Day 1: Santiago
Day 2: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama – Highland Lagoons & Wool Manufacturing process of Socaire
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama – El Tatio Geysers, Machuca, Putana Wetlands, White Geyser
Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama – Moon Valley, Ayllus and Atacameñan Tasting
Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama – Bolivia – Laguna Verde – Dalí Desert – Polques – Laguna Colorada – Siloli Desert
Day 7: Bolivia – Siloli Desert – Eduardo Avaroa Reserve – Ramaditas, Chiarkota, Honda Lagoons and Ollagüe Volcano
Day 8: Bolivia – Uyuni – Coqueza Community – Salt Desert – Incawasi Island – Mallcu Villamar Village
Day 9: Bolivia – Mallcu Villamar Village – Sur Lípez – Sol de Mañana Geysers – Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde – San Pedro de Atacama
Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago
From the traditional city of San Pedro de Atacama located in the north of Chile to the largest salt mine in the world in southern Bolivia. Landscapes that seem out of this world, diverse local fauna like flamingos, ancient culture, full of historic dwellings, traditions, cuisine, and beliefs from the indigenous tribes that have lived here for thousands of years, lunar valleys with time sculpted stone, the clearest night skies, and lagoons that look like large mirrors are, among other things, what explorers will be able to see in this beautiful trip full of natural wonders.
Welcome to Chile! A representative from our company together with the driver will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and take you to the Bidasoa Hotel located in the city. Along the way, we’ll go over your upcoming itinerary, as well as answer any questions you may have. After check-in, you’ll have the afternoon free to rest or go for a walk around the hotel.
This day the adventure to the Atacama Desert will begin. In the morning, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Calama. Upon arrival, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport to drive you to San Pedro. Along the way, you’ll pass spectacular desert scenery like endless plains and high-altitude mountains streaked with colorful stones and sand. When you arrive in San Pedro, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel to get settled and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
During the morning you’ll be picked up from the hotel and begin the drive to the lands of the “puna”, the local word for the high altitude plateau that lies further out in the desert.
After an hour of driving, you’ll arrive at the Miscanti lagoon where you’ll be able to walk along paths near the shore to admire its wildlife, vegetation, lagoons, and salt flats.
Then, you’ll go to the town of Socaire, where the indigenous community preserves the traditional Atacameñan way of life and you’ll be part of an activity focused on the production and elaboration of wool by the weavers of Socaire.
Leaving at dawn, you head north to one of the entrances to the Andean highlands to observe biodiversity such as the Machuca and Putana wetlands. You’ll visit the town of Machuca, and then arrive at the Tatio Geysers and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Finally, you’ll visit a river of hot springs, a gift of nature known as “White Geyser”.
You will start the day by heading to the Salt Mountain range to enjoy breakfast while watching the sunrise. You continue to be impressed with the landscapes that the Valley of the Moon offers, considered a sanctuary of nature, the Ayllus of San Pedro and you’ll end up tasting typical Atacameñan food.
After returning to the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to rest or enjoy the city.
In the morning, you’ll be picked up from the hotel to go to Hito Cajon, a border crossing that links the city of San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) with the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve (Bolivia).
After crossing the border, you’ll go to Laguna Verde, known for its beautiful emerald color. We cross the Dalí Desert and then continue to Polques, where you’ll enjoy a pool of thermal waters at more than 4000 meters high. You’ll continue to Laguna Colorada, known for its red color and flamingos.
The day ends up in the Siloli Desert where you’ll stay.
Continue the tour of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, having the luck to observe the fauna of the reserve. You’ll know the Stone Tree, the Siloli desert, the Ramaditas, Chiarkota, and Honda lagoons, as well as the majestic Ollagüe volcano. You’ll continue to the Uyuni Salt Flat to the community of Tahua. You’ll stay at the famous salt hotel, located on the edge of the salt flat.
You’ll visit the community of Coqueza, which is located at the foot of the Thunupa volcano, where you’ll find beautiful views of the salt flat. You’ll cross the salt desert on your way to Incawasi Island, where you’ll have lunch and take a walk in the middle of giant cactuses.
Finally, you’ll arrive in the town of Mallcu Villamar and stay there.
After having breakfast, you’ll start your way to Sur Lípez, to enjoy its wonderful landscapes. You’ll pass through the Sol de Mañana geysers, at the time where their fumaroles are most active, to go through the Blanca and Verde lagoons again and thus start the road back to San Pedro de Atacama.
Last day in Atacama. Depending on the flight you have, you’ll have time to visit San Pedro, where you can visit the Le Paige Archaeological Museum, the beautiful local church, the Inca House (the oldest building in the town), or go trekking in the surrounding dunes. At an agreed time, the van will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Calama airport to take the flight back to the city of Santiago.
2020 – 2021 SEASON RATES
Land Portion Pricing: Group of 2 People
Price per person
>> USD 3,420
* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.
* Price is based on double occupancy.
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to get back out there and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the overall group and the communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible in a post-pandemic world.
This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, with the use of cleaning and sanitizing services and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for a healthier future.
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Duration: 10 days
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