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Expedition Cruises to Chile

Discover Patagonia and more during an expedition cruise to Chile

Our trips to Chile

Information about Chile

Discover almost every climate and ecosystem in South America by visiting just one country: Chile. This country is more than 4,100 kilometers long from north to south, and yet averages less than 200 kilometers across from west to east. Throughout its length, Chile contains dry deserts, lush subtropical forests, and ice caps and glaciers.

As well as being geographically diverse, Chile is the world's most southerly country. It is a departure point for Antarctica, as well as another exotic destination: Easter Island. Also known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is one of the world's most remote places, more than 2,000 kilometers from the nearest inhabited land.

Chile is special for so many reasons. It's one of our favorite South American destinations! Why not let our travel experts help you plan the perfect small-group tour to Chile today?

Pictures of Chile

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Santiago de Chile

Destinations you will visit in Chile

Highlights in Chile

There’s so much to see in Chile. Subtropical jungle and grasslands in the north, and glaciers and ice floes in the south. We couldn’t possibly list everything Chile has to offer, but here are a few special places that our South America experts recommend for your next visit.

San Pedro de Atacama The sight of the sun slowly setting over the stunning Atacama Desert is a must-see. La Luna Valley offers a particularly remarkable vista over this lunar landscape, formed over thousands of years by volcanic activity. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!

Valparaiso This port city, built over a number of hills, is a work of art. Vintage funicular elevators take you to the top of the hills, but we recommend the one up to the Playa Ancha viewpoint for the best city views. If you’re lucky enough to be here for New Year's, you'll witness the largest firework display in South America.

Volcán Villarrica The Villarrica volcano is not easy to reach. You’ll need to be in good shape to tackle the 6-hour ascent to the rim. If you're up for the challenge, you'll be rewarded with the breathtaking sight of a seething cauldron of lava, along with stunning views over the other volcanic cones and the Pucón lakes.

Patagonian Boat Trips The wild beauty of the Patagonian fjords and glaciers is best appreciated on a boat. Day trips and multi-day cruises are both available to marvel at the power of ice to carve through rock. Where the glaciers meet the sea, you might be lucky enough to see the calving of a new iceberg.

Carretera Austral After a 5-hour guided trek, the Mirador de los Fósiles viewpoint is the climax of a visit to Carretera Austral. Breathtaking views over Lake General Carrera, the San Lorenzo and San Valentín mountains, and the Hielo Norte make this another time when it would unforgivable to forget your camera!

Torres del Paine One of the most photographed views in Chile, the dramatic silhouette of Cuernos del Paine reflected in the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe is an iconic sight. Take a ride on the catamaran that leaves twice a day for the best experience of the beauty of this place.

Punta Arenas Here in the southernmost town on the Chilean mainland, a sheltered terrace allows you to take in the view over the town. There’s also a café overlooking the famous Straits of Magellan, where supply vessels for Antarctic bases as well as adventure cruise ships can be seen making their way to and from the open ocean.

Reviews of Chile

Lucienne G : NICE


Un parcours sans faute ! Lea a été très professionnelle avant le départ quand aux envois de documents et informations, le carnet de route et l'organisation du voyage a été sans faille: 8 vols sans aucun retard, des transports en mini-bus, car, bicyclette, canoë, bateaux, zodiac toujours à l'heure, des guides locaux très intéressants car passionnés de la destination, et LE GUIDE, DANIEL, qui a su donné rythmes et couleurs à notre aventure ! 2 semaines après mon retour, j'ai toujours de étoiles dans les yeux et la tête, merci Viventura d'avoir réalisé un de mes rêve, PATAGONIA ! PURA VIDA!

Dominique B : Aix en Provence


Un beau voyage varié à la découverte de l'Amérique du Sud avec des moments forts avec les pingouins d'Ushuaia, au Chili avec les extraordinaires glaciers Grey et Perito Moreno et le splendide Parc Torres del Paine pour finir en apothéose aux Chutes d'Iguazu. Joli clin d'œil à Buenos Aires entre modernisme, quartiers bigarrés et bien sûr tango argentin.

Patricia Nadja D


Das war eine tolle und abwechslungsreiche Reise, die meine Erwartungen übertroffen hat und von der ich sicherlich noch lange zehren werde. Unsere großartige TC Carlota hat uns durch ihre tolle Organisation und ihren unermüdlichen Einsatz einen reibungslosen Ablauf der Tour ermöglicht.

Jürgen Fehmer
Jürgen F von Aukrug


Eine wunderschöne Reise mit unendlich vielen Highlights und ganz tollen Begegnungen! Die Unterbringung am Titicacasee und auch bei der Familie werde ich nie vergessen. Es waren drei sehr intensive Wochen mit Tausenden von neuen Eindrücken! Die Reiseleitung war perfekt! Großes Kompliment an Viventura und Carlota!

Jörg Holtschneider
Jörg H


10/10 sowohl für die Planung als auch die Betreuung während der Reise. Highlights sicherlich Machu Picchu, Uyuni aber auch vieles mehr, denn jeder Tag hatte seine Höhepunkte.

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