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EXPLORING ATACAMA

USD$ 960 / 4 days

What can I expect?

  • Enjoy a four-day stay at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Visit the Altiplano Lagoons, Miñiques, Miscanti and Chaxa (Flamencos National Reserve)
  • Explore the Geiser of Tatio, the third largest group in the world.
  • See flamingos and other birds nesting in the Altiplano lagoons.
  • Experience the sunset at Valley of the Moon with a tasting cheese & wine.

Itinerary Summary

San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis located in the driest desert in the world. It is one of the finest locations in South America for observing the natural flora & fauna, geysers, salt flats/lagoons including a National Flamenco reserve and offers spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and unforgettable night skies. San Pedro respectfully maintains the cultural tradition of the local communities and its indigenous peoples. It is truly a unique destination offering a once in a lifetime experience.

DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS HOTEL OPTIONS
1 Santiago Airport and San Pedro Atacama Atacama arrival Casa Don Tomás, Altiplanico San Pedro, Noi Casa Atacama
2 San Pedro Atacama High Plateau Lagoons & Salt Flat of Atacama Casa Don Tomás, Altiplanico San Pedro, Noi Casa Atacama
3 San Pedro Atacama Tatio Geysers, Machuca Village & Moon Valley Casa Don Tomás, Altiplanico San Pedro, Noi Casa Atacama
4 San Pedro Atacama and Santiago Airport Santiago arrival .

Itinerary Details

DAY 1:
SANTIAGO AIRPORT - CALAMA / SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

On the first day, you will be picked up by our driver at the Calama airport and travel to the historic town of San Pedro de Atacama. During the hour-long crossing of Atacama Desert, you will see wind-sculpted salt structures, hills of changing light/color depending on the time of day, the rising Andes and Domeyko mountain ranges and crisp blue skies. Upon arrival to San Pedro, your driver will leave you at the hotel and the following check-in, you’ll have free time to explore the cultural beauty of this special place and in the evening, enjoy the unique and spectacular night sky.

Hotel Options
Altiplanico San Pedro Atacama Hotel
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 2 OR 3:
SAN PEDRO – HIGH PLATEAU LAGOONS & SALT FLAT OF ATACAMA

Please Note: Itinerary may vary according to weather and road conditions, however, we will endeavor to make your guided tour as comfortable and timely as possible.

After breakfast at 8 am, our journey begins heading towards the Chaxa lagoon, which is in the middle of the Atacama Salar in the National Reserve “Los Flamencos”. Here you can see the small and big Parina, and Chilean Flamenco whose pink color contrasts with the bright-white of the salt crystals and deep blue color of the water. Afterward a stop for lunch in Socaire, a humble hillside village famous for their simple homes without windows or terraces.

After lunch, the tour will continue towards the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques at 4,200m/13,779ft. elevation. Surrounded by towering volcanoes you can observe a variety of Altiplano birds, flamencos, foxes, vicunas.

Finally, we’ll visit the town of Toconao, an oasis with ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of native fruits and vegetables, visit the church declared a national monument and shop the local handicraft.

Hotel Options
Altiplanico San Pedro Atacama Hotel
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 2 OR 3:
SAN PEDRO - MOON VALLEY, GEYSERS & MACHUCA VILLAGE

Please Note: Itinerary may vary according to weather and road conditions, however, we will endeavor to make your guided tour as comfortable and timely as possible.

PART 1: TATIO GEYSERS AND MACHUCA VILLAGE

This day we will visit the famous Tatio Geysers, considered the highest in the world at 4,320m/14,173ft. Please Note: Pick-up at the hotel will be at 05:00 AM as the early morning hours afford the best opportunity to view the geysers in full glory and to best appreciate the unique early morning desert light.  Breakfast will be provided on-site to take full advantage of this natural wonder. Optionally, you can take a relaxing bath in a rustic pool of warm water in this completely natural environment. On our return to San Pedro, we will stop in the village of Machuca, where people have bred llamas and collect Llareta (flowering plant, family Apiaceae) for generations and the drop – off will be at 11:30 am approx.

PART 2: MOON VALLEY

After lunch at 4 pm, we will travel 13km East to the Valley of the Moon, a natural sanctuary whose landscape resembles the Moon with a variety of craters and wind-sculptured rock formations. This Valley is of haunting beauty which will make you wonder if you are still on planet Earth. After witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet with a tasting cheese & wine, we return to the hotel at 7 pm.

Hotel Options
Altiplanico San Pedro Atacama Hotel
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 4:
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA / SANTIAGO AIRPORT

Last day in the Atacama plateau. Depending on the flight departure times, you will have time to explore San Pedro including Le Paige Archeological Museum, local church, Inca House (oldest structure in San Pedro), sandboarding or trekking on the surrounding dunes. Four kilometers away is the Pukara fortress which dates from the twelfth century. These are only some of the amazing attractions of San Pedro de Atacama.
At a pre-arranged hour, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Calama Airport for the return flight to Santiago.

LOW AND HIGH SEASON RATES

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 960 /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 1,040 / Per person
  • Solo Traveler – From USD$ 1,390

 

*This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, accommodation availability and not counting special dates.  ** Solo travelers or guests staying in single rooms must pay a single supplement. Otherwise, the rates would be readjusted upon request. *** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip. **** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All activities as listed
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including transportation, entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Professional, Bilingual Guide

Meals 

  • Day 1: 0
  • Day 2: Breakfast – Lunch
  • Day 3: Breakfast – Cocktail
  • Day 4: Breakfast

 

EXPLORING ATACAMA

Duration: 4 days

Price: USD$ 960 / person

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