Alto Atacama

Atacama Desert Lodge

Exterior of Alto Atacama Lodge Wall carvings of petroglyphs Alto Atacama Lodge pool Walking with the llamas in the desert
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4 Days / 3 Nights

Atacama Desert

Spend from 4 to 7 days enjoying the driest desert in the world, visiting its intriguing valleys and learning about the ancient Atacameño culture with Alto Atacama.

Note: This is a tour extension. Please contact a travel consultant about adding a custom Chile travel package to this extension.

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$ 1800
Per Person

We include what others call optional

This tour includes:

    • Transfers to/from Calama Airport and Alto Atacama
    • Accommodation
    • Free access to the spa (sauna and jacuzzi), the swimming pool and the outdoor jacuzzi
    • Full board (3 meals per day) including soft and alcoholic drinks
    • Two half-day or one full-day excursion in group with bilingual guides*
    • Complimentary transfer service between Alto Atacama and San Pedro (from 9am to 11.30 pm)
    • *Arrival Day: One tour offered from 3 pm / Departure Day: One tour until 1 pm


  • High-class accommodation at Alto Atacama
  • Insight into AtacameΓ±o culture
  • Spa Facilities
  • Rainbow and Moon Valleys
  • AtacameΓ±o Handicraft & Cave Paitings

People hiking in the Atacama Desert during sunset

Arrival at Alto Atacama

Day 1

Upon arrival at Calama airport, transfer to Alto Atacama, your home for the next 4 days.
After leaving your luggage at your room, explore the spa, the swimming pool, and the other areas of the lodge. Its warm architecture, location, and windows allow you to feel the presence of the desert, making this trip a complete immersion into Atacama.
Create your itinerary with one of your guides choosing from the wide variety of the excursions offered by the lodge.

Note: From now, the excursions listed below are just an example to show you the type of excursions available at the hotel, and are subject to change without prior notice.

Sunset in the Moon Valley:
Transfer from the lodge via Quitor to the crossroads with Licancabur Street following the road to Calama towards Kari Lookout. Afterwards, drive to the Tres MarΓ­as, the central crater and the amphitheater. Appreciate the sunset from the plateau of the desert either from the amphitheatre or the Kari Lookout.
Length: Half day.
Level: Easy.
Altitude: 2550 m.a.s.l.
Acclimatization: Not required.

Pink Flamingoes walking in the Atacama Desert

Toconao - Atacama Salt Flats & Chaxas Lagoon

Day 2

Today, transfer by van to Toconao village, meaning 'Hidden Valley' in Kunza. Visit the church, the square, the bell tower, and the local handicraft market. Continue the route to the Soncor sector on the National Flamingo Reserve. At the Chaxas lagoon, you can watch a 14-minute video to learn about the history of this ecosystem. Walk a 400-meter circuit for about 30 minutes to observe the flora and bird life of the area. Contemplate the sunset with an appetizers and return to Alto Atacama.
Length: Half day
Level: Easy
Altitude: 2300

Petroglyphs in Chile

Cave Paitings

Day 3

Today, take a tour to observe the drawings made by ancient Atacama people, and learn the meaning behinds them.
Depart by van towards the Hierbas Buenas area, where you will see petroglyphs that reflect the continuous movements of ancient shepherds.
Continue to Santiago de Rio Grande to learn about the modern pastoral-agricultural methods used by the villagers, and appreciate the local architecture and handicrafts. Head to the Rainbow Valley, located in Matancilla, and admire the multicolor geological shapes made up of copper oxide, sulphur, iron, and gypsum crystals.
Return to Alto Atacama.
Length: Half day.
Level: Easy.
Altitude: 3250 m.a.s.l.

Moon Valley in Chile

Departure from Alto Atacama

Day 4

After these days experiencing the lifestyle in the desert, check out at noon and transfer to Calama airport.
If you'd like to stay at Alto Atacama for more days, longer packages are also available.

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