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4-Day San Pedro de Atacama, Geysers, and Salt Flats

4-Day San Pedro de Atacama, Geysers, and Salt Flats

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4-Day San Pedro de Atacama, Geysers, and Salt Flats
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Known as the driest desert in the world, this region covers a 1,000 km (600 mi) sliver of Northern Chile. Due to the altitude, cloudless skies, and lack of light pollution, Atacama Desert is one of the best places to stargaze.

This tour includes a cultural visit to sites in San Pedro de Atacama and tours of the amazing landscapes of the desert.

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Day 1: Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama

You will be picked up in Calama and transferred to San Pedro de Atacama. Along the way we will see the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountain range) and a powerful view of the massive salt flat with the Licancabur volcano in the background. Arrival and overnight at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Kimal
Elite Accommodations: Hotel Tierra Atacama

Day 2: Tour of San Pedro de Atacama and the historical sights (BL)

Following breakfast we will visit the Archaeological Museum Padre Le Paige where we will witness an exhibition showing the evolution of Atacamanian life over the last 11,000 years. We will then visit the town church, The Main Square, the house of Pedro de Valdivia (a conquistador and the founder of Santiago). Next we visit the Pukar? de Quitor, a pre-Columbian archaeological site. In the afternoon we will take an excursion to the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), famous worldwide for its 'lunar' appearance, the salt caverns, the Tres Marias (Three Marys) rock formations, and the great dune from where we will witness a spectacular sunset. Afterward we return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Kimal
Elite Accommodations: Hotel Tierra Atacama

Day 3: Excursion to Toconao then to the Flamingo National Reservation (BL)

We embark on a full-day excursion (with box lunch included) visiting the village of Toconao to view the interesting liparite stone buildings, then continue on to the Atacama salt flat where we will visit the Flamingo National Reservation, a habitat for 3 of the most beautiful species of flamingo. We then head for the lakes of Miscante and Mi?ique at over 4000 m (over 13,000 ft) above sea level. Finally we will head for the Aguas Calientes salt flat and the impressive Tuyajto lagoon. Return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and relax for the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Kimal
Elite Accommodations: Hotel Tierra Atacama

Day 4: Visit the Tatio Geysers and some local villages then departure (B)

An early morning departure for the Tatio Geysers allows us to experience this spectacular demonstration of volcanic activity. We will then visit the village of Caspana to view the fertile terraces, architecture in Liparita stone, and characteristic mud roofs. We continue to the villages of Toconce and Vegas de Turi by an awe-inspiring route taking us through Chiu-Chiu and Lasana, passing one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Chile. We return to Calama in the afternoon and transfer to the airport for the departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

4-Day San Pedro de Atacama, Geysers, and Salt Flats
from $795 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • All prices are per person sharing a double room
  • Transfer to/from the Airport
  • Tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums and natural sites
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your transfer agents, guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Meals not listed 
  • Any personal expenses

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