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Mountains, Desert & Ski

Duration: two weeks

This is, quite probably, our favourite itinerary in Chile. You get a full week's skiing in either Portillo, Corralco or Valle Nevado – we can advise as to which is best suited for you – and then follow that up with two contrasting experiences of Chile. The desert up at Atacama is the driest place on the planet, whereas the wilds of Patagonia offer something different – a region of mountains, rivers, lakes, water falls, native forests, fjords and glaciers.

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL) and transfer directly to your ski resort – either Portillo, Valle Nevado or Corralco.

Days 2-7

Six full days' skiing or boarding in the high Andean resort of your choice.

Day 8

Transfer back to Santiago airport and fly up to Calama in the Atacama Desert. Transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Days 9-10

Two full days exploring the Atacama Desert. Take excursions to the valley of the Moon, visit the geysers and spend the evenings star-gazing. Your hotel will be in the pretty oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 11

Transfer to Calama Airport and fly down to Punta Arenas in Patagonia. Transfer to the Remota Hotel.

Days 12-13

Exploration and activities in Patagonia – either two half-day tours or a full-day tour can be chosen daily from the excursion menu.

Day 14

Transfer back to Punta Arenas airport in the afternoon and fly back up to Santiago. It's probable that you'll need one final overnight in the capital before catching your homebound flights the next day – therefore, we will transfer you to your hotel. Perhaps a farewell dinner in one of Santiago's fine restaurants?

As a guide, prices for this itinerary would begin at circa £3,985 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!


Capital:  Santiago

Time zone:  GMT - 3 hrs

Currency:  Chilean Peso

Language:  Spanish

Ski Season:  From mid-June until mid-October

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán and Corralco

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

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.