Chile

Best of the Atacama Desert - 4 Days

Pure bliss in one of the most magical deserts on earth

Best of the Atacama Desert - 4 Days

Pure bliss in one of the most magical deserts on earth

This 4 day tour takes you across the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on earth. This vast landscape offers up immense diversity where you will experience Salt flats, geysers, snow capped volcanoes and rich cultures. This guided trip takes the intrepid traveler to the highlights of the Atacama in San Pedro, Chile.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stroll Across the Atacama Salt Flat
  • Visit Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons
  • Explore the Town of San Pedro
  • See the Tatio Geysers in Action
  • Discover the Magical Moon Valley
BRIEF ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Arrive in San Pedro, Valle de la Luna
  • Day 2: Visit Tatio Geysers
  • Day 3: Atacama Salt Flats, Miscanti & Miñiques Lagoons
  • Day 4: Leave San Pedro

STARTING / FINISHING POINTS

The trip starts in the morning at Calama Airport, please book any flight arriving before midday. The trip finishes at Calama Airport, we recommend you to book an afternoon flight.


Trip ITINERARY

DAY 1: Atacama Desert - Moon Valley Tour

Upon arrival to the Calama Airport you are driven straight to San Pedro de Atacama, past the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). Upon arrival, you will receive the itinerary for the upcoming days. In the afternoon we do our first hike in the vast, amazing Valle de la Luna. We walk over sand dunes until we reach the viewpoint from where we will witness one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colors throughout the Valley. Then we come back to town and stay overnight in San Pedro.  

  • Overnight Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas (3 stars), San Pedro de Atacama.

DAY 2: Atacama Salt Flats, Miscanti & Miniques Lagoons

After breakfast, we start our adventure by driving to Toconao, a beautiful Andean village. Toconao's lands are an oasis in the desert and are apt for growing fruits and vegetables nourished by water coming in through small channels. We visit its main streets and San Lucas church. We then continue to Quebrada de Jerez, a large canyon channeling the waters entering Toconao.

The next stop will be Laguna Chaxa, a lagoon in the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, home to beautiful Chilean and Andean flamingoes. We continue driving towards Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons - undisputed highlights of the region - full of turquoise water that contrasts with the autumnal colors of the Altiplanic lands. A truly incredible landscape, creating an unforgettable memory of the region.

  • Overnight Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas (3 stars), San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 3: Tatio Geysers

The very early wake-up call from the hotel will be well worth it when we arrive at the amazing Geysers of Tatio and see them in action. From almost 900 meters below the earth, boiling steam bursts up to 40 meters over the surface of the earth. A scrumptious breakfast will be served upon arrival before we walk through the geothermal fields with the geysers erupting nearby. As we drive back, there is a magnificent view of the Tocopurri and Sairecabur volcanoes.

We arrive back in town in time for lunchtime. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore San Pedro after the early start, high altitude and low temperature we faced in the morning.

  • Overnight Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas (3 stars), San Pedro de Atacama.

DAY 4: Adios Atacama

We take the final day of the trip to relax and for example wander around the village, visit its handicraft shops church on our own. In the afternoon we are driven to Calama’s Airport to take our flight back to the capital... Adiós Atacama!

Additional Trip Info

  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Hotel La Casa Don Tomas (3*) *
  • Daily shared excursions as specified in the itinerary. Excursions.
  • 1 English speaking guide on excursions.
  • Entrance fees to national reserves and indigenous communities visited
  • Meals(B: breakfast, L: Lunch):
  • Day 1:
  • Day 2: B, L
  • Day 3: B
  • Day 4: B

*Optional upgrade at Hotel Altiplanico (4*)

  • Flight tickets
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Items of personal nature

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