Tierra Atacama: Atacama Desert

From Calama to Calama
  • Chile
  • Luxury
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Explore the Atacama Desert, in Northern Chile, its lunar landscapes, high altitude lagoons, hot springs and clear night sky from an eco friendly boutique lodge.

This all-inclusive experience means everything is take care of, well appointed accommodation, all meals and a selection of daily excursions. Enjoy the floor to ceiling windows that make the dining room feel like an extension of the landscape as you dine on delicious food inspired by the local region.  Explore the Atacama Desert, the world's most arid desert, on personalized guided trips with your local guides. Relax in your room, with a view of the outside desert landscape, do some yoga, soak in the al fresco hot tub or enjoy a dip in the pool.

Each day, depending on your interest and energy levels, select from a menu of half day and full day excursions. This may include a short walk in the salt mountain range, or doing the Purilactis Trek, to witness crystalline rivers, impossibly dramatic rock formations and some of the oldest petroglyphs anywhere in the region. Or, geast your eyes on the Tatio Geysers, one of the world’s most impressive geothermal sites, visit the village of Toconao, a desert oasis built of white stone, or look for flamingos at Chaxa Lagoon in Los Flamencos National Reserve.

This Atacama Desert Experience combines perfectly with Tierra Patagonia and Tierra Chiloe.

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Explore the Atacama Desert on foot, horseback, bike or vehicle. Select from a range of activities each day with your local guide. Perhaps visit Chaxa Lagoon, where vivid colors and resident flamingos abound.

Explore the driest non-polar desert in the world! Thanks to a unique combination of low humidity, high altitudes and near non-existent light pollution, the Atacama is also wonderful for stargazing

Enjoy a eco-friendly designed boutique lodge, dine on great food with north Chilean twist, relax by the pool or in the serenity of your room - each room offers uninterrupted views of the Atacama Desert

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Calama Tierra Atacama Arrival

On arrival at Calama Airport, you will be met and transferred to Tierra Atacama Lodge.

On arrival, settle into the comfortable Tierra Atacama Lodge. High in the northern desert of Chile, the Tierra Atacama lodge encapsulates exquisite design, authentic experiences and an intimate, home-away-from-home atmosphere, where a sense of both adventure travel and pure relaxation lingers in the air. In the evening you will be briefed on the excursion options for the days ahead.

**Tierra does include most activities but may have a limited number of “extra cost” activities, which will be at your own cost and paid locally.

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. Sitting high up in the Altiplano, the Chile desert is known for its captivating landscapes of sand dunes, hot springs, canyons and geysers. Here, glowing sunrises and mind-blowing sunsets are the norm. After dusk, the sky is illuminated with a canopy of blinking stars, a sight unmatched anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. Come morning, noon, or night, the Atacama’s natural splendor and enigmatic energy are inescapable.

Day 2
Tierra Atacama - Day 2 Excursions

At Tierra Atacama, there is a range of interesting excursions for you to choose from. Local guides will get to know your interests and physical activity level, helping create a bespoke journey for you to explore the Atacama Desert your way. Below are suggested options you may like to choose from throughout your stay.

High up in the Altiplano lie the glistening lagoons of Aguas Calientes and Tuyajito, whose mystical, tranquil aura can be grasped during a full-day tour. Arriving at the remote Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, at more than four thousand meters of altitude, for an excursion with a surprising backdrop featuring the peace and quiet of the desert and colorful salt lakes. Visiting the town of Socaire and two lookouts over the Salar de Talar, also known as the “Hot Waters.”

The Atacama Desert is also known to be one of the best places on earth for stargazing. So, armed with the largest public telescope in the region and help from expert guides, you’ll enjoy a fascinating evening of astronomy, something not easily forgotten. Look up to the jet-black canopy, studded with glittering stars and their constellations, easily visible to the naked eye thanks to the Atacama’s lack of artificial light and endless expanse of untouched desert.

Day 3
Tierra Atacama - Day 3 Excursions

At Tierra Atacama, there is a range of interesting excursions for you to choose from. Local guides will get to know your interests and physical activity level, helping create a bespoke journey for you to explore the Atacama Desert your way. Below are suggested options you may like to choose from throughout your stay.

Feast your eyes on the Tatio Geysers, one of the world's most impressive geothermal sites and certainly an icon of the Atacama Desert. You’ll set off early this morning to reach the Tatio Geysers just as the sun begins to emerge above the horizon, casting an ethereal glow on vapor columns which tower over us at heights of up to 12 meters. Spending some time appreciating the wonder of this geothermal field, home to over 80 active geysers which protrude from bubbling pools of boiling water.

Or unearth ancient petroglyphs and admire a kaleidoscope of color at Rainbow Valley, on an exciting half-day excursion in the Atacama Desert, a geological and archaeological treat. Heading first towards Domeyko Mountains and the Rainbow Valley, whose stripes of copper, silver, jade, violet and everything in between lend this sacred place its name. A 30-minute walk will you time to marvel at the terrain, the result of erosion and environmental processes that created this mineral-rich rock face.

Day 4
Tierra Atacama - Departure Calama

This morning say goodbye to the Atacama Desert, in preparation for your departure transfer back to Calama Airport. Departure times will be confirmed directly with you the night prior.

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customized to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 3 nights staying at Tierra Atacama
  • Included Copy 31 Family rooms available
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Included Copy 20 Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine and spirits)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All Airport transfers on a shared basis
  • Included Copy 20 Two half day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests
  • Included Copy 20 Use of pools, sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Included Copy 7 Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance


  • Included Biking tours - bike to Cejar lagoon for a swim, and other biking options.
  • Included See the Tatio Geysers at sunrise
  • Included Climb Cerro Toco Volcano (optional activity for those wanting a challenge!)
  • Included Uncover the breathtaking sights of the Salar de Atacama, salt flats
  • Included Lookout for wildlife including Vicuñas, Flamingos, Foxes, Vizcachas and Andean Ostriches
  • Included Short walks or hikes in the Atacama Desert
  • Included Witness pre-Columbian petroglyphs in the Rainbow Valley
  • Included Relax at your well appointed boutique lodge in the Atacama
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4 days

Price from

$2,730 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on low season

Daily departures (please note hotel is currently closed for refurbishments and will reopen 1 March 2025, please ask us for alternatives)