Chile

March/April 2021 • 12 Days • Price TBA**

It has been more than ten years since our last visit to Chile; WAI planners have charted a scouting trip in 2020 to create new walks, and to refresh and optimize our program to truly experience the wonders of Chile!

**Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on Chile 2021. Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Easter Island Extension

March/April 2021 • 3-4 Days • Price TBA

Extend your tour with a visit to Easter Island, famed for the mysterious figures with massive heads, carved by the Rapa Nui, dotting the landscape.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2021 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

Chile is a land of extremes. It’s a long narrow sliver, averaging just over 100 miles in width, hugging the west corner of the South American continent, and snaking over 3000 miles from the north to its far southern tip at the bottom of the world. Some of its deserts, the driest on the planet, have not seen rain for decades. Further south, rainfall is measured in meters and glaciers store surprisingly high percentages of the world’s fresh water. Its eastern flank is guarded by the soaring heights of the Andes; its western flank peers out over the Pacific, the world’s largest ocean.

Highlights:

  • The magic of the Atacama Desert with its three species of flamingos, bizarre weather-sculpted moonscapes, fascinating native and Spanish history, and breathtaking sunsets
  • The awesome spectacle of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park with its calving glaciers, dramatic peaks, and abundance of wildlife
  • Patagonia’s rugged remoteness populated by condors, penguins, guanacos, and a few humans as well
  • The vibrancy of the Chilean capital of Santiago, set roughly in the middle of the country, yet culturally worlds away from the extreme north and south

We are working on the itinerary for this new tour – updates will be available soon!

Including:

  • Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Cultural and historical expertise of our local guide throughout
  • All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations will be available for a fee.

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

24-28 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior tourist class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

Not included. We can offer the services of our local travel agent for those who would like help making their bookings.

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Itinerary

We are working on the itinerary for this new tour – updates will be available soon!

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! We’ll take 24-28 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 Walking Adventures guides, assisted by our local guide, offering a guide to travel ratio of 1:9.

Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Chile 2021 tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].

Note: The New Traveler and Alumni Traveler Discounts apply only to the main tour price. The Easter Island Extension is not eligible for these discounts.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.