Our travel agency created the perfect itinerary for our trip to Chile! We were a group of six people of varying ages. We spent a couple of days in Santiago over New Year's weekend and then traveled to the Lake District and stayed near Puerto Varas at a hotel on Lake Llanquihue overlooking the Oromo Volcano. We spent three full days there doing a variety of activities. Although we were told that the activities in the Lake District had to be selected and booked in advance, that was not the case and in fact we changed several of our originally planned activities for various reasons. The hotel was fabulous! We loved the spacious rooms which overlooked the lake and the volcano, the food was wonderful and the staff was attentive and friendly. We had a private Chilean BBQ dinner one night which was a culinary highlight of our stay at the hotel! From the Lake District, we flew to Puerto Arenas where we were met for the drive to Patagonia where we stayed at a magnificent hotel. We would not have wanted to stay anywhere else! The rooms consisted of beautiful individual "huts" situated on a hillside overlooking Los Torres del Paines and each had a private outdoor wood-fired hot tub for an evening soak. The staff could not have been more accommodating, the food was excellent and the wine delicious! Our guides were fabulous, both personally and professionally. They were very knowledgeable about the area and made excellent recommendations for our daily excursions, which were understandably more demanding than those in the Lake District. We thought it was terrific to spend a few days in the Lake District after Santiago so we could build up to the greater challenges of Patagonia. It was a perfect progression in the itinerary. We finished our trip in the wine country at a winery and hotel, where we simply relaxed for two days. It was a wonderful way to wind up this adventurous, fabulous trip! This travel company could not have planned a better itinerary for our group!
The memories from our trip to Chile are vivid and will be treasured for a lifetime. The magnificent vistas where we stayed, the fabulous hotels and food, the gracious hotel staff, the beautiful hikes, the wildlife, the exciting white water rafting, the visits to the glacier and waterfalls, and the soaks in the wood-fired outdoor hot tubs were all important elements which created the wonderful fabric of this trip.
We would not do anything differently other than to spend more time in each beautful place!
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