Atacama Desert

From San Pedro de Atacama
  • Chile
  • Custom
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Tour Description

The Atacama desert is one of the most serene and beautiful places on earth. Surprisingly, whilst it owns title of the driest desert on the planet, it is also home to a rich variety of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. 

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Atacama is one of the world’s stargazing centres having advantage of clear air and huge night skies

The driest non-polar desert in the world

This is a stunning place for landscape photographers

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
San Pedro de Atacama

Upon arrival into Calama airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
The small oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama lies on an arid high plateau in the Andes Mountains in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery. Overlooking the Licancabur Volcano, its dramatic surrounding landscape ranges from desert, salt flats, steaming geysers and hot springs to fascinating rock formations
Overnight in Atacama

Day 2
Archaeological Tour Tulor, Moon Valley & Salt Mountain Range

In the XII century aborigines built the fortress of Quitor to defend their people to the attack of enemies, foreigners or border natives. Tulor village is the oldest archeological human establishment of the entire region and it was occupied between 300 BC and 500 AC. The tour visits the ayllus de Coyo, most important part of the archaeological route. There you will find circulars constructions, antiques Lickanantay’s residences and can appreciate the original fauna and flora
This afternoon, travel across Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) to reach the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the main attractions of this region. Located 19km from San Pedro de Atacama, the valley's landscape resembles the surface of the moon with small but sharp crested hills created by the wind. You will visit in the late afternoon when the setting sun brings out the best of the valley's incredible colours
Overnight in Atacama

Day 3
Salted Chaxa Lagoon Toconao

Visit the Salar de Atacama, one of the world’s largest salt lakes and the most important lithium reserves in the world. The lagoons here are home to various species of flamingos and other wildlife. En route to the Salt Lake, visit the town of Toconao. The houses in this small picturesque village are built from bricks of white volcanic stone and its friendly inhabitants are famous for their fine wool knitting skills.
Overnight in Atacama

Day 4
San Pedro de Atacama Depart

Located 90 km Northwest of San Pedro, the Tatio Geysers sit at an altitude of 4,300 metres above sea level and are said to be the highest geothermal field in the world. Set off in the early morning to see the 100 geysers erupt water and let off steam to heights of up to 50 metres. On the way back to the town, drive downhill through a wonderful landscape where you can spot guanacos, vicuñas, flamingos and other wildlife.
Later this afternoon you will be taken to the airport for your onward flight.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
Transportation
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Duration

4 days

Price from

$840 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures
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