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 tour of contrasts. Santiago de Chile has a mild climate, with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the snow-capped Andes to the east. Santiago is surrounded by fertile vineyards that produce wines that are exported throughout the world, as well as great skiing resorts in the mountains and warm beaches along the coast in 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 to the Atacama Desert, so northern Chile and Peru have unique coastal deserts. Explore San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding sand dunes, moon-like valleys, geysers, and lagoons filled with flamingos.
Please note: The tours listed for the Atacama Desert are subject to change depending on the lodge's policies and availability.

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This tour includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All Breakfasts
  • Meals offered at the lodges in the Atacama Desert
  • 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

Highlights:

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

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Santiago Chile

Arrive in Santiago de Chile & City Tour

Day 1

Arrive in the vibrant city of Santiago de Chile, perfectly placed between the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and get ready to discover the Chilean capital on a half-day city tour. Follow your guide to the Plaza de Armas and note the striking contrast between modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture that dates back to colonial times. For a memorable end to the day, head to Santa Lucía Hill to appreciate a panoramic view of the city nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Andes.

 

Wine tasting in Chilean vineyard

Casablanca Valley

Day 2

Today, head out on a full-day excursion to the Casablanca Valley Wine Route, an ideal tour for white wine lovers. The Valley is particularly famous for its exquisite Chardonnay wines. Visit the Santa Emiliana, William Cole and Indomita Wineries and enjoy a wine tasting at each location. Sample an authentic Chilean dish for lunch at one of the wineries before returning to Santiago in the afternoon.

Moon Valley in Chile

Arrive in Atacama

Day 3

This morning, catch a flight and travel north along Chile's extensive coast towards Calama, about 95kms from San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the desert. In the afternoon, we suggest taking a tour to Moon and Death Valley. Here, travelers encounter surreal sand formations that create incredible desert landscapes. Due to its unique topography, the Valley’s peculiar name was bestowed by a Belgian monk who thought the area similar to the planet Marte or Mars, however, locals understood muerte instead, Spanish for death. After the tour, return to the lodge and enjoy your first night in the desert.

Dry Atacama Desert in Chile

Archaeological Tour & Cejar Lagoon

Day 4

Enjoy a visit to the three fascinating archaeological sites of Tulor, Catarpe and Quitor and discover the relics of the Atacameño civilization. Begin in Tulor, a small village located only 8kms southwest of San Pedro. Experts determined that the ancient ruins served as meeting places or houses and were constructed between 800BC and 500AC. Next, ascend to Catarpe, the former site of the Administrative Inca Center located on top of a terrace surrounded by deep gorges. Take a moment to appreciate the impressive view of the Atacama Desert from here. Then head to Pukara renowned for its imposing fortress. Despite the resistance of the Atacamaño people, it was conquered by the Spanish in 1540. In the afternoon, visit the Cejar Lagoon and marvel at the beautiful turquoise waters, lush vegetation and exotic fauna. Flamingos, ducks and Andean coots all call this stunning lagoon their home. Take a rare opportunity to float and feel weightless in the water in the Atacama Salt Flats where the concentration of salt is akin to that in the Dead Sea. Then dry off and return to your hotel in San Pedro.

Woman relaxing in the Puritama hot springs

Puritama Hot Spring & Atacama Stars

Day 5

Transfer to the Puritama Hot Springs located 32kms north of San Pedro and unwind as you sink into the naturally heated waters (33 degrees Celsius) in the middle of the desert. The venue’s modern facilities include outdoor pools, saunas, baths and changing rooms. In the evening, venture outdoors on a stargazing tour to discover the mesmerizing Southern heavens. The remote Atacama Desert is one of the best spots in the world to stargaze beneath the clear night sky, in top-level observatories, far away from city lights. At high altitude, dry and free of pollution, astronomers flock to the area and many observatories have made the site their base. Look up to identify various constellations like the famous Southern Cross and attempt to capture an unforgettable photo of the moon with the telescopes and cameras.

Pink Flamingoes walking in the Atacama Desert

Salt Flats & Altiplanic Lagoons

Day 6

Pass by the oasis of Socaire on your way from San Pedro to the Altiplanic lagoons. Here maize, wheat, and potatoes grow and provide a key source of income for local farmers. During the drive, catch a glimpse of the impressive Licancabur volcano and native trees such as the Tamarugo and the Chañar. The tour continues to the site of the Twin Miscanti and Meñique Lagoons surrounded by volcanos and the majestic Meñique Hills. Listen for the calls of ducks and other bird species that gather in the lagoons, and try to spot llamas grazing in the hillsides. Later, be welcomed by the sight of elegant pink flamingos upon arrival at the Atacama Salt Flats. This salar is the third largest in the world, just behind Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and Salinas Grandes in Argentina. After 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.

Sunset over Chile's capital city Santiago

Departure from the Atacama Desert

Day 8

After breakfast transfer to Calama and fly back to Santiago where you can take a connecting flight to your next destination in South America.

Exploring the Tatio Geysers

Tatio Geysers

Day 7

Awake before dawn this morning and depart San Pedro to visit the phenomenal Tatio Geysers just as the sun makes an appearance. The sunrise provides an incredible backdrop as steam columns form, reaching up to 10m in height. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while your guide explains the secrets of this unique destination. Later, immerse yourself in the local culture at the Machuca village whose inhabitants derive their livelihoods from agriculture and herding. Transfer back to your lodge and spend the remainder of the final day reflecting on your time in the driest desert in the world.


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8 Days / 7 Nights

Santiago & Atacama Tour

This Atacama and Santiago Tour is a tour of contrasts. Santiago de Chile has a mild climate, with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the snow-capped Andes to the east. Santiago is surrounded by fertile vineyards that produce wines that are exported throughout the world, as well as great skiing resorts in the mountains and warm beaches along the coast in 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 to the Atacama Desert, so northern Chile and Peru have unique coastal deserts. Explore San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding sand dunes, moon-like valleys, geysers, and lagoons filled with flamingos.
Please note: The tours listed for the Atacama Desert are subject to change depending on the lodge's policies and availability.

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