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  • Enjoy the local cuisine and products
  • Visit the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques
  • View the geysers in full glory early in the morning
  • Stop in the village of Machuca
On this trip, spend time in San Pedro de Atacama, the driest desert in the world. This is one of the finest locations in South America for observing natural flora, fauna, and landscapes, including geysers, salt flats, lagoons and even a National Flamenco reserve. Experience spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and unforgettable night skies.

San Pedro de Atacama is a truly unique destination offering a once in a lifetime experience. It respectfully maintains the cultural tradition of the local communities and its indigenous peoples.

During this experience, expected to be nurtured by the culture, enjoy the local cuisine and products, contemplate the landscape, and discover local communities of different Atacamenian towns. For more activities and details, please see the day-to-day itinerary.
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On the first day, you will be picked up by our driver at the Calama airport and travel to the historic town of San Pedro de Atacama. During the hour-long crossing of Atacama Desert, you will see wind-sculpted salt structures, hills of changing light/ color depending on the time of day, the rising Andes and Domeyko mountain ranges and crisp blue skies.

Upon arrival to San Pedro, your driver will leave you at the hotel and the following check-in, you’ll have free time to explore the cultural beauty of this special place. In the evening, enjoy the unique and spectacular night sky.
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After breakfast, our journey begins heading towards the Chaxa lagoon, which is in the middle of the Atacama Salar in the National Reserve “Los Flamencos”. Here you can see the small and big Parina, and Chilean Flamenco whose pink color contrasts with the bright-white of the salt crystals and deep blue color of the water.

Afterward, stop for lunch in Socaire, a humble hillside village famous for their simple homes without windows or terraces. After lunch, the tour will continue towards the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques at 4,200m/13,779ft. elevation. Surrounded by towering volcanoes you can observe a variety of Altiplano birds, flamencos, foxes, vicunas.

Finally, we’ll visit the town of Toconao, an oasis with ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of native fruits and vegetables, visit the church declared a national monument and shop the local handicraft.
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This day we will visit the famous Tatio Geysers, considered the highest in the world at 4,320m/14,173ft. Please note: pick-up at the hotel will be at 4:30 am as the early morning hours afford the best opportunity to view the geysers in full glory and to best appreciate the unique early morning desert light. Breakfast will be provided on-site to take full advantage of this natural wonder. Optionally, you can take a relaxing bath in a rustic pool of warm water in this completely natural environment. On our return to San Pedro, we will stop in the village of Machuca, where people have bred llamas and collect Llareta (flowering plant, family Apiaceae) for generations.

After lunch, we will travel 13km East to the Valley of the Moon, a natural sanctuary whose landscape resembles the Moon with a variety of craters and wind-sculptured rock formations. This Valley is of haunting beauty which will make you wonder if you are still on planet Earth. After witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet with a tasting cheese & wine, we return to the hotel.
Last day in the Atacama plateau. Depending on the flight departure times, you will have time to explore San Pedro including Le Paige Archeological Museum, local church, Inca House (oldest structure in San Pedro), sandboarding or trekking on the surrounding dunes. Four kilometers away is the Pukara fortress which dates from the twelfth century. These are only some of the amazing attractions of San Pedro de Atacama.

At a pre-arranged hour, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Calama Airport for the return flight to Santiago.
what’s included
  • Professional, bilingual guide
  • Transportation with qualified driver
  • Entrance fees in accordance with the itinerary
  • Accommodations in accordance with the itinerary
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 cocktail
what's excluded
  • Insurance
  • Airplane tickets
  • Backpack
  • Towels
  • Tips
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & spanish
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical Information* Itinerary may vary according to weather and road conditions, however, we will endeavor to make your guided tour as comfortable and timely as possible. ** The rates are based on double occupancy 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. **** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip. ***** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard.
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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