Atacama Desert, Chile


Taking us from the towering peaks of the Andes to the otherworldly terrain of the Atacama Desert, from meetings with penguins to spotting of seabirds, Zegrahm Expeditions’ immersive Chile tours aim to introduce adventure-minded travelers to the incredible diversity available when traveling to Chile. We’ll sail by adventure-suited ship, using our fleet of Zodiacs to venture out to quaint colonial towns and vibrant markets, as well as the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, with its amazing population of seabirds, fish, and marine mammals. Our Chile tours include Lauca National Park, brimming with volcanoes, glacial lakes, and South American wildlife, and the Atacama Desert’s Valley of the Moon, with its eerily mesmerizing landscapes of eroded salt mountains and pre-Columbian ruins. Traveling to Chile is a must for those with a penchant for adventure and seeking history, culture, and wildlife.

Upcoming Chile Expeditions

  • Brazil, Alluring South America

    Alluring South America: Brazil, Argentina & Chile

    October 4October 16, 2018

    Offered through our sister company, Travcoa, this overland adventure brings you the very best of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Witness the thundering Iguaçu Falls from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides, gaze in awe at the stunning beauty of Patagonia, and get lost in the iconic vistas of Sugarloaf Mountain.

  • Torres del Paine

    Wild Patagonia

    January 18January 25, 2019

    Encompassing 615,000 acres of expansive grasslands and the fantastic pinnacles of the Andean mountains, Torres del Paine National Park is a stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Chile’s premier Patagonian destination. 

  • Patagonia By Land & Sea

    Patagonia by Land & Sea

    October 11October 25, 2019

    This overland adventure through Patagonia spends four days exploring Torres del Paine National Park, where you will search for guanacos, Andean condors, and the elusive puma.

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Interesting Perspectives from Our Explorations in Chile

  • Who was Ferdinand Magellan?
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    Patagonia Glaciers: An Icy Wonderland at the Edge of the Americas

    September 14, 2017 | Blog Post

    Glaciers account for some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. There are glaciers on every continent on Earth; but the most impressive are usually found in polar and high alpine regions, where cooler temperatures allow them to grow to colossal sizes. The Patagonia glaciers are among the most iconic scenes of life in southern Argentina and Chile.

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    Easter Island
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    Birth of Easter Island's Birdman Cult

    September 6, 2017 | Blog Post

    In 2013, new digital imaging technology allowed scientists from the University of Southampton to more closely study the Hoa Hakana­nai'a statue in London’s British Museum.

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    Antarctic Sunset
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    The Best Places for Stargazing Around the World

    July 25, 2017 | Blog Post

    On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

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    Valdivia, Chile
    Field Report

    2016 Chile & Peru Field Report

    June 2, 2016 | Field Report

    Saturday, March 26, 2016 - Puerto Montt, Chile / Embark Sea Adventurer

    “I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.” ~ Alexander von Humboldt

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    Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia
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    Penguins of Patagonia—A Primer

    June 8, 2015 | Blog Post

    Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

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  • Sea Arch, Chile
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    Alexander von Humboldt & His Namesake Current

    May 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    As you take in the marvels of Chile and Peru—from the pre-Columbian ruins of Chan Chán to the Andean wonderland of Lauca National Park, replete with volcanoes and glacier lakes—you’ll also be introduced to the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current. Just what is it and who is Humboldt? Let’s review…

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    Chan Chan, Peru
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    The Evolution of...Charles Darwin

    May 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    You’re exploring some of the most wildlife-rich regions of Mother Earth, in particular the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, and have been schooled in the remarkable research and discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt.

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    Easter Island
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    The Mythology of Easter Island

    May 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity.

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