits for those who wish to get off the Austral Road, walk in native woodlands, zodiac up close to glaciers and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the lake, river and hills that make up the Andes mountain range in Northern Patagonia.

Nearer to the extreme south, just north of Tierra del Fuego, is one of Chile's most iconic mountains. Not a part of Patagonia, Torres Del Paine National Park features spectacular granite pillars that soar almost vertically more than 2000 m (6,000 ft) above the Patagonian steppe landscape.

Chile tours don't just feature dramatic landscapes, cities such as Santiago often prove to be one of South America's favourite cosmopolitan centers. Dubbed the city with a view, the Andes mountains are never far away in this once Spanish colonial city that was founded in the 16th century. Outside the city limits is the Maipu Valley, home to some of the country's most prestigious wines.

While the influence of Spanish and European colonization is still felt to this day, Chile has a number of sites that showcase its pre-Columbian history such as the 2,800-year-old site at Tulor. Chile itself has become a colonizer, encompassing Easter Island into its territory. One of the most isolated places on Earth, this triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific is best known for the giant stone monoliths, the distinctive Polynesian sculptures known as Moai, that dot the coastline. Almost 900 giant stone figures dating back many centuries reveal their creators to be master craftsmen and engineers.

With such an abundant mix of nature and culture, Chile tours offer a truly remarkable experience for the traveller.