San Pedro de Atacama is a city located on a high arid plateau in the Cordillera de los Andes of Northeastern Chile. Its spectacular surrounding landscape that includes desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, the Valley of the Moon and the Los Flamencos National Reserve, as well as archaeological ruins and historical monuments such as the Pucará de Quitor. Starting point for the different routes through the Atacameño highlands.
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1, Santiago: Welcome at El Loa airport in Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, via Domeyko Mountain Range. In the afternoon, excursion to Moon Valley, passing through the Salt Mountain Range. Visit the great sand dunes, the amphitheater, and the natural salt monument “Las Tres Marias”. This excursion concludes enjoying a magical sunset, with a privileged view of the valley. Overnight.
Day 2, Atacama Desert: Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. Lunch in Socaire. Transfer to the Atacama Salt Flat to visit the Chaxa Lagoon, and Flamingos National Reserve, to observe three out of the six different kinds of flamingos existing in the world. Trip continues to the town of Toconao, to visit San Lucas Church, and Campanario Tower. Return to San Pedro. Overnight.
Day 3, Atacama Desert: Breakfast in the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, visit to Cejar Lagoon, located in the heart of the Atacama Salt Flat, with such a high concentration of salt and lithium that it makes floating easier than on the Dead Sea. You may bathe, swim, and float amidst a beautiful landscape. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Day 4, Calama - Santiago: Early in the morning, excursion to El Tatio Geysers, the world’s highest geyser field, which erupts each day at dawn, creating unusual mineral formations and spouting high clouds of steam. Trekking to observe various geothermal activities. A light breakfast will be served. You will then have the opportunity to bathe in a pool of thermal waters. Return to San Pedro, visiting the village of Machuca, formerly devoted to grazing llamas and today known for its adobe, cactus wood, and straw buildings and its Andean handicraft products. In the afternoon, transfer to Calama airport. End of our services.