- This was an excellent way to see a great variety of Chile.
The only problems we had were with some of the flights. We would have liked to go to Easter Island but although it was shown as available online, when we tried to book we were told there were no seats available for the flight. We were disappointed that for our initial long flight from Madrid to Santiago we were not sitting together but several rows apart. When we flew from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas our Tour Leader was suddenly put on an earlier flight without notice. Although we had been warned of a change of flight time for our flight back from Punta Arenas to Santiago had been changed, we assumed this applied to the whole group, not just us. We spent the last few days of the holiday uncertain on what was going to happen to us with various suggestions involving additional payments. In the end, the matter was resolved as well as could be expected.
The local guide at Atacama missed the way not once but twice, and so we had a much longer walk than necessary, when we were struggling with the high altitude, the terraine and the heat. However, the Atacama scenery and the Geothermal Field were spectacular.
The Lake District by Mt Osorno was a complete contrast with a lush green landscape, capped by the snow topped Mt Orsono Volcano. The next day we explored this further with great views from Mt Orsono, interesting forest by the Green Lagoon and finally the dramatic waterfalls on the River Paine. The Local Guide was excellent.
The final section in South Patagonia was the climax with the incredible scenery of the Torres del Paine with bicolour peaks and the three towers, as well as numerous Guanaco and Wild Flowers. We were surprised that the Local Guide took us up to the Condor Lookout in very strong winds. As experienced walkers we decided it was too dangerous to proceed above the Col and Emolina accompanied us down.
Published on: 06 December 2016