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2023 Telluride Chile Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Telluride Chile Program!  To learn the basics about this once in a lifetime opportunity, you'll begin by using the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll move to the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for all that Chile has to offer!
Travel Dates: June 1, 2023 - June 12, 2023
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $2,400

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $3,490

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Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$498.34

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

All prices in United States Dollars.

Chile Cultural Journey

Buffered between the majestic Andes mountains on the east and over 2500 miles of Pacific coastline on the west, the wild geography unique to the Republic of Chile will leave its visitors breathless. The country famously hosts some of the most pristine natural settings in the planet- from the arid Atacama desert in the north to the rugged, glacial Patagonia in the south- but is also home to other vibrant urban environments as well. There is no shortage of rich cultural experiences in Valparaíso, the colorful cliffside hometown of Pablo Neruda; or in the dynamic metropolis of Santiago, Chile’s capital city home to over 7 million people; or when staying with host families in more off-the-beaten-path destinations like Concepción. Come see for yourself all that Chile has to offer!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Challenge yourself on a ropes course and zip-line through the trees

Take a deep dive into Chilean culture by living with a host family in Concepción

Improve your Spanish with language classes led by native speakers

Explore Santiago, one of the most dynamic cities in all of Latin America

Journey through the mountains of Chillán with spectacular views

Indulge in amazing food such as the "completo," Chile's own take on the hot dog

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DateLocationActivityLodging
1USA - SantiagoToday we will depart the USA and fly to Santiago, Chile, arriving the following day.Airplane
2Santiago¡Bienvenidos a Chile! After settling in after our long journey, we will hold an orientation meeting before setting off to explore the grand capital. This day will be a historical day, including a walking tour of Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Lastarria, Palacio La Moneda, La Plaza de Armas and El Catedral. Students will have dinner near the hotel and get a good night's sleep.Hotel Neruda Express
3SantiagoToday’s schedule will be an active experience, visiting Santiago’s most bustling highlights. These will include La Vega Mercado Central in the morning; Parque Forestal, a tour of the museum created from Poet Pablo Neruda’s city apartment- La Chascona; and a breathtaking ride of the teleférico to the top of Cerro San Cristobal for a 360 degree city view. Afterwards, we'll stroll leisurely back down from the hill and relax after a fulfilling day.Hotel Neruda Express
4Santiago - San Pedro de AtacamaAfter breakfast at the hotel, the group will head to the airport to fly to Calama. Upon arrival to Calama, the group will take a bus to the driest place in the world, San Pedro de Atacama, and get situated in the hotel. After dinner, we will participate in an astronomic tour in one of the world's best destinations for stargazing due to the unique climate.Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
5San PedroToday the group will head head to San Pedro's most iconic locations, Valle de la Luna. This includes a trip to Tres Marias, Anfiteatro, Salt Caves, Dunes and a beautiful lookout at Coyote Rock. Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
6San PedroToday the group will visit Piedras Rojas, where we will spend a good portion of the day exploring and admiring the otherwordly, red rock landscape. Afterwards, we will also pay a visit to Flamencos National Reserve to check out Las Lagunas Altiplanicas for some incredible contrasts between the lakes and mountains at this high elevation park.Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
7San PedroToday the group will visit Valle del Arco Iris (Rainbow Valley) in the morning. In the afternoon we will visit and bathe in the Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon! The adventures continue with more amazing views at Ojos del Salar, and another spectacular and beautifully colored lagoon, Laguna Tebinquinche.Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
8San PedroToday the group will rise early to head to the Geysers del Tatio and explore a small town in the morning. In the afternoon we will relax in the thermal baths nearby- eight natural big holes filled with water that maintain a temperature of around 85 degrees Farenheit.Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
9San PedroFor the group's last full day in San Pedro, they will visit Salar De Tara, salt flats that are situated higher than 4,000 meters above sea level in the Flamingo National Reserve. The group will be able to see flamingos and various unique flora and fauna. They will also see the Monjes de Pacana, giant vertical rocks that were uniquely molded by the wind and look like monks. Then the group will head back to the hotel for a special last dinner in San Pedro!Hotel la Casa de Don Tomas
10San Pedro - SantiagoAfter breakfast in the hotel, the group will fly back to Santiago. Once settled into our hotel, we will hold a group reflection to digest the multitude of places we just experienced in San Pedro. We will also play group games and relax in the hotel. Get ready for our adventure day in Valparaíso tomorrow!Hotel Neruda Express
11ValparaisoAn epic adventure awaits in the port city of Valparaiso, only an hour and a half journey from Santiago. In this coastal and colorful town students will ride up and down the hidden funiculares to explore the UNESCO protected hillsides of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, taste local seafood, learn about the street art movement of Chile, and visit La Sebastiana, Poet Pablo Neruda’s beach home. We will enjoy a final dinner celebrating our time in country and return back to Santiago this evening.Hotel Neruda Express
12Santiago - USALast breakfast in Chile, then we fly home. ¡Hasta luego!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Neruda Express

Hotel Neruda Express is a comfortable three-star hotel located in El Golf neighborhood, a modern business area with a variety of wonderful restaurants nearby. All rooms come equipped with A/C and Wi-Fi access to keep everyone feeling comfortable and connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas

Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas provides clean and comfortable accommodations in an ideal location for the nearby adventures and natural wonders of the San Pedro de Atacama desert. As the name suggests, the modern amenities and friendly staff all make the hotel experience feel like a home away from home. There truly is no better place to relax in comfort and San Pedro style after a full day exploring your surroundings in this picturesque setting.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.

Stephanie
Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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