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PRICES INCLUDE
Accommodation
5 nights San Pedro de Atacama
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transfers from/to airport
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Transfers and excursions mentioned on the itinerary
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All entrance fees
Atacama Salt Lake
Altiplanic Lagoons
El Tatio Geysers
Puritama Hot Springs
Tulor & Quitor
Moon Valley
Rainbow Valley
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Meals according itinerary
5 breakfasts
1 lunch
1 box lunch
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
Domestic flights
Personal travel insurance
Meals and other not specified extras
ADDITIONAL INFO
Available: All year round
Departures: Daily

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$ 1139
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CHILE - ATACAMA - DISCOVER THE BEST OF ATACAMA (6 days / 5 nights)

Atacama desert chile

ITINERARY

Enjoy El Tatio geysers and visit two of the most incredible salt lakes: Atacama and Tara salt lakes. Discover the amazing Moon and Death valleys as well as the Rainbow valley and take a relaxing bath at Puritama hot springs.


DAY 1: CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Arrival at the airport of Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.


DAY 2: ATACAMA SALT LAKE - ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS

We will visit today the great Atacama Salt Lake in Los Flamencos National Reserve where you will enjoy its immensity surrounded by fauna in the Chaxa lagoon and surroundings between the flamingos being these the main attraction of the salt with their beauty. Afterwards we will take the road to the highlands to visit the lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques located at 4,200 meters above the sea level at the base of the volcanoes of the "Cordillera de los Andes". The lagoons will delight us with the nature of a landscape of contrasts. We will then enjoy a lunch in the town of Socaire village highlighted for its traditional cuisine. Finally, before returning, we will visit the town of Toconao, its bell tower and Church of San Lucas, both National Monuments since 1951. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast, lunch)


DAY 3: EL TATIO GEYSERS & MACHUCA - PURITAMA HOT SPRINGS

Our trip to the highlands begins during the early morning hours to finally reach one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, “Geysers de El Tatio” surrounded with water emanations and steam, we will enjoy the beauty of the Andes and with this natural stage we will offer you an agreeable breakfast. Then we will visit the "Pozon Rustico" where you will be able to enjoy the thermal waters that the mountain range gives us. Taking the road back to San Pedro de Atacama you will enjoy the beauty of the landscape, native flora and fauna to finally stop at the village of Machuca, shepherds of llamas place, today this town of adobe, straw and cactus wood House is dedicated to the tourism offering local products such as Andean handicraft, Llama's meat, Sopaipillas and empanadas. As an historical and architectural appeal we will visit the San Santiago Church, patron saint of the town. Afterwards, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we will visit the Puritama Hot Springs. These are located 3.500 mt/11.482 ft above sea level and 30 km/18.64 mi from San Pedro de Atacama. 30 km to the northeast of San Pedro de Atacama we find the river Puritama, its waters that are born in the mountains take temperature because of the proximity with volcanic material and flow to the surface in this place, the sector is conditioned with the necessary basic services and terraces in each of the pools. Here nature gives us the possibility of enjoying this place, of a delicious swim in its waters which in addition to reach around 33°C, are rich in minerals providing medicinal properties, a must-see place on your visit. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast)


Note: As mentioned, where El Tatio geysers is located, you also can find thermal water pools with mineral deposits, so it is recommended to take bath suit and towel.


DAY 4: BALLOON FLIGHT OVER THE DESERT

Your adventure starts with a pick up at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, and after a short ride, you are taken to one of our dedicated launch sites. There is time for tea and coffee and freshly baked pastries and fruit. After our light breakfast, your pilot will conduct a safety briefing and provide you with an informative insight of the balloon as it’s being inflated. Once the balloon is ready, you climb aboard and the flight begins. The balloon is gently carried over the desert by winds, allowing passengers a serene and peaceful view over the impressive Atacama landscapes. Using their skills and years of experience, our pilots are able to guide the balloon to a soft landing, after which sparkling wine is served to celebrate a successful flight. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast, box lunch)


DAY 5: TULOR & QUITOR - MOON VALLEY

San Pedro de Atacama is the archaeological capital of Chile. We will visit the most important archaeological sites of the area and will travel to the past to learn about the origin of the Atacama or Licanantai culture. The Pukara de Quitor is not only important for the local history, but it is for the history of Chile through the battle of Quitor (1540) one of the first conflicts between Spaniards and Indians. In the Atacama farm we will see how a family combines the ancestral traditions of agriculture and livestock with tourism, tasting some local products, then the Tulor village corresponds to the oldest settlement at the Salt Flat of Atacama and one of the first tests of sedentary lifestyles in the region. And finally we will move to the Centre of San Pedro de Atacama to travel back in time up to the time of the colony, where one of the most symbolic is the Church of San Pedro, built and preserved until today from adobe, cactus wood, chañar and algarrobo, a national monument since 1951. Return to the hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Moon Valley. In the middle of the deep dryness of the salt mountain range we find a landscape of salt and clay shaped by water and wind over millions of years. In our journey we will be able to enjoy the beauty delivered by extravagant forms that the cordillera mountain range gives us encouraging to imagination and reflection for your peace of mind. As we spend the afternoon we will go into the Death Valley and from there we will enjoy one of the best views of the Andes and its volcanoes, to finally finish watching the sunset that through its colorful gives us a wonderful end to our tour. Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama. (breakfast)


DAY 6: RAINBOW VALLEY - CALAMA

Today we will travel to the West where we will find the "Cordillera de Domeyko", visiting Hierbas Buenas with a very historical importance on rock art It possesses one of the most important groups of petroglyphs in the region, a tour down the place will move us to the time of the caravans of indigenous people enriching our experience through history and culture. Right after and when crossing Matancilla, a valley rich in flora and fauna we find the Rainbow Valley, a unique place in the world, named so for the various colors that the presence of minerals gives the mountains, and because it is as if a rainbow had fallen asleep and gradually lowered to fall asleep in the mountains to not wake up again. After a short walk to enjoy the landscape, record it in your memories and photographs, then we will visit the village of Rio Grande, bathed by the river that bears the same name, we will enjoy the original colonial architecture preserved among its streets, a village frozen in time will give us an end to this trip by wonderful places and times. Return to hotel. In the afternoon a transfer will take you to the airport in order to board your departure flight. (breakfast)



INCLUDED

- 5 overnights, breakfast included, in San Pedro de Atacama

- English speaking guide for all excursions

- Meals according itinerary

- Transfer from/to Calama airport (only driver)

- Atacama Salt Lake & Altiplanic Lagoons with lunch

- Tulor & Quitor

- Death and Moon Valleys

- Balloon flight over the desert with box lunch

- Puritama Hot Springs

- Rainbow Valley

- El Tatio geysers & Machuca

- All Entrance fees


NOT INCLUDED

- Domestic flights

- Meals not described in the itinerary

- Tips to driver, guide, hotel and restaurant staff, room service, etc.

- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

- Personal travel insurance


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