Atacama Discovery 5 Days

    What's Included?

  • Hotel *** with breakfast (x4 nights)
  • Airport transfers in / out
  • Bilingual Tour guides (Spanish & English)
  • Lunch in Full day excursion (x2)
  • Chile Guru assistance & contact
  • Local Representant Meet & Greet


Here is your chance to explore the Atacama one of the world's most arid landscapes. Some areas of the Atacama have not received a single drop of rain in over a hundred years. On arrival, we will pick you up at the airport in Calama and transport you to San Pedro de Atacama where you will spend the next few nights. San Pedro is historic town and a charming oasis in the otherwise vast desert set against the spectacular backdrop of the Chilean Andes.

On the first day we will visit the Valle de la Luna famous for its sand dunes, spectacular multi-colored badlands, and caverns. On day two we head towards the vast Salt Flats of the Atacama and the high altitude lakes of Miscanti and Miñiques where it's common to see wild animals that live in challenging weather conditions, such as flamingoes and vicuñas and in the distant the giant volcanoes of the Andes. On Day three, we visit the Rainbow Valley, which owes its name to the variety of colors combined with white salt and blue sky, that can be seen in the hills of the valley. On day four we head to one of San Pedro's most glorious beauty spots, where we discover incredible untouched landscapes at the Salar de Tara, a fabulous salt lagoon home to astonishing landscapes and a wonderful variety of wildlife. Day 5 takes us to El Pucará & Tulor archeological sites that bring to life the ancient history and culture of the region. Then you will be taken to the airport.

Day 1: Calama to San Pedro de Atacama and Moon Valley

We will pick you up at the Calama airport in the morning and drive you to San Pedro de Atacama. After lunch and a brief rest we offer an afternoon excursion to the Valle de la Luna an area famous for its colored badlands, sand dunes and caverns.
Overnight in San Pedro.

Day 2: Miscanti and Meñiques Lakes, Salt Flats, and The Red Rocks

We will have an early start after breakfast and visit the small oasis town of Toconao with its historic church dating back to the 16th century. We continue from Toconao to the Salt Flats of the Atacama. The salt flats cover a vast area and at times are covered by water that is just a few centimeters in depth. The Salt Flats are famous for the pink wild Flamingoes and views of the Andes in the distance. We will have lunch and then continue on to the lakes of Miscanti and Meñiques (4,220m). The deep blue lake of Miscanti is overshadowed by the giant peak of Cerro Miscanti (5622m / 18445ft).
Overnight in San Pedro.

Day 3: Rainbow Valley and Stargazing

We will start the day by traveling westwards towards the Domeyko Mountain Range where we will take our first stop at Yerbas Buenas. This little town has an important history in rock art since many of the famous rock sculptures have come from this region. You might be able to notice that the most commonly represented animals in the rock art here are foxes and some camels. A tour around the town will take us back in time, exploring its history and traditions, and helping us to gain a fuller and truer experience.

We will continue the tour, crossing over to Matancilla, a valley rich in flora and fauna called Rainbow Valley (Valle del Arcoíris). It gets its name from the beautiful, varying colors of its landscape and rocks. This is any photographer's dreamland due to the spectrum of colors and the distinctive rock formations found here.

Day 4: Salar de Tara

After time for breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up and take you immediately towards the cordillera and Argentina beyond. Passing the Quepiaco river, we will enjoy the astounding contrast between the fabulously green vegetations of the river basin and the mountains, which make this area a perfect wildlife habitat. On our way we will see flamingoes, ducks and even possible wild hogs.

We will then reach Los Monjes de la Pacana, the Pacana Monks. These are the remains of volcanic sediment eroded over thousands of years by wind and water as well as being testament to volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. In addition to their curious, impressive structure in a magnificent landscape, they really make us contemplate how nature endures and changes over time.

Finally we make our way to the Salar de Tara, one of San Pedro's most astonishingly beautiful sights. We will enjoy a short walk around the edges of the incredible salt lagoon, admiring and learning about the rare flora and fauna and relaxing into a tranquil silence where you could hear a pin drop.

Day 5: Tour el Pucará de Quitor & Tulor then Transfer to Airport

We will begin the day with an early excursion to several nearby archaeological sites. First we will visit the fortress of El Pucará de Quitor which is famous for its battle between the Spaniards and Incas. Next we will visit the ancient village of Tulor which partially buried by encroaching sand dunes is several thousand years old. We will return to San Pedro in the early afternoon so you can be transferred to Calama in the afternoon and catch your flight.
End of Program.

Important Note:
Flights & Pick up timings: The timings of our tours can vary depending on the season and weather conditions. Be sure to check with your travel designer before booking your flights.

    Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Late check-out
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Incidental expenses, e.g tips, beverages etc.
  • Others not mentioned


    Notes

  • Important Note:
    Flights & Pick up timings: The timings of our tours can vary depending on the season and weather conditions. Be sure to check with your travel designer before booking your flights.
  • When to travel to Atacama?
    Recommended months to travel to Atacama: March to October
    February is not recommended due to the rainy season
***Please note that the tours are not available all year long. Check with your travel agents for excursions availability.

    Terms


    Cancellation Policy
  • Prior to 90 Days Full refund (Apart from credit card charge minus a $150 cancellation fee)
  • Between 90 Days - 60 Days (80% refund)
  • Between 60 - 30 Days (50% refund)
  • Less than 30 Days no refund


Please note that all our tours and excursions are subject to weather conditions. Many of our excursions take place in challenging environments where Mother Nature plays a big role in the execution of the outings.

Our clients' safety is our top priority and in order to secure the well-being of both the local communities and visitors, we must withhold the right to change or cancel any tour. In cases of tours cancelled for weather reasons, we guarantee a 100% refund.

***In the case of luxury hotels, please check cancellation policy with your travel agent.