South America

A Chilean Adventure

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams  |  14 June 2018

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Chile was voted the best country to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Latin America and Antarctica specialists, Viva Expeditions and Chimu Adventures decided it was time for a bit of an adventure. Four Travel Agents departed on the 2nd – 10th June 2018.

Chile is perfect for people who love nature, extraordinary landscapes, great wines and beautiful night skies. With a wide variety of climates and landscapes, Viva Expeditions and Chimu Adventures struggled to narrow this tour down to three destinations; the city of Santiago, the coastal city of Valparaiso and the Atacama Desert staying in absolute luxury at the Alto Atacama Lodge.

Walking in the Atacama desert is like walking on the moon

Walking in the Atacama desert is like walking on the moon

Shannell Christmas from Helloworld said; ‘This was definitely my favourite famil so far…Sitting with legs overhanging a cliff at Death Valley at sunset, topped off by  Wine and Cheese. Superb.’

The biggest surprise was the colourful and Bohemian city of Valparaiso. The cities maze of small lanes covered in street art turns narrow streets into open art galleries. The wine and food from the vineyards went down very smoothly.

Bohemian city of Valparaiso, Chile

Bohemian city of Valparaiso, Chile

Adam Pope from The Travel Brokers said;

‘I absolutely love my red wine and before Chile I had never tried a Carmenere…thank you Chile for saving this amazing grape from extinction in France, I believe you can now absolutely claim this wine as one of your finest Chilean reds’

For the ultimate relaxation experience, the Alto Atacama provided the perfect refuge for our travellers to rejuvenate their body and soul. The Alto Atacama is surrounded by dramatic desert landscapes that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Starwars film with perfect stargazing to add. Activities include steaming geysers, hot springs, cultural excursions and volcano climbing.

The Atla Atacama and its surprising geysers

The Atla Atacama and its surprising geysers

Anne-Marie Le Lievre from Orbit said she;

‘Totally fell in love with the diverse and dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert - This special place will remain in my heart forever…If I had to choose one it would be the views at Valle de la Luna’

The Amazing Atacama desert

The Amazing Atacama desert

For more experiences like these, Viva Expeditions recommends this 4 day itinerary  which can be tailored to include Santiago and Valparaiso


The Alto Atacama Desert Lodge itinerary

For more information on Chilean holidays, please contact us

Viva Expeditions on 0800 131 900 or email

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