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    The Atacama Desert

Country Information

Capital: Santiago

Time zone: GMT -3

Currency: Chilean peso

Language: Spanish

Access: All flights arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL). Most of the ski resorts are then only a road transfer away in the Andes mountains.

Ski Season: From mid June until mid October.

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán, Pucon & Corralco.

Beyond the skiing: You will be passing through Santiago, so some time here is worthwhile. Surrounding the capital is beautiful winelands and several characterful coastal towns. Further afield, the Atacama Desert and mountainous Patagonia combine and contrast well in an itinerary.

Duration: two weeks

We've tried to shoe-horn the best of Chile in to the itinerary and we think we've succeeded. Your holiday begins with a tour of the winelands and the coastal cities, before heading up to the other-worldly spaces of the Atacama Desert. From here it's back down to the capital before heading to a ski resort for the week. For the sake of demonstration, we've included Corralco in this itinerary bit it could, just as easily, be Portillo, Valle Nevado or Nevados de Chillán.

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL) and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Relax after your international flights

Day 2

Head to the winelands and travel towards the Pacific Coast, through the valley of Casablanca. Stay in Casona Hotel, which is part of the Vineyard.

Day 3

 Tour of the wine cellar and an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour you enjoy lunch at the restaurant and in the afternoon transfer to Valparaiso.

Day 4

Discover Valparaiso like a native... walk through its streets, admiring its particular architecture. Lunch at Jota Cruz Social Club for a classic popular dish "La Chorrillana". Take a Trolley Bus through the city. At the end of the afternoon, transfer back to Santiago.

Day 5

Transfer to the airport to board flight to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro in the Atacama Desert.

Days 6 - 7

Exploration of the Atacama Desert, with your local guide and transport.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport of Calama to board a flight back to Santiago. You are then transferred back to the city centre and it's time for a city tour - Plaza de Armas, Vega Central and Palacio de Gobierno.

Day 9

Head back to Santiago Airport to board your flight to Temuco. Transfer from the airport to your hotel up at Corralco.

Days 10 - 16

A full week's skiing in Corralco (or any other of the Chilean ski resorts).

Day 17

Transfer back to Temuco and flight back up to Santiago, ready for your onward flights.

As a guide, prices for this itinerary would begin at circa £3,995 per person, which would include accommodation, ski passes, domestic flights, transfers and excursions as featured in the day-by-day itinerary. It all depends quite how much luxury you feel you need (or deserve!) and prices can vary hugely depending on the accommodation selected. The other significant factor can be the season - the peak being July and early August.

This indicative cost does not include international flights from the UK (or elsewhere), which Different Snow can also arrange for you. We have access to excellent fares on most airlines, at least as good as those you’ll find on the internet.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!


Day 1

Arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL) and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Relax after your international flights

Day 2

Head to the winelands and travel towards the Pacific Coast, through the valley of Casablanca. Stay in Casona Hotel, which is part of the Vineyard.

Day 3

 Tour of the wine cellar and an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour you enjoy lunch at the restaurant and in the afternoon transfer to Valparaiso.

Day 4

Discover Valparaiso like a native... walk through its streets, admiring its particular architecture. Lunch at Jota Cruz Social Club for a classic popular dish "La Chorrillana". Take a Trolley Bus through the city. At the end of the afternoon, transfer back to Santiago.

Day 5

Transfer to the airport to board flight to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro in the Atacama Desert.

Days 6 - 7

Exploration of the Atacama Desert, with your local guide and transport.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport of Calama to board a flight back to Santiago. You are then transferred back to the city centre and it's time for a city tour - Plaza de Armas, Vega Central and Palacio de Gobierno.

Day 9

Head back to Santiago Airport to board your flight to Temuco. Transfer from the airport to your hotel up at Corralco.

Days 10 - 16

A full week's skiing in Corralco (or any other of the Chilean ski resorts).

Day 17

Transfer back to Temuco and flight back up to Santiago, ready for your onward flights.

As a guide, prices for this itinerary would begin at circa £3,995 per person, which would include accommodation, ski passes, domestic flights, transfers and excursions as featured in the day-by-day itinerary. It all depends quite how much luxury you feel you need (or deserve!) and prices can vary hugely depending on the accommodation selected. The other significant factor can be the season - the peak being July and early August.

This indicative cost does not include international flights from the UK (or elsewhere), which Different Snow can also arrange for you. We have access to excellent fares on most airlines, at least as good as those you’ll find on the internet.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!

Country Information

Capital: Santiago

Time zone: GMT -3

Currency: Chilean peso

Language: Spanish

Access: All flights arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL). Most of the ski resorts are then only a road transfer away in the Andes mountains.

Ski Season: From mid June until mid October.

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán, Pucon & Corralco.

Beyond the skiing: You will be passing through Santiago, so some time here is worthwhile. Surrounding the capital is beautiful winelands and several characterful coastal towns. Further afield, the Atacama Desert and mountainous Patagonia combine and contrast well in an itinerary.