Classic Atacama Desert

from £455
excluding flights *
3 nights Year round

Overview

This bucket list ticking itinerary gives a 4 day introduction to the surreal and extraordinary world of the Atacama Desert. Join guided day tours to visit some of the highlights of the Earth’s driest (non-polar) desert, including salt flats, geysers, moon-like valleys, imposing volcanoes and flamingo filled lagoons.

Highlights

  • Visit the alien landscapes of 'Moon Valley' and the Atacama salt flats
  • Walk through an active geyser field
  • Observe elegant pink flamingos bathing in bright blue lagoons
  • Gaze up at the Universe through the clearest skies on Earth

Full description

Spend your days exploring and your nights gazing up at the magnificent star studded skies which consistently attract enthusiastic astronomers from around the globe.

Each departure is different, with daily activities in the Atacama being dependent upon your arrival dates, personal preferences and your desired level of adventure or relaxation. It is possible to increase flexibility even further with private excursions - at additional cost.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £850 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Departure Duration Twin Price (PP)
Year Round 3 nights £455

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide during excursions
  • Entrance fees to national reserves and indigenous communities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Arrival & departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport & visa expenses

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Atacama arrival & Moon Valley

Arrive at Calama Airport and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, passing the impressive rock formations of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains). In the afternoon hike through the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) which takes its name from its otherworldly appearance. When the time comes, take your seat atop a sand dune and witness one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, intensified by the warm colours displayed throughout the Valley.

Day 2: Salt flats and lagoons

After breakfast visit Toconao, a beautiful Andean village which, with its unexpected abundance of fruits and vegetables, appears like an oasis in the desert. Then continue to Quebrada de Jerez, a large canyon chiselled into the rocks, channelling the waters that nourish the crops of Toconao.

The next stop is Laguna Chaxa, a lively lagoon in the middle of the desolate Atacama Salt Flat, home to rare, exotic Chilean and Andean flamingos. Continue driving towards Miscanti and Miñiques, two spectacular lakes full of turquoise water that contrasts with the autumnal colours of the surrounding Altiplanic lands.

Day 3: El Tatio geysers

A very early wake-up will prove well worth it when you arrive at the amazing geysers of Tatio and see them bubbling and bursting and creating their own morning mist as the sun emerges from its slumber. From almost 900 metres below the earth, over 60 different vents simmer and seethe, with a few blasting boiling water into the air at regular intervals.

Then visit the natural geothermal pools of “Pozon Rustico” for a relaxing bathe in the warm soothing waters.

On the way back to San Pedro, stop in Machuca, a picturesque shepherd’s hamlet located high in the Andes at an altitude of 4,000 metres above sea level. Here you can learn from the locals about life in the sky.

Arrive back in San Pedro in time for lunch (not included), then catch up on sleep, join an additional optional excursion or walk around the sights of this small but historic settlement.

Day 4: Farewell Atacama!

Enjoy a leisurely morning to do some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing, before transferring to Calama Airport in the afternoon for your flight to Santiago.

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