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Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia

An LGBTQ+ Chile adventure through arid deserts, scenic terrains, and spectacular Santiago.

Our big gay Chile adventure offers an unforgettable taste of South America’s wild west. Soak up sensational Santiago, the country’s capital and beating heart, then visit the Atacama Desert, known for being the driest place on Earth. Afterwards, head south to tackle one of the world’s most sought-after hiking destinations, Patagonia. It’s so famously rugged, the world’s largest outdoor clothing company is named after it. We’ll spend 4 days in Torres del Paine National Park hiking from campsite to campsite along the same trails used by guanacos and prowling pumas. This epic journey concludes on the shores of Grey Lake, renowned for its sweeping vistas and massive glaciers.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek unforgettable landscapes in the Atacama Desert
  • Float in Chile’s salt-dense lagoons
  • Discover Chile’s growing LGBTQ+ scene in Santiago
  • Soak in Puritama natural hot springs
  • Trek one of the world’s most rugged landscapes alongside a group of ambitious gay hikers
  • Visit Torres Del Paine National Park and hike to its namesake “towers”
  • Spot local wildlife like soaring condors, grazing guanacos, or even elusive pumas
  • Marvel at massive glaciers and soaring snow-capped peaks
  • Safely challenge yourself on more industrious trails such as the French Valley trail
  • Go “off the grid” and camp overnight in a lush old-growth forest

DATES AND PRICES

2024
Oct. 24 - Nov. 2, 2024 (From $7,295 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $7,295.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement - 8 nights only - see important info page: $1,050.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Alf Barba
2025
Oct. 23 - Nov. 1, 2025 (From $7,995 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $7,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement - 8 nights only - see important info page: $1,200.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Alf Barba
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Santiago

Hola! Welcome to Santiago. And thank you for joining our big gay Chilean adventure! Upon arrival at Santiago International Airport, a private transfer will take you 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. At 2pm, please join us in the hotel lobby for our Group Meeting followed by an afternoon tour around Santiago via foot and the city’s metro system. Together we’ll pass by some of the city’s most iconic architectural gems including “La Moneda” government palace, the Plaza de Armas and Santiago’s Cathedral. After an afternoon of walking we’ll be hungry for our welcome dinner where we’ll savour the region’s fine local cuisine and its distinctive Chilean pisco (a type of brandy).

Day 2 Atacama Desert

This morning we have a very early start to catch our flight to Calama, then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Lunch is optional at our hotel. Take a few hours to explore this oasis amidst the world’s DRIEST desert. In the afternoon we’ll reconvene for a sunset hike through Moon Valley. Our trek begins within the Salt Mountain Range known for its abstract rock formations. We’ll then make our way to the magical Three Marys view point to enjoy panoramic views of this national reserve and the Andes Mountain Range. After the hike we’ll be transferred to a local restaurant for dinner.

 

Length of hike: 3 hours
Maximum altitude: 2,600 meters above sea level.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 3 Cejar Lagoon

Buenos dias! Today, we’ll start with another desert hike that will take approximately 3 hours. The adventure begins in Las Cornisas, known for its distinct red tones and breathtaking rock formations. This area is renowned for its amazing geomorphic and topographic formations where rocky natural sculptures and dunes abound. We’ll have a box lunch in tow for a quick bite to eat, then continue today’s adventure with a bike ride to some briny 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. Dinner tonight is optional, and later we’ll have the option of star gazing (not included, weather dependent). As the driest place on earth, the night sky from Atacama Desert is second to none, so why not spend tonight observing splendid nebulas and constellations while wine, hot cocoa and sweet snacks are served?

 

Today’s biking distance: 36 Kilometers/22.3 Miles round-trip
Pedalling level: Moderate-Difficult

Day 4 Termas de Puritama

Feeling spritely this morning? We’ll have an optional early-morning excursion to visit the Tatio Geysers. Otherwise, our day begins around 8am when we’ll begin hiking towards Termas de Puritama. Upriver along the Puritama, we’ll discover how the riverbed is the ideal environment for this region’s endemic flora, like the Foxtail, Ojalar, Tikara and Cardon cactus. Our trek ends around noon at the Puritama Thermal Springs where both groups will reconvene and enjoy a boxed lunch together. 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 us. En route we’ll also see Guatin Canyon, where a lukewarm stream flows. Tonight we’ll have the option to enjoy dinner at the hotel or take a transfer into town (not covered) to eat at a local restaurant.

 

Length of hike: 2 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,200 meters above sea level

Day 5 Santiago

After breakfast we head back to Santiago (2-hour flight) for a final day in the country’s capital. The afternoon is free to enjoy the sights, sounds, and culture of this world-class South American city. Before saying farewell to civilization and heading to remote Patagonia, we’ll have a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 6 Puerto Natales

Up and at ‘em! This morning we’ll fly out very early to Puerto Natales. We will likely arrive early afternoon depending on the availability of flights. Upon arrival we’ll store bags with reception as our rooms likely won’t be ready, then take a short orientation walk of this small and sleepy port city. The afternoon is free for us to relax and pack our small bags for the next portion of the tour or perhaps an optional kayaking excursion if the temperamental weather is cooperating. This evening we’ll enjoy a local Patagonian dinner in town.

 

IMPORTANT PACKING NOTE: Tomorrow we’ll begin the camping & refugio portion of our tour. You must prepare a smaller pack with enough clothing and layers for 3 full days of hiking along with any daily essentials and personal items you require. You will be required to carry this pack from campsite to campsite—there are no porters on this tour. The rest of our luggage will be transferred to Hotel Lago Grey and will not be accessible until Day 9.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 7 Torres Del Paine National Park

Another early day awaits with a 2.5-hour drive to Torres del Paine. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll drop our bags before we stretch out our legs on the beautiful hike towards the park’s namesake granite “towers”. Upon arrival at the towers, we’ll have some time to soak up the majestic view and gaze at the turquoise lagoon before heading to camp for dinner. 

 

Ascent:  740m/2427ft
Descent:  380m/1245ft
Distance: 15.5km/9.6mi
Approximate hiking time: 6.5 hours

Day 8 Torres Del Paine National Park

This morning we’ll rise early to get the most out of our day. We’ll begin with a quick transfer to Pudeto Lake for a catamaran ride to the start of the French Valley trail. This scenic hike is well known for its sweeping views of snow- and glacier-capped mountains. The trek itself will be challenging and long with quite an impressive incline. Once we descend from the hike, we’ll arrive at our cozy but basic accommodation, Refugio Paine Grande. At this lodge we’ll be staying in bunk beds with 6 to a room and shared facilities. Unfortunately, there are no single supplements available this evening.

 

Ascent: 516m/1692ft
Descent: 875m/2874ft
Distance: 22.3km/14mi
Approximate hiking time: 9 hours

Day 9 Torres Del Paine National Park

Good news, after yesterday’s tenacious trek, today will feel like a breeze by comparison. In total, we’ll be hiking for only 4-ish hours with very little incline/decline. We’ll begin with a proper breakfast before setting off towards Glacier Grey. At 30m/100ft high and 6km/3.7mi wide, it’s one of the most spectacular glaciers in South America’s Wild West. Our hike concludes on the shores of Grey Lake where we’ll ferry to our final accommodation, Hotel Lago Grey. We’ll have some time to rest our weary feet, shower and unpack/repack before a rewarding farewell dinner.

 

Ascent: 204m/672ft
Descent: 185m/607ft
Distance: 11km/6.8mi
Approximate hiking time: 4 hours

Day 10 Departure

Today is the final day of the tour. After breakfast, a group transfer will be provided to the Puerto Natales Airport, or our Puerto Natales hotel for those extending their stay. With that in mind, we ask that you contact our team before purchasing your flight out of Puerto Natales.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

Alf
HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • An LGBTQ+ Out Adventures host and an English-speaking local guide throughout
  • Arrival transfer to the Out Adventures joining point hotel
  • Departure transfer from the Out Adventures Finishing Point Hotel (group transfer)
  • All land transportation in comfortable, air conditioned vehicles with bottled water available on the bus
  • Breakfast daily, 5 box lunches, 7 dinners
  • Gratuities for drivers, day/city guides and all included activities
  • All included activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tents, sleeping bag and mat while camping
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare (details will be provided when the official Trip Confirmation is sent to group)
  • Entry visa costs
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Gratuities for Host ($70 – $100 USD)
  • Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Towels (for showering) at Torres Central camping or Paine Grande refugio
  • All optional activities mentioned/suggested
  • Alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner, unless otherwise indicated

LGBT INFO FOR Chile

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Santiago
Luciano K Hotel
Rooftop Terrace
Santiago
Luciano K Hotel
Superior Room
Santiago
Luciano K Hotel
Bathroom
Santiago
Luciano K Hotel
Stairwell
Atacama Desert
Cumbres Hotel
Bird's-Eye View
Atacama Desert
Cumbres Hotel
Pool
Atacama Desert
Cumbres Hotel
Superior Room
Puerto Natales
Hotel Natalino
Pool
Puerto Natales
Hotel Natalino
Standard Room
Puerto Natales
Hotel Natalino
Twin Room
Torres del Paine
El Chileno Camping
Tent
Torres del Paine
El Chileno Camping
Tent
Torres del Paine
Refugio Vertice Paine Grande
Bunk Room
Torres del Paine
Refugio Vertice Paine Grande
Exterior
Torres del Paine
Hotel Lago Grey
Lobby/Dining
Torres del Paine
Hotel Lago Grey
Superior Room
Torres del Paine
Hotel Lago Grey
Superior Room



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Steve & Andrew

Great location with super fun guides.
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Great location with super fun guides. The exercise helped us enjoy the great food and wine!

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Willem

It was a terrific 9-day adventure.
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It was a terrific 9-day adventure, packed with interesting activities and places to see. I particularly enjoyed the opportunities for hiking and biking.

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Kevin K

Best group trip I've taken!
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Best group trip I’ve taken. The gay Chile tour itinerary is amazing, great group of guys, special extras like champagne in the dessert. Amazing!

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Peter H

Well organized!
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Out Adventures gay Chile tour was well organized with plenty of diversions while including an excellent background, and knowledge of the country.

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Henry D

I don't know why I waited so long...
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Amazing! First time to South America and I don’t know why I waited so long.
It was a more active trip which made it more satisfying.

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Bob M

Small fun group!
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Small fun group was ideal, right blend of activity and exploring and good mix among those.

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Dustin B & Nate G

Very well-organized
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Very well-organized and fun to be with a group of gays

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Jason O & John S

We absolutely loved this trip
Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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We absolutely loved this trip. The places we stayed, the food we ate, and the activities we did were all incredible. But more than that, the people (Alf and Adrian) were the best. They were warm and inviting yet never did we feel lost or disorganized. They made traveling through Chile an incredible experience.

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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

3-Star Hotels: Clean and comfortable rooms along with basic amenities such as a simple restaurant/breakfast area. Customer service is good, but offers no frills.

4-Star+ Hotels: Comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is excellent, and there is usually a concierge.

Camping: Sleeping bags, 2-person tents and insulated matts will be provided but you may wish to rent or purchase a sleeping bag liner. Bathrooms and showers are communal, towels are not provided.

Simple Lodge: A VERY basic lodge with simple bunk beds in shared dorms with 6 to a room, sleeping bags are included. You may wish to rent or purchase a sleeping bag liner. The space is heated with a slow-burning wood fire stove. Bathrooms and showers are communal, towels are not provided.

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Physical Rating: 4 - DEMANDING

4 – Demanding

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