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.
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 of Accommodations
  • All Breakfasts
  • Meals offered at the lodges in Atacama
  • All Transfers
  • All Tours in Santiago
  • A Full-Day or two Half-Day tours in Atacama per day*
*Tours in Atacama are to be selected from the lodge menu

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

Arrival 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. Take a transfer from the airport to the hotel and get ready to discover the Chilean capital on a half-day city tour!
Your guide will take you to the 'Plaza de Armas' (main square), where you can see the contrast between the modern skycrapers and the most antique buildings in Santiago, which date back to the colonial times. Then, head to Santa Lucía Hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city nestled in the towering Andes.

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

Day 2

Casablanca Valley

After an energetic breakfast at your hotel, go on a full day excursion through the Casablanca Valley Wine Route. An ideal excursion for white wine lovers, Casablanca Valley is specially famous for its exquisite Chardonnay wines.
Visit Santa Emiliana, William Cole, and Indomita Wineries, and enjoy a wine teasting in each of them. For lunch, discover a delicious Chilean dish at one of the wineries.
Return to Santiago in the afternoon.

Maipo Valley, Chilean Wine, Maipo Valley Chile

Day 3

Arrival in Atacama

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight along Chile's long coast up north to Calama, about 60 miles from San Pedro de Atacama, the Oasis in the desert. Check in to your lodge and choose one of the excursions at the hotel menu. Our recommendation is a tour to the Moon and Death Valley.
'Muerte' is Spanish for death, which is what locals understood when a Belgic monk said 'Marte' (Mars), the name he inteded to give to the valley. Their surreal sand shapes create amazing landscapes surely to captivate you.
After the tour, return to your lodge to spend your first night in the desert.

Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Atacama Desert Moon Valley

Day 4

Archaeological Tour & Cejar Lagoon

This morning, visit Tulor, Catarpe, and Quitor, three archaeological sites that will help you understand what life of ancient 'Atacameño' people was like.
Start off in Tulor, a small village located just 5 mi (8 km) southwest of San Pedro. Scientists have stated that its ancient constructions and circles, which used to serve as either houses or meeting areas, must have been built bewteen 800 b.C. and 500 a.C, but the exact date is hard to trace.
Head northwards to arrive in Catarpe, located on top of a terrace surrounded by deep gorges, which will reward you with an impressive view of the desert. This place used to serve as an Administrative Inca Center.
Then, visit Pukara, renowned for its fortress or 'Pukara.' This building was also constructed on top of a hill, but dispite the resistent of Atacamaño people, it was taken over by the Spanish rule in 1540.
In the afternoon, visit the Cejar Lagoon and take in its turquoise waters, lush vegetation, and exotic fauna, including famingoes, docks, and Andean coots. Take a refreshing swim in this lagoon in the middle of the Atacama Salt Flats before returning to your hotel in San Pedro.

Pukara de Quitor, Atacama Desert, Atacama Archaeological Site, Native American Ruins Atacama, Atacameno Ruins, San Pedro de Atacama Ruins

Day 5

Puritama Hot Spring & Atacama Stars

Transfer to the Puritama Hot Spring, located 20 mi north of San Pedro. This idyllic natural area enables you to feel the armony of the desert as you unwind in its warm waters, reaching a temperature of about 91.4°F (33° C). Its modern facilities include outdoor pools, saunas, baths, and changing rooms.
In the evening, leave your hotel to take an astronomical tour and discover the mesmerizing Southern sky. Atacama desert is on a privileged location that features one of the clearest skies on Earth. With the help of a green laser pointer, your guide will show you all the visible constellations, such as the emblematic Southern Cross. It is possible to take images of the moon using the telescopes and digital cameras or reflex (for Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax).
Finish off the tour enjoying a warm drink with your guide and the rest of your team.

Puritama Hot Spring, Atacama Hot Spring, San Pedro de Atacama Hot Spring

Day 6

Salt Flat & Altiplanic Lagoons

On your way from San Pedro to the lagoons, pass by Socaire, an oaisis where maize, wheat, and potatoes are cultivating, which is the way the population makes their income. Driving on, take in 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 gather on the lagoon, and llamas along the hillsides.
Arrive in the Atacama Salt Flat, an alluring area where elegant flamingos can be seen.
After taking pictures and learning about this exotic ecosystem, head to a nearby village to feast on a delicious local lunch.
Return to San Pedro in the late afternoon.

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

Day 7

Tatio Geysers & Departure from the Desert

Early in the morning, before dawn, leave San Pedro to visit one of the most important places in the Atacama desert: the Tatio Geysers. Take in the breathtaking images of the steam columns that can reach up to 10 m of height with the sun rising in the background.
Afterwards, enjoy a delicious breakfast and listen to your guide as they talk about the characteristic of this unique place.
Get immerse in local culture at Machuca village, where the main income is earned out of herding and agriculture. The village also features swamps that serve as home for flamingos, ducks and seagulls.
Transfer back to your lodge to spend your last day in the driest desert in the world before heading to the airport for your flight back to the Chilean capital.

Tatio Geyser, Atacama Desert, Atacama Geyser, San Pedro de Atacama

Day 8

Departure from Santiago

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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