Atacama Desert and Santiago Tour

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Atacama Desert and Santiago Tour

Santiago & Atacama Tour

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7 Days / 6 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.

The Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is the driest desert in South America and the world. 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
  • Group Transfers with Spanish-speaking driver
  • One half-day outing in Santiago

  • Santiago, Chile's capital
  • Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world
Day 1

Arrive in Santiago de Chile

Arrive this morning in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the Andes, situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. Take a transfer from the airport to the hotel and spend the day at your leisure discovering the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Chile from Santa Maria Hill, Chile Capital, Santiago Chile

Day 2

Santiago City Tour

After an energetic breakfast at your hotel, take a half-day panoramic city tour of Santiago to discover its main attractions, rich history and modern, impressive buildings. La Moneda presidential palace, Plaza de Armas main square, Santa Lucía Hill, the Metropolitan Park, and the affluent residential districts of Vitacura and Las Condes are part of this unforgettable ride.
Return to your hotel.

Metropolitan Cathedral Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Plaza de Armas Santiago, Santiago Main Square, Santiago Historic Quarter

Day 3

Santiago Free Day

Today, spend the day at your leisure. You can explore the local cafés or markets, try some Chilean wine, regarded as one of the bests of the world, or take in the views of the impressive buildings and the mighty Andes.
Spend the night at the hotel.

La Moneda Palace, La Moneda Santiago de Chile, Government Palace Santiago

Day 4

Santiago - 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 and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In order to explore the driest desert on Earth, you can choose one of the tours offered by the hotel. These tours are not included and should be booked directly at the hotel.

Atacama Desert, Driest desert in the world, driest desert on Earth, llamas, Chilean llamas, Chilean desert

Day 5

Atacama Desert

Enjoy breakfast feeling the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the desert. Spend the day relaxing at the hotel, exploring San Pedro de Atacama on your own, or booking one of the tours on the hotel. For instance, you can take an excursion to the Moon Valley, so-called because of its craters formed by the erosion of salt mountains, creating a surreal landscape that resembles the moon.

Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Atacama Desert Moon Valley

Day 6

Atacama Desert

After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure. Some of the tours offered by the hotel may include the following:
Miscanti & Meñiques Altiplanic Lagoons:
On your way from San Pedro to the lagoons, pass by Socaire, an oaisis were maize, wheat, and potatoes are cultivating, which is the way the population makes their income. Driving on, contemplate the twin Miscanti & Meñique Lagoons, surrounded by the pure whiteness of salt and the mighty Meñiques Hill in the background. Admire the fauna of this region, including ducks and other birds species that congrate on the lagoon, and llamas along the hillsides.
Continue to the largest salt lake in the world: the Atacama Salt Flat. Here, elegant flamingoes can be seen.
After taking pictures and learning about this exotic ecosystem, return to your hotel in San Pedro.

Flamingoes Atacama, Salar de Atacama, Atacama plateau, Atacama Salt Flat

Day 7

End of 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 in South America.

Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Chile sunset, Chile Capital, Santiago Chile, Romantic Santiago de Chile

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