Join us on a journey to the wild and beautiful nation of Chile. Bordered by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the mighty turquoise expanse of the Pacific Ocean, and the mysterious wind-blown dunes of the Atacama Desert, this is truly a land of contrasts.
Your study leaders are married partners, a power team when it comes to environmental study and sustainability. Ingrid "Indy" Burke is Dean of the
Yale School of the Environment, and William "Bill" Lauenroth is a Professor of environmental ecology and a climate change researcher.
Your tour begins in Santiago, the metropolitan center of life in this South American hub, and gateway to the captivating beauty of Chile. Visit the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, with vast and endless sands. Discover the thriving Lake District and explore a landscape dotted with active volcanoes, roaring waterfalls, and quaint German architecture before heading into the untamed wilderness of Patagonia, one of the most geologically diverse places on our planet.
This is an adventure into the mysteries of Mother Nature herself, where together, we will discover just what this miraculous planet we call home is capable of.
Learn more about Chile with our free on-demand webinar featuring Dean Indy Burke of the Yale School of the Environment. You can also explore our free Chile Virtual Tour. Click here to explore.
Regional flights in Chile are priced into your international airfare package when you purchase air through Classic Escapes. If you book your own international flights to Chile, Classic Escapes will automatically book your regional flights at an additional cost of $1,240 per person for the following flight legs: Santiago/Calama, Calama/Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt/Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas/Santiago.
FITNESS TO TRAVEL:
To fully participate in this program participants should be able to climb in and out of buses. City tours include walking for 3-4 hours at a time at an easy pace on an uneven terrain, sometimes uphill, but breaks will be included. This trip involves considerable walking to explore natural locations. However, hikes in the Atacama or Torres del Paine are optional depending on stamina and interest. Participants should be prepared to visit an altitude of 7,542 feet in San Pedro de Atacama.