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Chile Gay Tour - Chile Hiking, Biking, Wining & Dining

Chile Gay Adventure Tour
Hiking, Biking, Wining & Dining

From Sensational Santiago to the Arid Atacama

Santiago, Valparaiso, Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Atacama Desert, Cejar Lagoon, Tatio Geysers, Termas de Puritama, and more!

10 Days from/to Santiago, Chile

March 13 – 22, 2020

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Santiago Chile Gay Group TourCan't decide whether to partake in a hardcore bike holiday, or an elegant wine country affair? This Chile gay trip offers both, for an unforgettable taste of South America's wild west. We kick off with a visit to vibrant Valparaiso, a couple days in wine country, then visit Atacama Desert - the driest place ON EARTH - with great bike rides and a trek thrown in. We'll also get a taste of Santiago, Chile's sensational capital and the heart of Chile's gay scene.

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In 2015, Chile legalized same-sex civil unions lifting the nation one step higher on the list of gay travel destinations. Chile’s energetic capital city Santiago has been the epicenter for the country’s flourishing gay culture with a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars, and adults-only places to visit.

Bellavista is known as Santiago’s bohemian quarter, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colorful antique homes. Nightlife explodes on the weekends in Santiago, so make sure you are well rested. Luckily, bar crawling is quite easy if you stay in the “gayborhood” of Bellavista. Many of the bars and clubs are on Bombero Núñez, a street which shines with colorful graffiti by day, and colorful Chilenos by night.

 

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Chile Gay Adventure Tour Highlights

• Sample local pisco with a master distiller

• Taste some of Chile's finest vintages

• Cycle the country's acclaimed wine regions

• Trek unforgettable landscapes

• Photograph vibrant Valparaiso, Chile's famous coastal town

• Stargaze from the driest place on Earth

• Visit Chile's largest salt flat

• Appreciate local wildlife at the National Flamingo Reserve

• Explore the El Tatio geysers and soak in Puitama natural hot springs

 

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What's Included

• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• Professional, bilingual local guide
• Airconditioned vehicle with bottled water on bus
• Arrival/Departure Transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• 9 nights hotel
• 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 5 Dinners
• All wine and pisco tastings mentioned in itinerary
• Bike and equipment rentals
• Porterage
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff and porters
• Gratuities at included meals
• Entrances Fees to Parks

 

Not Included

• International Airfare
• Domestic Airfare during tour
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Drinks during included meals, unless otherwise indicated
• Optional activities
• Gratuities for Local Guide ($75-$100)
• Visas required

 

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Wine & Shine in Chile Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Santiago, Chile
Santiago Chile gay tourHola! Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago International Airport, meet your guide and head to the hotel.

Chile's capital is a vibrant city full of character with thriving arts and culture, a trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife.

Tonight, as part of our complimentary Welcome Dinner, we'll sample pisco - a local brandy - with Master Distiller Rodrigo Bauzá. Rodrigo is the grandson of Pisco Bauzá, who founded the distillery in 1925.

 

Day 2 - Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Chie gay tourThe day begins with a gorgeous 90 minute drive towards the coast through lush agricultural valleys and vineyards.

We'll arrive in Valparaiso (locally known as "Valpo"), a colourful UNESCO World Heritage city right on the Pacific coast. Together we'll enjoy a walking tour of the city and learn about its importance in South American trade and commerce. We'll be transported up steep hills via century-old hillside ascensores (elevators) into a labyrinth of streets and brightly coloured buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants. In the afternoon we'll visit one of poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda's three homes-turned-museums, La Sebastiana.

To end the day, we'll enjoy dinner at one of Valpo's top restaurants nestled in the hills before taking a private transfer back to Santiago.

 

Day 3 - Maipo & Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley Chile gay bike tourMeet your guide after breakfast - we're off to Maipo Valley. Chile's second-oldest wine region is among the most traditional, hence its glorious Cabernet Sauvignon (the Carménère is also divine).

At 8:30am we'll saddle up on bikes for a gentle cycle through this region, finishing at Casa Silva for lunch and a wine tasting. This fifth-generation family-run winery honours the people, traditions, and environment of the Colchagua Valley (each wine must be unanimously approved by a five-member tasting panel).

To conclude the day we'll dine at a fantastic regional restaurant.

Today's Distance: 20 miles / 32 km. Pedaling Level: Easy-Moderate

 

Day 4 - Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley gay wine tourRise and shine! A full day of wine tasting awaits!

Beginning at Estampa winery, we'll enjoy a short tour and tasting. Architecture fanatics will adore the winery's avant-garde design, which houses cutting-edge winemaking equipment.

Next we'll cycle to family-run Viu Manent winery founded in 1935. We'll enjoy a leisurely lunch here.

After we're properly fuelled we'll jump back on our bikes to cycle a short distance to one of the region's oldest vineyards, Neyen Winery. The vines here date as far back as 1890 and represent some of the region's original Bordeaux stock.

Tonight you're free to explore on your own. Dinner is optional.

Today's Distance: 17.5 miles / 28 km. Pedaling Level: Easy-Moderate

 

Day 5 - Colchagua Valley
Chile gay tour - Maipo ValleyToday we rest our weary legs and lean into the vintages. The first winery has won acclaim in local and international press since opening in 1993. For an unforgettable souvenir you can even blend, label, and cork your own bottle.

Up next is lunch at a winery owned by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (of Grand Marnier fame). It produces some of Chile's best values.

After a lovely day together you have the choice of either joining your guide for an optional dinner or taking time to yourself.

 

Day 6 - Flight to Atacama Desert
Chile gay tour - Atacama Salt FlatsThis morning we fly from Santiago to Calama, then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (just over an hour away). The cost of today's flight isn't covered by your departure fee, however, our team will advise you which flights to book.

Take the day to explore this oasis amidst the world's DRIEST desert. In the afternoon we'll reconvene and take a private transfer to the National Flamingo Reserve which we enter through the Chaxa Lagoon. The scenic surrounds make for incredible camera fodder. Keep your eyes peeled for the three species of flamingo that call the lagoons and lakes home.

On the way back we pass through the tiny town of Toconao where you'll have a chance to pick up some artisan handcrafts (llama wool, cactus wood, volcanic rock etc). We'll end the day with an included meal together.

 

Day 7 - Cejar Lagoon
Chile gay bike tour - Pukara de QuitorToday's bike ride brings us to lagoons north of the Atacama Saltpan. We'll float in Laguna Piedra, thanks to its salt-dense waters, then walk a few minutes to Cejar Lagoon for a box lunch.

In the afternoon we'll take a private transfer toward Calama and the Cornisas lookout point which offers a spectacular view of Valle de Marte. Our local guide will point out the region's incredible volcanos.

NOTE: This excursion is not recommended for people who suffer from vertigo or balance problems.

STAR GAZING: As the driest place on earth, the star gazing from Atacama Desert is second to none. Why not spend tonight observing splendid nebulas and constellations while wine, hot cocoa and sweet snacks are served?

Today's Distance: 22.3 miles / 36 km round-trip. Pedaling Level: Moderate-Difficult.

 

Day 8 - Tatio Geysers & Termas de Puritama
Chile gay tour - Termas de PuritamaToday we trek by foot along a dirt road towards Tatio Geysers, one of the highest geothermal fields in the world.

We'll enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back towards Termas de Puritama.

Upriver along the Puritama, we discover how the riverbed is the ideal environment for a range of plants, like the Foxtail, Ojalar, Tikara and Cardon cactus.

The trek ends at the Puritama Thermal Springs. Be sure to unwind in the mineral-rich, 33°C (90° F) water while a symphony of birds like the Andean Ibis and Yellow-Finch serenade you. En route you'll also see Guatin Canyon, where a lukewarm stream flows.

 

Day 9 - Flight to Santiago
Chile gay tour - El Tatio GeysersAfter breakfast we'll fly to Santiago (2hrs flight) for one last night in the city and our Farewell Dinner.

The cost of today's flight isn't covered by your departure fee, however, our team will advise you which flights to book.

Our Farewell Dinner will be at an exceptional restaurant and we'll be joined by the former president of Fundación Iguales, an inspiring LGBT organization.

 

Day 10 - Santiago / Outbound Flights
As the last day of our tour, there is nothing planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.

 

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Trip Notes & Chile Info

How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Visas
Canadians, Americans, and most Europeans don't need a visa. Australians must pay a reciprocity fee, and South Americans need only an ID card. For all visitors, a 90-day Tourist Card will be issued. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility. For more info, click here.

 

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Culture Shock
Chile is one of South America's most highly developed nations, with a thriving GDP, but it also has a major chasm between rich and poor. Most economic and industrial development was in the last thirty years, so their newfound prosperity is beginning to have an impact.

Local LGBT Scene
Queer rights are progressing in this once socially conservative but still Catholic country. Same-sex couples have had legal protection since 2015, but still cannot marry. They can also apply to adopt, but only one partner becomes a legal parent. There are no service bans for the military, and transgender people can change their sex and name.
Community and nightlife thrive in the capital of Santiago, especially in Barrio Bellavista. To make the most of it, bear in mind things don't get rolling until late in the night (the Latin way).

 

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Weather
November through February is summer in South America - that makes it the ideal time to visit Chile's Patagonia region. There's great skiing to be had from June through August on local mountains. And like all great cities, Santiago is alive all year round.

Required Vaccinations:
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry, except to Easter Island (a yellow fever vaccine is required when arriving from certain tropical countries). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

 

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Electricity
Chile uses C- and L-type sockets.

Connectivity
All of our hotels will have Wi-Fi access. Feel free to check your email and post away on social media.

Physical Preparedness
This trip is not a laid-back escape. We've got two big days on bikes plus a trek, but will be rewarded with beautiful wines, upscale fare and dreamy hotels.
All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. It is also your responsibility to advise us of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Meals
Virtually all meals are included in this itinerary, making it an especially great offer. Beverages during meals are not included, unless otherwise indicated.

Accommodation
4-Star +

Starting / Finishing Hotel
Luciano K Hotel, Santiago
Standard check-in time is between 2PM and 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check ins, however you are able to store your luggage and explore the central area near the hotel while you wait. If you would like a guaranteed early check-in, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night of accommodation.

 

Star gaze in the Atacama

 

Tipping
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $225-$300 USD.

Money
The local currency is the Chilean Peso. Use local currency for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels.
NOTE: We recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold. This should be in addition to any spending money.

 

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Fellow Adventurers
OUT Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's on the tour for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet-ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers are for privacy reasons, we can assure you many great friendships began on an OUT Adventure. And just because we're gay doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

Traveling Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to learn about yourself while making friends along the way. We can set you up to share a room with someone around your age, or you can pay a supplement if you'd rather some space and privacy. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate single rooms on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from travellers and our own experience, so it's best to reference your final trip documents (rather than our website) to confirm if any changes have affected your departure.

 

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Group Size
Minimum 4 and maximum of 16 guests.

Optional Activities
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in the trip price. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

What to Bring
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll have costly surcharges on short flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

 

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Chile Gay Adventure Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy
The cost of domestic flight are not covered by your departure fee, however, our team will advise you which flights to book.

$ 6295

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