San Pedro de Atacama, is a space where Aymará culture and native of the Atacama Desert and the Andes are present everywhere. Here you’ll enjoy of a different kind of beauty. The Archeology, the big Saltpeter of Atacama, the Moon Valley, the Tatio Geysers, the High Mountain lagoons, the historic Pucaras still present from the Incas period, The Churches all of them National Monuments builded in XVIII Century.
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama // 9 days // 8 nights
> Day 1: Santiago Arrival to the Santiago airport, reception and transfer to the selected Hotel. Day at your leisure. Lodging
> Day 2: Santiago Breakfast Buffet. Sightseeing to know its Civic Center, La Moneda the Government Palace surrounded by Ministerial Buildings and Constitution Square. Plaza de Armas with the old Consistorial Palace, today Municipality of Santiago, old Building of Post Office, National Historical Museum and the Santiago Cathedral. Bellavista District bohemian place of the city with many Restaurants, Pubs and Theatres. Providencia district, place of great commerce and pretty modern architecture. District of Los Dominicos to visit the Dominican Church National Monument and Pueblito of the Craftsmen where you’ll see the greatest selection of Chilean typical Crafts. By the afternoon you may continue by yourself the visit of the city or to make a visit to Parque Arauco, one of the most important Malls of the city. Overnight
> Day 3: Santiago Viña del Mar and Valparaiso Buffet breakfast. Departure to Valparaiso City Port of 1536, Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO and Legislative National Power location. It has magic, colorful ancient elevators and districts, unique and unforgettable landscapes and 45 hills, in one of them we’ll visit the Sebastiana, House Museum of the poet and Nobel Prize Pablo Neruda (Entrance Fee included). Viña del Mar “City Garden” that will captivate us with its singular architecture, streets and palaces. Finally we’ll go to Faba, where we’ll appreciate, with a Pisco Sour, lapis lazuli pieces, exclusive stone of Chile and Afghanistan. Return by the evening to Santiago. Overnight
> Day 4: Santiago Calama San Pedro de Atacama Moon Valley Breakfast Buffet. Transfer to the airport to embark to Calama in the North of Chile. Arrival and reception in the airport to transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. By the evening, our trip will take us to the Moon Valley, capricious forms you salt and clay, as you will see in the “Three Marias” area. There you’ll be visiting the geological shapes located in one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones, the Atacama Desert. You’ll appreciate the great melding power of the natural forces of our planet, be amazed with the delicate work of nature over thousand of years, stay, contemplate you and photograph incomparable sculptures. Enjoy an exciting experience in the Salt caves, surprising shapes in the middle of the salt mountain range. The highlight of your desert adventure will be waiting for the Atacama sunset in, opening you senses to the wonderful landscapes and colors of the mountains, with the Licancabur Volcano as the millenary witness of a new evening in the desert. Return to the Hotel. Overnight.
> Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama Tatio Geysers and Machuca Village Breakfast Buffet. Relive together the ancestral ritual of the sunrise incredible moment. Very early in the morning we’ll go to the Andes mountain range. There you’ll participate in one of the most astonishing phenomenon produced by nature, see contrasting colors produced by the steam columns in the highest geothermal field in the world. Take the most impressing pictures walking across the tracks over the geothermal field. Here you’ll have the unique opportunity to swim in the Tatio spring waters, rich in minerals. On our return we’ll go next to the imposing Andes mountain range, and participate in the adventure of observing native plants and animals in their natural habitat. All this with an incomparable volcanic background in one of the most pristine places in the world. We’ll visit one of the most incredible villages in the Atacama Altiplano: Machuca The village has only 15 homes, located at 4000 mts high in the middle of nowhere. Its few inhabitants are llama’s pastoralists and basical agriculture. Then we continue back to San Pedro.
> Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama, Altiplanic Lagoons, Atacama Saltpeter and Toconao Village Breakfast.. Today we´ll visit the Altiplanic Lagoons. The crossing makes us gain height and ascend from the 2400 meters high to reach the 4200 meters in the middle of the Andes, where the imposing Andean massifs and the vastness of the landscape They will make you feel small. After climbing among the mountains, the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons will appear before our eyes, on the slopes of volcanoes, of homonymous names. The volcanoes and lagoons make up one of the landscapes that can only be found in Atacama. On the way we can observe an environment full of life, with beautiful animals such as vicuñas, foxes, ñandúes, vizcachas, flamingos and ducks. Arriving at the salt flats of Talar and Tuyajto lagoon, its turquoise and emerald colors will seem unreal, in them once again we will be surprised by the natural environment full of life, which also invites us to live and be part of it. Handicrafts made of volcanic stone, cactus wood and llama wool in this picturesque and small town. Then, accompanied by our expert guides, travel through the great Salar de Atacama, one of the largest in the world. Discover how life survives in the saline environment. Walk on one of the largest crusts of salt and observe the interesting biotic relationship between the dry environment, the water coming from the Andes and the animals that live there. Consider the beautiful and amazing flamingos, one of the birds best adapted to the harsh conditions and climate that characterizes the place. Discover micro organic life, surviving in salt concentrations even higher than the sea, the life that allows the subsistence of many insects, reptiles and birds, which change this hard plateau in an extraordinary habitat full of surprises. We will finish in the village of Toconao famous for its typical crafts and its beautiful places to visit. Back to the hotel in San Pedro. Overnight
> Day 7: San Pedro Pucara de Quitor Village of Tulor and Tambo de Catarpe Breakfast. In the morning we´ll make an interesting visit to the sites of archaeological interest most representative of the development of the Atacameña culture. Get to know the genesis of this culture visiting the archaeological monument "village of Tulor", more than 2,800 years old. Relive in a didactic guided tour by locals the beginning of the sedentary life of the first inhabitants of the Atacama Desert. The pre-Columbian route continues with the visit to the "pucará de Quitor", Atacameña fortress builted towards the XII century of our era, whose ruins are the most significant remains of the social organization of the Atacama Indians. Be amazed to hear the shocking story of the taking of pucará by the Spanish conquerors and remember the facts step by step with our guides during their tour of the symbol of indigenous resistance in the area of San Pedro de Atacama. We finish our tour through history with a visit to the tambo of Catarpe, administrative center builted under the Inca domination, in order to collect taxes and spread the traditions of the empire of the sun in the town of Atacama. Free afternoon to explore this interesting town of the Chilean Altiplano on your own. Its little streets, café, its Church and the Father Le Paige Museum will captivate you. Overnight
> Day 8: San Pedro Santiago Breakfast. Transfer to Calama airport for yopur flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight Day 9 Santiago Buffet Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home
Hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Tourist category (3 stars Hotel): Presidente
- Superior category (4 stars Hotel): Torremayor
- First category (5 stars Hotel): Plaza el Bosque
> San Pedro de Atacama
- Tourist category (3 stars Hotel): La Casa de Don Tomas
- Superior category (4 stars Hotel): Altiplánico
- First category (5 stars Hotel): Terrantai