Eco-camp Carlos III Scientifi c Campsite MIDWithin the marine reserve on Carlos III Island, is a small scientifi c eco-camp accommodating only ten people in comfortable twin-bedded dome tents. The entire camp is built on wooden terracing to avoid erosion and is dedicated to whale research in the Straits. The intimate experience of this camp is enriched by the beautiful mountains, glaciers and pristine forests. The camp was founded by scientists who discovered this is where humpback whales return to every summer and so there will be plenty of opportunity to go whale-watching and also to learn about long-term population studies and identifi cation techniques used by the whale researchers. MV Mare and Via Australis MIDSailing from Punta Arenas between September and mid-April, the boats Mare and Via Australis sail the famed Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel and spectacular Glacier Alley calling at Port Williams, Ushuaia and Cape Horn National Park. Eco-walks, glacier visits, on-board lectures and educational briefi ngs are the highlight of this three and four night cruise which can easily be tailored into your holiday itinerary.Torres del PaineTorres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is a wonderful mix of peaks, lakes, ice fi elds and green valleys. The omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnifi cent set of rugged peaks, formed of granite and sedimentary rock, dominates the landscape. The wildlife here includes Andean deer, guanaco, pumas, skunks and hares as well as a host of birds such as Andean condors, lesser rhea, Chilean fl amingo, black-faced ibis, black-necked swans and kelp geese. EcoCamp - suite domes MID OUR CHOICESuite domes are comfortable 28 metre square tented igloo-type double domes. The whole ethos is to have minimal environmental impact, while providing an effi cient, warm place to stay with great exposure to the Patagonian nature. Each dome has a private bathroom. Our Patagonia Wildlife Safari (below) uses the suite domes. We can also offer you a stay at the EcoCamp in great value standard domes. They have all the same great features, apart from the bathrooms, which are shared.140SUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Santiago Day 2 Santiago, 1-night, Hotel Rugendas (B) Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama, 3-nights, Hotel Poblado Kimal. Explore by foot, bike or vehicle to the salt fl ats, geysers and lunar landscapes of the desert (BL) Day 6 Putre/Arica, 2-nights, Hosteria las Vicunas/Hotel El Paso. Full day excursion to Lauca National Park (BL - only breakfast included on day six) Day 8 Santiago, 1-night, Hotel Rugendas (B) Day 9 Torres del Paine, 3-nights, suite domes. Explore the glaciers and lakes of this beautiful area, home to a myriad of wildlife (BLD) Day 12 Santiago, 2-nights, Hotel Rugendas. Explore Santiago, Chile's sophisticated capital (BL - only breakfast included on day thirteen) Day 14 Depart for the UK (B) Day 15 Arrive homeDeparture dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £4545 (Jan - Feb, May - Jun, Dec), £4615 (Mar, Sep - Nov), £4695 (Apr, Jul - Aug), £4785 (Christmas) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, nine nights hotel accommodation and three nights suite domes, guided activitiesLAND OF EXTREMESExplore the unique panorama and wildlife of Chile on this itinerary which takes in the beautiful lunar landscapes of the Atacama desert and the splendour of Torres del Paine. We've also added Lauca National Park, not a usual stop on a Chilean itinerary - but we know it'll be worth it for a wildlife enthusiast.TAILOR-MADESUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Arrive Punta Arenas. Torres del Paine National Park, 3-nights, EcoCamp, suite domes. Over the next three days you will enjoy a programme of activities, designed around your wishes. You can walk, drive or trek to lakes and glaciers within the national park, seeing puma, grey fox, guanaco, and birds such as bi-coloured hawk and black-chested buzzard-eagle. The park is your oyster! (BLD) Day 4 Depart for your next destinationDeparture dates Daily, January to AprilCost per person From £940 (Jan - Apr)Tour Extension Please ask us for prices for other durations, the standard domes or for a complete package with other destinations in ChileWhat's included Transfers, meals as indicated, three nights suite domes, guided activities (fl ights not included)PATAGONIA WILDLIFE SAFARIWe've found this special wildlife safari in Patagonia. We think it'll appeal to those of you who love wildlife, adore beautiful scenery and fancy staying in unique, comfortable accommodation. This itinerary also has fl exibility on its side; you can stay for three nights as an extension to another tailor-made itinerary, any number of nights in-between, or as a six-night stand alone trip - the choice is yours!TAILOR-MADETalk to an expert 0845 130 6982Special occasion? Why not ask us for business class upgrades? We can offer competitive prices and it'd be a lovely start to your trip.
Hosteria Las Torres HIGH Las Torres sits in the heart of Chilean Patagonia and enjoys beautiful views over the snow-capped mountains. This charming rustic hotel with 84 rooms provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park's towering mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, ice fi elds and steppes.Easter IslandEaster Island, or Rapa Nui, is a small triangle of volcanic rock, located about 3,700 kilometres off the central coast of Chile in the middle of the Pacifi c Ocean, reached in fi ve hours from Santiago. It can easily be combined with a holiday to Chile. It has always been the subject of curiosity and speculation. What are the origins of the islanders? How did they transport their massive moai from quarry locations to their platforms? O'tai Hotel MID This is a mid-sized family-run hotel with a cosy and homely atmosphere. As the name, which translates as 'in the coast', suggests, it's just moments by foot from the coast and to Hanga Roa village.Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel HIGH The hotel boasts lovely views of the coast, and is set in 1.5 hectares of tranquil gardens, providing a luxuriant place to stay on Easter Island. Traditional in design, your stay will also refl ect the typical friendly welcome of the Rapa Nui people. There's a swimming pool too.Robinson Crusoe IslandJuan Fernández is a fascinating volcanic archipelago situated 1,500 kilometres off the coast of Valparaíso. Robinson Crusoe Island, the main island of the group, is accessible by a two hour fl ight from Santiago. It can easily be combined with a holiday to Chile. It was Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, marooned here for fi ve years between 1704 and 1709, who made the island famous. His experiences inspired Daniel Defoe's famous novel, Robinson Crusoe. It is a volcanic island swathed in sub-tropical forest and is of particular interest to birders and botanists. Crusoe Island Hotel HIGH Crusoe Island Hotel is a great base for exploring Robinson Crusoe Island. This small lodge has only 15 comfortable rooms and so has a lovely, cozy atmosphere with terraces overlooking the sea beyond. The restaurant serves delicious food with abundant seafood naturally being the highlight.Chiloe IslandThe island of Chiloe has changed little over the past few hundred years. Located off the mainland near to the town of Puerto Montt, Chiloe is an important island for Magellanic and humboldt penguins, black-necked swan, greenbacked fi recrown, Patagonian tyrant, ringed kingfi sher, silvery grebe and Chilean fl amingo. It is an interesting island from a cultural point of view and it also has some wonderful temperate forest. In addition it is a great place to see blue whales, where sightings at the right time of year are known to be particularly reliable. Hosteria de Castro MID Located in Chiloe's main centre, Castro, Hosteria de Castro has modern accommodation and good facilities, including a spa and restaurant. It also offers panoramic views over the bay and is a good choice for your stay.141Fact!Patagonia has a long tradition of horsemanship. If you fancy a spot of horse-riding while you're in this area, we can recommend a lovely 'estancia' (ranch) to give you an authentic Patagonian experience. Or visit us on the web www.wildlifeworldwide.comTHE AMERICAS | CHILEFact!If you're interested in the natural environment, we'd also recommend a visit to the Lake District region of Chile. It has many interesting trees which are unique due to their geographical isolation, including various species of the southern tree genus nothofagus. The dominant forests here also comprise ancient species such as araucaria, or monkey puzzle, tree and the endangered alerce.