Atacama Desert and Santiago Tour

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Atacama Desert and Santiago Tour

Santiago & Atacama Tour

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Santiago & Atacama Tour

This Atacama and Santiago Tour is a study in contrasts. Santiago de Chile boasts a mild climate, with views of the Pacific Ocean in the west and and the snow-capped Andes to the east. Surrounding Santiago are fertile vineyards with some of the world's most famous wines bound for exports, as well as great skiing resorts in the mountains and warm beaches on the coast of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

But the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is one of the most arid locales in South America. The ocean does not bring enough precipitation, and so northern Chile and Peru have coastal deserts. Explore San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding sand dunes, moon-like valleys, geysers, and lagoons filled with flamingos.


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This tour includes:
  • All Nights Accommodations
  • All Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • All Transfers & Entrance Fees
  • English-speaking Guides
  • 24 hour contact to our Chile office

Highlights
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Excursion
  • Concha y Toro Winery excursion
  • Oasis of luxury: Explora Atacama Resort
  • Geyser El Tatio
  • Flamingoes of the highland lagoons
  • Moon Valley
  • Gourmet food and the best Chilean wines
Day 1

Arrive in Santiago de Chile + City Tour


Arrive this morning in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the Andes, situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. Your SouthAmerica.travel Chile tour guide will accompany you to your hotel. Centrally located for all sights in the historic center of Santiago, ideally for shopping and exploring the historic parts on your own. Or just to enjoy the view with the Andes in the background from the roof top swimming pool. Private sightseeing of Santiago and its environs: your guide introduces you to this city nestled between mountains on your private sightseeing tour: Enjoy a city tour visiting both the historic and modern centers of Santiago, as well as a trip to neighboring San Cristobal for a good look at the surrounding area. Dinner tonight is included.



Day 2

Half-day Excursion to Concha y Toro Winery


Visit to Concha y Toro, one of the most famous Chilean vineyards around the world. Located in the Maipo River canyon, planted with grapevines of the most noble French stock such as cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and others. Founded in 1883 showing today a most modern technology in cooling equipment, stainless steel tanks, filters and oak casks which has lead as making of exceptional wines such as Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Casillero del Diablo, third in sales surpassed only by France and Italy. Take the afternoon at leisure for shopping around.



Day 3

Full-day Excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar


Valparaíso, the oldest port in Chile. Though no longer its largest port, it retains tremendous historical significance and beauty, as well as being home. to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected through 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century, a time when the city experienced tremendous growth. Parts of Valparaiso are considered to become a UNESCO heritage site. From Valparaíso, continue along the coast to the beautiful beaches of Viña del Mar, the Garden city, named for its many parks and green spaces.



Day 4

Arrive in Atacama


After breakfast transfer to the Airport for your flight along Chile's long coast up North to Calama, about 60 miles away from San Pedro de Atacama, the Oasis in the desert. Check in to your hotel, which fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. You will be introduced to the many options the hotel has to offer: Off course there are the excursions but you can pack you day with other more active activities; Horse back riding, hikes, trekking, biking, hill climbing, ...



Day 5

Explore the Atacama Desert & the Valley of the Moon


All meals and excursions are included. We suggest: Valley of the Moon. See the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) to see the sunset in this bizarre, almost lunar landscape formed by the erosion of salt mountains. Strange sculpted rock formations in the middle of the desert with the Lincancabur Volcano in the background make for a particularly rare experience. After sunset we return to San Pedro.



Day 6

Miscanti y Meñiques & Salar de Atacama


All meals and excursions are included. We suggest: Miscanti y Meñiques: Lagoons and Flamingoes on the Altiplano. During this excursion we drive deep into the Altiplano. On lonesome unpaved roads we shall pass Socaire, the oasis of a mountain river. The few inhabitants of Socaire depend on terraced agriculture (maize, wheat, potatoes). After another rise to an altitude of 4.700 m we will be rewarded by a spectacular view: the very scenic blue-black twin lagoons Meñiques and Miscanti, edged by a white crust of salt, they form a majestic picture of silence. Wildlife is especially abundant in this area. You are sure to see many different species of ducks and other bird-life around the lagoons, as well as llamas and vicuñas in herds along the hillsides. Towering in the background Cerro Meñiques overlooks this vast section of the Altiplano. We shall continue to visit the world's largest salt lake: the Salar de Atacama. Rich in minerals, including borax and lithium, it is home to various species of flamingoes as well as many other birds. The Laguna Chaxa, part of the Reserva Nacional de los Flamingoes, offers a terrific opportunity to get closer to these birds in their natural habitat. In the evening we return to the hotel in San Pedro.



Day 7

Atacama Desert - Geysers El Tatio


All meals and excursions are included. We suggest: Geysers El Tatio Very early departure for the Geysers of El Tatio. El Tatio is situated at 4.500 m above sea level on the Altiplano. The geysers are spectacular in the early morning. There are about 40 geysers, thermal wells and fumaroles. The early morning light striking the water and steam hurling up from the geysers, makes for an unforgettable experience. On our way back to San Pedro we shall see green bushes of Yareta shining in the sparse desert. In the early afternoon we reach San Pedro and the rest of the day will be at your leisure to explore the environs. Maybe you would like to visit the 800 years old pre-Inca fortress Pucará de Quitor nearby?



Day 8

End of the Atacama and Santiago Tour


After breakfast transfer back to Calama and flight to Santiago in order to connect with your flight back home or to your next destination ins South America.


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