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Discover Chile - Atacama

4 Days/3 Nights

Package Overview

Visit the Atacama Desert of Chile covering over a 600mi strip of land west of the Andes Mountains. Being one of the driest regions in the world, Atacama has no living thing that can call it home. However dry it is, it's temperatures are actually quite comfortable, averaging 66 degrees in the summer time, and is still something very beautiful to witness in real life. Don't hesitate when considering seeing this amazing region in western Chile!

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1815.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Calama – San Pedro de Atacama (-)

Reception at Calama’s airport and transfer to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (1 hr 20 min drive).

H/D Archaeological tour: The first stop is at Tulor, one of northern Chile’s oldest archaeological sites (3,000 years old). It was inhabited by a community that raised cattle, grew maze and had trading relationships with other settlements, paving the way for the later development of sedentary groups. Next comes a visit to the indigenous Pukará de Quitor (Quitor fortress), built by Atacama settlers more than 700 years ago to defend themselves from other communities in South America and declared a National Monument in 1982.

H/D Moon Valley: We depart towards the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range), a group of attractive natural stone and sand sculptures that millions of years ago formed part of a large lake. The next stop is the awesome Valle de Marte (valley of Mars) also known as the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) with its peculiar stone formations and absolute desert landscape: no vegetation or insects to be seen in what is considered one of the country’s most barren regions. Next, the tour ventures on to Las Tres Marias (the three Marys), an interesting geological formation near an old salt mine. At sunset, the exploration ends atop a giant sand dune in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), named this way because of its moon-like landscape where an amazing spectacle of different colors can be admired when the sun slips below the horizon.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama and overnight.

Day 2

San Pedro de Atacama (B/L) Breakfast at the hotel.

F/D Atacama Salt Flat, High-Plateau Lagoons and Toconao: We will start by visiting the Atacama Salt Flat, which is Chiles biggest Salt Flat and among one of the largest in the world. Here we will find Chaxa Lagoon, where three different species of flamingoes live and breed. We will also have the chance of visiting the picturesque village of Toconao, where the most important attraction is its Bell Tower constructed in the classical atacamenian way. Afterwards, we will visit the village of Socaire and the High Plateau Lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti, located at 4,500 meters above sea level (14,850 feet above sea level). This area is part of the Flamingos National Reserve. These lagoons are surrounded by impressive volcanoes that were formed when the Andes Mountain Range rose from the sea through millions of years of evolution. Lunch included at Socaire. Return to San Pedro de Atacama and overnight.

Day 3

San Pedro de Atacama (B)

Departure at dawn (4:30 Am) to the Tatio Geysers. Breakfast box in the Geysers before a gentle guided walk around the geothermal field with observation of the natural phenomenon of the steam columns, which are viewed at their best as the sun rises. Continue towards Caspana, a village located at 3,300 m a.s.l. in a fertile valley surrounded by an arid environment, located on the slopes of a deep ravine which is known for its terrace farming system. Then, continue to Chiu Chiu. The imposing church of San Francisco is the icon and symbol of this settlement, dating back to the 17th century, with an amazing structure that was declared a National Monument and is Chile’s oldest church, built in 1611. A visit to the Pukará de Lasana comes next, a pre-Columbian fortress and remarkable national monument built in the 12th century with an amazing construction technique. Made of uncut rocks with 110 structures built into it, its layout includes several rooms connected by narrow interior passages. Return to San Pedro de Atacama and overnight.

Day 4

San Pedro de Atacama – Calama (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport in Calama to board your next flight.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfers and excursions are in private service with English-speaking guide assistance.
  • Lodging on the mentioned hotels (or similar) in standard room or as indicated in the quotation, breakfast included.
  • All entrance fees on tours, duly specified in the quotation.
  • Meals duly specified in the program: B = Breakfast L = Lunch or Box Lunch D = Dinner

 Package Does Not Include

  • Early check-in or Late check-out.
  • Extras not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Air tickets and airport taxes.
  • 19% Tax on lodging in Chile. All foreigner non-residents in Chile are tax exempt. Just in case of no-show the hotels will collect the room rate plus 19% tax.

 Package Notes

  • Rates are subject to confirmation during long weekends, Easter, National Holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc.
  • Itinerary could be changed according to flight schedules, climate conditions, or in order to provide a better service.
  • All excursions, especially navigations, are subject to weather conditions.
  • Museums are closed on Mondays.
  • Excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, due to the altitude, are not recommended for children under 7 years old, pregnant women, elderly passengers and/or passengers with heart diseases (altitudes of 4,200 meters above sea level.)
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General Information

  • Capital: Santiago
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Chilean peso (CLP)
  • Area: total: 756,950 km2, land: 748,800 km2, water: 8,150
  • Population: 17,224,200 (May 2011 est.)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 70%, Protestant 15.1%, None 8.3%
  • Electricity: 220V / 50Hz Type C and L plugs
  • Calling Code: +56
  • Time Zone: Continent: UTC-4 (UTC-3 summer) Easter Isl.: UTC-6 (UTC-5 summer)

Points of Interest

  • Salt Flats & Chaxa Lagoon
  • Tatio Geysers
  • Church of San Fransico