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Patagonia, Chile, 8-Night Tour, $1,550

Explore northern Patagonia on this small guided tour that includes stays in a boutique hotel and a remote mountain lodge and activities like hiking and horseback riding.

Chilean Patagonia (verynoisy/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal A nine-day guided tour that begins and ends in Puerto Montt, with stops in the lakeside town of Puerto Varas and Perez Rosales National Park. Accommodations include two nights in a four-star boutique palafito hotel (perched on stilts above the ocean), two nights in a four-star hotel in Puerto Varas, two nights in a cottage, and two nights in a remote mountain lodge with shared bathrooms (no electricity). Activities with English-speaking guides include biking through Patagonia's countryside, hiking in the national park, and horseback riding. Most meals are cooked by locals at farms and other stops along the way. Ground transportation, transfers, and taxes are also included, for a total of $1,550 per person.

When Mar. 19, Apr. 2, 2011.

The Fine Print Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $390. Does not include international airfare or a required $130 airport fee when entering Chile. Regional flights to Puerto Montt are also not included and will cost about $250 per person. Maximum group size is eight. Exact itinerary and accommodations will depend on trip date and availability. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Knowmad Adventures, 877/616-8747, knowmadadventures.com.

Why It's a Deal Although not bottom-of-the-barrel cheap, this guided tour (which breaks down to about $194 per person per night) includes experiences that would be hard to book on your own, like meals at local farms and wildlife viewing in the Chepu forest. Knowmad is a small outfitter that operates tours only in Chile and Argentina, drawing on the expertise of locally based guides. The payoff is an active adventure that's more likely to go off the beaten path.

More This program is also offered as a private tour with varying prices and departure dates. Call for details.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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