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ATACAMA DESERT & UYUNI

USD$ 3,615 / 10 days

Summary

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

Overview

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.

*This tour is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or those who are sensitive to high altitude. If so, please inform us in order to provide an alternative excursion.


Itinerary Details

Day 1
SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Welcome to Chile! A representative from our company will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel located in the city. After check-in, you’ll have the afternoon free to rest or go for a walk around the hotel.

Meals:  None.

Overnight:  Eco Hotel Boutique Bidasoa.

Hotel

Eco Hotel Boutique Bidasoa.

Day 2
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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 through 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.

Meals:  Breakfast.

Hotel

La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 3
HIGH PLATEAU LAGOONS & SALT FLAT OF ATACAMAMeals: Breakfast-Lunch. Overnight: Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas, San Pedro de Atacama.

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

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 Atacamenian way of life and you’ll be part of an activity focused on the production and elaboration of wool by the weavers of Socaire.

Meals:  Breakfast-Lunch.

Hotel

La Casa de Don Tomás

Day 4
MOON VALLEY, GEYSERS & MACHUCA VILLAGE

On this day, we’ll visit the world-famous Tatio Geysers, which stand at 4,320 meters/14,173 feet and are considered the highest in the world. Please note that pick-up from the hotel will take place at 4:30 a.m., as this is the optimum time to see the geysers in their full splendor and to savor the peculiar early morning desert light. Breakfast will be served on-site to make the most of this natural gem. In this entirely natural setting, you can also take a peaceful bath in a rustic pool of warm water. On our way back to San Pedro, we’ll stop in Machuca, a community where residents have been breeding llamas and collecting Llareta (a flowering plant in the Apiaceae family) for decades. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities. 

Meals:  Breakfast on site

Hotel

Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás

Day 5
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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 Atacamenian food.

After returning to the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to rest or enjoy the city.

Meals:  Breakfast on site, snack at local village.

Day 6
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - BOLIVIA

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in the morning to travel to Hito Cajon, a border crossing that connects San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve (Bolivia).

You’ll arrive in Laguna Verde after crossing the border, which is recognized for its stunning green color. We travel through the Dal Desert before arriving in Polques, where you may relax in a thermal pool at an elevation of over 4000 meters/13.000 feet. You’ll proceed to Laguna Colorada, which is famed for its flamingos and red color.

The day concludes at the Siloli Desert, where you will spend the night.

Meals:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Hotel

Tayka Hotel del Desierto

Day 7
BOLIVIA - SILOLI DESERT - UYUNI

Continue your visit of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, hoping to see some of the reserve’s fauna The Stone Tree, the Siloli desert, the Ramaditas, Chiarkota, and Honda lagoons, as well as the magnificent Ollagüe volcano, will all be familiar to you. You’ll continue to the Tahua settlement on the Uyuni Salt Flat. You’ll spend the night at the world-famous salt hotel, which is perched on the edge of the salt flat.

Meals:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Hotel

Tayka Hotel de Sal

Day 8
BOLIVIA - UYUNI

You’ll stop by the village of Coqueza, which sits at the base of the Thunupa volcano and offers stunning views of the salt flats. On your route to Incawasi Island, you’ll pass through the salt desert and stop for lunch before taking a walk among the gigantic cactuses.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Mallcu Villamar, where you’ll spend the night.

Meals:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Hotel

Hotel Jardines de Mallcu Cueva.

Day 9
BOLIVIA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

After breakfast, you’ll set out for Sur Lípez, where you’ll be able to take in the beautiful scenery. You’ll pass by the Sol de Mañana geysers during the peak of their activity, before returning to the Blanca and Verde lagoons and beginning the journey back to San Pedro de Atacama.

Meals:  Breakfast, box-lunch.

Hotel

La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 10
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA - SANTIAGO

Today is your last day in Atacama.  You may have time to visit San Pedro, where you may see the lovely local church, the Inca House (the town’s oldest building), or do dune trekking in the neighboring dunes, depending on your flight. The vehicle will pick you up from your hotel at a predetermined hour and take you to the Calama airport to catch your aircraft back to Santiago.

Meals:  Breakfast


2022 – 2023  SEASON RATES

Land Portion Pricing: Group of 2 People 

Price per person
>> USD 3,615

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.
* Price is based on double occupancy.


Price includes:

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (9 nights)
  • All transportation as specified in the itinerary.
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary, including transportation, entrance fees, and meals.
  • Professional, bilingual guide during the tours.
  • Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

Meals included:

  • Day 1: —
  • Day 2: Breakfast.
  • Day 3: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 4: Breakfast on site.
  • Day 5: Breakfast on site, snack at local village.
  • Day 6: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 7: BBreakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 8: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 9: Breakfast, box-lunch.
  • Day 10: Breakfast.

Not included

  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Travel insurance (It is mandatory to purchase an insurance that covers expenses related to COVID-19).
  • PCR or antigen tests.
  • Voluntary tipping
  • Items of personal use
  • Stargazing activity
  • Any item (meal, beverage, or activity) not mentioned on the itinerary

Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products.
  • You will travel Plastic-Free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, and recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location
  • We make sure our tour groups are small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

 

Our Health and Safety Promise

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.

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding the health and safety procedures of this and other EcoChile tours, please let us know so we can answer your question or accommodate your request. Your safety is our top priority.

* 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.

*** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard.

ATACAMA DESERT & UYUNI

Duration: 10 days

Price: USD$ 3,615 / person

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