Atacama

The Atacana Desert 4 days - 3 nights

Day 1: CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Calama. Reception and immediate transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (2400 m), located 63 m from Calama ( SIB) throught the Domeyko mountains, Range located in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world.

Arrival to your selected hotel and accommodations

Day 2: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure at 07:00 AM, heading to Lagunas Altiplanicas and Salar de Atacama.

The Salar de Atacama, the largest saltmarsh in our country keeps also the largest natural reserve of Pink Flamengos, continuing to the Chaxa Lagoon, to observe a wild fauna with a great variety of flamengos.

Later tour visits Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, located in the same Natural Reserve located a 13.900 ft above sea level. The eruption of Miñiques volcano 1000.000 years ago, originated the stagnation of the waters of the saltmarsh, creating these two Outstanding blue water lagoons and wild landscape.

Returning later to Socaire, a very beautiful and interesting pre-Colombian village and enjoy some Atacama typical dishes, on your account.

Return to your hotel.

Day 3: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Day 4: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer to airport


IMPORTANT: The itinerary and excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, are subject to modifications without previous advise.

Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama

7 days - 6 nights, Shared USD 1525

Day 01: SANTIAGO

Reception at airport. Transfer to selected hotel for accommodations

Day 02 : SANTIAGO CITY TOUR

Breakfast at your hotel.

Day at leisure. We suggest a City Tour around Santiago. Optional.

Day 03: SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure to airport on time to board flight with destination Calama (2400 m).

Reception and immediate transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, located 63 m from Calama ( SIB) throught the Domeyko mountains, Range located in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world.

Arrival to your selected hotel and accommodations.

During the sunset we go to the Valle de la Luna, located in the salt mountain range, 90% salt and 10% other minerals, to observe an unusual landscape treasure at the bottom, made up by attractive and impressive geological formations of diverse shapes and colours, together with giant dunes and beautiful salt crystal on the crounching ground, that will make you feel like beeing in another planet or the moon itself, visiting the Valle de la Muerte and the Dinosaurs Valley, from where you have a fantastic panoramic view of the area.

Return to San Pedro and you hotel.

Day 04: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure in the morning to start an Arqueological Tour

Visiting the most important archaelogical sites such as the Pukara of Quitor, built during the XII century, that testifies many historical events of the local culture and the Tulor Village, the oldest housing vestige of the area, named the oldest human settlement in this Desert, dating 3000 years old.

Así, visitaremos los sitios arqueológicos de mayor importancia tales como la Aldea de Tulor y el Pukará de Quitor. La aldea de Tulor es el vestigio habitacional más antiguo en la Cuenca de Atacama, primer asentamiento humano, milagrosamente conservado, «Cuna de los Likan Antai».

Return to your hotel.

Day 05: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure at 07:00 AM, heading to Lagunas Altiplanicas and Salar de Atacama.

The Salar de Atacama, the largest saltmarsh in our country keeps also the largest natural reserve of Pink Flamengos, continuing to the Chaxa Lagoon, to observe a wild fauna with a great variety of flamengos.

Later tour visits Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, located in the same Natural Reserve located a 13.900 ft above sea level. The eruption of Miñiques volcano 1000.000 years ago, originated the stagnation of the waters of the saltmarsh, creating these two Outstanding blue water lagoons and wild landscape.

Returning later to Socaire, a very beautiful and interesting pre-Colombian village and enjoy some Atacama typical dishes, on your account.

Return to your hotel.

Day 06: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO

The departure is at 04:30, to visit the Geysers del Tatio, at 13.800 ft of altitude above de level of the sea, with a picnic breakfast included. Free time for guided walks, baths in little lakes, but most of all observe the Geysers.

Return through the Chilean Altiplano , visiting the tiny and interesting Shepherds Village of Machuca, with its adobe houses with straw roofs.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama for lunch.

On time to be advised, transfer to the Aeropuerto de Calama, SIB, on time to board your next flight.

Arrive, reception and transfer to selected hotel for accommodations

Day 07: SANTIAGO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer to airport on time to board your next flight.


Price per person, USD

Santiago: Hotel Panamericano / Atacama: Hotel Iorana Tolache

USD 1525 in Doble, USD 2325 in Simple

Santiago: Hotel Almacruz / Atacama: Hotel Kimal

USD 1750 in Doble, USD 2835 in Simple


Minimum 2 persons

IMPORTANT: The itinerary and excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, are subject to modifications without previous advise.


Does not include airfare

Hotel Cumbres de Atacama, ALL inclusive

3 days - 2 night USD 780

3 days - 2 nights

from USD 780, per person, based on Superior Double Room.

IT INCLUDES: Welcome drink / Accommodation in a room with a private terrace / Buffet breakfast at the Kunza Restaurant / Daily lunch and dinner (including a glass of house wine or soft drink or water per person) / Unlimited access to the spa, including: Turkish bath and sauna, use of the pool and jacuzzi / Two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion, per night, scheduled by the hotel / Transfers to and from the airport in Calama / Transfers to and from the city of San Pedro de Atacama (schedules established by the hotel) / Open Bar (except premium liqueurs). From 11:00 to 23:00 hours / Minibar with waters.

Shared

Atacama - Uyuni. Luxury tour

Lodges Explora 5*

Travesía Atacama-Uyuni is the ultimate private travel experience. Through this immersive overland trip of up to 7 nights, staying at our new Uyuni Lodge and two mountain homes, we bring together the world’s driest desert and the largest salt flat.


The Atacama Desert stretches from the rugged Pacific coast of northern Chile to the steep Andean slopes of southwestern Bolivia. Famous for its aridity, Atacama is proof of how life can flourish even in the harshest of conditions. We believe luxury is about having all the means necessary to make the most out of the experience.

Price per person, USD


7 Nights - USD 8400 per person in Double room, USD 16800 in Single room

8 Nights - USD 9600 per person in Double room, USD 19200 in Single room









List of recommended items to bring on your trip to the Atacama desert.

Clothing:

Hiking boots – There is some excellent hiking to be had in the Atacama Desert, especially around San Pedro de Atacama in Valle de Luna and Valle de Arcoiris. Bringing a pair of sturdy and comfortable hiking boots will make the experience all the more enjoyable for you. While the exact best brand or type of shoe varies depending on personal preference, shoes that are made of a more breathable material and have a thick sole are best suited for desert hiking, to combat the heat and to protect your feet in case of accidentally stepping on something sharp.

Hiking socks (moisture wicking, lightweight) – You’ll probably be sweating a lot during day hikes in the Atacama, so lightweight socks that’ll help wick moisture away during the day will aid in comfort and hygiene.

Lightweight hiking pants – Hiking pants made from a lightweight, airy material will make a world of difference when it comes to comfort and cooling down during the heat of the day. Pants that can unzip into shorts are a great option as well, as you can start out with long pants during the cold morning and then transition to shorts during the heat of the day.

Long pants (jeans or leggings) – For hiking you’ll want more flexible, breathable hiking pants but for just walking around town and in the cooler evenings and mornings, bring along some jeans or cotton leggings for something warm.

Windbreaker – Atacama is not very windy but during your tour in the moon valley it can get very blustery.

Underwear

Solar protection blouses/shirts – The heat in the Atacama is formidable, so during the day you’ll want to strip down to as few clothes as possible. Wearing a light t-shirt or tank top is a good idea, but for further protection (apart from sunscreen), wear a loose, airy solar protection shirt or blouse over the undershirt for covering your skin more and an extra bit of stylish flair.

T-shirts/ short sleeve shirts– Loose, comfortable t-shirts are ideal for hiking during the heat of the day.

Sunhat – Protect your head from those high desert rays!

Fleeces/ sweaters – Warm clothing? In the desert? Oh yes! Even in the dead of summer, the altitude of the Aticama (San Pedro, the starting point for most Atacama tours, sits at 7,900 feet above sea level) means that the nights get very cold. So if you’re going to do any stargazing (highly recommended, especially in winter when the night skies are clearest) or getting up early in the morning to see the Tatio geysers, you’ll want some warm sweaters and fleeces to bundle up in.

Shorts/ capri pants

Warm hat and gloves – For those cold nights and mornings!

Swimsuit – Despite being the driest desert on Earth, there are plenty of swimming opportunities in the Atacama. You can go swimming and sunbathing at cities on the coast like Iquique, and near San Pedro you can lounge in thermal hot springs at Puritama hot springs or float in refreshingly cold, buoyant high-altitude salt water lakes. For these occasions (and also to take advantage of hotel swimming pools and hot tubs), it’s a good idea to include a swimsuit.

Flip flops – To visit sites like the Puritama hot springs or Lagunas Baltinache, you’ll want to have a pair of flip flops for moving from pool to pool.

Heavy-duty sandals – For easy day trips that won’t require a lot of hiking, crossing streams during multi-day treks, or when exploring towns like San Pedro, some sturdy sandals (like Tevas) will definitely come in handy, as well as giving your feet a break from stuffy hiking boots.

Gear:

Backpack – For day trips, you’ll need a comfy backpack to carry your essentials for the day: sunscreen, water bottle, hat, glasses, layers, etc. Something lightweight would be best, made with a breathable, airy material.

Sunglasses – The high-desert sun can cause serious eye damage, so be sure to pack some shades! For those who wear contact lens, we recommend swapping them for prescription glasses for the duration of your trip, as the Atacama can get windy and sand can blow into your eyes, get under your contact lens, and irritate your eyes.

Camera – The Atacama is a visually stunning place, with volcanoes, geysers, salt flats, shimmering high altitude lakes, and diverse wildlife, and you’ll want to bring a good camera to capture those sights.

Binoculars – The vast distances of the Atacama desert and excellent camouflage abilities of the animals that live here can make it tricky to notice wildlife or passing points of interest while hiking or driving, so pack a pair of travel binoculars to use in such moments.

Reusable water bottle – Not only is using a reusable water bottle environmentally friendly, it’s important! Spending time in the high, arid desert of southern Chile takes a toll on your body so drinking plenty of water throughout the day, whether you’re physically exerting yourself or not, is important.

Miscellaneous:

Sunscreen – Not only are you in a desert but a high altitude one: the sun is extremely strong here and the white sands and salt flats are strong reflective surfaces, so be sure to apply sunscreen all over and reapply throughout the day. SPF 50 or higher.

Eye drops – For those with contact lens or prescription lens, the dry climate of the high desert may be a strain on the eyes, so don’t forget some eye droplets to add a little moisture.

Medication – If you have any prescription medication, be sure to bring along plenty for the trip, just in case the pharmacies where you’re staying don’t carry what you need. Keeping some Advil or Ibuprofen on hand as well in case of headaches caused by the altitude is also a good idea (see below).

Remedies for altitude sickness – Altitude sickness is a frequent problem for visitors to the Atacama; luckily, for most, the symptoms are relatively mild and go away within anywhere from a few hours to a day or so. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, and having trouble sleeping. While there are plenty of regional solutions for dealing with altitude sickness, such as drinking coca tea or chewing coca leaves, if you have medication or at home remedies that help you deal with altitude sickness, be sure to bring them along. Otherwise, doing things like drinking plenty of water, slowing down and taking deep breaths when feeling out of breath or fatigued, sitting down when feeling lightheaded, eating carbs, and avoiding alcohol are several ways to help your body adjust to the altitude.

Lip balm (with SPF protection)

Snacks – Pack some light snacks like protein bars and fruit for day hikes to give you that little extra boost of energy when the heat of the day is getting to you.

Basic first aid – Even though your guide and hotels will have first aid kits, it never hurts to bring some band-aids along on day trips just in case.

Cash and credit cards – In Atacama tourist centers like San Pedro, most of the stores, restaurants, etc., will accept credit cards but for outlying towns, it’s best to always keep some cash on hand.

Aloe vera lotion – In the event you do get a sunburn, keep some aloe vera lotion on hand to massage onto the burn at the end of the day to help soothe it and speed up the healing process.