THE CHILEAN CAPER
San Pedro de Atacama
Day 1: Arrival in Santiago
We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit our hangar at Tobalaba airfield. There will be a short check-out in your chosen airplane followed by a welcome dinner and a chance to go over your tour details and flight plan.
Day 2: Santiago – Las Tacas
Leave behind Chile’s capital city and head out over the central valley towards the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Las Tacas. This secluded bay on the Pacific is a favorite getaway for local pilots.
Day 3: Las Tacas – Bahia Inglesa
As we fly north along the coast, dip below 200 feet to catch a closer look at some of Chile’s most spectacular beaches. White sand and blue water wait for you at Bahía Inglesa for the perfect way to end the day.
Day 4: Bahia Inglesa – San Pedro de Atacama
Our journey north continues. Lunch and fuel in Antofagasta where you will fly over the city’s renowned cliffs and rock formations. In the afternoon, we head inland into the heart of the Atacama Desert and the magical town of San Pedro. On the way we stop at Chuquicamata, the world’s largest copper mine.
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama
No flying today. Use the extra time to visit the vast salt plains of Atacama, the eerie steaming geysers and the thermal pools of El Tatio or simply get to know San Pedro, the archaeological capital of Chile. Unique flora and fauna such as llamas and condors, 18.000 ft mountain peaks, Aymara Indian towns … the possibilities are endless.
Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama – Vicuña
As we head back south, leave behind the most arid desert in the world and head towards the fertile Elqui Valley, where Chile’s famous Pisco is distilled. On the way we will stop at La Silla, where the combination of dry air, low precipitation and clear skies are the perfect setting for the European Southern Observatory, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Day 7: Vicuña - Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Chile’s main port city and former capital is an interesting mix of colonial town and thriving commercial centre. Take a walk up its steep cobbled streets and look out over the bay. Lunch in Viña del Mar, the country’s main seaside resort where you can enjoy the best of Chilean seafood.
Day 8: Valparaiso – Santiago
A short hop back to Tobalaba airfield and you are ready for more adventure!