We are in the early stages of planning a trip to Chile in November, 2014. We have booked international flights in and out of Santiago, but nothing else yet. I am formulating a tentative itinerary, and just wondering if I am trying to do too much, if I am missing something essential, or whatever. This obviously might not all work out, since tours may have specific dates that they go, that might not work with our dates. But input would be hugely appreciated. There is a lot to see, but on the other hand, don't want to exhaust ourselves.
Arrival - 1-2 nights in Santiago
Bus to Mendoza - 4 nights - wine tour
Bus back to Santiago - 1 night?
Flight to Calama - 4 nights in San Pedro Atacama
Flight from Calama - Puerto Montt - 4-5 nights in the area - including boat trip to Barriloche, perhaps renting a car and exploring some of the area
Ferry from Puerto Montt - Puerto Natales - 3 nights
4 nights in Torres de Paine
Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago - international flight home
Obviously the ferry trip could alter all the plans, depending on departure times. We prefer to base ourselves in several places, rather than moving every day. And I have looked at some of the other boat trips in Chilean Patagonia - those may be an option, but the ferry (navimag?) seems to be a much better price, although not fancy. We'd be also o.k. with just staying on land, and taking a few day trips to visit glaciers, etc.
Any glaring problems with this tentative itinerary? We like wildlife, nature, hiking (but not trekking), wine tours (I've thought about staying in Santiago at the start, and just doing some of the local wine tours on offer - is there any real sense to travelling to Mendoza?)