Welcome to Punta Arenas: A sprawling metropolis on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is the southernmost large city in the world. Founded in 1848 by Col. José de los Santos Mardones, it flourished as a port of call and coaling station until the opening of the Panama Canal (1914) and the replacement of coal (still mined nearby) by fuel oil as a maritime fuel. Now the service centre of a large sheep-raising area, it processes and exports hides, wool, and frozen mutton.
2. Magic of Patagonia Gateway – Nov 29 to Dec. 5, 2021 : 7 days visiting / Santiago, Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine National Park & Puerto Arenas.
A sight with one of a kind mountains, blue lakes, desert pampas, rivers full of icebergs and ice fields the size of Hawaii, all await you at the Torres del Paine National Park. The amazing granite peaks that reach up to 2,900 meters in height shape the dramatic summits that give the park its name: the Torres or Towers. You can visit them on foot following the trails or horseback riding Patagonian style through the pampas. Be blown away by the Grey Lake and sail to visit its amazing glacier, one of the iconic spots of this Biosphere Reserve.
3. Chile & Easter Island – Nov 26 to Dec. 5, 2021 : 10 days visiting /Santiago, Valparaiso, wine country, Easter Island & Punta Arenas
This 10 day tour takes you from the sophisticated capital to the mysterious islands, two of Chile’s most popular destinations. Enjoy modern-day city life interwoven with history in the capital, drink in the culture of Valparaiso, then head to Easter Island aka Rapa Nui in the Pacific Ocean for a chance to marvel at the Moai, the giant human forms carved from stone. A dip in the Pacific and a walk along the rim of a volcanic crater round off this fantastic opportunity to take in the cultural wonders of Chile and its islands. Continue to the Punta Arenas and at the Torres del Paine National Park. The amazing granite peaks that reach up to 2,900 meters in height shape the dramatic summits that give the park its name: the Torres or Towers. Be blown away by the Grey Lake and sail to visit its amazing glacier, one of the iconic spots of this Biosphere Reserve.
4. Machu Picchu & Easter Island – Nov 21 to Dec. 5, 2021 : 15 days visiting / Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Santiago, Easter Island & Punta Arenas
Machu Picchu and Easter Island Tour offers an opportunity to explore two of the most interesting archaeological sites in South America. Machu Picchu served as a centre of worship, an astronomic observatory, and a private hacienda for the Inca Pachacutec, and was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The sun was the most important god of the Inca culture and bathed with its light the largest empire of pre-Columbian America, leaving a cultural and patrimonial heritage that shines – until today – with its own light. And, Easter Island, located 2,200 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean, is home to over 800 Moai statues that stand up to 33 feet tall, and whose origin is still a mystery.
5. Discover Chile & Peru – Dec. 1 to Dec. 14, 2021 : 14 days visiting / Punta Arenas, Lima, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca, Paracas, Isla Ballestas & Nazca Lines
Begin your tour in Chile, exploring Patagonia, land of sharp granite peaks, glaciers and perfect blue lakes. Heading towards Peru, many travellers come to visit the country’s most famous site, the ruins of Machu Picchu, the real Peru lies within its warm, proud inhabitants – many of whom can trace their bloodlines back to the Incas. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets of Arequipa, bobbing on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, be immersed in fascinating Peruvian culture while discovering its history buried deep within the walls of lost cities. observe Andean condors take the sky over the Colca Canyon and acclimatise to the altitude with a classic Pisco Sour cocktail in the city of its creation.
** feature image courtesy – Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre **