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Atacama Desert Tours and Holidays 2019/2020

Atacama Desert Tours and Holidays 2019/2020

There isn’t a single adjective that can adequately describe the grandeur of the Atacama Desert but if you’re desperate enough, “otherworldly” could come close. That does come quite literally as soil samples from Desierto de Atacama share striking similarities with samples taken from Mars — and that’s only one ... Read More

16 Trips in Atacama Desert with 15 Reviews

Highlights
  • Enjoy the local cuisine and products.
  • Visit the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques.
  • View the geysers in full glory early in the morning.
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Best Of San Pedro & Atacama Desert (4 Days)

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I had a very nice trip with your agency in Chile , all the car and drivers and and guides and ...
  • Operator Ecochile Travel
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Age Range 1 to 79 years old
From US$ 770 4 days View Tour
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Aug 23
Aug 24
Highlights
  • Discover the worlds driest desert and relax in natural hot springs.
  • Visit the roaring Tatio-Geysers and hike through the picturesque Guatin-Canyon.
  • Explore the hippie village San Pedro de Atacama in the middle of nowhere.
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  • Starts Calama, Chile
  • Ends Calama, Chile

Atacama Adventure - Nature Tour In The Atacama Desert

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5 day adventure trip visiting Atacama Desert and Calama in Chile. Read More
  • Operator Moser Active Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Guest House & Hotel
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,190 5 days View Tour
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Aug 23
Aug 24
Highlights
  • Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni.
  • Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moon-like deserts.
  • Marvel at breathtaking red & green colored lakes.
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  • Starts San Pedro de Atacama, Bolivia
  • Ends San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 4D/3N (Atacama To Atacama)

4 day explorer tour visiting San Pedro De Atacama in Chile. Read More
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 1 hour ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Explorer
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 1 to 55 years old
SavingUS$ 21
From US$ 396 4 days View Tour
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Aug 24 10+ seats left
Aug 25 Only 9 seats left
Highlights
  • Discover Northern Argentina.
  • Explore the Atacama Desert in Chile.
  • Visit Uyuni Salt Flats in Boliva.
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  • Starts Salta, Argentina
  • Ends Uyuni, Bolivia

Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats And Desert

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Hi Vera and Yuna, We are back in the US and have reflected on our fabulous trip. Thank you and ...
  • Operator Say Hueque Argentina Journeys Active 10 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Hut & Hotel
  • Transport Bus
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,246 9 days View Tour
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Aug 23
Aug 24
Highlights
  • If you've ever dreamt of walking on water (well, at least on a lake), this is your chance.
  • Empty, haunting and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan.
  • Uyuni is full of unexpected sights - just one of these is families of abandoned geriatric locomotives left to rust slowly in the sun at the eerie Train Cemetery.
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  • Starts La Paz, Bolivia
  • Ends La Paz

Bolivian Salt Flats & The Andean Desert

6 day explorer trip to La Paz, Atacama Desert and 1 other destination in Bolivia, Chile and Mexico. Read More
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From US$ 1,133 6 days View Tour
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Aug 28 10+ seats left
Aug 30 Only 10 seats left
Highlights
  • Explore the Atacama Desert.
  • Visit Santiago de Chile.
  • Experience Torres del Paine National Park.
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Discover Chile From North To South In 12 Days

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12 day cultural, religious and historic sites trip in Chile, visiting Puerto Varas, Santiago and Torres del Paine National Park. Read More
SavingUS$ 172
From US$ 3,430 US$ 3,258 12 days View Tour
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Aug 23
Aug 24
Highlights
  • Admire the world`s highest volcano lake, the Lago Chungará (4,570m).
  • Discover the Altiplano Highlands and relax in the natural Polloquere hot springs.
  • Visit Salt Lake "Salar de Surire" and observe flamencos and vizcachas.
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  • Starts Arica, Chile
  • Ends Calama, Chile

Atacama & Altiplano Trekking Adventure

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13 day trekking trip in Chile, visiting Atacama Desert, Arica and Calama. Read More
  • Operator Moser Active Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Age Range 18 to 79 years old
From US$ 3,490 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Sep 30
Highlights
  • Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni.
  • Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moon-like deserts.
  • Marvel at breathtaking red & green colored lakes.
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  • Starts San Pedro de Atacama, Bolivia
  • Ends Uyuni, Chile

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Atacama To Uyuni)

3 day explorer trip to San Pedro De Atacama, Uyuni and 1 other destinations travelling through Bolivia and Chile. Read More
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 1 hour ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Explorer
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 1 to 55 years old
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Aug 24 Only 5 seats left
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Highlights
  • Visit the unique and colourful Pacific Coast city of Valparaiso.
  • Excursions to Atacama salt flats, altiplano lagoons, El Tatio geysers.
  • Sunset over the Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert.
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Discover Chile

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I booked this trip a year ago and had high expectations. I was not disappointed! Fabulous country with very distinctive ...
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From US$ 3,399 13 days View Tour
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Dec 16 Only 4 seats left
Jan 13 Only 8 seats left
Highlights
  • Drive through the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world.
  • Become an expert in Chilean wines, visit 2 wineries in the Colchagua Valleys.
  • Explore the old quarters of Valparaiso.
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Chile Tour: Desert, Moais & Vineyards

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14 day natural landmarks sightseeing trip in Chile, visiting Easter Island, Santiago and San Pedro De Atacama. Read More
From US$ 3,775 14 days View Tour
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Sep 20
Sep 21
Highlights
  • Discover the otherworldly Moon Valley in the desert.
  • Explore stunning volcanoes, lagoons & geysers .
  • Take creative pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni.
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  • Starts Calama, Bolivia
  • Ends San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Atacama & Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure 7D/6N

7 day adventure tour visiting San Pedro De Atacama and Calama in Chile. Read More
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 1 hour ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Hostel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 1 to 55 years old
SavingUS$ 51
From US$ 960 7 days View Tour
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Aug 24 10+ seats left
Aug 25 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni.
  • Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moon-like deserts.
  • Marvel at breathtaking red & green colored lakes.
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  • Starts Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Ends La Paz, Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 4D/3N (Atacama To La Paz)

4 day cultural, religious and historic sites tour to La Paz, Atacama Desert and 1 other destination in Mexico, Chile and Bolivia. Read More
SavingUS$ 24
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Aug 24 10+ seats left
Aug 25 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Cycle through a desert, salt flats, ravines and a rainforest .
  • Two South American Countries.
  • Excursions to Atacama salt flats, altiplano lagoons and the Tatio geysers .
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  • Starts San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
  • Ends San Pedro De Atacama, Chile

Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama To Salta

13 day explorer tour visiting San Pedro De Atacama in Chile. Read More
  • Operator Exodus Travels
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Bicycle tours & Explorer
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
SaveUS$ 132
From US$ 2,649 13 days View Tour
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Sep 28 Only 1 seat left
Apr 4 Only 8 seats left
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  • Visit the breathtaking Atacama Desert.
  • Discover the highlights of Santiago de Chile.
  • See Osorno Volcano & the waterfalls of Petrohue.
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile

Chile, Patagonian Lakes And Atacama Desert

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10 day city sightseeing tour in Chile, visiting Santiago, San Pedro De Atacama and Puerto Varas. Read More
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Atacama Desert Tour Reviews

4.9 - Excellent Based on 15 customer reviews
Very good Reviewed Tour: Best of San Pedro & Atacama desert (4 Days)
Patrick Gavin From UK
5 - Excellent
“I had a very nice trip with your agency in Chile , all the car and drivers and and guides and hotels were very nice ,,,I would like to thank them all individually but may be it’s not possible,,,so all was very good and think about my trip every day ,”
Adventurous Reviewed Tour: Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats and Desert
Lukito Arif
5 - Excellent
“The easy communication before and even during the trip was our highlight traveling with you. Great sample itineraries and suggestions from you and Patricio which made organising easier because of the flexibility.

We liked the 4-day 4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous, very different from the cities that we have come from and our driver, Rodolfo Cayo, was amazing, he took care of us and made sure we were well supplied with coca leaves to battle our altitude sickness.”
Guides gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor! Reviewed Tour: Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats and Desert
Theo Van Der Linden
5 - Excellent
“We searched on internet and learned about Say Hueque. We decided to travel with you because the comments over the 6day trip Attacama-Uyuni were really good.

I would say our highlight were the good guides who gave lots of information. We only stayed in e one hotel, the Don Tomas hotel in San Pedro.

We had short excursions and one large: the three day 4wd to Uyuni. The El Tunio exursions was great. Early to get up but worth it. The 4wd tour was awesome with highlights and depths (the overnight stay in the refugee: 'basic' accommodation was an understatement). Although an experience, it took many hours to recover from it.

I forgot the name of the guide to the El Tunio geysers - he was awesome (I believe he is an San Pedro artist). He gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor!”

Atacama Tours and Holidays

There isn’t a single adjective that can adequately describe the grandeur of the Atacama Desert but if you’re desperate enough, “otherworldly” could come close. That does come quite literally as soil samples from Desierto de Atacama share striking similarities with samples taken from Mars — and that’s only one of the things that makes a trip to Atacama Desert a must when on a Chile tour.

Situated between the Pacific and the Andes, the Atacama Desert is the planet’s largest showcase of mysterious natural phenomena. It is recorded as the driest desert on Earth with just an average rainfall of 1 mm a year. Still, its mountaintops are covered with snow the whole year round. Temperatures in the region are at an average of 40°C during the day and 5°C at night. Similarly, the Atacama Desert witnesses the brightest of days and the darkest of nights, making it the perfect destination for jaw-dropping romantic (and scholarly) stargazing. Atacama’s unique geography affords travelers an enriching assortment of trips and tours such as salt flats tour, sunset watching in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), sandboarding in Death Valley, and San Pedro de Atacama tours, usually the jump-off of every traveler’s trip to Atacama.  

The Charming Oasis Village of San Pedro de Atacama

If it’s true what they say that every destination has a cliché, then Atacama Desert’s is San Pedro de Atacama. This, however, is not a warning for you to stay away. Aside from being home to most of Atacama’s lodging and dining options, souvenir shops, and its 16th century historic church, this little oasis village brandishes cozy South American charms that are a comfort after an adventure-packed day.

A day in San Pedro usually starts with a 4am tour to the Del Tatio Geysers, the world’s third largest geyser site. It has more than 80 active geysers and at the early peak of sunrise, the geysers begin to display a spellbinding exhibition of colors. Tourists can then choose to go on an archeological tour starting with the 12th century Incan fortress, Pukara de Quitor, and then proceeding to Aldea de Tulor, Atacama’s oldest village that is like a life-sized museum of ancient artifacts and rich flora and fauna. 

The Awe-inspiring Natural Phenomenon

Flamingoes in Salar de Atacama lagoons
Saline lagoons in Salar de Atacama flaunts beautiful pink Andean flamingos
Valle de la Luna in Atacama Desert
Valle de la Luna in Atacama Desert is known for its moon-like terrain

The Atacama Desert features some of the most beautiful natural sights, most notably — Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley, Salar de Atacama, and the star-studded night sky.

Valle de la Luna, has a hauntingly beautiful barren landscape of stone and sand formations, that gives it a moon-like terrain. The expansive, rugged white terrain of Salar de Atacama flaunts a collection of saline lagoons which are usually dotted with beautiful pink Andean flamingos. And the night sky in the desert is best for stargazing. Being high, really dry, unpolluted, and its night sky practically free of clouds, the desert offers the most visible tapestry of stars, moons, galaxies, and other heavenly bodies that even the naked eye can enjoy.

The Colorful Atacaman Culture

Atacama’s culture is a marriage of Inca and Spanish traditions. This is evident in their faith, food, and festivities. Locals celebrate the feast of their patron saint, Saint Peter, every 29th of June. The Fiesta de San Pedro de Atacama is the town’s most important religious festival where townsfolk parade on the streets in colorful masks and traditional clothing. This festival is comprised of a mass, a procession, dancing on the street, and ends with a celebratory drinking.

Local cuisine is designed around Atacama’s climate. One of their most distinctive native dishes is patasca, a stew of pork, beef, potatoes, and white capia corn. Other must try dishes are empanada, sopaipillas with pebre, and their local drink, pisco sour rica-rica, made from the desert herb rica-rica that is revered for its medicinal properties

What Every Tourist Must Know

Because of little vehicular traffic, it is easy to get around Atacama Desert. The most popular modes of transportation for exploring the Atacama Desert are car and bike rentals while San Pedro can easily be explored on foot.

Accommodation options in Atacama Desert vary and cater to a range of budget including hostels, boutique, bed and breakfasts, and five star hotels. Some hotels are equipped with their own observatory, a great choice for tourists who wish to end each night with a magnified glimpse of the heavens.

Restaurants in Atacama mostly feature Chilean dishes so looking for an authentic Chilean meal is not difficult. A popular spot among both locals and travelers is Inti Sol in San Pedro, well-loved for dishes such as spaghetti tres quesos, papas dorados al horno, and mushroom risotto at friendly prices. 

Getting There

For a holiday in Atacama Desert you can fly to Calama Airport, the nearest commercial airport about an hour and a half away from San Pedro. Public buses and car rentals are available upon arrival.

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